It’s MLS Soccer Sunday, with a nationally televised double-header on deck. There are plenty of GPPs, 50/50s and Head-to-Heads in the DraftKings lobby to enhance your viewing experience as you sweat your lineups. With congested schedules, coaches are rotating their squads regularly. There were some big names coming off the bench yesterday, and it will be worth keeping an eye on today to be sure your players are starting. I will be posting starting lineups on Twitter (@FantasySoccerFC) as they become available – usually an hour before kickoff. Here are some players I am targeting for today’s slate:
Stefan Frei – $5,300 – Seattle Sounders – The Seattle shot-stopper has allowed just two goals in his last four games, posting 14 or more DraftKings points in three of the four. Frei now faces an expansion NYCFC side that has been shutout in their last two.
Luis Marin – $4,500 – Sporting Kansas City – This play comes with an asterisk as Marin has allowed 6 goals in his previous two outings, including a 4-4 barnburner with Houston Dynamo last weekend. However, with only two games on the board – I will have some exposure to the home goalkeeper in a favorable match with Chicago.
Others to Consider – Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire; $3,800), Josh Saunders (New York City FC; $3,700)
Jalil Anibaba – $4,000 – Sporting Kansas City – With the unpredictability of clean sheets on a short slate, I will be targeting attacking outside backs. Anibaba is known for getting forward into the attack and averages over 8 DraftKings points per game.
Marcel de Jong – $3,400 – Sporting Kansas City – The Sporting KC outside back contributed an assist in his last outing and has now posted 7+ points in each of his last three games.
Joevin Jones – $3,500 – Chicago Fire – Jones has posted 10+ DraftKings points in five consecutive contests. He has spent time at both defender and midfielder and has established himself as a contributor the Fire attack.
Others to Consider – Tyrone Mears (Seattle Sounders; $4,800), Jeb Brovsky (New York City FC; $4,600), Kevin Ellis (Sporting Kansas City; $2,900)
Benny Feilhaber – $7,900 – Sporting Kansas City – Feilhaber posted an eye-popping 28 points with two goals, including the MLS Goal of the Week, last week against Houston. He’s been a key cog to the 2015 Sporting KC attack and should be active once again this afternoon.
Harry Shipp – $7,600 – Chicago Fire – The explosive midfielder contributes in all categories across the board – and will likely pay off his salary even if he doesn’t have a goal or an assist. He’s scored 10+ points in three of his last four games.
Marco Pappa – $5,200 – Seattle Sounders – The veteran MLS midfielder is one of the best creators in the league. Providing service to the likes of Clint Dempsey and Obafemi Martins, Pappa is a good candidate to pick-up an assist in tonight’s contest.
Others to Consider – Lamar Neagle (Seattle Sounders; $6,300), Shaun Maloney (Chicago Fire; $6,600), Mix Diskerud (New York City FC; $6,300)
Dom Dwyer – $9,200 – Sporting Kansas City – After scoring 22 goals in 2014, Dwyer has just two in nine games in 2015. He’s got a nose for the goal, and once he gets going he does not slow down. Dwyer bagged a goal in his last outing, and will look to pepper the Fire goal with shots all afternoon.
Clint Dempsey – $10,300 – Seattle Sounders – Dempsey has put up 14+ DraftKings points in three of his last four. Playing on a short field at Yankee Stadium should present the Sounders forward with even more opportunities to add to his goal tally.
David Villa – $9,700 – New York City FC – After missing out on the last few games with a hip injury, Spain’s all-time leading scorer looks to be all set to return to action today. He is a threat to score anytime he takes the field and has posted 20+ DraftKings points in two of his last four.
Others to Consider – Obafemi Martins (Seattle Sounders; $9,900), Krisztian Nemeth (Sporting Kansas City; $5,900), Khiry Shelton (New York City FC; $5,100)
David Accam – $4,900 – Chicago Fire – The speedy Ghanaian went off for 26 DraftKings points in his last game and comes at a discounted price. He’s a good bet to earn points from crosses, shots and fouls drawn – and taking him will free up cap space to bring in the high dollar forwards.
Graham Zusi – $5,900 – Sporting Kansas City – Deemed “Captain Fantasy” in 2014 – Zusi has taken a backseat, in terms of fantasy production, to Benny Feilhaber. While the numbers haven’t been there in 2015, Zusi has the ability to turn in a big fantasy performance any given game.