Friday night futbol kicks off at 7:00pm EST with New York City FC hosting the Chicago Fire. The nationally televised doubleheader concludes with the New York Red Bulls visiting FC Dallas. There has been a lot of variance in lineups recently, so be sure to keep an eye out for starting lineups as the become available. As always, I will be posting starting lineups on Twitter (@FantasySoccerFC) as soon as they are released – usually an hour before kickoff. DraftKings has over $5K in guaranteed cash prizes to award for this weekend’s MLS slate, so let’s look at some players who might help you take down some these Friday night contests:
Dan Kennedy – $4,500 – FC Dallas – Since taking over the starting goalkeeper spot, Kennedy has led FC Dallas to wins in two of three games. Though he’s conceded once in each of those three games, Kennedy has posted seven points or more in each outing. With a potent Red Bull attack in town, I expect Kennedy to tack on a handful of points just from saves tonight. On a short slate, Kennedy is the most consistent GK option on the board.
Josh Saunders – $4,200 – New York City FC – This pick is not for the feint of heart, as Saunders has picked up just six fantasy points total in his last three outings — including posting a goose-egg over the weekend against NY Red Bulls. But on a short slate, and New York City desperate for a result at home, Saunders is worthy of consideration. Chicago have only scored two goals in their last three games, which includes a 1-0 win over NYCFC in Chicago just over two weeks ago.
Others to Consider – Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire; $4,900), Luis Robles (New York Red Bulls; $4,600)
Joevin Jones – $4,800 – Chicago Fire – Jones whipped in an eye-popping 12 crosses in Sunday’s game against Real Salt Lake, en route to a 16 point fantasy day. The left back has now posted 10+ fantasy points in six of his last seven contests, locking him in as the top option on a two-game slate.
RJ Allen – $3,300 – New York City FC – Allen made an instant impact in his first Major League Soccer start, picking up an assist on the lone NYCFC goal. The recent signee had a good outing as he was active on the wing all game – swinging seven crosses in along the way.
Jeff Larentowicz – $5,300 – Chicago Fire – The MLS veteran has a history of being a free-kick threat and penalty-kick specialist. He converted on a penalty kick over the weekend and should see some more set-piece opportunities tonight.
Others to Consider – Chris Duvall (New York Red Bulls; $4,500), Moises Hernandez (FC Dallas; $4,100), Kemar Lawrence (New York Red Bulls; $4,000)
Mauro Diaz – $7,500 – FC Dallas – Diaz has been lights out in his last three games, averaging 23 DraftKings points per game. He turned heads with his two assists over the weekend against LA, and is the top midfield target on tonight’s short slate.
Lloyd Sam – $7,600 – New York Red Bulls – Sam played a big role in the Red Bulls dominating 2-1 win over NYCFC, contributing assists on both Red Bulls goals. He’ll be a handful for FC Dallas to contain, as he’s posted 16+ fantasy points in his last two starts.
Shaun Maloney – $6,600 – Chicago Fire – The Fire’s #10 has been relatively quiet over the first eight games of 2015. He did, however, show signs of life with 10 crosses in his last game and now faces a New York City FC squad that Lloyd Sam just ripped apart.
Others to Consider – Harry Shipp (Chicago Fire; $7,700), Felipe Martins (New York Red Bulls; $5,700), Mix Diskerud (New York City FC; $7,000), Sacha Kljestan (New York Red Bulls; $7,300)
Bradley Wright-Phillips – $9,900 – New York Red Bulls – The top forward target from last Sunday’s slate did not disappoint. Wright-Phillips notched two goals on five shots, compiling 29 DraftKings points on the night. The Englishman is one of the deadliest goal scorers in the league, making him a top target at forward tonight.
David Villa – $10,200 – New York City FC – Similar to the Josh Saunder pick, I don’t have many stats (of recent) to back targeting Villa tonight. He was invisible in the high profile “Battle of New York” and looked frustrated out on the field. I view tonight as a good bounce-back opportunity, and Spain’s all-time leading goal scorer is tough to sleep on given his historically high goal scoring rate.
Blas Perez and/or Fabian Castillo – $8,500/$9,800 – FC Dallas – A case can be made for both of the Dallas attackers against a vulnerable NY Red Bulls defense. FC Dallas is the highest scoring team in the league, led by Perez’ five goals and Castillo’s five assists. While Castillo is more active and contributes statistically across the board, Perez plays closer to the goal and takes penalty kicks. On a short slate, both players are on my radar.
Others to Consider – Patrick Mullins (New York City FC; $6,300), Quincy Amarikwa (Chicago Fire; $5,300)
David Accam – $5,100 – Chicago Fire – Listed as a Forward now on DraftKings, Accam makes for a solid flex play at a good price point. He was forced to sit out last game due to red card suspension, but I expect him to be back in the mix tonight against the same NYCFC team that he hung 26 DraftKings points on two weeks ago.
Pablo Alvarez – $4,400 – New York City FC – Alvarez kept his starting role last game, earning six points after a 13 point debut in his first start. If he starts, Alvarez offers salary relief which will allow you to spend up on the higher priced targets.