MLS Targets: April 19, 2015

Happy soccer Sunday! With the first day of MLS on DraftKings in the books, we have some action for the diehard MLS fans on today’s two-game slate. Both games will be nationally televised so you can enjoy the action while you sweat your fantasy contests.

There are some question marks on some big name players that could affect your fantasy lineup once starting lineups are released. 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. Let’s take a look at who you should target to take down your contests!

Today’s Contests

$2K MLS Striker – $3 entry ($150 to first place!)

$2K MLS Equalizer – $27 entry ($470 to first place!)

Goalkeeper

Josh Saunders – $4,700 – New York City FC – With only two games on the board, i’m targeting goalkeepers who are playing at home. Saunders will be tasked with shutting out an explosive Portland Timbers attack. With plenty of question marks in the NYCFC defense, Saunders will be leaned on to showcase his shot-stopping abilities.

John McCarthy – $4,700 – Philadelphia Union – The Philadelphia native has shown well in his two games since assuming the starting goalkeeper duties for the Union, picking up a win and a draw over that span. The reigning USL PRO Goalkeeper of the Year will look to keep the momentum going at home this afternoon versus the Revs.

Others to Consider – Bobby Shuttleworth (New England Revolution; $4,400), Adam Kwarasey (Portland Timbers; $4,000)

 Defender

Chris Tierney – $4,000 – New England Revolution – Tierney’s status is up in the air, but if he goes he should be locked into your lineup. He’s been dealing with a niggling ankle injury and missed the Revs last match. An excellent crosser of the ball and a free kick specialist, the fantasy points pile up fast when he’s on the field.

Sheanon Williams – $3,400 – Philadelphia Union – The fullback likes to attack on the wings and is known for his long throw-in ability. Aside from the potential to pickup clean sheet points, Williams is a good bet to contribute on offense as well.

Alvas Powell – $4,000 – Portland Timbers – Powell attacks out of the back and crosses balls in from the flank for big target Fanendo Adi. He’s a reliable source of 5-7 fantasy points per game, and could exceed that if someone happens to get on the end of one of his crosses for an assist.

Others to Consider – Steven Vitoria (Philadelphia Union; $3,600), Darrius Barnes (New England Revolution; $3,ooo)

 Midfielder

Lee Nguyen – $7,700 – New England Revolution – Recovering from a late season ACL tear, Nguyen is starting to show signs of the 18-goal player we saw in 2014. Nguyen is a vital part of the Revs attack, and will likely be involved in any goal scoring opportunities on the day.  

Darlington Nagbe – $6,500 – Portland Timbers – Nagbe is a special talent who has yet to have that breakout performance MLS fans know he is capable of.  Not shy about getting forward, Nagbe has the ability to contribute in numerous statistical categories. Playing on a short field, I like Nagbe’s chances to do some damage today.

Mix Diskerud – $6,300 – New York City FC – Mix missed out on the midweek contest after putting in a shift with the US Men’s National Team vs. Mexico on Wednesday. NYCFC will welcome him back to the lineup after numerous injuries and fatigue hampered them on Thursday vs. Philadelphia. Mix will be an integral part of New York City’s attack this evening.

 Others to Consider – Kelyn Rowe (New England Revolution; $6,800), Rodney Wallace (Portland Timbers; $6,000), Cristian Maidana (Philadelphia Union; $5,500)

Forwards

Fernando Aristeguieta  – $7,700 – Philadelphia Union – The Venezuelan striker has gotten off to a quick start with Philly, with three goals in six games. Aristeguieta is third in the league with 11 shots on target and will look to add to that tally this afternoon.

Fanendo Adi – $8,900 – Portland Timbers – Adi set a Timbers record with four two-goal games in 2014. Adi is back in goalscoring form, with three goals so far in 2015. Look for the big 6’4″ Nigerian to have an impact on tonight’s contest.

Adam Nemec – $5,300 – New York City FC – Nemec has been a threat for NYCFC but the goals have yet to come. With star striker David Villa questionable (hamstring), I expect Nemec to have an even bigger role vs. Portland. 

Others to Consider – Juan Agudelo (New England Revolution; $6,700), Maximilano Urruti (Portland Timbers; $5,600), Andrew Wenger (Philadelphia Union; $6,000)

Flex Appeal

Khiry Shelton – $4,000 – New York City FC –  The talented rookie rewarded head coach Jason Kreis for giving him his first start on Thursday, tacking on an assist in an impressive performance. With David Villa hampered by a hamstring injury, Shelton will be counted on to provide a spark for the home side.

Sebastian Le Toux – $6,400 – Philadelphia Union – The veteran attacker has two assists in his last three appearances. Le Toux takes most of the Union’s corner kicks, set pieces and penalty kicks and is always a good bet to put his name on the scoresheet.