Soccer Sunday concludes an action packed MLS weekend with a pair of nationally televised marquee match-ups on deck. Seattle Sounders host the New York Red Bulls (5:00PM EST; ESPN2) to kick things off, and New England Revolution welcomes the LA Galaxy (7:00PM EST; Fox Sports 1) in a 2014 MLS Cup rematch. I will continue to stress the importance of studying starting lineups as they are released prior to locking your fantasy team in. Teams are rotating their players regularly as they deal with the busy MLS 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.
Stefan Frei – $5,300 – Seattle Sounders – The Seattle net-minder was at it again on Wednesday, posting 18 DraftKings points in a 1-0 win over Colorado Rapids. Frei is the top goalkeeper on the board on any slate, posting 11+ fantasy points in seven consecutive games. The Sounders welcome a sputtering NY Red Bulls attack that has been shutout in two straight games.
Bobby Shuttleworth – $5,200 – New England Revolution – The Revolution will be out to exact revenge tonight, in their first meeting with the LA Galaxy since losing to them in the 2014 MLS Cup. With only four options on the board, I am targeting the home goalkeeper to get the Revs back on track with a statement win over the Galaxy.
Others to Consider – Jaime Penedo (LA Galaxy; $4,000), Luis Robles (New York Red Bulls; $3,900)
Tyrone Mears – $5,400 – Seattle Sounders – The wide back put up seven points on Wednesday. Mears has been a contributor in the attack, too, swinging in crosses from the wing when the opportunity arises.
London Woodberry – $5,300 – New England Revolution – The right wing back has been a pleasant surprise helping out in the Revolution attack, picking up an assist on occasion. With Tierney and Nguyen both out tonight, Woodberry should see added crossing responsibility if the Revs attack the wings.
Kevin Alston – $3,300 – New England Revolution – Alston is likely to slot in at left back for the suspended Chris Tierney, which should open up some opportunity for him to swing some crosses in from the wing. His low price point makes him a worthy target at Defender.
Others to Consider – Chris Duvall (New York Red Bulls; $4,400), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy; $5,300), Dan Gargan (LA Galaxy; $4,800)
Marco Pappa – $6,300 – Seattle Sounders – The Guatemalan scored a sensational goal in the Sounders midweek win against the Rapids, picking up 23 DraftKings points on the night. Pappa has put up double digit fantasy points in five of his last six outings.
Lloyd Sam – $7,600 – New York Red Bulls – Along with the rest of the NY Red Bulls attack, Sam has been relatively quiet the past couple of games. He averages 10.7 FPPG, with a floor of around six points.. With not many midfield options to choose from today, Sam is among the top Midfielder targets today.
Kelyn Rowe – $6,700 – New England Revolution – With Lee Nguyen missing out today due to suspension, Rowe could fill the attacking void in a pivotal game with the Galaxy today. His playing time has been sporadic, but he’s still managed to put up 10+ DK points in two of his last four games. Keep an eye on the starting lineup and target role if he’s given the nod.
Others to Consider – Stefan Ishizaki (LA Galaxy; $8,200), Sacha Kljestan (New York Red Bulls; $7,400), Juninho (LA Galaxy; $7,100)
Clint Dempsey and/or Obafemi Martins – $10,300/$9,800 – Seattle Sounders – The Sounders feature arguably the best strike partnership in the league, and both are among the league leaders in Goals. It’s been a few games since they’ve scored, but that doesn’t stop me from making the pair my top targets on a two-game slate.
Charlie Davies – $9,400 – New England Revolution – Davies leads the Revs with five goals on the season, and has emerged as a goalscoring threat any time he takes the field now. He doesn’t do much else across the board, but is worth targeting if you’re counting on the Revs to take out the MLS Cup loss on the Galaxy today.
Bradley Wright-Phillips – $10,100 – New York Red Bulls – The 2014 MLS Golden Boot Winner hasn’t scored in two straight games and will be looking to get back on the scoresheet in today’s nationally televised contest with Seattle. Historically he scores one goal every two games, and BWP right up there with Dempsey and Martins as the top overall option on the board today.
Others to Consider – Juan Agudelo (New England Revolution; $7,900), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy; $8,400), Jose Villareal (LA Galaxy; $5,300)
Lamar Neagle – $6,100 – Seattle Sounders – This target hinges on if Neagle is given the start, after coming off the bench last game. He’s an explosive player who can single handedly win GPPs but has been ice cold of late. With most players targeting the Sounders big names, Neagle makes for a sneaky differential play if he’s in the starting lineup.
Felipe Martins – $6,000 – New York Red Bulls – Though he doesn’t often score or contribute with an assist, Felipe consistently hovers around 10 DK points every time he takes the field. On a short slate, and with some big salaries to squeeze in, his consistency makes him a fine target today.