MLS Fantasy Manager 2016 week 13
MLS Fantasy Manager 2016 week 13 comes with a whole slew of opportunities to flex your fantasy managing muscles. There are only six matches this week which means almost half the league isn’t playing this round. This is also the last round before MLS takes a two-week break while the region plays in the star-studded Copa America Centenario. This would also be a great week to play the roster transfer wild card when picking a team if you have to make big changes so there are no missed opportunities for points.
TOP FORWARD PICKS
Giovani Dos Santos, Los Angeles Galaxy, $11.4
Giovani Dos Santos is not part of Mexico’s roster for the Copa America Centenario which means he will be available through the summer. Los Angeles has already lost Gyasi Zardes to the U.S. Men’s national team and will soon lose Robbie Keane to the Irish national team so L.A. will lean heavily on Dos Santos for the attack over the next month. The Galaxy are stellar at home and have yet to lose a match on home soil so this week is as good a time as any to add him to a roster. I’ve said enough about him already in earlier columns but he’s really starting to hit a consistently high level of offensive play. Los Angeles plays at home against a slumping Sporting Kansas City and Dos Santos should be able to get big points against a team that’s missing key players to injury and international duty.
C.J. Sapong, Philadelphia Union, $8.2
C.J. Sapong will keep showing up as a pick for me until Philadelphia Union slow down. The Union are another team who has not lost at home yet this season and welcomes the struggling Columbus Crew to town this weekend. The Crew are a scrappy team and will give the Union plenty of trouble but I don’t think they’ll be able to stop Sapong and the Union attack. Sapong is another offensive starter who isn’t going anywhere on international duty this summer so he’s great to have on the roster while so many stars are missing. He’ll finally find a way to score again this weekend to add to his tally.
Joao Plata, Real Salt Lake, $9.5
I don’t usually like to pick forwards from road teams because of how bad away records are for most clubs but Yankee Stadium hasn’t been kind to New York City F.C. when it comes to goals conceded this year. They’ve dropped a lot of points at home and let in a ton of goals that most teams wouldn’t ever let by. Joao Plata is one of the league’s most underrated goal scorers and best fantasy values at his price. Real Salt Lake got off to a hot start but have slowed down as of late but a trip to N.Y.C.F.C. will do their offensive numbers some good. Plata is a hard striker to contain especially at his small size so I wouldn’t be surprised if he gets an assist and a goal this week.
TOP MIDFIELD PICKS
Diego Valeri, Portland Timbers, $10.8
Diego Valeri is unstoppable this season. It’s hard to believe that Portland are in the spot they are now with the way he’s been playing but the rest of the team can’t seem to help the cause where it counts. The Timbers have a chance at home this week to catch up to San José and Valeri must have an amazing game to get his team into the playoff hunt. Valeri is another player I’ve picked before but he’s having such a great season that it’s hard to deny him. Look for him to play a main role in the scoring this week if he doesn’t put them in himself. A 10-plus point game isn’t out of the question from him this week.
Marcelo Sarvas, D.C. United, $7.1
Marcelo Sarvas is another player who could benefit from a struggling opponent this week. The Seattle Sounders are a shell of themselves from previous seasons and missing Clint Dempsey to international duty won’t help them for the next month. Marcelo Sarvas hasn’t scored many goals this season but he’s a great passer who has tallied an assist and picks up most of his points from his defensive play. I won’t be surprised if he helps on the offensive side against Seattle but he’s going to get the majority of his points this week from keeping them from scoring and his passing. If he can help with the defense enough, he’ll pick up another clean sheet bonus to add to his points total.
Fabian Castillo, F.C. Dallas, $10.7
Fabian Castillo and F.C. Dallas keep finding ways to pick up hard-fought points to stay in the race for the Supporters’ Shield. F.C. Dallas will be out for revenge at home after the rival Dynamo humiliated them earlier this season in Houston. Castillo is having a hard time in the final third and is an inconsistent finisher this season compared to last year but he’s still an impact player for the F.C.D. attack. He widens the field and is great at setting up those in the middle of the attack for opportunities on goal. Houston has played horribly as of late and now would be the perfect time for Castillo to step up and lead his team to glory at home with a huge game. He’s another player who could have a 10-plus performance.
TOP DEFENSIVE PICKS
Taylor Kemp, D.C. United, $8.0
Taylor Kemp is having a strong year and is helping keep his team in the playoff hunt 1/3 of the way through the season. Kemp and D.C. are going to have a hard-fought match ahead of them this week against Seattle. Seattle is lacking the same offensive punch they had last year and will be have to rely on some back ups for the next month which means an easier time for opponents. Kemp will have to step up with attacking and passing bonuses as well as his usual defensive bonuses to push D.C. over the edge and get the win but I don’t foresee this being an issue.
Walker Zimmerman, F.C. Dallas, $6.4
Walker Zimmerman gets better every game and is turning into one of F.C. Dallas’s most reliable defenders. Zimmerman is one of those defenders who is key to the attack with his ability to play higher up without being a liability to those around him. He has the speed and ability to push forward with skillful passing and aggressive play that throws off his opponents. He’s also one of the key components to F.C.D.’s deadly counter attack with his amazing long passes. F.C. Dallas is playing much better than their in-state rivals and I think they’ll get their revenge with a clean sheet of their own at home to earn big points for all of their defenders..
Keegan Rosenberry, Philadelphia Union, $5.9
Yes, I’ve picked Keegan Rosenberry again. He’s playing too well at his low price to deny a spot on any roster. Rosenberry is now Philadelphia’s best defender and will win Rookie of the Year as long as no other rookies step things up to his level. This league is always difficult to predict but Philadelphia has been unstoppable at home and Columbus have been horrible on the road so I don’t see the Union having to struggle on defense this match. Rosenberry will contribute on both sides of the ball to pick up bonuses as well as points from the clean sheet.
GOALKEEPER PICK OF THE WEEK
Bill Hamid, D.C. United, $6.1
Bill Hamid is back and in fine form after a long time out. He has missed 1/3 of the season but came back for his first game this season last week and posted a clean sheet. D.C. United haven’t been perfect at home but their opponents, Seattle Sounders, have been rubbish on the road this year. Bill Hamid and his defense will step it up to pick up some much-needed points before the break. A clean sheet is probable but he’s still an aggressive keeper who can get a defending bonus from his style of play. No matter how you look at it, Hamid is in for a great week,