MLS Targets: April 18, 2015

Major League Soccer fans, the day has arrived. MLS is now on DraftKings! There are some big GPPs on the board for Saturday’s slate, including the $15K $20 MLS Kick-Off Special – where the winner will take down $2,500!

There are recent injuries, suspensions and international absences that should be considered when picking your DraftKings squad. I will be posting starting lineups on Twitter as they become available (usually an hour before the match kicks off). Follow me @FantasySoccerFC to be sure your players are starting. We have some great matchups on tap for today, so let’s take a look some players to target to help you take down one of these GPPs!

Today’s Contests

$15K MLS Kick-Off Special – $20 entry ($2500 to first place!)
$7K MLS Treble – $300 entry ($2500 to first place!)
$5K MLS Striker – $3 entry ($400 to first place!)

Goalkeeper

Nick Rimando – $5,000 – Real Salt Lake – After putting in a 45 minute shift in the US Men’s National Team’s 2-0 win over Mexico, Rimando looks all set to resume his role between the sticks for Real Salt Lake. RSL are a juggernaut at home, evident by Rimando’s back-to-back clean sheets in his last two outings. The potent Vancouver attack will be missing a key ingredient to their offense, as Pedro Morales is out due to red card suspension.

Jaime Penedo – $5,600 – Los Angeles Galaxy – Full of confidence after a 10 save performance in last weekends 1-0 win over Seattle, the Panamanian netminder reminded us why he’s considered one of the best in the league. Penedo welcomes Sporting KC to town, who were held to a scoreless draw at home in their last outing.

Others to Consider – Bill Hamid (DC United; $5,300), Clint Irwin (Colorado Rapids; $4,500), Steve Clark (Columbus Crew; $5,300)

Defender

Hernan Grana – $3,500 – Columbus Crew – The Argentine certainly fits the bill as an attacking fullback. Grana is not shy about getting forward to serve balls into their big target, Kei Kamara. The DraftKings scoring format awards 1 point for each cross, meaning regardless of if Columbus shuts out Orlando City SC, Grana should be a solid source of points. I expect Grana to be highly owned given his cheap price tag.

Michel – $4,600 – FC Dallas – Eligible for selection as a Defender on DraftKings, Michel plays more of a central midfield role for Dallas. As long as Michel is playing, he is a threat in the FC Dallas attack. The set piece specialist takes the majority of corner kicks, free kicks and has been known to take penalty kicks from time to time as well. Keep an eye on the starting lineups before locking in Michel, as he tends to float in and out of the lineup.

Drew Moor – $2,400 – Colorado Rapids – Coming off an extended absence due to injury, Moor picked up where he left off in leading the Rapids to a clean sheet on the road at Dallas in his first game of 2015. Moor is also a goal scoring threat as he likes to get forward on corner kicks and set pieces. Additionally, Moor’s minimum price tag allows you to spend up elsewhere.

Others to Consider – Sean Franklin (DC United; $3,900), Jalil Anibaba (Sporting KC; $3,700), Jamison Olave (Real Salt Lake; $4,900)

Midfielder

Kaka – $9,000 – Orlando City SC – With two goals and an assist in his last three games, the 2007 FIFA World Player of the Year will be a handful for Columbus. He’s not cheap, but the Orlando City SC attack runs through him. Set piece and PK duty should see Kaka to a nice fantasy point haul, regardless of if he scores.

Stefan Ishizaki – $6,900 – LA Galaxy – The Galaxy midfielder is coming off a whopping 14-cross outing against Seattle. With Robbie Keane day-to-day with a groin strain, and Gyasi Zardes questionable to play after logging 90-minutes with the United States on Wednesday, Ishizaki could be leaned on once again to whip balls into the box for target man Alan Gordon.

Dillon Powers – $6,400 – Colorado Rapids – After a breakout 2014 campaign, Powers has reemerged as an attacking weapon for the Rapids. Powers rode a goal and an assist to a 21-point fantasy performance last weekend. Playing underneath the lone striker, he should see ample opportunity to test Stefan Frei and the Sounders, who conceded 16 shots to the Galaxy in their last outing.

Others to Consider – Benny Feilhaber (Sporting KC; $7,500), Chris Pontius (DC United; $7,300), Kevin Molino (Orlando City SC; $5,600), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo; $8,200)

Forwards

Kei Kamara – $8,400 – Columbus Crew – Kamara is back to his goal-scoring ways and currently leads the league in shots (23). With the Crew eager to take the full three points at home versus expansion side Orlando City, look for Kamara to be leaned on as the lone target forward.

Sebastian Giovinco – $7,800 – Toronto FC – The Italian newcomer has posted double-digit fantasy points in his last four outings while leading the TFC attack. Giovinco will be licking his chops facing off against a Dallas side that was just dismantled at home by Colorado last weekend.

Alvaro Saborio – $6,900 – Real Salt Lake – Sabo has historically scored at a high clip, tallying 61 goals in 115 matches for RSL. Struggling to find his goal-scoring form in the new look Real Salt Lake attack, I expect Saborio to get back on track very soon. Once he gets going, the goals come in bunches. His price tag makes him an intriguing play, especially in GPP formats.

Others to Consider – Federico Higuain (Columbus Crew; $7,000), Obafemi Martins (Seattle Sounders; $9,700), Octavio Rivero (Vancouver Whitecaps; $9,800), Blas Perez (FC Dallas; $7,600), Cyle Larin (Orlando City SC; $5,900)

Flex Appeal

Lamar Neagle – $4,900 – Seattle Sounders – While he’s listed as a Midfielder on DraftKings, Neagle lined up in place of the injured Clint Dempsey alongside Obafemi Martins at Forward last weekend. Neagle was active with six shots, five of them on target, and was unlucky to not have his name on the score sheet. Dempsey did travel to Colorado, but his status is still up in the air. With cold temperatures expected in Denver, it’s very possible that Dempsey could be held out again. Be sure to check the starting lineups. At just $4,900, Neagle makes for a great FLEX option.

Alan Gordon – $5,300 – LA Galaxy – This play hinges on the health of star striker Robbie Keane (groin). If Keane is forced out again, Gordon should resume his role as the lone target forward for the Galaxy. The big 6-foot-3 fan favorite will look to take advantage of a hobbled Sporting KC backline, who just lost their best center back in Ike Opara.