A pair of midweek MLS games are on tap tonight as we inch closer to another massive weekend of DraftKings action. As the FIFA international fixtures wind down, players will begin filtering back into their respective MLS squads. Many of the international players won’t return until this weekend, so be sure to monitor starting lineups to ensure you don’t draft any inactive players into your lineups. I will be posting starting lineups on Twitter (@DraftKicks) as they become available – usually an hour before kickoff. Good luck tonight!

Wednesday’s Contests

$1K MLS Striker – $3 entry

$1.5K MLS Equalizer – $27 entry

Goalkeeper

David Ousted – $5,300 – Vancouver Whitecaps – The Whitecaps have reeled off three straight wins at home, with Ousted posting two clean sheets and allowing just one goal over that span. While the visiting Colorado Rapids are on a surprising three-game winning streak of their own, i’m counting on Ousted to lead the home team to another W tonight. Ousted is my top goalkeeper target on the short slate, plug him into your cash games with confidence.

Others to Consider – Adam Kwarasey (Portland Timbers; $5,200), Tim Melia (Sporting KC; $4,500), Clint Irwin (Colorado Rapids; $4,300)

Defender

Jack Jewsbury – $4,300 – Portland Timbers – Jewsbury has filled in admirably for usual Timbers central midfield spine Will Johnson (international duty). In his last game, the aging MLS veteran banged out five shots – converting one for a goal and 18 DraftKings points on the day. In what should be a tightly contested affair, Jewsbury should see more opportunities to contribute to the attack.

Steven Beitashour – $4,500 – Vancouver Whitecaps The Iranian defender hasn’t been swinging crosses in at quite the same rate as he’s capable of, but on a two-game slate that lacks crossing defenders he’s worth a look. Regardless of his declining crossing numbers, Beitashour has played a part in seeing the Whitecaps to a clean sheet in three of their last four games.

Seth Sinovic – $3,200 – Sporting KC – Sinovic reappeared in Sporting KC’s starting lineup last game and managed to draw three fouls in a full 90 minute shift. With SKC thin in the back, I expect him to make another start. There aren’t many reliable options at the defender position, so both Sinovic and Marc Burch (Colorado Rapids; $3,000) are worth a look to free up salary cap space elsewhere.

Others to Consider – Pa-Mouda Kah (Vancouver Whitecaps; $3,900), Nat Borchers (Portland Timbers; $4,700), Marc Burch (Colorado Rapids; $3,000

Midfielder

Diego Valeri – $9,800 – Portland Timbers  The Timbers string-puller has an assist in three consecutive games and is picking up fantasy points in all categories. Valeri has also gone for a combined 11 shots and 8 crosses across those three games – good for an average of 15 FPPG.

Benny Feilhaber – $9,000 – Sporting Kansas City  While Benny has been quiet — by his standards — over his last two games, he averaged 11 DraftKings points per game in the month of August. Tonight is a big game for both teams and I like Benny to play a part. Look for the Brazilian-born midfielder to force U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann to reconsider the recent snubs after seeing the U.S. ripped apart by Brazil 4-1 last night.

Pedro Morales – $8,000 – Vancouver Whitecaps – The Chilean attacker has been slowly reintroduced into the Vancouver lineup, playing limited minutes as he makes his return from injury. He’s still managed to score twice in four games, and is one of the handful players on the board that are liable to explode.

Others to Consider – Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers; $6,800), Graham Zusi (Sporting KC; $6,600), Dillon Powers (Colorado Rapids; $5,500)

Forward

Octavio Rivero – $8,700 – Vancouver Whitecaps – Rivero leads the ‘Caps with 9 goals on the season, despite being shutout in his last three outings. Considering he’s playing at home in a game that could catapult Vancouver back to the top of the MLS standings, and the fact that he’s on PK duty, I like Rivero’s chances to get back on the scoresheet.

Kekuta Manneh – $8,200 – Vancouver Whitecaps – Prior to being shutdown in Houston last time out, Manneh had three straight games with double-digit fantasy points. When he gets going, he really gets going and can light it up across all statistical categories. I’m hoping tonight is one of those nights in a pivotal game for the Whitecaps.

Dom Dwyer – $9,400 – Sporting KC – Dwyer tallied 11 DK points on shots + shots on goal alone in his last game against Colorado, adding a goal en route to 23 fantasy points on the day. While Dom has had a down year in general, he’s a pure goal scorer with high upside.

Others to Consider – Fanendo Adi (Portland Timbers; $8,700), Krisztian Nemeth (Sporting KC; $8,100), Lucas Melano (Portland Timbers; $6,100)

Flex Appeal

Vicente Sanchez – $6,300 – Colorado Rapids – On the strength of one goal and two assists, Sanchez has quietly posted 17+ DK points in back-to-back games. In those two he’s also swung in 4+ crosses and is on penalty kick duty – solidifying him as a solid flex play at just $6,300.

Cristian Techera – $5,800 – Vancouver Whitecaps – “The Bug” has been on a tear at BC Place – scoring 3 goals to go along with 5 shots, 4 crosses and 6 fouls drawn in his last two home games. He still comes at a discount and is a great play at $5,800 considering his ability to rack up points regardless of if he scores or has an assist.