MLS Soccer Sunday features a pair of nationally televised rivalry matches. DraftKings has some big contests on the board, including the Sunday Special where someone will turn $20 into $600. There are numerous players with question marks surrounding them heading into today, so be sure to monitor starting lineups as they come out — I will be posting them on Twitter (@DraftKicks) as they become available — usually an hour before kickoff. Here are my top targets for today’s two-game slate:
Stefan Frei – $4,500 – Seattle Sounders – Frei had a clean sheet in his last home outing, holding down the fort in Seattle’s 4-0 win over Orlando City. With the Sounders back at the C-Link, and in desperate need for 3 points to stay in the playoff hunt, I like Frei to lead Seattle to victory today.
Luis Robles – $5,100 – New York Red Bulls – Robles has led the Red Bulls to four straight wins at Red Bull Arena, allowing just one goal and posting three clean sheets over that span. Look for another big performance in what should be a tight game against New York’s I-95 rivals.
Others to Consider – Bill Hamid (D.C. United; $4,600), Adam Kwarasey (Portland Timbers; $4,900)
Tyrone Mears – $5,300 – Seattle Sounders – The Englishman has 2+ crosses in seven straight contests. He’s one of the best crossing defenders in the league and should be a popular play on a short slate.
Conor Lade – $4,200 – New York Red Bulls – Lade has double-digit fantasy points in his last two home games, swinging in a combined 12 crosses over that span. With New York hit man Bradley Wright-Phillips at his disposal, it wouldn’t surprise me to see Lade pickup the occasional assist.
Roman Torres – $2,500 – Seattle Sounders – While I generally tend to target outside backs to fill my Defender slots, Torres at minimum price is well worth consideration. The big 6-foot-2 Panamanian center back is a target on set pieces and he’s been known to convert having scored over 50 goals throughout his long career.
Others to Consider – Alvas Powell (Portland Timbers; $5,200), Taylor Kemp (D.C. United; $5,400), Sean Franklin (D.C. United; $4,500)
Sacha Kljestan – $8,200 – New York Red Bulls – Kljestan has been in fine form over the last several games, tallying two goals and four assists in his last five. He’s had an assist in three straight games at Red Bull Arena, and his upside is helped on with penalty kick duties being given to him. I expect Kljestan to continue to shine with a visit from Eastern Conference leaders D.C. United.
Diego Valeri – $9,500 – Portland Timbers – The Argentine has an assist in back-to-back games and is putting up fantasy points in all categories across the board. Valeri has 3+ shots in four of his last five games and will need to have a big game if the Timbers are to hang with Seattle today.
Lloyd Sam – $8,300 – New York Red Bulls – Sam has a combined 18 crosses in his last three games, contributing an assist in midweek action. One of the quickest wingers in the league, Sam is sure to be a menace tonight.
Others to Consider – Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers; $6,500), Felipe Martins (New York Red Bulls; $6,100), Eric Friberg (Seattle Sounders; $4,000)
Bradley Wright-Phillips – $11,600 – New York Red Bulls – The reigning Golden Boot winner has a goal in three straight home games. While he was held scoreless midweek, I expect the Red Bulls to feed BWP early-and-often in tonight’s high profile game.
Obafemi Martins – $9,800 – Seattle Sounders – Martins has a goal in consecutive home games and will be asked to carry the load today with the Sounders desperate for a result. He exploded for 31 points the last time the Sounders were at home, highlighting his sky-high ceiling.
Alvaro Saborio – $7,900 – D.C. United – Despite coming up empty handed, the Costa Rican target man fired off five shots on his way to a 9 point outing in a losing effort last weekend. Strike partner Fabian Espindola could return from injury today, giving Sabo’s upside a bump considering the service he can provide.
Others to Consider – Fabian Espindola (D.C. United; $9,500), Lucas Melano (Portland Timbers; $5,500), Chris Rolfe (D.C. United; $8,000)
Marco Pappa – $7,600 – Seattle Sounders – The diminutive Guatemalan could return to the field for the first time since his DUI back in July. If he does, Pappa makes for an excellent play given his ability to contribute across all statistical categories. Monitor starting lineups and play Pappa with confidence if he’s given the nod.
Nelson Valdez – $5,600 – Seattle Sounders – The newest addition to the Sounders strike force opened his MLS scoring account in his home debut two games ago. While he didn’t score in his last outing, he did rattle off two shots and drew six fouls. With Clint Dempsey expected to miss out again, look for Valdez to benefit at a very reasonable price point.