As the MLS regular season winds down, and teams desperately cling to postseason hopes, prepare to continue to see some wacky results. There are a few favorable match-ups on today’s slate that I will be targeting more than others. With all the squad rotation, it is crucial to pay attention to starting lineups to ensure you aren’t stuck with an inactive player on your team. As always, I will be posting starting lineups on Twitter (@DraftKicks) as they become available – usually an hour before kickoff. Good luck!
Bobby Shuttleworth – $5,400 – New England England Revolution – Shuttleworth and the Revs have won four straight games at home, with a pair of clean sheets along the way. Considering Philadelphia may be resting their top squad in lieu of the US Open Cup Final on Wednesday, Shuttleworth will be anchoring the majority of my lineups across all formats.
David Ousted – $5,300 – Vancouver Whitecaps – The Whitecaps need a bounce-back game in a big way after being trounced by rivals Seattle Sounders at home last weekend. NYCFC presents a good opportunity for the Caps to get back on track, and I expect Ousted to make some saves en route to picking up a win tonight.
Others to Consider – Steve Clark (Columbus Crew; $5,200), Bill Hamid (D.C. United; $4,300), Tyler Deric (Houston Dynamo; $4,400)
Chris Tierney – $6,700 – New England Revolution – It may be tough to find room for Tierney, but he generally rewards his owners with a hefty haul of fantasy points. He had 9 crosses last weekend and has an excellent matchup against what could be a short-handed Union.
Harrison Afful – $4,800 – Seattle Sounders – Afful remains a staple in my lineups, serving up a slew of crosses each game – and it doesn’t hurt that he’s serving them up to Golden Boot frontrunner Kei Kamara.
DaMarcus Beasley – $5,000 – Houston Dynamo – Beasley assisted on the game-winning goal midweek against Sporting KC. I’m anticipating a tight game in Houston tonight, in which case Beasley should contribute on both ends of the ball.
Others to Consider – Sheanon Williams (Houston Dynamo; $4,600), Drew Moor (Colorado Rapids; $4,100), Ambroise Oyongo (Montreal Impact; $4,400)
Kei Kamara – $11,400 – Columbus Crew – Kamara continues to score at will, leading the league with 21 goals on 126 shots. I expect Kei will have his opportunities tonight, and won’t be surprised to see him on the scoresheet once again.
Charlie Davies – $8,400 – New England Revolution – Davies will look to score for the first time since early August against a potential second-string Union backline. I’ve been hesitant to include Davies as of late but really like his matchup tonight.
Kekuta Manneh – $8,300 – Vancouver Whitecaps – It’s been four games since he’s scored, but Manneh continues to earn fantasy points across other statistical categories. A home match against New York City FC presents a good opportunity for the Gambian to return to the scoresheet.
Others to Consider – Didier Drogba (Montreal Impact; $9,800), David Villa (New York City FC; $12,900), Fabian Espindola (D.C. United; $10,000), Octavio Rivero (Vancouver Whitecaps; $9,000 )
Johan Venegas – $4,000 – Montreal Impact – Venegas scored the game-winning goal against the Revs last weekend, his first goal in MLS. With usual playmaker Ignacio Piatti’s status up in the air, Venegas should continue to play a key role in the Impact attack.
Kelyn Rowe – $6,500 – New England Revolution – Rowe has two goals in three games, posting double-digit DraftKings points in three of his last four. Like the rest of the Revs, Rowe should benefit from playing a depleted Philly squad.