MLS Targets: April 24, 2015

Major League Soccer action kicks off Friday night with a nationally televised doubleheader on Univision Deportes. The Chicago Fire host New York City FC (8pm EST), followed by the Colorado Rapids taking on FC Dallas (10pm EST). MLS action will be in full swing on Saturday and Sunday, so be sure to check back in for my targets all weekend long.

As always, 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. With limited options on a short slate, I have picked out some players that you should target to give yourself a shot at taking down your contests.

Today’s Contests

$1.5K MLS Striker – $3 entry

$2K MLS Equalizer – $27 entry

Goalkeeper

Sean Johnson – $3,800 – Chicago Fire – I like the Fire to get the job done at home tonight. With a hobbled NYCFC coming to town, Sean-Jean is the most likely to earn a win and a clean sheet on the night.

Clint Irwin – $4,900 – Colorado Rapids – With an offense slow to get going, the Rapids have relied on Irwin to keep them in games in the early going. FC Dallas will surely be out for revenge after Colorado thrashed them 4-0 in Dallas just two weeks ago. I expect Irwin to be peppered with shots tonight, making him a good bet to pickup +2pts for each save.

Others to Consider – Chris Seitz (FC Dallas; $4,200), Ryan Meara (New York City FC; $3,000)

Defender

Joevin Jones – $4,100 – Chicago Fire – The MLS newcomer has shown well to start the season. The versatile left back is active on the wing and has even played some at left midfield. He opened his goal scoring account in his last outing and looks to have a role in the Fire attack going forward.

Michel – $5,200 – FC Dallas – Anytime Michel is in the FC Dallas lineup, he should also be in yours. Michel plays as both a Defender and Midfielder for FC Dallas, but is eligible for selection as a Defender on DraftKings. He takes most of the FC Dallas corner kicks, free kicks and penalty kicks which gives him a low floor and high ceiling seeing that he contributes across the board in both offensive and defensive point scoring categories.

Others to Consider – Michael Harrington (Colorado Rapids; $3,500), Eric Gehrig (Chicago Fire; $3,8oo), Drew Moor (Colorado Rapids; $3,000)

Midfielder

Shaun Maloney – $6,900 – Chicago Fire – The Scottish international tallied a goal and an assist in his last game and is in fine form coming into tonight’s contest. Playing underneath the lone striker, Maloney will have plenty of chances to make his mark against a hobbled NYCFC backline.

Harry Shipp – $8,200 – Chicago Fire – Shipp is one of the hottest midfielders in Major League Soccer at the moment. He rode a pair of assists to 23 DraftKings points in his last appearance and has surpassed the 10 point threshold in three straight games.

Dillon Powers – $6,200 – Colorado Rapids – The Rapids #10 has been a key ingredient in turning around the previously sputtering Colorado attack. Powers has notched a goal and two assists over his last two games and will be called on again to lead the Rapids offense against a shaky FC Dallas defense.

Others to Consider – David Accam (Chicago Fire; $4,200), Mauro Diaz (FC Dallas; $5,100)

Forwards

Blas Perez  – $8,000 – FC Dallas – The FC Dallas striker has gotten off to hot start in 2015. Perez has four goals in in seven games, good for 2nd on the MLS goal scoring chart. With few options on the board, Perez is my top Forward option tonight.

Gabriel Torres – $5,900 – Colorado Rapids – Early season injuries have thrusted Torres into the lead striker role in Colorado, and the Panamanian has not disappointed. Torres has been on fire in his last two, with two goals and one assist to his name – including a goal and an assist two weeks ago against the same FC Dallas team he faces tonight.

Quincy Amarikwa $5,300 – Chicago Fire – Amarikwa has yet to find the net, but it’s not for a lack of effort. The Fire forward has six shots over his last two games, and it’s only a matter of time before he finds his goal scoring form.

Others to Consider – Fabian Castillo (FC Dallas; $8,600), Adam Nemec (New York City FC; $5,300)

Flex Appeal

Khiry Shelton – $4,600 – New York City FC –  Shelton has been impressive since earning a starting role two games ago. NYCFC is thin in the attack, with David Villa likely out again. If New York City are to stay in the game, Shelton will likely have a hand in any offensive output.

David Accam – $4,200 – Chicago Fire – The Ghanaian has adapted quickly to his wide midfield role with the Fire. After rattling off five shots with two on frame in his last outing, a breakout game is not out of the question – making Accam a sneaky midfield play at a great value.