It’s MLS Soccer Sunday, with a two-game slate kicking off at 5pm ET on ESPN2. Let’s jump right into my top targets to take you to the top of your DraftKings contests. Be wary of injuries and suspensions — I will be posting starting lineups on Twitter (@DraftKicks) as they become available – usually an hour before kickoff.
Tim Melia – $4,600 – Sporting Kansas City – Fresh off a 21-point midweek performance, Melia now faces a hobbled Orlando City attack. Sporting KC has the best match-up on the board and Melia comes at a favorable price.
Chris Konopka – $5,100 – Toronto FC – Konopka has three straight double-digit outings, and has led TFC to consecutive wins at home. While the Revs attack has been sharp of late, I’m looking for a big game from Konopka to keep them in the playoff hunt.
Others to Consider – Bobby Shuttleworth (New England Revolution; $4,400), Tally Hall (Orlando City SC; $4,800)
Chris Tierney – $6,800 – New England Revolution– Tierney’s hit double-digit fantasy points in three straight, including a massive 31-point outing vs. Orlando last week.
Brek Shea – $3,900 – Orlando City SC – Shea is questionable to return, but looks more likely to return than not. If he does return, it will likely be in a more advanced role with the Orlando City attack decimated by injuries. Keep an eye on the starting lineups and roll him out if he’s in the mix.
Seth Sinovic – $3,400 – Sporting KC – Sinovic will presumably get another start, and at just $3,400 is worthy of consideration for a player with attacking upside and a good chance at earning defensive bonus points.
Others to Consider – Aurelien Collin (Orlando City SC; $4,000), Kevin Ellis (Sporting KC; $3,900), Luke Boden (Orlando City; $4,300)
Lee Nguyen – $9,400 – New England Revolution – Nguyen showed up with 3 assists last weekend against Orlando and is averaging 16 points over his last four games.
Benny Feilhaber – $9,000 – Sporting KC – Despite being kept off the scoreboard, Feilhaber still put up 9 points in midweek action against the Portland Timbers. He’s able to contribute across all statistical categories and has a favorable matchup against Orlando City tonight (see above).
Michael Bradley – $7,700 – Toronto FC – Prior to being kept quiet by Seattle last weekend, Bradley had a 19-pt and 24-pt outing. He’s stepped it up in the attack and will continue to factor in the attack as Toronto vies for a playoff spot.
Others to Consider – Marco Delgado (Toronto FC; $5,200), Herculez Gomez (Toronto FC; $3,500), Kelyn Rowe (New England Revolution; $6,400)
Sebastian Giovinco – $13,500 – Toronto FC – The MVP-frontrunner has been dealing with a lingering injury and is listed as questionable for today’s game. Reports indicate that he could return to the lineup – in which case immediately makes him the top play on the short slate. The Italian has hit 13+ fantasy points in four of his last five appearances – including a 45-point outing just four games ago.
Dom Dwyer – $9,000 – Sporting KC – Dwyer has an excellent matchup against a shaky Orlando City backline. He’s returning to the place he led to the USL Championship (US second division) just two years ago and is hot off a 24-point performance just two games ago.
Joey Altidore – $7,700 – Toronto FC – Altidore has found is goal scoring form, with goals in back-to-back games (21 FPPG). He’ll look to keep the momentum going tonight in a pivotal matchup against New England.
Others to Consider – Charlie Davies (New England Revolution; $8,800), Kristin Nemeth (Sporting KC; $8,100), Cyle Larin (Orlando City; $9,000)
Diego Fagundez – $6,600 – New England Revolution – Fagundez has two goals and an assist in his last two games, averaging 20 point per game over that span. He’s hit-or-miss but on a short slate is definitely in the conversation.
Graham Zusi – $6,600 – Sporting KC – Zusi has at least two shots and two crosses in three straight games. I like Sporting to take it to Orlando tonight, and with most of the focus on Feilhaber and Dwyer I like Zusi as a bit of a differential play.