The switcheroo is one of the essential advanced tactics in the game. By seeing how your bench performs and choosing to keep or ignore their scores, managers can hedge their bets to come out ahead. In this article series, we will pinpoint potential bench options and their switcheroo replacements along with giving target scores we would like to see from the bench.
Round One of the season is always wide open. Teams are adjusting lineups based on preseason performance and both chemistry and fitness can be in question. Instead of identifying potential switcheroo candidates to target we are going to look at a few of the underpriced players that could have a massive impact in round one while providing a nice Team Value increase in the process.
Round 1 Switcheroo Targets
Kelvin Leerdam $5.5m – D MIA: Leerdam was an offensive for during his tenure with the Seattle Sounders and now he is ready to tear it up with Miami. In a team with this much offensive firepower, Leerdam will likely be pressing forward consistently. How a defender with this much potential starts at $5.5m is a mystery.
Eryk Williamson $5.0m – M POR: Williamson had a phenomenal 2020 season compared to his price. A player that averaged over 4 points a game starting at $5m is one to watch. Given injuries on the Timbers roster, mangers should expect Williamson’s run of form to continue.
Sebastian Lletget $7.0m – M LAG: Lletget may feel like an odd inclusion in this list, but he’s potentially playing as the 10 for the Galaxy and has looked solid with the USMNT recently. This form will carry over in to the regular season. Any time a player in this form will see this much of the ball, managers have to take notice. The bonus points will be there, and his value should rise quickly.
Corey Baird $7.0m – F LAFC: Baird was fantasy viable during his time with Real Salt Lake and $7.0m is a fair price for him in that system. But $7.0m seems a little underpriced when you line him up with Vela, Rossi, Atuesta, and either Blessing or Kaye. If he comes close to playing to his potential, he’ll be a standout player for fantasy managers this season.
Wilson Harris $4.5m – F SKC: Harris is an academy product that has joined SKC’s senior team and set to replace Erik Hurtado as the backup striker. Wilson had a great preseason and could get significant minutes early in the year with Pulido missing the majority of preseason with international duty and a small injury. When a $4.5m forward starts, managers need to take notice.