The Audi 2015 MLS Cup Playoffs are starting to take shape, with the New York Red Bulls becoming the first team to punch a ticket over the weekend. Tonight we have a pair of meaningful games, with three of the four teams playing tonight still fighting for their playoff lives. All four teams playing tonight will also play over the weekend, so there is sure to be some squad rotation. Look for starting lineups on Twitter (@DraftKicks) as they become available – usually an hour before kickoff. Here are the players I am targeting tonight:
Evan Bush – $5,200 – Montreal Impact – The visiting Chicago Fire were just shutout at home by expansion Orlando City. Montreal will look to take advantage of a wounded animal – and with only four ‘keepers to choose from i’m rolling with the heavy home favorite.
Tyler Deric – $4,800 – Houston Dynamo – The Dynamo net-minder has kept a clean sheet in three of his last four games at home. I’m expecting a tight game in which both teams’ goalkeepers could produce fantasy points, but lean towards Deric given his form at home.
Others to Consider – Tim Melia or Jon Kempin (Sporting KC, $4,500-$4,700), Jon Busch (Chicago Fire; $4,300)
Ambroise Oyongo – $4,600 – Montreal Impact – Oyongo looks set to return from red card suspsension in a favorable match at home against the Chicago Fire. The Cameroonian back has averaged 9 fantasy PPG in his last three games at home.
Joevin Jones – $4,900 – Chicago Fire – Despite losing 1-0 to Orlando City last weekend, Jones still went for 8 points on DK. He’s dynamic on the wing and should continue to earn points through crosses.
Sheanon Williams – $4,500 – Houston Dynamo – Williams boasts two assists in two of his last three games at home. Houston head coach Owen Croyle has been vocal about how pleased he is with Williams joining in on the Dynamo attack.
Others to Consider – Jeff Larentowicz (Chicago Fire; $4,500), Laurent Ciman (Montreal Impact; $4,500), Donny Toia (Montreal Impact; $4,300)
Ignacio Piatti – $8,600 – Montreal Impact – The Argentine had an assist over the weekend and now has one in consecutive home games. He dropped an assist and 15 points on Chicago just two weeks ago when they were in town.
Benny Feilhaber – $9,500 – Sporting KC – Feilhaber went off for two goals and 33 DK points in last week’s convincing win over FC Dallas. He’s having an MVP-calibur season and warrants consideration anytime he’s on the board.
Brad Davis – $8,700 – Houston Dynamo – The MLS vet has a goal and an assist in his last two home games. He’s one of the best crossers in the league and will need to step up tonight to keep the Dynamo in the playoff hunt.
Others to Consider – Graham Zusi (Sporting; $6,900), Harry Shipp (Chicago Fire; $6,600), Johan Venegas (Montreal Impact; $6,900)
Didier Drogba – $9,700 – Montreal Impact – The Chelsea legend has four goals and 69 points in his last two games at Stade Saputo. The stage is set as the Impact welcome the same Chicago Fire team that Drogba had a hat-trick against three games ago.
Dom Dwyer – $9,500 – Sporting KC – Dwyer looked hungry in SKC’s big win over Dallas, scoring a goal and putting up 21 points on the day. The Dynamo should present a tough challenge but with a slim forward pool i’ll have some exposure to Dom.
David Accam – $7,700 – Chicago Fire – He didn’t score or assist last game but that didn’t matter as Accam made it five straight games with double-digit points on DraftKings. If Chicago has any chance in Montreal tonight they’ll need Accam to continue to spark the attack.
Others to Consider – Giles Barnes (Houston Dynamo; $8,400), Kennedy Igboananike (Chicago Fire; $7,800), Will Bruin (Houston Dynamo; $7,100)
Johan Venegas – $3,700 – Montreal Impact – Venegas scored his first career MLS goal over the weekend en route to an 18-point night on DK. His playing time has been a bit sporadic, but if he’s in the Starting XI he’s well worth a roster spot to free up funds elsewhere.
Graham Zusi – $6,900 – Sporting KC – Despite not getting on the scoresheet in KC’s win over Dallas, Zusi had an impressive showing that translated into a nice day on DraftKings. He swung in a whopping 11-crosses and fired off three shots on the way to 17-points. In a pivotal game for both teams, look for Zusi to be a handful for the Dynamo tonight.