Soccer Sunday is upon us, with a pair of MLS games on the board to round out the week. As always, be sure to monitor starting lineups to ensure your players are starting. I will be posting starting lineups on Twitter (@FantasySoccerFC) as they become available – usually an hour before kickoff. Let’s have a look at the top targets for today’s short slate:
Jeff Attinella – $3,000 – Real Salt Lake – With starter Nick Rimando away on international duty, backup keeper Jeff Attinella gets the nod in goal today. He’s registered double digit fantasy points in two appearances this season. He’s minimum price and has a favorable matchup at home against a Colorado Rapids team still finding their way in the attack.
David Bingham – $4,900 – San Jose Earthquakes – The Quakes netminder has just four DK points in consecutive outings, but on a short slate i’m targeting him at home against a shorthanded FC Dallas attack that has only scored one goal in their last three outings.
Others to Consider – Clint Irwin (Colorado Rapids; $3,500), Dan Kennedy (FC Dallas; $3,600)
Jordan Stewart – $3,600 – San Jose Earthquakes – Since taking over the starting spot, Stewart has been a solid option for fantasy purposes. He’s able to pickup points from crosses, and has 10+ points in two of his last three games.
Jamison Olave – $5,000 – Real Salt Lake – The big center back not only has a good shot at a clean sheet but is also a presence on all Real Salt Lake set pieces. He moves forward into the box anytime RSL has a corner kick or free kick, and has been known to pop up with a goal.
Marvell Wynne – $4,800 – San Jose Earthquakes – Possibly the speediest player in all of MLS, Wynn is dangerous on the counterattack. There aren’t many top options at defenders on the board, so i’ll be targeting defenders who earn points strictly based on their crossing abilities.
Others to Consider – Marc Burch (Colorado Rapids; $3,100), Tony Beltran (Real Salt Lake; $4,400), Moises Hernandez (FC Dallas; $4,300)
Javier Morales – $8,200 – Real Salt Lake – In his first full game since returning from injury, the Argentine midfielder showed off his abilities with a well-taken free kick goal. He’ll be asked to pull the strings today against rival Colorado Rapids.
Mauro Diaz – $8,400 – FC Dallas – Diaz hasn’t scored or assisted in three straight, but is always a threat to put his name on the scoresheet. He’s drawn 5+ fouls in three straight games, and looks to be a safe target with only two games on the board.
Matias Perez Garcia – $6,700 – San Jose Earthquakes – MPG has double-digit fantasy points in consecutive outings. He’s a good play at home tonight and comes in at just $6,700.
Others to Consider – Dillon Powers (Colorado Rapids; $7,400), Luke Mulholland (Real Salt Lake; $5,400), Juan Ramirez (Colorado Rapids; $5,500)
Chris Wondolowski – $11,100 – San Jose Earthquakes – The SJ hitman has a goal in four straight games. He’s simply on fire right now and is the top target on today’s two-game slate.
Alvaro Saborio – $8,300 – Real Salt Lake – Sabo has only tallied a single point in his consecutive outings. He was rested last game, but I expect RSL to field a full-strength starting XI today and the deadly Costa Rican will surely be in the plans. He’s a big target in the box, and with all of Salt Lake’s attacking weapons back at their disposal – i’m expecting them to look for Saborio early and often.
Kevin Doyle – $4,200 – Colorado Rapids – The Irish international has had a quiet start to his MLS career. However, the Rapids brought him in to score goals. At $4,200 and on a short slate, the proven goalscorer is certainly worth targeting.
Others to Consider – Adam Jahn (San Jose Earthquakes; $4,800), Tesho Akindele (FC Dallas; $5,300), David Texeira (FC Dallas; $4,900)
Shea Salinas – $5,100 – San Jose Earthquakes – Salinas has 6+ crosses in two consecutive games. He’s back at it tonight against a shaky FC Dallas defense.
Joao Plata – $5,100 – Real Salt Lake – Having recently returned from injury, the diminutive Ecuadorian has shown flashes of his brilliance in limited playing time. He drew five fouls last game, and is always a threat to score a goal.