The game has been reset and the new season brings new hope for fantasy players both old and new. You won’t be spoilt for choices this week as you were in the previous ones so you could try playing it safe in the first week or going big. Which one of these choices will be the best one for you? Only time will tell.
1) Brian Fernandez
Brian Fernandez is slowly proving worth his $9.0 million price tag and has shown glimpses of the superstar he could be in the future. He has scored in all the 3 games he has played so far and his tally is now up to 4 goals. This week’s opponent Houston Dynamo have conceded in 6 consecutive games and Brian Fernandez scored against them in the reverse fixture which was also his debut. The Timbers will be looking for a win in their second home game this season after a disappointing loss against LAFC at home and Fernandez could bring his A-game to the pitch.
2) Zlatan Ibrahimović
Zlatan might be missing a lot of key starters in Jonathan Dos Santos, Uriel Antuna, Sebastian Lletget and Romain Alessandrini, he is still LAG’s best bet to score a goal. He is also playing against the 2nd worst defense in the league who’re missing key defensive starters in Kendall Watson, Greg Garza, and Alvas Powell. So there is nothing much that could go wrong for a man who will receive most of the service even if key players are missing.
3) Alejandro Pozuelo
The best player on the pitch for Toronto almost every time with his skill and consistency, Pozuelo is as good as it gets. He finished the spring season with the second highest points for a player and has played 4 games less. Toronto will be missing almost their entire attack with Altidore, Bradley, and Osorio away on international duty. However, this could be an opportunity for Pozuelo to take full responsibility of the attack against FCD and he could gather bonus points and goal/assist points in the process.
4) Diego Valeri
Valeri has slowly been building up form over the past few weeks and his consistency will be vital in helping Portland move from last to a playoff spot. He has looked a bit out of touch during the long stretch of away games but is a lot more consistent and threatening at home and could have a good outing in the game against Houston Dynamo. A lot of players will be deciding on either one of Pozuelo/Valeri due to budget and for me, it comes down to how you expect Valeri to perform at home.
5) Nico Gaitan
Chicago Fire’s latest high-profile transfer Nico Gaitan boasts of an impressive résumé having played for European teams like Atletico Madrid and Benfica. He has shown us some highlights of the destructive player he could be and almost all of his good performances come at home. Gaitan has 2 goals and 3 assists in his last 3 home games and plays RSL at home this week. He could be an interesting differential for those willing to take the risk.