A big week of MLS action kicks off with two games on Wednesday night. With thousands in cash prizes to be awarded tonight, let’s take a look at my top targets for the two-game slate. All four teams playing tonight have a quick turnaround before taking the field this weekend, so there is sure to be some roster rotation. 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.
Clint Irwin – $5,000 – Colorado Rapids – Irwin stood on his head to see out a 1-0 win on the road last weekend – racking up 19 DraftKings points along the way. Tonight he’s back at home, where the Rapids have been a juggernaut on defense this season.
Luis Robles – $5,400 – New York Red Bulls – The former U.S. Men’s National Team GK has 16 points in back-to-back games, leading the Red Bulls to victory in three of their last four. While they are on the road tonight, Robles is a top option with only four GK to choose from.
Others to Consider – Sean Johnson (New York Red Bulls; $5,400), Tyler Deric (Houston Dynamo; $4,700)
Joevin Jones – $6,000 – Chicago Fire – The athletic outside back has 10+ DK points in two of his last three games. He’s consistently putting up high crossing totals, hitting 4+ in three straight. I’m expecting New York to take it to Chicago from the get-go, meaning Jones could be forced to cross the ball even more if the Fire are playing catchup.
Conor Lade – $4,200 – New York Red Bulls – Lade has 25 fantasy points in his last two games, helped on by 5+ crosses over that span. With New York hitman Bradley Wright-Phillips firing on all cylinders, Lade is in a good spot to pickup the occasional assist.
Maynor Figueroa – $3,600 – Colorado Rapids – The recent defensive reinforcement helped the Rapids shut out the Chicago Fire 1-0 on Saturday, earning six fantasy points along the way. The English Premier League veteran has been known to join in on the attack, and i’m predicting his first MLS goal or assist very soon.
Others to Consider – Jeff Larentowicz (Chicago Fire; $4,500), Sheanon Williams (Houston Dynamo; $4,000), Drew Moor (Colorado Rapids; $4,500)
Sacha Kljestan – $8,200 – New York Red Bulls – Kljestan is averaging over 14 fantasy points in his last four games. He’s been active in the attack, with one goal and three assists during that span. Look for Kljestan to keep his run of form going against a struggling Chicago Fire squad.
Brad Davis – $7,600 – Houston Dynamo – Davis is also averaging double-digit DK points over his last four outings. His point total is certainly helped by the 20 crosses he’s swung in over that run of games. The Dynamo attack runs through the veteran midfielder and they will be leaning on him heavily tonight in a game that could make-or-break their season.
Lloyd Sam – $8,300 – New York Red Bulls – One of the quickest wingers in the league, Sam has 9+ points in three straight contests. While he hasn’t been finding many shots of late, he’s had 6 and 8 crosses in his last two outings and his crossing ability will be on display once again tonight.
Others to Consider – Harry Shipp (Chicago Fire; $7,000), Dillon Powers (Colorado Rapids; $5,600), Felipe Martins (New York Red Bulls; $6,100)
Bradley Wright-Phillips – $11,800 – New York Red Bulls – The reigning Golden Boot winner has three goals in his last four games and is the most lethal option on the board tonight. I expect the Red Bulls will continue to feed BWP as they look to gain ground on D.C. United in the Eastern Conference standings. BWP will be heavily owned tonight and is a fade-at-your-own-risk type of player.
David Accam – $9,000 – Chicago Fire – The Ghanaian returned from a hamstring injury last weekend, and while he didn’t score, he came close on numerous occasions. He piled up 12 points on Saturday without a goal or an assist – highlighting his ability to contribute in multiple statistical categories.
Kevin Doyle – $6,400 – Colorado Rapids – Doyle provided an assist on the game-winning goal in Colorado’s 1-0 win at Chicago on Saturday. There is still plenty of room for improvement for the midseason pickup, but things are looking up for the Irish international. He’s logging 2+ shots per game and could very well break through for a big game soon.
Others to Consider – Kennedy Igboananike (Chicago Fire; $6,600), Will Bruin (Houston Dynamo; $7,500), Gabriel Torres (Colorado Rapids; $6,000)
Dillon Serna – $4,100 – Colorado Rapids – Serna bagged the game winner in the Rapids upset at Chicago last weekend. He’s been given more responsibility in the attack lately, taking corner kicks and pushing into a more advanced role in the Rapids 4-3-3.