A pair of nationally televised MLS matches are on deck, and DraftKings has over $5K in prizes to award today when all is said and done. Be sure to watch for starting lineups as both games today have numerous players missing due to Gold Cup and injuries. As always, I will be posting starting lineups on Twitter (@FantasySoccerFC) as they become available – usually an hour before kickoff. Here are the players I am targeting for Sunday’s contests:
Josh Saunders – $5,200 – New York City FC – Saunders has been a big part of NYCFC’s recent surge, with two 19+ fantasy performances in his last three games. One of those was a clean sheet win on the road against the same Toronto FC team he’s facing today.
Tim Melia – $3,500 – Sporting KC – Melia makes for a great value play in goal with the Vancouver Whitecaps dealing with numerous absences. He’s won three of his last four contests, putting up 12+ fantasy points in those wins.
Others to Consider – David Ousted (Vancouver Whitecaps; $5,400), Chris Konopka (Toronto FC; $3,700)
Iraola – $3,100 – New York City FC – The Spaniard could make his NYCFC debut this afternoon, and if he does he makes for an excellent play for just $3,100. He made a name for himself thanks to his excellent crossing ability, and i’m excited to see it carry over into MLS.
Jalil Anibaba – $4,200 – Sporting KC – Anibaba has gone for seven or more points in three straight games, right in line with his average FPPG of 8.4. He’ll join in the attack and is one of the safer options in defense with a lack of options to pick from.
Steven Beitashour – $4,800 – Vancouver Whitecaps – Though he hasn’t been a crossing machine, the outside back has two assists in two of his last three games. The Caps are without some key attackers today, and could look for an offensive boost from Beitashour.
Others to Consider – RJ Allen (New York City FC; $3,500), Chance Myers (Sporting KC; $4,100), Jordan Harvey (Vancouver Whitecaps; $4,000)
Benny Feilhaber – $8,700 – Sporting KC – The midfielder pool is very shallow today. Feilhaber is averaging 12 DK points per game, good for over five points more than the nearest starting midfielder playing today. He has 13+ points in three of his last four, making easily the most reliable option at the midfielder position.
Mauro Rosales – $6,100 – Vancouver Whitecaps – Rosales has stepped his play up of late, with usual attacking cog Pedro Morales dealing with a lingering injury. He put up 16 points last weekend, with a bulk of those points coming from crosses and fouls drawn. With few options to choose from, the Argentine makes for a fine play at a good price.
Thomas McNamara – $4,900 – New York City FC – The second-year player has found a role in the NYCFC midfield. He’s a hard worker who gets himself in good positions to score goals. McNamara added an assist just over two weeks ago against the same TFC team New York faces today, and is worth consideration on a short slate.
Others to Consider – Mehdi Ballouchy (New York City FC; $6,300), Benoit Cheyrou (Toronto FC; $5,000), Kwado Poku (New York City FC; $4,200)
David Villa – $11,300 – New York City FC – The former FIFA World Cup winner is on fire. Villa has five goals and one assist in his last four games. Today he faces a Toronto FC team that he lit up for a pair of goals just two weeks ago, and who Robbie Keane torched for a hat-trick last weekend.
Sebastian Giovinco – $11,500 – Toronto FC – The highest priced option on the board was shutout versus LA Galaxy last weekend, but still was able to put up 12 DK points through shots, crosses and fouls drawn. He’s arguably the most dangerous option on the board, though he was held to just nine points two weeks ago when these teams met.
Dom Dwyer – $8,800 – Sporting KC – The SKC striker has 15+ points in three of his last five outings. He’ll continue to be looked to provide the goals for the Kansas City attack, and should see plenty of opportunities to add another goal to his tally this evening.
Others to Consider – Octavio Rivero Vancouver Whitecaps; $9,600), Patrick Mullins (New York City FC; $6,600), Krisztian Nemeth (Sporting KC, $6,900)
Cristian Techera – $4,100 – Vancouver Whitecaps – The diminutive midfielder put up a goose egg at Colorado last weekend, but prior to that Techera showed up with a goal and an assist over two games. As noted in Rosales’ write-up, the Caps are without the services of Pedro Morales which puts even more weight on the shoulders of Techera to create. At just $4,100 taking a flier on Techera will help to squeeze in some of the high-priced superstars.
Kekuta Manneh – $6,400 – Vancouver Whitecaps – Manneh has quietly posted double-digit fantasy points in four of his last five outings. With Octavio Rivero struggling, Manneh has stepped it up by bagging three goals over the last four games he’s played in. He’s firing shots off at any given opportunity, and is a solid play in a game that I expect to see goals in.