There is only one MLS game on the docket Friday night, but DraftKings has paired it with the early Saturday games to give us a little something to kick the weekend off with. Watch for starting lineups as they are released, with teams rotating their squad regularly while they deal with the busy schedule, along with injuries and suspension. I will be posting lineups on Twitter (@FantasySoccerFC) as soon as they are released – usually an hour before kickoff. Let’s look at some targets for the combined slate.
Chris Konopka – $5,300 – Toronto FC – Konopka is coming off a 20 point performance, in which he had five saves to earn a Clean Sheet in a win over Portland. In just his fourth start of the season, it was the third game he’s posted 10 or more DraftKings points. A home game against San Jose on Saturday presents Konopka with another opportunity to shine.
David Bingham – $3,700 – San Jose Earthquakes – The San Jose shot-stopper has a Clean Sheet or 1GAA in four consecutive games. Though the Quakes are playing at Toronto, Bingham’s solid play of late coupled with a bargain-bin price tag makes him worth targeting on this three-game slate.
Others to Consider – Tim Melia (Sporting KC; $5,200), Dan Kennedy (FC Dallas; $3,800), David Ousted (Vancouver Whitecaps; $4,600)
Jalil Anibaba – $4,900 – Sporting KC – A depleted Sporting KC defense has relied on Anibaba to provide cover on the wing, while also counting on him to push forward into the attack. He’s been relatively quiet over his last three games, but averages 8.2 FPPG – the highest of any active Defender on the board.
Jordan Harvey – $3,600 – Vancouver Whitecaps – The MLS veteran has been known to contribute to the attack from his left back position, in fact, in 2013 he went on a run where he scored three goals in four matches. More recently, he had an eight-cross outing just two games ago. With not many standout options at Defender, Harvey is worth targeting in a home game versus Real Salt Lake.
Michel – $3,700 – FC Dallas – Michel is a target only if he gets another start tonight at Sporting KC. He put in a 53 minute shift as a Midfielder over the weekend, picking up just three points on three crosses. However, when he is included in the Dallas lineup, Michel is a weapon anytime Dallas has a set piece opportunity.
Others to Consider – Ashtone Morgan (Toronto FC; $3,500), Kendall Waston (Vancouver Whitecaps; $4,300), Jordan Stewart (San Jose Earthquakes; $3,100)
Pedro Morales – $8,200 – Vancouver Whitecaps – After consecutive 11+ point DraftKings performances, Morales was given some rest over the weekend – logging just 13 minutes in a 1-0 loss at Colorado. I expect Vancouver will field their best XI at home against Salt Lake, and i’m counting on the explosive Chilean playmaker to pickup where he left off.
Mauro Diaz – $8,600 – FC Dallas – Diaz has not scored or added an assist in two straight games now – but he’s still put up respectable fantasy numbers thanks to crosses, shots and fouls drawn. He drew a whopping eight fouls last game against Montreal, and it could be a strategy that other teams are forced to resort to in order to slow the crafty Dallas attacker down.
Benny Feilhaber – $7,800 – Sporting Kansas City – A quick pan of Feilhaber’s output over his last five games shows his floor is around six points while his ceiling pushes 30 points – with two 24+ point outings mixed in amongst a handful of six point showings. With SKC at home, and lacking options in the attack, I like Benny to come out firing on all cylinders tonight.
Others to Consider – Matias Perez Garcia (San Jose Earthquakes; $7,000), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC; $6,700), Javier Morales (Real Salt Lake; $7,800)
Sebastian Giovinco – $10,400 – Toronto FC – The Italian maestro has posted double digit fantasy points in every appearance this season. He’s apparently dealing with a heel bruise, but I don’t expect that to keep the top overall option on the board out on Saturday. It’s worth monitoring leading up until TFC kicks off, but for now i’m planning on rolling Giovinco out with confidence again.
Octavio Rivero – $9,100 – Vancouver Whitecaps – While he hasn’t found net in two consecutive games now, Rivero was still able to shoot his way to 10 DraftKings points in his last game. He leads the league in shots and is tied with MLS leading goal scorer Kei Kamara in shots on target. A game at home against a depleted RSL back line could give Rivero the boost he needs to get back on the scoresheet.
Krisztian Nemeth – $5,800 – Sporting Kansas City – The Hungarian international striker leads Sporting KC with five goals in 2015, and is just two games removed from a massive 38-point outburst against the New England Revolution. Dom Dwyer is likely to miss out again due to injury, meaning SKC will be forced to feed Nemeth even more against FC Dallas.
Others to Consider – Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes; $10,200), Alvaro Saborio (Real Salt Lake; $8,500), Blas Perez (FC Dallas; $8,000), Kekuta Manneh (Vancouver Whitecaps; $5,000)
Graham Zusi – $6,100 – Sporting KC – Zusi was eased back into the mix last weekend, after returning to action from a concussion. Sporting KC players are dropping like flies, and would certainly welcome the proven stat machine back into the starting lineup. As mentioned above, with Dwyer’s absence, Sporting will have to look elsewhere for goals. If Zeus is in the starting XI, he’s a great option in the Sporting KC attack.
Luke Moore – $3,900 – Toronto FC – A hamstring injury to star striker Jozy Altidore has opened up an opportunity for Luke Moore in the Toronto attack. The Englishman assisted on Giovinco’s game winner on Saturday, and came very close to scoring a goal. His price will allow you to pay up for his strike partner, Giovinco, or any of the other high dollar targets on the Friday-Saturday slate.