MLS is in full swing this weekend with 5 games to kick things off on Saturday and a three-game card to look forward to on Sunday. With thousands in cash prizes to be awarded tonight, let’s take a look at my top targets for Saturday. There are some injuries and suspensions to take into account when building your lineups, so keep an eye out for starting lineups as they are released. I will be posting them on Twitter (@DraftKicks) as they become available – usually an hour before kickoff.
Tim Melia – $5,000 – Sporting Kansas City – Sporting Kansas City are unbeaten at home this season, thanks in large part to the play of goalkeeper Tim Melia. With Melia in between the pipes, SKC have won 10 of their last 11 games at home.
Nick Rimando – $4,500 – Real Salt Lake – Nick Rimando looks set to return to MLS action after missing some time with a knee injury. A home game against a struggling Portland Timbers attack looks enticing for the all-time MLS shutout record holder.
Others to Consider – Bobby Shuttleworth (New England Revolution; $5,200), Luis Robles (New York Red Bulls; $5,400)
Chris Tierney – $6,000 – New England Revolution – The DraftKings scoring format suits Tierney well. The versatile left back has the ability to contribute across the board. He has an assist in consecutive games, and is a good source of crossing points from a defender. In addition to his high upside through his attacking contributions, a clean sheet is well within reach for the Revs at home against the Houston Dynamo tonight.
Conor Lade – $4,200 – New York Red Bulls – Lade posted 13.5 DraftKings points behind seven crosses and a clean sheet in his last outing. While I’m not banking on the Red Bulls keeping Giovinco off the scoresheet, I like the upside the outside back brings to the table.
Abdoulie Mansally – $3,600 – Real Salt Lake – The Gambian has been a spark in the Salt Lake attack over the past few games. His speed allows him to swing in crosses and makes him a fouls drawn magnet. I like Mansally at this price, and I’m hoping he shows up with another goal tonight as he did just two games ago.
Others to Consider – Chance Myers (Sporting KC; $4,200), Anthony Wallace (New York Red Bulls; $4,200), Sheanon Williams (Houston Dynamo; $4,400)
Lee Nguyen – $8,600 – New England Revolution – Nguyen is finally firing on all cylinders after a slow start to 2015. He has a goal in three straight games and is picking up fantasy points across multiple categories. Ride the hot hand.
Benny Feilhaber – $9,700 – Sporting KC – Feilhaber has three goals and three assists over his last four games. He’s doing it all while averaging double-digit DK points over the course of the season. If not for Giovinco, Benny would be at the top of the MVP standings given the outstanding form he’s in at the moment.
Javier Morales – $8,800 – Real Salt Lake – JaviMo was rested last weekend in lieu of RSL’s midweek US Open Cup tilt. The plan backfired and Salt Lake bowed out of the tournament 3-1 to Sporting Kansas City. Morales will be back in league action tonight, where he’s scored 2 goals to go along with three assists in his last three contests – good for a hefty 16+ DraftKings points per game along the way.
Others to Consider – Mauro Diaz (FC Dallas; $9,200), Sacha Kljestan (New York Red Bulls; $8,400), Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy; $6,900)
Sebastian Giovinco – $12,200 – Toronto FC – The MVP-frontrunner has been fantasy gold in 2015. Giovinco is averaging 20 DraftKings points per game and leads the league in both shots and shots on goal. He had a quiet showing in his last game, by his standards, just topping double-digits with an assist. Look for Giovinco to bounce back with a big effort on Saturday against a makeshift New York Red Bulls backline.
Bradley Wright-Phillips – $11,500 – New York Red Bulls – BWP has exceeded double digit fantasy points in two of his last three games on the strength of a pair of goals. Last seasons Golden Boot winner now has 10 goals and 6 assists on the season and I expect the Red Bulls to look to feed him early and often at Red Bull Arena tonight.
Dom Dwyer – $9,000 – Sporting KC – The Sporting Kansas City attack was clicking in their 3-1 US Open Cup semifinal victory over Real Salt Lake on Wednesday. While Dwyer didn’t find the back of the net, he was hounding the goal all night and looks hungry for a goal heading into tonights match. Dwyer has four or more shots in his last four MLS games, connecting for two goals.
Others to Consider – Robbie Keane (LA Galaxy; $10,800), Fabian Castillo (FC Dallas; $10,500), Krisztian Nemeth (Sporting KC; $8,200), Charlie Davies (New England Revolution; $8,500)
Luis Silva – $3,700 – Real Salt Lake – If you’re looking for a bargain bin player to squeeze in the high-priced studs, Luis Silva might be the guy. He logged 69 minutes in his first start for RSL, and could shift into more of a forward role with Joao Plata nursing a hamstring injury. The only downside is that he’s playing in the last game of the night – which eliminates a majority of pivots at that price range if he doesn’t start.
Michael Bradley – $5,000 – Toronto FC – The U.S. Men’s National team standout was stellar in his return from the Gold Cup, scoring a goal on three shots to go along with three crosses. Bradley has two goals and an assist in his last three games, and isn’t hesitant about joining in the Toronto FC attack. At just $5K, Bradley will provide salary relief – allowing you to spend up for his partner in crime Giovinco.