Viernes de Fútbol kicks off a soccer filled Independence Day weekend, with a pair of MLS games on tonight’s docket. There are numerous absences due to Gold Cup call-ups, along with a handful of players who are questionable with lingering injuries. Be sure to watch for starting lineups and adjust your lineup if need be. 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 Friday’s slate:
Stefan Frei – $5,200 – Seattle Sounders – The league leading shot stopper let in four goals last weekend but was still able to post six DK points thanks to seven saves. I expect Fabian Espindola to be a handful tonight, but am looking for Frei and the Sounders to turn in a bounce back performance at home.
Bill Hamid – $4,300 – D.C. United – Hamid is in fine form with five consecutive double-digit fantasy performances. He’s had a clean sheet in back-t0-back outings, and while Seattle on the road is usually a tall task, the Sounders are on a three game skid that has seen them score only once since losing top scorers Clint Dempsey and Obafemi Martins .
Others to Consider – Tyler Deric (Houston Dynamo; $5,400), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire; $3,600)
Tyrone Mears – $5,500 – Seattle Sounders – The right back has been an attacking threat all season and is one of the top scoring defenders on DraftKings thanks to his crossing ability. Mears had 10 points through an assist and four crosses last week. On a short slate, i’ll be paying up for the most reliable option on the board.
DaMarcus Beasley – $6,000 – Houston Dynamo – The former U.S. Men’s National Team standout has been quiet in the attack since being shifted to left back. He hasn’t done much fantasy wise to be the highest priced defender on the board, but I feel a vintage DMB performance is coming. I like Houston’s chances to keep Chicago at bay, and am looking for Beasley to be more involved in the attack tonight as well.
Taylor Kemp – $4,200 – D.C. United – Kemp is averaging 8.3 FPPG, which is tops for starting defenders on tonight’s slate. As noted with Hamid, the Sounders are mired in a scoring slump of late. I’m not banking on United keeping the Sounders off the board, but I like Kemp’s ability to pickup fantasy points regardless of if D.C. gets a clean sheet.
Others to Consider – Steve Birnbaum (D.C. United; $4,000), Jeff Larentowicz (Chicago Fire; $5,000), Chris Korb (D.C. United; $4,300)
Lamar Neagle – $6,600 – Seattle Sounders – Neagle found the back of the net last weekend and will be asked to do the heavy lifting on offense again tonight with leading scorers Clint Dempsey and Obafemi Martins absent. I like Seattle’s chances to get a result at home tonight, and expect Neagle to be the focal point of attack.
Harry Shipp – $7,500 – Chicago Fire – Prior to his past two low-output fantasy outings, Shipp put up three straight games of 13+ fantasy points. If Chicago are to make a game of it in Houston, Shipp will have to put his stamp on the game.
Brad Davis – $8,800 – Houston Dynamo – It’s been a whirlwind week for the Dynamo captain. Davis was sent home from the U.S. National Team Gold Cup camp with a lingering knee injury. However, reports throughout the week are pointing to Davis playing tonight. If he goes, he’s consistently swinging in nearly five crosses per game and has big upside to contribute in the box score.
Others to Consider – Andy Rose (Seattle Sounders; $5,100), Luis Silva (D.C. United; $3,900), Nick DeLeon (D.C. United; $4,700), Thomas (Seattle Sounders; $3,700)
Giles Barnes – $9,600 – Houston Dynamo – The Jamaican will play his final MLS match tonight before departing for the Gold Cup. He hasn’t found the net in four straight, but it’s not for a lack of trying. Barnes leads the Dynamo in shots (49) and shots on goal (15) and will be primed to leave for the Gold Cup on a high note.
Will Bruin – $7,500 – Houston Dynamo – Bruin has scored four of the Dynamos last seven goals at home and leads the team with seven goals on the season. While he hasn’t scored in two straight, I’m predicting we’ll see the Dancing Bear strike again tonight.
Fabian Espindola – $8,100 – D.C. United – Espindola turned in a disappointing three point outing last weekend, but will be looking to get back on track facing a Sounders team that just conceded four goals in a 4-1 loss to the Portland Timbers. Prior to his recent quiet showing, the Argentine had an eye-opening 10 cross game followed up by a nine-cross game. He contributes across the board and has the highest upside of any player on the board tonight.
Others to Consider – Chris Rolfe (D.C. United; $7,700), Kennedy Igboananike (Chicago Fire; $5,600), Conor Doyle (D.C. United, $3,800)
Chad Barrett – $4,000 – Seattle Sounders – This play comes with an asterisk as Barrett has been dealing with a hamstring injury. He was quiet in 60 minutes last weekend, but if he’s given the start tonight he could prove to be a solid salary saving FLEX play at just $4,000. I think the Sounders score some goals at home tonight, and am targeting Barrett to be involved.
Mike Magee – $5,900 – Chicago Fire – The former MLS MVP looks to be back after scoring twice midweek in a 90 minute U.S. Open Cup shift. The Fire have been hesitant to give him big minutes as he works his way back from injury, but could be in line for his first league game start tonight. If he starts, he brings a big upside at less than $6k.