MLS Fantasy Manager 2016 week 24
MLS Fantasy Manager Picks Week 24
TOP FORWARD PICKS
Didier Drogba, Montreal Impact, $11.8
Didier Drogba has an amazing strike rate considering how little he has actually played this season. Drogba has missed more than 1/3 of the Impact’s games this season with injuries or just not wanting to play on turf fields. Drogba still has the ability to play the full-90 and is one of the best goal scorers in the league so I think he’ll have a great game against the Chicago Fire. The Fire still have yet to win on the road and they’re goals against average is not the worst in the league but it’s bad enough that Drogba should find the back of the net multiple times. He’s a great choice for captain this weekend going up against such a week team.
Clint Dempsey, Seattle Sounders, $10.8
Clint Dempsey is another league star who is having a bad year compared to years past. Some of this has to do with the Sounders losing Obafemi Martins in the offseason but most of it has to do with his time spent away from the club from injuries and international duty. Also, the Sounders have just been horrible this year. The Sounders are fighting desperately to stay in the playoff hunt and they’d love nothing more than to come away from a conference match against their rivals with a win. The Cascadia Cup matches against Portland always light a fire for Dempsey and the rest of the club especially when they play at home so I expect him to have a 10-plus point match even if he doesn’t score.
Chris Wondolowski, San José Earthquakes, $10.7
Chris Wondolowski is slumping with only two goals since week eight but a home match against the horrid Houston Dynamo should boost his numbers and confidence this weekend. Wondolowski had a couple good matches in the past month so he’s slowly coming out of it and I think that means this match against the conference’s worst team will end with at least one goal, maybe an assist, and some passing bonuses. The Earthquakes play great at home, even with their overall record lacking, so they should have no problem against a team that can’t do anything away from their stadium.
TOP MIDFIELD PICKS
Nicolas Lodeiro, Seattle Sounders, $11.8
Nicolas Lodeiro is the talented, big name signing that the Sounders have been after since Obafemi Martins left during the winter transfer window. Lodeiro has one goal and three assists in his first two games, both victories, with his new squad. Lodeiro is the shot in the arm the Sounders need to get back into the playoff hunt and this is the perfect weekend for Lodeiro to make a name for himself with the Seattle faithful. He should be able to come away with more assists with help from Dempsey and Morris with the distinct possibility to snag a goal. He’s another good candidate to make team captain this weekend.
Ignacio Piatti, Montreal Impact, $11.4
Ignacio Piatti continues to have an amazing season for Montreal. He has consistently posted great numbers all season and I don’t see that changing this weekend against the lowly Chicago Fire. Great teams have a hard time keeping Piatti under control so I don’t see anyway that the Fire can keep him from running all over them. He should pick up an assist with Drogba playing up top but I think he could easily get a goal himself against the far inferior midfield he will be lining up against. This game has the makings of a shellacking for the Fire and Piatti will be the one leading the beat-down.
Frank Lampard, New York City F.C., $10.7
I’m going to be honest, I didn’t think that Frank Lampard had such a great season in him. He spent the first 11 weeks on the disabled list and didn’t start getting significant playing time until week 14. Lampard has managed to put together a season better than some midfielders who have had significant playing time since the season started. He’s finally playing with the quality that his price tag warranted and he has a chance to have a great game against the Los Angeles Galaxy this weekend. The Galaxy are a strong opponent but they don’t play as well away from home and definitely play bad on a small field like Yankee Stadium. Lampard’s amazing form should continue this weekend with plenty of passing bonuses, probably an assist, and possibly a goal.
TOP DEFENSIVE PICKS
Laurent Ciman, Montreal Impact, $8.8
Laurent Ciman is on my short list for defender of the year. He’s one of my favorite defenders to watch and could be the best this league has seen in a long time. His numbers don’t show it only because of the attacking style that the Impact play. Ciman should have no problems with the lack of Chicago attack this weekend and a clean sheet is likely. The Fire could pull a goal back but I don’t think they’ll score more than one. Ciman should also pick up bonuses for defending and his passing for a great game.
Marc Burch, Colorado Rapids, $5.6
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Marc Burch and the Colorado Rapids defense is the best in the league with only 20 goals scored against them this season. A good defense can contribute to the attack with passing out of the back and by being targets on set pieces. A great defense doesn’t worry about any of that and just keeps teams from scoring. The Colorado defense is just great now. Marc Burch is my pick from their bunch this week because he comes in at a decent price for his defensive capabilities. He’s gained most of his points this year from clean sheets but that’s not a bad thing when your team has had so many. Burch should pick up big points this weekend from an Orlando City side that just can’t seem to take it to the next level when they need to.
Je-Vaughn Watson, New England Revolution, $7.2
Je-Vaughn Watson is one of the best attacking defenders in the league and can play on both sides of the ball with ease. He’s a great passer, amazing at breaking up plays, and can keep pace with any winger in the league. Watson is great for fantasy managers if not for actual teams because of his attacking style. I think he’ll have a great game against the Columbus Crew this weekend because they have yet to win a road game this season and I doubt they’ll be able to start doing so in New England. I think he’ll get the clean sheet bonus but Watson should also be able to pick up bonuses from passing, attacking, and maybe an assist.
GOALKEEPER PICK OF THE WEEK
David Bingham, San José Earthquakes, $6.2
This was a tough week to pick because two of the worst teams are playing on the road against strong opponents but I’m going with David Bingham. I think he’s a better goalkeeper than Evan Bush and if it comes down to a one-on-one with an attacker, Bingham is the better shot stopper. His defense also has a slightly better home record than the Montreal Impact have. I wouldn’t be surprised if both the Earthquakes and Impact have clean sheets by the end of the weekend but Bingham will be the goalkeeper that makes more stops and more defensive plays.