MLS Fantasy Manager 2016 week 16
MLS Fantasy Manager Week 16 Picks
TOP FORWARD PICKS
David Villa, New York City F.C., $12.0
David Villa is doing everything in his power to get New York City F.C. into the top spot in the Eastern Conference. Villa has the third highest points total in the league at the moment and it seems like no one can stop him no matter how hard they try. Of course, the other teams are finding ways of outscoring him but that doesn’t hurt his numbers any. New York City F.C. plays twice this week against two conference rivals including the hated Red Bulls. I don’t think Villa will play the full-90 twice especially on the unforgiving turf of Gillette Stadium but he’ll take every chance he gets for revenge on the Red Bulls. Look for him to fight for the shirt and for every ball against the Red Bulls and pick up big points against the crosstown foe. He could make short work of the New England Revolution defense if he sees the field against them but he will probably have only half an hour to an hour at most against them. He’s a smart pick for team captain this week as well.
Dom Dwyer, Sporting Kansas City, $10.0
Dom Dwyer is having an inconsistent year but when he is on—he is on. Dwyer had a brace last week against a defensively shorthanded Montreal Impact side which usually means he is due for a bad week but S.K.C. play at home against the struggling Columbus Crew this holiday weekend so I think he has a great shot at another great performance. Dwyer only has a couple assists this year so if he is going to come up with big points then he’s going to do it by scoring which means this is a risky pick but I think it will be well worth the reward.
Kei Kamara, New England Revolution, $11.0
Kei Kamara is not having the type of year he had in 2015 but he’s also had to spend time adjusting to a new squad which I think accounts some for his poor form. Kamara hasn’t scored since week nine but he has twice the opportunity this week against teams momentarily struggling defensively. The match against Montreal on the road will be tougher but the Impact are still missing their best defender and Kamara is the type of player to take advantage of the absence of such a towering presence. The Revolution’s second match of the round is against New York City F.C. at home where old legs like those of N.Y.C.F.C.’s aging stars usually avoid playing because of the toll the artificial turf takes on them. Kamara will come up big this match when most of the N.Y.C.F.C. creativity and leadership will be missing. Kamara could end the round with three or four goals if he gets hot enough.
TOP MIDFIELD PICKS
Benny Feilhaber, Sporting Kansas City, $11.1
Benny Feilhaber is the driving force of a Sporting Kansas City team that is doing whatever it can to stay in the playoff race. Feilhaber is not posting the numbers he posted last year but he is still having a good year. Feilhaber picks up the occasional goal but he acquires most of his points with his passing and assist bonuses. I don’t think this week will be the time Feilhaber comes up with the rare goal but it’s possible against lowly Columbus that he could pick up a couple assists by connecting
Lee Nguyen, New England Revolution, $11.8
Lee Nguyen is the main reason the Revolution are still part of the tight playoff race in the dismal Eastern Conference. Nguyen is doing most of the scoring and assisting for the Revolution as of late which means his points total is climbing up the ranks even if the team isn’t. Nguyen is another star with two opportunities to pad his points total this week. Both of teams he’ll be facing are having their defensive struggles, as mentioned above, but I think he will do better with his chances than his teammates. He’s more integral to the Revolution’s attack, it starts with him and it flows through him, so he will have more opportunities to pick up points from his passing, defending, and assisting than anyone else on the field. This will amount to some big points after two matches. Don’t be surprised to see a 20 above his name when all the games have been played.
Fabian Castillo, F.C. Dallas, $10.8
Every time you think Fabian Castillo has finally turned the corner as a league star, he goes on a horrible slum where nothing can go right. Conversely, when you think he’s going to have another horrible performance he goes on a hot streak where he has a stretch of games where he can’t be stopped. It’s maddening, really. That being said, I think he’s at one of those periods where he’s going to be unstoppable for a couple of weeks. He had a monster game over the week in U.S. Open Cup competition where he humiliated the Colorado Rapids defense and this should carry over to F.C. Dallas’s annual Independence Day match. Orlando City S.C. are a formidable opponent but they will have a hard time keeping Castillo under control all game. If he can keep his head straight and make smart choices, he could come away from this match with both an assist and a goal. He’ll pick up at least another eight or nine points this weekend and that’s hard to ignore.
TOP DEFENSIVE PICKS
A.J. DeLaGarza, Los Angeles Galaxy, $8.0
A.J. DeLaGarza is having an inconsistent year where he has spent a few weeks on the bench at different times for different injuries. He usually has a solid match when he does make an appearance though and this week won’t be any different. The only thing that has kept Los Angeles from demolishing the league has been their abysmal road form. Lucky for the Galaxy they play at home this week against conference rival Vancouver Whitecaps in a six-pointer that could see them leap-frog their opponent in the standings with a win. DeLaGarza will have to come through with a big performance for this match to turn out the way the Galaxy need it to. He’s a great passer so he could pick up a passing bonus or assist to pad his score from defending bonuses or a possible clean sheet. He’s an expensive defender but if he stays healthy he could be a great addition to any roster for the rest of the season.
Drew Moor, Toronto F.C., $7.7
Drew Moor makes yet another appearance as a weekly pick because he’s having such a great season. He had a tough game last week but it was a high-scoring match that wreaks havoc on any defender’s numbers. Toronto F.C. plays host to the still struggling Seattle Sounders this weekend which means a strong possibility for big points for Moor. This game has a great chance to end in a clean sheet for the Toronto defense and that means extra points for their defenders. Moor should pick up a few extra points for his defending bonuses and his ability to start the attack from the back line which amounts to passing bonuses.
Andrew Farrell, New England Revolution, $8.0
Andrew Farrell continues to have one of the most consistent careers in Major League Soccer. I’d never consider him the best defender in the league but I’d never drop him out of my top ten if I were to make a list. He doesn’t score a lot of goals and he doesn’t contribute to the attack because he’s as pure a defender as you will find on any of the teams in the league. Farrell rarely posts anything lower than three points and averages around five points a week over the course of the season. That means there’s a strong possibility he could end the week with 10-15 points as a defender since New England plays twice this week. Both matches are against teams with strong attacks but that means he’ll have plenty of opportunities to pick up defending bonuses if he somehow misses out on a clean sheet.
GOALKEEPER PICK OF THE WEEK
Brian Rowe, Los Angeles Galaxy, $4.8
Brian Rowe is one of the year’s biggest surprises. Rowe started the season as back-up to Dan Kennedy but Kennedy went down 19 minutes into the match and the job has been Rowe’s ever since. Rowe’s points total has suffered due to the Galaxy’s horrible road form but that hasn’t stopped him from having a great season. Los Angeles plays at home this week so that should help him pick up big points against Vancouver but he’ll also pick up other bonuses from having a solid game. He’s also a bargain at $4.8 and I still don’t see him losing his job any time soon which means he’s great to hold onto it for the rest of the year.