A massive eight game MLS card kicks off at 4:00PM EST on Saturday. There are still numerous absences with many key players away at Gold Cup. In addition to international players missing, there are several suspensions and injuries that will surely see some rosters shuffled today. Monitor starting lineups as they are released — 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 the Saturday slate:
Joe Bendik – $3,100 – Toronto FC – The fact that Toronto FC have let in four goals in back-to-back games isn’t going to convince anyone to target their goalkeeper. However, they are back in the home confines of BMO Field where they have allowed just one goal in their last two home games. With usual starter Chris Konopka suspended, backup Joe Bendik will look to fill the void and is worth consideration at a near minimum price.
Dan Kennedy – $5,200 – FC Dallas – Kennedy and FC Dallas are on a roll, with three consecutive shutout wins. Tonight they face a shorthanded D.C. United attack that has been held scoreless in three straight games. Look for FCD to stay hot at home with another solid performance tonight.
Others to Consider – Stefan Frei (Seattle Sounders; $5,300), Bobby Shuttleworth (New England Revolution; $3,300), Jeff Attinella (Real Salt Lake; $5,000)
Chris Tierney – $6,000 – New England Revolution – The left back is averaging 7 crosses per game over his last three outings. Considering his role in the Revolution attack, often taking corner kicks and free kicks, Tierney holds the most upside of any defender on the board.
Chance Myers – $3,900 – Sporting KC – After watching much of the first half of the season from the bench while recovering from injury, Myers shined in his 2015 debut. He contributed the game-winning assist to go along with a clean sheet in his 16 point DraftKings haul. He was held out of the last match, likely due to the game being played on turf. If he’s back in the lineup today, which I expect he will be, Myers is a solid option at just $3,900.
Tyrone Mears – $6,300 – Seattle Sounders – Mears has double digits DK points in two of his last three games. Marco Pappa is expected to be back tonight, but it’s unclear if he will start which means Mears could be back on set piece duty. While the Rapids are finally starting to click in the attack, they have been kept off the scoresheet in three straight road games.
Others to Consider – Marcel de Jong (Sporting KC; $4,700), Jordan Allen (Real Salt Lake; $5,200), Iraola (New York City FC; $3,000)
Kaká – $10,400 – Orlando City SC – Orlando City gladly welcome back leading scorer Kaká to the fold, having served a one-game suspension last week. He’s the highest priced midfielder on the board, and rightfully so as his nine goals on the season are good for fifth best in the league. Kaká has a goal in two straight games, and will be relied upon to make it three if Orlando is to hang with the Red Bulls today.
Javier Morales – $7,900 – Real Salt Lake – Colorado was able to slow down the RSL playmaker last weekend by fouling him early and often. When all was said and done Morales drew nine fouls on the night, nearly accumulating as many points for a goal scored from all the points earned for fouls drawn. The Argentine chipped in an assist en route to a 15 point outing, and is a fine midfield play as RSL look to bounce back from a tough loss last weekend.
Lee Nguyen – $8,200 – New England Revolution – Though the Revs are mired in a five game winless slump, Nguyen’s fantasy production has been consistent. He has double-digit points in three of those five, and is collecting points across the board through crosses, shots and fouls drawn. I’m pegging New England to have a good game at home against a NYCFC team that was just burned for four goals in their last game, with their attack running through Lee Nguyen.
Others to Consider – Mauro Diaz (FC Dallas; $8,700), Benny Feilhaber (Sporting KC; $9,300), Cristian Maidana (Philadelphia Union; $7,500)
Sebastian Giovinco – $11,600 – Toronto FC – The Atomic Ant was at his finest last Sunday, with a hat-trick and an assist in TFC’s 4-4 draw with New York City FC. Giovinco finished the game with 49 DraftKings points, the second time in his last four games that he’s hit the 40 mark. He’s the best player on the board – fade at your own risk.
Dom Dwyer – $9,300 – Sporting KC – Dwyer has been firing off shots at any given opportunity, and has 11 FPPG despite having just one goal in his last three games. I like Dwyer’s matchup tonight against a Montreal Impact defense that has allowed two-or-more goals in three straight road games.
Fabian Castillo – $10,800 – FC Dallas – The dynamic Columbian has been a big part of FC Dallas’ recent resurgence. Castillo has a goal or an assist in four straight games and has a good chance to keep that streak going at home tonight against D.C. United.
Others to Consider – David Villa (New York City FC; $11,400), Bradley Wright-Phillips (New York Red Bulls; $11,600), Charlie Davies (New England Revolution, $8,900)
Cristian Techera – $3,900 – Vancouver Whitecaps – Techera has done well in helping to fill the void in the Vancouver midfield with usual playmaker Pedro Morales injured. While Techera did put up a goose egg just two games ago, his cheap price tag makes him a viable option to free up salary cap room for the high priced stars. Aside from the 0 point outing, he’s notched eight or more points in three of his last four games.
Joao Plata – $6,500 – Real Salt Lake – Plata has an assist in two of his last three games and will be asked to shoulder even more of the attacking load tonight with Sebastian Jaime suspended. He should be a pest for Houston to deal with from the get-go, and i’m expecting Plata to come out firing in search of his first goal of the season tonight.