The march towards the 2015 Audi MLS Cup Playoffs rolls on with a three-game Saturday slate on tap. Someone will turn $3 into a VIP MLS Cup trip by taking down ESPN analyst Taylor Twellman and fellow DraftKings players. There are several suspensions and injuries to be mindful of, so watch for starting lineups on Twitter (@DraftKicks) as they become available – usually an hour before kickoff. Good luck today!
Bobby Shuttleworth – $5,000 – New England Revolution – The Revolution will clinch a playoff berth with a win or draw against Montreal at home, where they are unbeaten in six straight games. Shuttleworth has allowed just three goals at home dating back to June.
Jesse Gonzalez – $4,800 – FC Dallas – The 20-year old has consecutive clean sheets and has played a big role in the recent FC Dallas resurgence. They are still within striking distance of the top seed in the West and the MLS Supporters shield.
Others to Consider – Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake; $3,800), Evan Bush (Montreal Impact; $4,200)
Chris Tierney – $7,000 – New England Revolution – Tierney has an exceptional game log of double-digits in 8 of his last 9 games, validating him being the highest priced defender on the board.
Harrison Afful – $5,300 – Columbus Crew – Afful has been an automatic play during the second half of the season. The Ghanaian has 29 crosses in his last five games.
Ashtone Morgan – $4,000 – Toronto FC – Morgan lined up as a left midfielder on Wednesday and looked active on the wing, swinging in five crosses for an 8-point day. If he keeps his spot in the midfield he’s worth rostering as an attacking defender in a game that should see some goals.
Others to Consider – Waylon Francis (Columbus Crew; $4,000), Ambroise Oyongo (Montreal Impact; $4,200), Jordan Allen (Real Salt Lake; $4,000)
Lee Nguyen – $9,900 – New England Revolution – The Revs are on the brink of punching a ticket to the playoffs, and Nguyen has played a big part in helping them pickup points at home. The US Men’s National Team midfielder has at least a goal or an assist in six straight games at home.
Javier Morales – $9,900 – Real Salt Lake – Javi Mo has been relatively quiet over the last two games, but with RSL’s backs against the wall I expect him to be in top form tonight. The Argentine is averaging 18 FPPG in his last three games at home.
Federico Higuain – $8,300 – Columbus Crew – The Crew clinch a playoff berth with at least a draw today, and i’m looking at Higuain as an alternate to, or pairing him with, Kei Kamara. As mentioned above, there will be goals in this one and Higuain will be pulling the strings for Columbus.
Others to Consider – Mauro Diaz (FC Dallas; $9,500), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC; $7,900 ), Ignacio Piatti (Montreal Impact; $8,000)
Sebastian Giovinco – $14,400 – Toronto FC – The Sebastian Giovinco show rolls on, and MLS fans could be in for a real treat today as he goes toe-to-toe with fellow Golden Boot frontrunner Kei Kamara. Both forwards are on 22-goals and will have ample opportunities to add to those totals against less-than-stellar defenses.
Kei Kamara – $11,600 – Columbus Crew – While Giovinco is the best play on the board, Kamara is not far behind. The Crew have made it known that they will do whatever they can to help Kei win the Golden Boot – that’s music to the ears for fantasy players.
Didier Drogba – $10,400 – Montreal Impact – The Chelsea legend has a goal in two-straight games and will need to be firing on all cylinders with Montreal chasing the last playoff spot in the East.
Others to Consider – Fabian Castillo (FC Dallas; $9,200), Juan Manuel Martinez (Real Salt Lake; $6,100), David Texeira (FC Dallas; $6,300)
Herculez Gomez – $3,500 – Toronto FC – The former US MNT forward scored his first MLS goal in nearly seven years on Wednesday. With Jozy Altidore suspended, Gomez could be in line for another start and would certainly help to free up funds for the high-priced forward targets.
Juan Agudelo – $6,000 – New England Revolution – Another familiar face in the US National Team mix put his name on the scoresheet in the Revs last game and, if given another start, could be leaned on to carry New England into the playoffs today.