It’s soccer Sunday and DraftKings has over $3K in guaranteed prizes to award today. On tap is a nationally televised doubleheader, including the highly anticipated first-ever New York derby. I will be posting starting lineups on Twitter (@FantasySoccerFC) as they become available – usually an hour before kickoff. Let’s look at some players to target on the short slate:
Luis Robles – $5,500 – New York Red Bulls – Robles faces a NYCFC attack that have one goal in their last three games. The Red Bulls are a big favorite in the battle of NY today, and on a short slate it is worth paying up for the top goalkeeper.
Joe Bendik – $5,100 – Toronto FC – After missing Toronto’s last game with a foot injury, Bendik looks set to return between the pipes. While a clean sheet at home is possible, the TFC backline is not reliable so I expect Bendik will be forced to make some saves this afternoon.
Others to Consider – Tyler Deric (Houston Dynamo; $4,200), Josh Saunders (New York City FC; $3,400)
Chris Duvall – $3,900 – New York Red Bulls – Duvall has been a reliable fantasy contributor across the board – sending in crosses from the wing, drawing fouls and firing off the occasional shot. With a favorable matchup against their crosstown rival, I will be targeting Red Bulls outside backs this evening.
Roy Miller – $2,800 – New York Red Bulls – Miller resumed his role as the Red Bulls starting left back in their last game, and I expect him to start again tonight. He’s an attack minded defender that ventures into the attack, averaging 4.5 crosses in his two starts on the season.
Ashtone Morgan – $3,300 – Toronto FC – Morgan is a decent source of crosses, and with a lack of options on a two-game slate, he is worth pairing with Bendik in a GPP.
Others to Consider – Kofi Sarkodie (Houston Dynamo; $4,800), Damien Perinnelle (New York Red Bulls; $4,100), Justin Morrow (Toronto FC; $3,300)
Lloyd Sam – $7,300 – New York Red Bulls – Sam came on as a late sub in the Red Bulls last game, but should feature fully in the battle of New York. The speedster will be tough to contain for NYC, and I expect Sam to have multiple crosses and shots which will hopefully turn into goals and assists.
Felipe Martins – $5,600 – New York Red Bulls – Felipe has posted 10 points or more in three of his last four outings. During that span he has a goal and an assist, which indicates his fantasy value lies in multiple categories – not just scoring. He’s in line to play a role in the NYRB attack this evening, and comes at a very reasonable price.
Others to Consider – Sacha Kljestan (New York Red Bulls; $7,100), Mehdi Ballouchy (New York City FC; $5,900), Jackson (Toronto FC; $4,900)
Bradley Wright-Phillips – $10,300 – New York Red Bulls – Last year’s Golden Boot winner will be counted on to shoulder the scoring load tonight. He’s the highest priced option on the board, but is a risky fade given the number of chances he will have to find a goal. Like Sam, he came on as a late sub in the Red Bulls last game. I expect a well rested BWP to be a constant goal threat from the get-go.
Sebastian Giovinco – $9,800 – Toronto FC – Giovinco did it again – scoring off a free kick in Toronto’s 1-0 win at Philadelphia last weekend. He has now scored four goals to go with two assist in his last four games. His DraftKings totals over the last four are eye-popping: 20, 13, 37, 24. A home game against a leaky Houston defense presents Giovinco with a good opportunity to turn in another big performance.
Jozy Altidore – $8,300 – Toronto FC – The US Men’s National Team forward showed what he can do when he get’s going two games ago in Orlando, bagging two goals en route to a 29 point fantasy day. Toronto FC will be playing in front of their home crowd for the first time this season today, giving the Reds added motivation to put on a show for their fans. Altidore should see plenty of chances to score on a Houston defense that has allowed nine goals over their past three games.
Others to Consider – David Villa (New York City FC; $10,000), Giles Barnes (Houston Dynamo; $9,100)
Mike Grella – $5,500 – New York Red Bulls – Grella contributed an assist in a 90 minute performance last weekend against the Revs, and has quietly put together a few big fantasy performances this season. His playing time is a bit sporadic, but if he’s given the start he is worthy of consideration as a part of a Red Bull squad that should be on the attack most of the game.
Pablo Alvarez – $3,700 – New York City FC – The 34-year old Spanish midfielder filled in admirably for the suspended Andrew Jacobsen. Alvarez was dangerous in the attack with both his runs and crosses, posting 13 DK points in a full 90 minute shift. Jacobsen will likely return to the starting lineup, but it’s possible that Alvarez earned another start or at least some solid minutes off the bench. At $3,700 Alvarez is worth keeping an eye on when starting lineups are announced.