MLS Targets: October 25th

A massive 10-game slate is on tap for the MLS regular season finale. There is still a lot at stake for several MLS teams, and i’m looking forward to seeing how things play out. Also at stake is a VIP trip for two to the MLS Cup, where someone will turn $3 into a special VIP MLS Cup experience – which includes two tickets to the 2015 MLS Cup, $1,000 airfare credit, hotel accommodations for two, $500 cash for meals and ground transportation, and a DraftKings Swag Bag.

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Now, let’s take a look at some players who will give you a good shot at winning your contests tonight.

Today’s Contests

$1.5K MLS Striker – $3 entry
MLS Decision Day – Cup VIP Experience contest! – $3

Goalkeeper

Adam Kwarasey – $5,800 – Portland Timbers – He’s the highest priced option but has the best matchup on the board. The Timbers can clinch a playoff spot with a win or tie against Colorado, who are on short rest having played on Wednesday. Portland have won three of their last four, making Kwarasey worthy of paying up for in both cash and tournament lineups.

Josh Ford – $3,000 – Orlando City SC – If you’re looking to save some cash at GK, look at min. priced Josh Ford. The backup is filling in for usual starter Tally Hall, who is recovering from surgery. He’s not the safest play for a clean sheet, but I think Orlando City get the win here and at the price Ford is a viable option.

Others to Consider – Bobby Shuttleworth (New England Revolution; $4,800),  David Bingham (San Jose Earthquakes; $4,200), Stefan Frei (Seattle Sounders; $5,300 )

Defender

Chris Tierney – $6,700 – New England Revoloution – Tierney has been the most reliable source of fantasy points at the Defender position all season, so i’m targeting him again on #DecisionDay. The Revs need a result badly and I predict Tierney’s left foot will be on display throughout the game in the form of multiple crosses and free kicks. 

Harrison Afful – $5,500 – Columbus Crew – Along with Tierney, Harrison Afful carries a nice upside based on the high volume of crosses he produces from game-to-game. The Ghanaian has a combined 15 crosses over his last three games.

Kemar Lawrence – $5,300 – New York Red Bulls – The Red Bulls are playing for the Supporters’ Shield today, so i’m expecting a spirited effort across the board from them today. Lawrence scored a goal last game and has been a big part of New York’s run at the regular season title.

Others to Consider – Brek Shea (Orlando City SC; $4,400), Tyrone Mears (Seattle Sounders; $5,5oo), Steven Beitashour (Vancouver Whitecaps; $4,700)

Midfielder

Lee Nguyen – $9,700 – New England Revolution – Nguyen is averaging 13 DK PPG on the season. He’s got an attractive game against a New York City squad with nothing to play for, while the Revs must win or tie to punch a ticket to the playoffs.

Mauro Diaz – $9,600 – FC Dallas – Diaz comes into the regular season finale hot – with a combined 1 goal, 2 assists, 11 crosses, 10 fouls drawn and 47 points in his last two games. If New York slip up against Chicago, FC Dallas could overtake them for the Supporters’ Shield with a win on Sunday. Look for an in-form Diaz to continue to post numbers across the board.

Sacha Kljestan – $9,900 – New York Red Bulls – Kljestan has been relatively quiet the past two games, but that’s not stopping me from targeting him today. With everything to play for I’m looking at Kljestan to be lively in the attack against a bad Chicago Fire defense. Kljestan has at least a goal or an assist in four of his last five games.

Others to Consider – Kaka (Orlando City SC; $10,500), Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers; $6,600), Ignacio Piatti (Montreal Impact; $8,000), Justin Meram (Columbus Crew; $6,700)

Forwards

Sebastian Giovinco – $14,200 – Toronto FC – After having scored a goal in four straight games, the Golden Boot frontrunner came up empty handed in Toronto’s loss to Columbus last weekend. Giovinco’s price tag is a tough pill to swallow, but he’s one of the few players on the board with 40+ point upside. 

Didier Drogba – $10,800 – Montreal Impact – Drogba’s fantasy point output at home has been off-the-charts. He has 7 goals and an insane 122-points over his last four home games. If you can’t quite squeeze Giovinco into your lineups, Drogba is the next best option for almost $4K less.

Obafemi Martins – $10,600 – Seattle Sounders – The Nigerian has been in top-form, striking for a goal in 6 of the Sounders last 7 games. The Sounders need a win today to make it to the postseason, and i’m expecting Martins to come out firing on all cylinders. 

Others to Consider – Fabian Espindola (D.C. United; $10,100), Fanendo Adi (Portland Timbers; $9,500), Cyle Larin (Orlando City SC; $9,200), Bradley Wright-Phillips (New York Red Bulls; $12,200)

Flex Appeal

Rodney Wallace – $5,000 – Portland Timbers – The Costa Rican had the game-winning assist against the LA Galaxy last weekend and is a cheap inlet to a Portland attack that should score some goals today. 

Carlos Rivas – $5,600 – Orlando City SC – Rivas had an eye-popping 13 crosses last weekend against NYCFC. Orlando need goals in bulk today so Rivas should be active once again.