Expansion teams New York City FC and Orlando City SC kick off MLS Soccer Sunday at Yankee Stadium this afternoon (2:30PM EST, Fox Sports 1). There are still a handful of key players away as the Gold Cup concludes, along with some random suspensions and noteworthy injuries to keep in mind. Keep an eye out for starting lineups as they are released — I will be posting starting lineups on Twitter (@DraftKicks) as they become available — usually an hour before kickoff. Let’s look at my targets for this three-game slate:
David Ousted – $4,700 – Vancouver Whitecaps – With a lack of options on the board, i’m going to target home goalkeepers with the best chance to win. Keep in mind goalkeepers get an extra 5 points for a Win, which comes in very handy at the end of the night. Aside from a surprise two goal game from Quincy Amarikwa at LA last weekend, the San Jose attack has been anemic with leading scorer Chris Wondolowski at the Gold Cup. Look for Ousted to put in a strong shift at BC Place in leading the ‘Caps to a W.
Andrew Dykstra – $4,800 – D.C. United – Dykstra has five or more saves in in three of his last four starts, filling in nicely while usual starter Bill Hamid recovers from injury. Considering the Union played a grueling mid-week U.S. Open Cup game, I like Dykstra and D.C. to get the job done at home tonight.
Others to Consider – Josh Saunders (NYCFC; $4,500), David Bingham (San Jose Earthquakes; $3,500), Brian Sylvestre (Philadelphia Union; $3,500)
Steven Beitashour – $4,400 – Vancouver Whitecaps – Beitashour has pumped in a handful of crosses over the past couple of games and isn’t shy about shifting forward into the attack. As noted above with Ousted, I like Vancouver’s chances at a potential clean sheet and will likely be pairing the two together in some lineups.
Angelino – $3,100 – New York City FC – The defender position is thin today, so i’m going to save some bankroll by using both of NYCFC’s shiny new toys at the back. Both players have nice attacking upside and have shown promise in the two games they’ve played.
Iraola – $3,500 – New York City FC – See above.
Others to Consider – Taylor Kemp (D.C. United; $4,200), Corey Ashe (Orlando City SC; $4,200), Tyrone Mears (Seattle Sounders; $5,800)
Kaka – $10,000 – Orlando City SC – Kaka has a goal in two of his last three games and is facing a NYCFC that was torched by Giovinco for a hat trick in their last game at Yankee Stadium. While i’m not expecting a hat-trick out of him, I do expect goals to be scored in this one, in which case the former World Cup winner has a good chance to be involved.
Cristian Maidana – $7,500 – Philadelphia Union – Maidana was quiet last game after his three-assist performance the game before. The Argentine reeled off 6+ crosses in three straight games before logging just 61 minutes last weekend. On a short slate, Maidana looks to be a consistent option to build your midfield around.
Matias Perez Garcia – $8,000 – San Jose Earthquakes – The Quakes #10 doesn’t have a goal or assist in two straight games, but is still contributing elsewhere. He’s a near lock to collect 5+ points just from crosses and fouls drawn alone, and is always a threat to turn up on the scoresheet.
Others to Consider – Nick DeLeon (D.C. United; $5,000), Shea Salinas (San Jose Earthquakes; $5,200), Pedro Morales (Vancouver Whitecaps; $9,000)
David Villa – $11,200 – New York City FC – Prior to coming up empty-handed against the New England Revolution last weekend, Villa had back-to-back two goal games. The Spanish hit man now faces an Orlando City defense that has allowed four goals across back-to-back league losses. He had a 41-point outburst last time out at Yankee Stadium, and is my top target on the three game slate.
Fabian Espindola – $8,000 – D.C. United – Though he has two goose eggs in his last three games, i’m going back to the well with Espindola today. With former strike partner Alvaro Saborio likely to lineup centrally up top, Espindola should have more freedom to wreak havoc on the wing and cutting inside. Espindola possesses 20+ point upside and is a steal at just $8,000.
Kekuta Manneh – $7,000 – Vancouver Whitecaps – On top of a nice assist, Manneh fired off six shots (four on target) last weekend to post a solid 17 DraftKings points. He now has a favorable matchup against an Earthquakes defenses that was just lit up for five goals by the LA Galaxy last weekend.
Others to Consider – Octavio Rivero (Vancouver Whitecaps; $9,000), Cyle Larin (Orlando City SC; $7,400), Alvaro Saborio (D.C. United, $7,500)
Mauro Rosales – $6,500 – Vancouver Whitecaps – Rosales whipped in a whopping 8 crosses last game and has double-digit fantasy points in two of his last three games. Pedro Morales could return to action today, which might slightly lessen Rosales’ upside today. With Techera suspended, I still expect minutes and production from Rosales regardless of Morales’ status.
Carlos Rivas – $6,500 – Orlando City SC – Rivas has quietly piled up double-digit DK points in three of his last four games. Albeit, the majority of production has come with Cyle Larin away at the Gold Cup. With Larin is back-in-action, i’m not as high on him but still like Rivas to produce at just $6,500.