A pair of high profile MLS match-ups are on deck for Soccer Sunday. LA Galaxy welcome Seattle Sounders to kick things off at 4pm ET and then cross-river rivals New York Red Bulls and New York City FC close things out. It’s going to take some creativity to fit as much star power as possible in your lineups today. Follow Schuyler Redpath (@DraftKicks) and myself on Twitter(@jwl_15) for injury and lineup updates throughout the day and here are some of the players I will be targeting tonight:
Donovan Ricketts – $5,400 – LA Galaxy – Ricketts played in his first game of the season for the LA Galaxy last week and immediately picked up a win against the Colorado Rapids. He only made one save and gave up one goal, but picked up the win nonetheless. The Seattle Sounders have lost four in a row and were unable to score last week against Vancouver. With Clint Dempsey, they will always be a threat to score, but I expect Ricketts to justify his high price against Seattle.
Luis Robles – $5,000 – New York Red Bulls -Robles made two saves and gave up one goal midweek against the Montreal Impact. The game finished as a draw, but Robles played a very good game yet again. He has a decent matchup against David Villa and New York City FC on Sunday and should expect plenty of shots coming his way. Robles has won the previous two meetings against New York City FC and could easily do the same this afternoon.
Others to Consider – Stefan Frei (Seattle Sounders; $4,000), Josh Saunders (New York City FC; $4,100)
Angelino – $4,100 – New York City FC –Angelino has been outstanding since joining New York City FC and has assists in his last two matches. His pace and ability to get forward makes him a threat each week now and he is not afraid to get crosses into the box. With David Villa in the middle, Angelino will have plenty of chances to add to his early season assist total.
Connor Lade – $3,800 – New York Red Bulls – Lade should have another chance to start at fullback this afternoon with the suspension and injuries to three Red Bulls defenders. He hasn’t put up flashy numbers but he has been fairly consistent when playing 90 minutes. If you are looking for a cheaper defender to accommodate for the high priced attackers, Lade might be the guy on Sunday.
Others to Consider – Tyrone Mears (Seattle Sounders; $5,200), AJ DeLaGarza (LA Galaxy; $4,600), Kemar Lawrence (New York Red Bulls; $4,200)
Steven Gerrard – $8,300 – LA Galaxy -Gerrard had two shots and picked up an assist last week in a 3-1 win over the Rapids. He now has two assists on his young MLS career and has a great matchup to do the same this week. The Sounders have been horrible in defense as of late and are coming off a three goal defeat to Vancouver. Gerrard should be able to control the midfield from the start of the game with Osvaldo Alonso out for the Sounders and I expect him to put up big numbers this week.
Lloyd Sam – $7,800 – New York Red Bulls -Sam has been very inconsistent this season, but he is a guy who can easily put up 20 plus fantasy points in any given week. He scored a goal midweek, but hasn’t played a full 90 minutes in his last six starts. With the arrival of Shaun Wright-Phillips, the midfield is starting to get a bit crowded for the Red Bulls, meaning Sam must continue to have success if he wants to keep his place in the starting lineup.
Sebastian Lletget – $6,500 – LA Galaxy -Lletget now has three goals in his last four games and continues to be a must start for daily fantasy lineups given his price. The arrival of Giovani Dos Santos might be of concern for some, but I don’t see Lletget losing his place in the starting lineup with his recent form. As mentioned before, I really like the Galaxy’s chances against Seattle and Lletget should be one of the main contributors.
Others to Consider – Frank Lampard (New York City FC; $6,400), Shaun Wright-Phillips (New York Red Bulls; $6,000), Thomas (Seattle Sounders; $4,000)
Robbie Keane – $10,400 – LA Galaxy -Keane has seven goals in his last four matches and has a great chance to add to his tally on Sunday against Seattle. You all know by now the Sounders struggles as of late and I expect Keane to capitalize on their struggles.
Bradley Wright-Phillips – $11,200 – New York Red Bulls -Wright-Phillips had a poor game midweek, attempting only three shots and not scoring at all. Fortunately he has three goals in two games against New York City FC and should have plenty of chances to add to his solid goal scoring record. After giving up three goals last week, I would expect New York City FC to have their eye on Wright-Phillips from the opening whistle on Sunday.
David Villa – $12,500 – New York City FC – Villa picked up a goal and an assist last week and now has seven goals in his last five matches. He struggled against the Red Bulls last time these teams played, but was able to attempt six shots. Villa is not afraid to have a strike from just about anywhere on the field, which is great to see as a fantasy owner. Expect Villa to get plenty of chances once again with Frank Lampard and Andrea Pirlo expect to start for the first time together.
Others to Consider – Giovani Dos Santos (LA Galaxy; $7,400), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders; $10,300)
Mike Grella – $6,500 – New York Red Bulls – With all the high priced attacker on Sunday, a flex player may be very hard to come by. Mike Grella has been very valuable this season with his low price and knack for points. He has been a regular in the Red Bulls starting lineup and has a goal and two assists in his last four matches. He had an assist in the last match against New York City FC and if he is indeed in the starting lineup again, I expect Grella to have another productive match.