Several teams will either punch a ticket to the 2015 Audi MLS Cup Playoffs this weekend or see their postseason hopes dashed. With so much at stake, we’re in for a fun ride over the next several weeks. As always, I will be posting starting lineups on Twitter (@DraftKicks) as they become available – usually an hour before kickoff. Best of luck this weekend!
Chris Konopka – $5,500 – Toronto FC – TFC are in a great spot here, as they host a Philadelphia Union team that is coming off an emotional penalty kick shootout loss on Wednesday in the U.S. Open Cup. Konopka and Toronto FC should have no problem notching their third straight win at home.
Adam Kwarasey – $5,000 – Portland Timbers – Similar to the above, the Timbers are hosting the winners of the U.S. Open Cup – Sporting KC. I expect a huge effort from Portland as they make a push for the playoffs, and think they have a favorable matchup against a SKC team that logged 120-minutes midweek and could rest their starters again.
Others to Consider – David Bingham (San Jose Earthquakes; $4,500), Bobby Shuttleworth (New England Revolution; $4,900), Tally Hall (Orlando City SC; $4,800)
Chris Tierney – $7,000 – New England Revolution – His price keeps rising, but is justified by consistently high crossing numbers. Tierney has 38 crosses over his last five games.
Harrison Afful – $5,000 – Columbus Crew – Afful continues to be a threat on the wing. He’s generally good for at least 7 points per game strictly from crosses and fouls drawn.
Brek Shea – $4,500 – Orlando City SC – Shea has been eased back into the mix since returning from injury, but still has an assist in each game of Orlando’s three-game winning streak. He’s been deployed as both a midfielder and defender over that span but tends to play higher up the field regardless of where he lines up.
Others to Consider – Kemar Lawrence (New York Red Bulls; $4,900), Alvas Powell (Portland Timbers; $5,200), Ambroise Oyongo (Montreal Impact; $4,400)
Kaka – $10,500 – Orlando City SC – Kaka returned to the field with three assists in Orlando’s 5-2 upset at New York Red Bulls last weekend. Orlando will turn to the Brazilian legend for more of the same as they look to keep their playoff hopes alive.
Diego Valeri – $10,000 – Portland Timbers – The Argentine is one of the best playmakers in the league and could be facing a reserve-heavy Sporting KC squad today. He contributes across multiple categories and will be a force to be reckoned with as Portland are desperate for a result.
Sacha Kljestan – $9,400 – New York Red Bulls – Kljestan is in scintillating form right now, having a hand in a goal in five consecutive games at Red Bull Arena. The leaky Crew defense presents ample opportunity for Kljestan to continue to produce.
Others to Consider – Lee Nguyen (New England Revolution; $9,900), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC; $8,800), Federico Higuain (Columbus Crew; $9,000), Shea Salinas (San Jose Earthquakes; $7,800 )
ForwardSebastian Giovinco – $14,000 – Toronto FC – Another week, more video game numbers from Giovinco. He’s the most expensive player on the board but i’m going to make room for him on my team. He has an excellent matchup against a drained Philly squad on Saturday.
Kei Kamara – $11,600 – Columbus Crew – Kamara won’t stop scoring. He has 4 goals over his last three games, averaging 24 points over that span. If you can’t squeeze Giovinco in, Kamara is your guy.
Gilberto – $7,200 – Chicago Fire – Since joining the Chicago Fire Starting XI two games ago, Gilberto has two goals, 11 shots and 39 points. He’ll likely continue to see opportunities in the attack as the Fire have nothing left to play for except to prove themselves individually for a role on the team next season.
Others to Consider – Bradley Wright-Phillips (New York Red Bulls; $12,100), Cyle Larin (Orlando City SC; $8,800), Fanendo Adi (Portland Timbers; $9,000), Quincy Amarikwa (San Jose Earthquakes; $7,800 )Flex Appeal
Carlos Rivas – $5,500 – Orlando City SC – Rivas played a big part in Orlando City’s win over the Red Bulls last weekend, handing out a pair of assists for 19 points. He’s able to pile up points across the board and is at a nice price point to allow you to fit the big guns in.
Johan Venegas – $4,000 – Montreal Impact – I suggested Venegas last week and he didn’t start. With Ignacio Piatti’s status up in the air, I’m going back to the well with Venegas this week. When given the playing time he’s been a solid fantasy contributor, again just be sure he’s starting before locking him into your lineups.