We have a two-game Friday night slate to kick-off another long weekend of MLS action. DraftKings has guaranteed over $10k in MLS contests this weekend – and that doesn’t even include the Soccer Sunday slate! The Friday night card is tricky at first glance. All four teams have been rotating their squad recently, so be sure to monitor starting lineups as they are announced. I will be posting starting lineups on Twitter (@FantasySoccerFC) as they become available. Let’s take a look at some players who will help you make a run at the top of the leaderboard.
Nick Rimando – $5,100 – Real Salt Lake – Seemingly recovered from injury, Rimando steps in to face a San Jose Earthquakes attack that scored just one goal in the month of April. The RSL GK kept a clean sheet in the first meeting between the teams one month ago in a 1-0 win.
Tyler Deric – $5,100 – Houston Dynamo – The Dynamo defense will look to right the ship after allowing four goals in a thrilling contest with Sporting KC over the weekend. Deric leads the league in Saves, and will surely be tested tonight against a good FC Dallas attack. FCD will be missing top striker Blas Perez, strengthening Deric’s case to post good numbers tonight.
Others to Consider – David Bingham (San Jose Earthquakes; $3,900), Dan Kennedy (FC Dallas; $3,800)
Demar Phillips – $4,600 – Real Salt Lake – The speedy Jamaican has impressed since being inserted into the starting lineup two games ago. Phillips has given the RSL attack some hope – swinging balls in from the wing and finding room to get some looks at goal.
Michel – $4,400 – FC Dallas – Michel has been in and out of the FC Dallas starting lineup, so be sure to check to see if he’s starting before you roll with him. When he plays, he’s a must-have in DraftKings lineups. He’s a set-piece specialist and will contribute points in multiple categories across the board.
DaMarcus Beasley – $5,200 – Houston Dynamo – The former US Men’s National team midfielder-turned-defender still has it. He’s a reliable source of drawings fouls and still ventures into the attack on occasion.
Others to Consider – Raul Rodriguez (Houston Dynamo; $4,000), Victor Bernardez (San Jose Earthquakes; $4,000), Jamison Olave (Real Salt Lake; $4,5oo)
Javier Morales – $7,600 – Real Salt Lake – Real Salt Lake have not scored in 316-minutes. In fact, the last time that RSL scored was on a Javier Morales goal against the Quakes, nearly a month ago. Morales has missed the last three games due to injury, but is in line to return tonight and should have an instant impact in the attack.
Brad Davis – $7,400 – Houston Dynamo – It has taken some time for the veteran to get going, but it looks as though Davis and the Dynamo attack are finally starting to click. Davis moved into third place among the all-time MLS assist leaders with two helpers against Sporting KC, and now has three assists over his last three matches.
Matias Perez Garcia – $5,800 – San Jose Earthquakes – The crafty playmaker does it all for the Quakes. Even when he is not scoring goals, he’s involved in all aspects of the attack and will rack up points across the board even without putting his name on the score sheet.
Others to Consider – Mauro Diaz (FC Dallas; $5,800), Boniek Garcia (Houston Dynamo; $5,200), Shea Salinas (San Jose Earthquakes; $4,900)
Giles Barnes – $8,200 – Houston Dynamo – Barnes has been on fire as of late. He’s rattled off 19 shots over four games, converting three of those into goals. His DraftKings line over the last four goes like this: 31, 10, 20, 8.
Fabian Castillo – $8,700 – FC Dallas – With Blas Perez out due to suspension, Castillo will be asked to shoulder more of the load in the FCD attack. Having contributed two goals and one assist in Dallas’ previous two games, I like Castillo’s chances tonight against a Houston team that just allowed four goals in their last outing.
Chris Wondolowski – $8,500 – San Jose Earthquakes – A generally reliable source of goals is stuck in a four-game goal scoring drought. Wondo was playing through fatigue and a slight hamstring injury prior to the recent two-week rest. Word is that he is back to 100% and ready to go. With the lack of options on the board, I will have some exposure to one of the most dangerous goal threats in the league.
Others to Consider – Innocent Emeghara (San Jose Earthquakes; $6,400), Olmes Garcia (Real Salt Lake; $5,300), Will Bruin (Houston Dynamo; $6,500), Tesho Akindele (FC Dallas; $6,500)
Jordan Allen – $2,800 – Real Salt Lake – Listed as a Defender on DraftKings, Allen has been deployed as a Forward recently in the RSL 4-3-3 lineup. The 20-year old notched the first goal of his career earlier in the season, and with RSL desperate for goals he could play a role in the attack again tonight. His playing time has been sporadic, but at nearly a bare minimum price Allen is worth rolling the dice on.
Alvaro Saborio – $6,700 – Real Salt Lake – RSL are goalless in over three games now, but if they are to break out of their slump, the Salt Lake hit man is a prime candidate to play a part. With 61 all-time MLS goals to his name – he’s the type of player that one goal could lead to added confidence and a multi-goal game.