With MLS action falling on both Tuesday and Wednesday, DraftKings has combined the slate to bring us some midweek action. There are numerous question marks due to injury as well as coaches rotating their squads to keep players fresh, so be sure to check starting lineups as they are released. I will be posting starting lineups on Twitter (@FantasySoccerFC) as they become available – usually an hour before kickoff. Here are some players I am targeting for the midweek slate:
Nick Rimando – $4,800 – Real Salt Lake – The MLS all-time shutout record holder welcomes a Galaxy attack that has scored just one goal in their last three road games. With only four goalkeepers to choose from, Rimando looks to be the best option on the board.
Tyler Deric – $5,300 – Houston Dynamo – This play is not for the feint of heart, as Deric has conceded eight times over Houston’s past two games. With that being said, the San Jose offense is struggling – scoring just two goals over their last four contests. The Dynamo may opt to give backup goalkeeper Joe Willis the nod – so double check that Deric is in net before finalizing your lineup.
Others to Consider – Jaime Penedo (LA Galaxy; $4,300), David Bingham (San Jose Earthquakes; $3,600)
Jamison Olave – $4,600 – Real Salt Lake – The big Colombian defender is a stalwart on defense and an aerial threat on set pieces. With options thin in the back on a short slate, I am targeting defenders who have the ability to contribute in the attack.
Omar Gonzalez – $4,800 – LA Galaxy – Similar to Olave, the US Men’s National Team defender pushes forward on all Galaxy corner kicks and set pieces. The upside is there for Gonzalez, as the 6’-5” target will have some opportunities to score a goal.
Jordan Allen – $2,800 – Real Salt Lake – His playing time has been sporadic, but when he’s on the field he is picking up fantasy points through crosses, shots and fouls drawn. With RSL short of options in attack, Allen has been pushed higher up the field – giving him more opportunity to earn points. At a near minimum price point, I will consider rostering Allen even if he is coming off the bench.
Others to Consider – Kofi Sarkodie (Houston Dynamo; $4,700), Marvell Wynne (San Jose Earthquakes; $4,000), Robbie Rogers (LA Galaxy; $5,000)
Brad Davis – $8,700 – Houston Dynamo – The Dynamo veteran is a set-piece specialist. His precise set-pieces and corner kicks make him a threat to score or goal or add an assist every game. On a short slate, and with Morales likely out due to a concussion, Davis is the best midfield option on the board.
Stefan Ishizaki – $7,600 – LA Galaxy – Ishizaki has an assist in consecutive games now, and has been a consistent contributor to the LA attack this season. He came off the bench last game, which I assume was to keep him fresh for the quick turnaround midweek game.
Matias Perez Garcia – $6,000 – San Jose Earthquakes – The Argentine has been quiet in his last two games, but the lack of options on the board puts the creative midfielder on my radar. Considering he is facing a Dynamo defense that has allowed four goals in each of their last two contest, Perez Garcia has a good opportunity to turn in a solid fantasy performance.
Others to Consider – Baggio Husidic (LA Galaxy; $6,500), Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake; $5,300), Shea Salinas (San Jose Earthquakes; $5,400)
Giles Barnes – $9,300 – Houston Dynamo – Barnes did it again over the weekend, providing the lone bright spot for the Dynamo with a scintillating free kick goal in a 4-1 loss to FC Dallas. He now has four goals in his last four games – good for 17, 31, 10 and 20 fantasy points over that stretch.
Chris Wondolowski – $10,300 – San Jose Earthquakes – Wondolowski will be licking his chops at the thought of facing a porous Dynamo defense that has allowed eight goals in two games. The true goalscorer has been deployed in a midfielder role for the Quakes, which is somewhat mind-boggling considering his nose for goal. With San Jose forward Innocent Emeghara bowing out to injury over the weekend, Wondo could be pushed back into the true striker role against Houston.
Alvaro Saborio – $7,100 – Real Salt Lake – While Salt Lake put a halt to their goalless run, thanks to an own goal, the dry spell continued over the weekend for Saborio. Facing a stingy Galaxy defense isn’t ideal for Sabo to break out of his slump, but the lack of options on the board makes the historically potent goalscorer worth considering.
Others to Consider – Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy; $8,200), Bradford Jamieson IV (LA Galaxy; $5,700), Alan Gordon (LA Galaxy; $6,200)
Adam Jahn – $5,500 – San Jose Earthquakes – Generally deployed as a “super sub” – Jahn could have an expanded role if San Jose decides to shuffle their lineup. He has yet to score in 2015, but with a lack of options could be a sneaky play if you are rolling the dice on the Quakes attack.
Will Bruin – $6,800 – Houston Dynamo – The Dynamo target forward has been hit-or-miss this season. After a slow start to 2015, he lost his starting position but was back in the starting XI in a quiet performance over the weekend. If Bruin is given the start again tonight, he is certainly worth a look with Brad Davis serving up crosses to the big man.