MLS Fantasy Manager 2016 week 19
TOP FORWARD PICKS
I think Giovani Dos Santos should be having a better season but he’s not having a bad year by most standards. He’s such a big name player for the team that is supposed to be the pride and joy of Major League Soccer that I think he should be producing more points at a higher rate than he has. I think the reason his points tally isn’t as high as it should be is a mixture of injuries and the absence of key players during long stretches of the season. This should all change now that all of those players have returned from international competitions and have also healed from injuries. Dos Santos should have a solid game at home against the worst team in the conference this weekend when the Galaxy play Houston Dynamo. Dos Santos will have plenty of help up top while also having better targets for his amazing passing ability. He’ll definitely pick up one assist and a goal is probable but he’ll also pick up other bonuses for his strong offensive play.
Yura Movsisyan, Real Salt Lake, $9.0
Yura Movsisyan had a great game last weekend and I think he’s going to have another one this round against the New England Revolution who are horrible on the road. Movsisyan is quietly having a very good season—not great but damn close to it. He’s been a consistent threat up top for a Real Salt Lake side that I think is doing a splendid job of punching above its weight. Movsisyan will get better as the game gets closer to the end and the Revolution get tired legs. Look for him to pick up some big points in the second half.
Kevin Doyle, Colorado Rapids, $7.9
You’d think that the starting forward for one of the best teams in the league would have a better fantasy points tally but Colorado hasn’t gotten where they are because of their attack. Colorado has only had 13 goals scored against them this season so every goal they have score has counted for a lot and Doyle has scored four of them. The Rapids play against Sporting Kansas City at home this weekend and I don’t foresee them being the team that hands Colorado their first home loss. If Colorado manages to win this game it’s most likely going to come through Kevin Doyle this week because of how they match up with S.K.C., if he doesn’t score it himself then he’ll at least get the assist on it.
TOP MIDFIELD PICKS
Fabian Castillo, F.C. Dallas, $11.0
Fabian Castillo and F.C. Dallas had a horrible match in Seattle on Wednesday night. They mainly played players who needed more minutes while giving their usual starters some rest so F.C.D. got thrashed. Castillo and his teammates are going to put that match out of their minds and take out their aggression on their Brimstone Cup rivals the Chicago Fire. The Chicago midfield and defense are no match for Castillo’s blinding speed and passing ability so he should have no problem picking up a goal and more probable assists. He’ll also get a huge tally for his attacking bonuses and passing rating. I wouldn’t be surprised if he earned a bonus point for drawing fouls. This all means a probable 8-10 point match.
Steven Gerrard, Los Angeles Galaxy, $10.4
There is no doubt that Steven Gerrard is a legend but his old legs are starting to show more and more as the long MLS season drags on. Gerrard has only played the full-90 six times this season while missing five matches along the way. However, Gerrard has been brilliant almost every game he has played in this year so he’s making the most of his minutes. Gerrard will have another solid match if he sees the field this weekend against the struggling Houston Dynamo. He’s a gamble because it’s hard to tell when he’s going to play or not but he’s going to pick up at least one assist and some attacking bonuses if he starts against Houston.
Ignacio Piatti, Montreal Impact, $11.1
Ignacio Piatti deserves to be in the MVP conversation this season with his stellar production rate for one of the most enjoyable teams to watch in the league. Montreal Impact play at home against New York City F.C. this weekend and it should be a high-octane affair with both teams throwing offensive haymakers at each other all game. Both teams have some of the best attacks this league has seen in its 20 year history and it should mean that Piatti has at least a 10-point match.
TOP DEFENSIVE PICKS
Matt Hedges, F.C. Dallas, $9.5
F.C. Dallas are leading the Supporters’ Shield race at the moment and Matt Hedges is one of the main reasons why. He’s an amazing team captain who has had to lead a back line that keeps losing starters to injuries and suspensions. Hedges is able to lead a different back line almost every week with unwavering control and poise. F.C. Dallas welcomes the worst scoring team in the league and Hedges shouldn’t have any problem keeping them from netting anything. He’ll get a clean sheet bonus to go with defending bonuses and possible passing bonuses for playing the ball out of the back.
Jelle Van Damme, Los Angeles Galaxy, $8.6
Jelle Van Damme has proven to be a solid signing for the Galaxy this season with his consistently strong play in the back. He’s not the towering presence that Omar Gonzalez was but he makes up for it with his aggressive play and his better tackling ability. That’s not to say he isn’t capable of winning the ball in the air the way Gonzalez used to but Van Damme’s strengths are elsewhere. Van Damme shouldn’t have many problems against the horrible Dynamo so a clean sheet bonus is probable but he’ll also get bonuses for his defensive plays and his passing out of the back just like Hedges. He could also see a bonus from his clearances if he makes enough.
Axel Sjoberg, Colorado Rapids, $6.1
It’s Colorado at home against Sporting Kansas City so, yes, I’m picking Axel Sjoberg again. I’m seriously just repeating myself at this point and don’t have a lot left to say about him. He has become one of the best defenders in the league on the best back line in the league that has allowed the least goals this year. Not having him on your roster at this point is just stupid. It’s unbelievable that his price has remained so low. He might be the best player to have on your roster when you look at fantasy output compared to his price. Put him on your roster, leave him there until he gets hurt or Colorado decides they want to start letting teams score.
GOALKEEPER PICK OF THE WEEK
Tim Howard, Colorado Rapids, $6.1
Tim Howard has finally returned to the league where he got his start after a successful career in England. He has played two games for Colorado at this point and only let in one goal so far. I think he’s going to start another long goalless streak for the Rapids this weekend which means big points for the clean sheet. He’s never been much of a defensive goalkeeper because he’s such an amazing shot stopper. That being said, I think he’ll pick up bonuses from saves if S.K.C. can manage to get a shot off.https://www.myfantasysportstalk.com/mls-fantasy-manager-2016-week-19/https://i1.wp.com/www.myfantasysportstalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/a-55.jpg?fit=885%2C516&ssl=1https://i1.wp.com/www.myfantasysportstalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/a-55.jpg?resize=150%2C150&ssl=1MLSRecent PostsSoccerMLS Fantasy ManagerTOP FORWARD PICKS Giovani Dos Santos, Los Angeles Galaxy, $11.5 I think Giovani Dos Santos should be having a better season but he's not having a bad year by most standards. He's such a big name player for the team that is supposed to be the pride and joy of Major...Cesar GutierrezCesar GutierrezCesarmartingutierrez@gmail.comContributorCesar "turtle" Gutierrez hails from San Antonio, Texas but currently lives in the Buffalo, NY area. He has a BA in English-Communication Arts from St. Mary's University in San Antonio, Texas and is a published poet. He lives, eats, and breathes soccer---primarily Major League Soccer. While he has an enjoyment of all sports and is able to talk or write about almost any thing, he'd sooner watch a soccer game before anything else and has been known to drive or fly cross country just for a game. You can follow him on Twitter @namcopunk or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/namcopunk.MyFantasySportsTalk