We’ve got a full day of MLS action on deck for Saturday, with Montreal Impact vs. Real Salt Lake kicking things off at 4:00PM EST. There are many players out or questionable due to injury, suspension or international duty, so it is vital to ensure you do not include anyone who will be out-of-action today. I will be posting starting lineups on Twitter (@FantasySoccerFC) as soon as they are released – usually an hour before kickoff. Here are some players I will be targeting today:
Bobby Shuttleworth – $5,000 – New England Revolution – The Revolution are unbeaten at home in 2015, notching a clean sheet in two of their last three at Gillette Stadium. While Toronto FC possess a strong attack, they are playing their third game in seven days and could be a bit fatigued today. I like Shuttleworth and the Revs to continue their run of form at home tonight.
Tim Melia – $3,600 – Sporting KC – After a 16 point debut, Melia didn’t fare so well in his second start, posting just 2 points in a 1-1 draw at DC last weekend. He is back at home today and faces a Colorado Rapids team that is still finding their way on offense. A good matchup, plus his cheap price tag, makes Melia a target in goal today.
Others to Consider – Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake; $4,700), Tyler Deric (Houston Dynamo; $5,400), Stefan Frei (Seattle Sounders; $4,800), David Bingham (San Jose Earthquakes; $4,500)
Chris Tierney – $5,700 – New England Revolution – He’s not cheap, but Tierney has the highest upside of any defender on the board. He’s a threat with his crossing ability, and is involved in the majority of the Revs set pieces.
Waylon Francis – $4,500 – Columbus Crew – Now that Hernan Grana has left town, Francis emerges as the top target at outside back in Columbus. The Crew have conceded four goals over their last two games, but Francis still finds a way to pick up fantasy points through crosses and shots.
Kendall Waston – $4,100 – Vancouver Whitecaps – The stats don’t show it, thus far, but Waston is a threat on set pieces. The big center back gets into the box on almost all free kicks and corner kicks, and the Cascadia rivalry would be the perfect time for Waston to put his name on the score sheet.
Others to Consider – London Woodberry (New England Revolution; $4,400), Jack Jewsbury (Portland Timbers; $4,100), Tyrone Mears (Seattle Sounders; $5,300)
Federico Higuain – $8,000 – Columbus Crew – The catalyst in the Crew attack led Columbus to a gritty 3-2 win over Seattle last weekend. The Argentine had a goal on five shots, three on target, along with four crosses and two fouls drawn en route to a 24 point outing. A road game in San Jose isn’t the best matchup, but Higuain is matchup proof when he’s on and he looks to be in the zone right now.
Pedro Morales – $9,000 – Vancouver Whitecaps – The Chilean put on a show in Vancouver’s 3-0 win over Philadelphia last Saturday, scoring a goal and adding an assist to put up 21 fantasy points. He draws a tough matchup against one of the best defensive midfielders in the league in Osvaldo Alonso, but I expect Morales to have a good showing in front of the home fans tonight.
Diego Valeri – $6,300 – Portland Timbers – Anytime you can get Valeri at this price, he’s worth a look. Arguably one of the best creators in the league, he showed just how dangerous he can be by scoring a stunning goal in his first start since recovering from injury.
Others to Consider – Lee Nguyen (New England Revolution; $8,300), Justin Meram (Columbus Crew; $7,100), Benny Feilhaber (Sporting KC; $7,800)
Chris Wondolowski – $9,700 – San Jose Earthquakes – One of the best strikers in MLS in recent years has been pushed higher up the field since the loss of Innocent Emeghara. He finds himself in the right place at the right time, and has scored twice in the Quakes last three games. I like his chances to put one in the back of the net again tonight against Columbus.
Dom Dwyer – $8,900 – Sporting KC – Another pure goalscorer, Dwyer has scored two goals in his last three games and has now hit 10+ DraftKings points in three of his last four outings.
Octavio Rivero – $9,400 – Vancouver Whitecaps – Rivero leads the league in shots on goal (19), and is second only to Kei Kamara in total shots (40). He is one back of the league lead in goals and now faces a Sounders defense that just conceded three goals to the Crew.
Others to Consider – Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders; $10,400), Sebastian Giovinco (Toronto FC; $10,300), Giles Barnes (Houston Dynamo; $9,400), Kei Kamara (Columbus Crew; $9,500)
Marco Pappa – $6,100 – Seattle Sounders – Pappa has been a reliable source of fantasy points, at a reasonable price. He’s providing service to the top scorers in the league in Clint Dempsey and Obafemi Martins, and is always a good bet to pick up points strictly from crosses.
Dominic Oduro – $6,100 – Montreal Impact – The Impact are thin in the attack, losing Kenny Cooper midweek to injury. At this point Jack McInerny and Dom Oduro are two of their best options in the attack, and either of them are worth a roll of the dice at home versus Salt Lake today. “Birdman” is arguably the fastest player in the league, and should cause fits for the RSL back line this afternoon.