A big week of MLS action starts tonight, with a three-game slate to get things going. DraftKings has some big MLS GPPs on the board, including the big Summer Games Saturday slate with over $10K up for grabs! Watch for starting lineups as they are released to be sure you don’t have an inactive player in your lineup – teams are rotating their players regularly as they deal with the busy MLS schedule, along with injuries and suspension. This week there is an added curveball in that some key players will be missing due to international duty. I will be posting lineups on Twitter (@FantasySoccerFC) as soon as they are released – usually an hour before kickoff.
Bill Hamid – $5,700 – D.C. United – Hamid has not given up more than one goal in seven straight matches, and has posted double-digit fantasy points in three of his last four outings. While he’s the highest priced GK on the board, he has a great matchup at home – where United are unbeaten in 2015 and have won three of their last four at RFK Stadium.
Evan Bush – $4,000 – Montreal Impact – The Impact goalkeeper has put up 10 or more DraftKings points in three consecutive games. He allowed three goals to the Chicago Fire in his last outing, but still put up 10 points thanks to eight saves.
Others to Consider – Brian Sylvestre (Philadelphia Union; $4,500), Steve Clark (Columbus Crew; $4,900), David Ousted (Vancouver Whitecaps; $5,400)
Sean Franklin – $5,600 – D.C. United – Franklin had five crosses in D.C.’s 2-1 win over Philadelphia on Saturday, and could be relied on to swing balls in from the wing even more tonight. United are without some key attackers, which should force Franklin into a more attacking role against the Fire.
Sheanon Williams – $4,200 – Philadelphia Union -The Philadelphia wing back has been a threat on the flank as of late, whipping in 4+ crosses in two of his last three games. Williams also possesses a lethal throw-in that is comparable to a corner kick anytime the Union have a throw in near their box in the attack.
Jeff Larentowicz – $5,900 – Chicago Fire – Don’t look now, but Big Red is simply on fire! The defender is Chicago’s leading goalscorer and has scored a goal in three of his last four games – all from the penalty spot. You’ll have to pay up for him, but any defender with set-piece and penalty kick duty is worth targeting for the added upside.
Others to Consider – Chris Korb (D.C. United; $3,900), Fabinho (Philadelphia Union; $4,400), Joevin Jones (Chicago Fire; $5,300), Eric Gehrig (Chicago Fire; $4,000)
Cristian Maidana – $7,200 – Philadelphia Union – Maidana has five or more crosses in three consecutive games. He is only two games removed from a two-assist performance that saw him post 23 fantasy points. Playing at home, I expect Maidana will continue to carry the Philiadelphia attack.
Federico Higuain – $9,400 – Columbus Crew – Higuain’s fantasy owners were dealt a blow over the weekend, when Higuain was forced to exit the match early due to the Crew going down a man in the 20th minute. When given his usual full compliment of minutes, the creative Argentine averages 9 FPPG and has a high ceiling any time he steps on the field.
Pedro Morales – $9,100 – Vancouver Whitecaps – The attacking cog for the Whitecaps didn’t score or assist last time out, but still earned his fantasy owners 10 points. Like Higuain, he’s consistent in contributing across the board and is capable of a monster game whenever he’s in action.
Others to Consider – Harry Shipp (Chicago Fire; $8,200), Ignacio Piatti (Montreal Impact; $7,500), Chris Pontius (D.C. United; $8,000), Justin Meram (Columbus Crew; $8,300), Ethan Finlay (Columbus Crew; $7,400)
Kei Kamara – $10,700 – Columbus Crew – The Sierra Leonean can’t stop scoring (or shooting)! He provided the game winner for the Crew over the weekend, and now has five goals in his last four games. His DraftKings points over those last four: 20, 29, 7 and 33.
Fabian Espindola – $8,500 – D.C. United – This target comes with an asterisk, as Espindola has missed the last several games with an injury. He did, however, return to full training this week and could be thrown back into the mix as early as tonight. United will be without their leading scorer, Chris Rolfe, who was given a red card over the weekend. While Espindola may not be 100%, D.C. are thin in the attack and even a 60 minute outing could prove fruitful for the Argentine.
Octavio Rivero – $9,800 – Vancouver Whitecaps – While he hasn’t bagged a goal in three games, Rivero is still a reliable fantasy option at Forward. He earned 12 DraftKings points just on Shots and Fouls Drawn alone last game, highlighting his ability to rack up fantasy points regardless of if he puts his name on the scoresheet.
Others to Consider – Jack McInerny (Montreal Impact; $7,100), Fernando Aristeguieta (Philadelphia Union; $6,000), Jairo Arrieta (D.C. United; $6,400), Sebastien Le Toux (Philadelphia Union; $6,900)
Kennedy Igboananike – $5,800 – Chicago Fire – The Fire forward broke out of a dry spell in a big way on Saturday, scoring a goal and adding an assist on his way to 26 DraftKings points. Chicago will be without some key attacking weapons tonight, which should present the Nigerian with a few more opportunities to keep the fantasy points flowing.
Nick DeLeon – $4,100 – D.C. United – DeLeon has been more active in the United attack over the past two games. He’s had four or more crosses in both games, earning 7 and 8 DraftKings points in that span. With United lacking options in the attack, and an attractive $4,100 price tag, DeLeon is worth targeting to free up some cap space.