A rare three-game MLS Wednesday slate is upon us, with New York City FC vs. Toronto FC kicking things off on ESPN2 at 7:30PM ET. The last time these two met at Yankee Stadium a 4-4 barn-burner ensued. Let’s hope we’re in for as much fun tonight! There have already been numerous big names ruled out or questionable at best so, as always, watch for starting lineups at they drop (about an hour before kickoff). I will be posting starting lineups on Twitter (@DraftKicks) as they are released. Best of luck tonight!
David Bingham – 5,300 – San Jose Earthquakes – The Quakes are home favorites against a Montreal Impact team who will be resting half of their starting lineup, including the bulk of their firepower in playmaker Ignacio Piatti and Didier Drogba. I expect SJ to take care of business at home, making Bingham the safest play for cash games.
Chris Konopka – $4,700 – Toronto FC – Prior to allowing three goals to a hot New England Revolution side, Konopka had three straight double-digit outings. TFC is in the thick of the playoff race while NYCFC are in a rut and don’t have much to play for. Also, leading scorer David Villa limped off with a hamstring injury over the weekend and is questionable to play. I like a motivated TFC to get the win on the road tonight.
Others to Consider – Bobby Shuttleworth (New England Revolution; $5,000), Luis Robles (New York Red Bulls; $4,800)
Chris Tierney – $6,800 – New England Revolution – Any time Tierney is on the board he is one of the top options at defender, regardless of price. His crossing upside is unmatched in MLS, highlighted by his recent 11-cross, 31-point outing vs. Orlando City.
Angelino – $5,100 – New York City FC – The Manchester City product shifted from defender into the NYC midfield last game, something that we may continue to see for the remainder of the season. He already had solid attacking upside out of the back, but his fantasy value gets a nice boost with him closer to goal in the midfield.
Connor Lade – $4,400 – New York Red Bulls – Lade had six crosses and a shot in his last outing, racking up seven fantasy points along the way. His production has been somewhat unpredictable since joining the Red Bulls lineup, but he has proven he can be a threat on the wing. At a nice price point he’s worth a look on a short slate.
Others to Consider – Kemar Lawrence (New York Red Bulls, $4,800), Clarence Goodson (San Jose Earthquakes; $5,300), Justin Morrow (Toronto FC; $4,600)
Lee Nguyen – $9,400 – New England Revolution – Nguyen has returned to the MV-Lee form of 2014, racking up 5 assists in his last two games.
Sacha Kljestan – $9,000 – New York Red Bulls – The rejuvenated Red Bulls midfielder has an assist in five straight games and is posting big-time DK totals. His last three he’s gone for 25, 16 and 24.
Michael Bradley – $8,000 – Toronto FC – Bradley’s back-to-back five point outings have been disappointing, but in what’s being billed as a high octane match against NYCFC, the upside is there considering Bradley will have his chances to contribute to the attack.
Others to Consider – Matias Perez Garcia (San Jose Earthquakes; $7,300), Lloyd Sam (New York Red Bulls; $8,500), Shea Salinas ($6,600)
Sebastian Giovinco – $13,200 – Toronto FC – The MVP-frontrunner returned to action with 21-points last weekend despite no goals or assists. The last time the Italian stepped foot on Yankee Stadium he went off for a hat-trick. He’s the top player on the slate and is well worth finding room for tonight.
Chris Wondolowski – $9,200 – San Jose Earthquakes – Wondo has three or more shots in five straight games and will continue to be relied upon for goals as San Jose pushes for the final playoff spot in the west. I like the match-up tonight and am confident Wondo will hit double-digits.
Bradley Wright-Phillips – $12,000 – New York Red Bulls – BWP has a three goals in his last two outings and five in five games. He’s one of the best pure goal scorers in the league and, along with Kljestan, has been carrying the Red Bull attack as they make a run at the Eastern Conference.
Others to Consider – Charlie Davies (New England Revolution; $8,800), Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC; $8,100), Quincy Amarikwa (San Jose Earthquakes; $9,000), Dominic Oduro (Montreal Impact)
Diego Fagundez – $6,800 – New England Revolution – Fagundez did it again over the weekend, scoring a goal for the third straight game. He’s been on a tear lately and certainly warrants consideration given his mid-tier price tag.
Johan Venegas – $3,000 – Montreal Impact – With usual playmaker Ignacio Piatti missing out, I expect Venegas to be shifted into the #10 role for Montreal. If he does, he’s worth a spot start in order to free up a lot of cash for the stars. The only downside to rostering Venegas is that he plays in the late game, so it will be tough to pivot to another player at $3,000 if he doesn’t get the start.