With a little over 24 hours before kickoff, I’ve finally decided on my team for Round 1. I’m not even going to try to remember what version this is but I’ve done a lot of tweaking over the past couple of weeks. I’ll try to breakdown my reasoning for those who are interested.
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Keepers – I just really like the HOU/SKC combination. I can have a home keeper for 12 of the first 14 rounds, and I’ll get 4 DGWs (including a H/H for Houston). I may have to change later if Kronberg does not start, but I feel good about him for right now.
Defenders – I’m going big here are the start of the season. I tried to focus on Center Backs who had games with a good chance of a clean sheet. All reports suggest that Horst will be a starter so he was a must have in my mind. Acosta is the only non center and I went with him because I wanted to Dallas players. Even though the DAL defensive unit is not playing 100% of normal starters, MTL has taken a huge offensive hit by not having Di Vaio. I’m hoping that the DAL defenders will be able to deal with what little attack they will be able to create. But, this is the game I am most worried about… Risk vs Reward.
Midfielders – Some big playmakers here. With Donovan and Keane both healthy, I wanted to have one and Donovan worked best for my transfer plans. Pappa and Davis are both on set pieces and I really liked the form that Castillo was in during preseason. After week 1, Donoval will be leaving and my current target is Zusi for his replacement.
Forwards – This is where I saved my money. I’m not a fan of many forwards, and several of the ones I do like have undesirable fixtures. Martins is a great player when he is healthy, and he is right now. Seattle also has 3 home games in the first 4 rounds, and they look good. This made him my top forward prospect.
Bench – Fondy, McNamara, and Ramick have a good shot at playing and could gain some value. The Chivas players can also be emergency subs if someone is not going to play. Other than that, everyone is just garbage to help open up my cash for my starting XI. I don’t fear -4s so I don’t see the need to have a deep bench.
That’s what I’m going with. How does that compare to your team? If you have any questions about my team, or yours. I encourage you to post at /r/FantasyMLS or use the FREE Live Chat just to the right of this post. Posting pictures of your team is encouraged and most people are pretty good about giving constructive feedback.