Happy Father’s Day to all the MLS dads and fans out there! DraftKings has some big contests on the board for the two-game Sunday card, so let’s get right to the top players I’m targeting today. As always, I will be posting starting lineups on Twitter (@FantasySoccerFC) as they become available – usually an hour before kickoff.
Nick Rimando – $4,900 – Real Salt Lake – The all-time MLS shutout leader has kept three Clean Sheets in his last three home games. On a short slate, he’s a top goalkeeper option and is very reasonably priced.
Bill Hamid – $5,300 – D.C. United – The United defense hasn’t been kind to Hamid as of late, but he continues to post solid fantasy numbers regardless. The last Clean Sheet came nearly two months ago, but i’m banking on Hamid putting in a solid shift in goal to lead D.C. to a win at RFK Stadium today.
Others to Consider – Bobby Shuttleworth (New England Revolution; $4,300), Tim Melia (Sporting KC; $4,200)
Chris Tierney – $5,400 – New England Revolution – Any time Tierney is on a two-game slate he will always be a target of mine, regardless of his low fantasy output as of late. He continues to stand over corner kicks and set pieces, bumping his fantasy potentional regardless of the matchup.
Jordan Allen – $6,200 – Real Salt Lake – Prior to departing for the U-20 World Cup, Allen’s last three fantasy performances were to the tune of 12,19, and 12 points. He’s not a lock to start, but if he does it will likely be in a more advanced attacking role. I’ll be looking for him in the RSL starting XI, and if he is i’ll find a way to pay up for the highest priced defender.
Taylor Kemp – $4,100 – D.C. United – The outside back is averaging 8.6 DraftKings points per game on the season, with half of his points coming from the four-to-six crosses he is known to contribute each game. Kemp offers excellent value for projected fantasy points return.
Others to Consider – Marcel de Jong (Sporting KC; $4,000), Jamison Olave (Real Salt Lake; $5,100), Jalil Anibaba (Sporting KC; $5,200)
Javier Morales – $8,600 – Real Salt Lake – This play comes with an asterisk, as Morales has been dealing with MCL issues this week. Reports indicate he is probably, in which case he’s my top Midfielder target on the short slate. When in form, the Argentine is as deadly as any creative midfielder in the league – and i’m looking for him to post 10+ points regardless of if he gets on the scoresheet today.
Graham Zusi – $6,500 – Sporting KC – Zusi has taken on a more advanced role in the SKC attack with Dom Dwyer (injury) and Krisztian Nemeth (international duty) both missing time. Both forwards are expected to be back-in-action tonight, which I think helps Zusi more than it hurts his fantasy value as teams won’t focus solely on shutting him down.
Diego Fagundez – $5,900 – New England Revolution – The 20-year old is full of confidence after winning the MLS Goal of the Week while becoming the youngest player in MLS history to make 100 career regular-season appearances. He’s still priced low enough to stick him in your lineup and hope his hot run continues.
Others to Consider – Benny Feilhaber (Sporting KC; $8,400), Lee Nguyen (New England Revolution; $7,600)
Fabian Espindola – $9,500 – D.C. United – Espindola has been lively since returning from injury two games ago. Though he’s missed the majority of the season through suspension and injury, Espy still leads D.C. with four assists on the season. The Argentine is a constant threat on goal and I expect him to trouble the Revs back line all night.
Joao Plata – $5,400 – Real Salt Lake – The RSL attack was given a boost in their last game with the return of 2014 leading scorer Joao Plata. While Plata and RSL came up empty-handed, it was encouraging to see the lively attacker put in a full 90-minute shift. The pesky forward comes at an excellent price that should allow you to pair him with any of the other high priced options at forward.
Alvaro Saborio – $8,000 – Real Salt Lake – The big Costa Rican target has one of the best strike rates in the league since he joined MLS in 2010 – averaging a goal every two games he plays. After a spell of a few goalless games, he’s on the cusp of breaking through and i’m pegging him to get back on the scoresheet today at home against Sporting KC.
Others to Consider – Charlie Davies (New England Revolution; $7,000), Dom Dwyer (Sporting KC; $10,700), Krizstian Nemeth (Sporting KC; $8,900)
Nick DeLeon – $3,700 – D.C. United – DeLeon has quietly been a decent producer on the United wing – contributing a handful of crosses and shots from game-to-game. He’s the type of player that could have a surprise breakout game, and at $3,700 DeLeon is worth a look.
Luis Silva – $3,500 – D.C. United– I’m interested in seeing the United starting lineup after Silva put in a fine midweek shift in the U.S. Open Cup. D.C. are erring on the side of caution with Silva, who is recovering from injury, but if he’s given the start he makes for an excellent option at only $3.5k.