Another massive midweek slate is upon us as several teams are still looking to punch a ticket to the 2015 Audi MLS Cup Playoffs. As always, I will be posting starting lineups on Twitter (@DraftKicks) as they become available – usually an hour before kickoff.
Nick Rimando – $5,100 – Real Salt Lake – The all-time MLS Shutout leader has back-to-back clean sheet wins at home and will be called upon to make it a third in a must-win game for Salt Lake.
Chris Konopka – $4,700 – Toronto FC – Konopka has led TFC to three straight wins at home and faces a tall task against a stout New York Red Bulls attack tonight. Toronto need a win or a draw to punch a ticket to the playoffs tonight, and I expect Konopka to play a part in seeing them through.
Others to Consider – Jesse Gonzalez (FC Dallas; $5,400), Luis Robles (New York Red Bulls; $5,300)
Kemar Lawrence – $4,800 – New York Red Bulls – The Jamaican has been a spark out of the back, supplying four assist on the season. He will have ample opportunity to add to that total tonight swinging crosses in to Bradley Wright-Phillips.
Alvas Powell – $5,300 – Portland Timbers – Powell is another volume crosser who is likely to serve in between 3-5 crosses every time he’s on the field. With DK awarding a point for each cross, we’re locking in easy points targeting outside backs with crossing upside.
Jordan Allen – $4,000 – Real Salt Lake – The elusive wing back has drawn at least two fouls in three straight games. I’m expecting Salt Lake to attack from the get-go and am looking for Allen to be involved.
Others to Consider – Jordan Smith (Vancouver Whitecaps; $3,800), Jamison Olave (Real Salt Lake; $3,500), Jack Jewsbury (Portland Timbers; $4,500)
Javier Morales – $9,900 – Real Salt Lake – The RSL string-puller has two goals and an assist over his last two home games. He’s been dealing with a lingering hip injury but looks to be good to go tonight.
Sacha Kljestan – $9,700 – New York Red Bulls – Kljestan has been in MVP-form during the second half of the season. He has a goal and two assists in his last three games.
Diego Valeri – $10,000 – Portland Timbers – The Argentine has three consecutive double-digit DraftKings outings while tallying just one assist over that span. Portland’s attack revolves around Valeri, allowing him to rack up points across multiple scoring categories.
Others to Consider – Mauro Diaz (FC Dallas; $9,200), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC; $7,900), Michael Barrios (FC Dallas; $6,400)
Bradley Wright-Phillips – $12,200 – New York Red Bulls – With only three games on the board, BWP is at the top of the Forward heap. The reigning Golden Boot winner posted 21 points on a goal and 7 shots the last time these two teams met.
David Texeira – $6,300 – FC Dallas – Texeira came close to scoring on several occasions last week against the same Vancouver Whitecaps team he is facing tonight. Dallas is back at home where Texeira exploded for a pair of goals and 27 points last time out.
Joao Plata – $6,800 – Real Salt Lake – Plata scored a big goal last week to keep RSL alive in the playoff hunt. He’s reasonably priced and will surely have some looks at goal tonight in a pivotal match against Portland.
Others to Consider – Fanendo Adi (Portland Timbers; $9,000), Kekuta Manneh (Vancouver Whitecaps; $8,400), Octavio Rivero (Vancouver Whitecaps; $8,200)
Herculez Gomez – $3,500 – Toronto FC – With both Sebastian Giovinco and Jozy Altidore set to miss out due to International duty, it’s very possible that ex-US Men’s National Team forward Herculez Gomez gets the start up top. He has no stats to speak of as of late, but at a bargain bin price he’s worth a look to free up funds.
Gonzalo Veron – $3,800 – New York Red Bulls – Similar to Gomez above, Veron looks to benefit from the absence of Lloyd Sam. When given the minutes, Veron has been fairly productive. In the one start he was given earlier in the year, Veron had four crosses, two fouls drawn and a shot – good for a 7 point day.