MLS Fantasy Manager 2016 week 26
TOP FORWARD PICKS
Sebastian Giovinco, Toronto F.C., $13.9
Sebastian Giovinco is undeniably still the best player in the league. It’s hard to leave him out of a fantasy line-up this deep into the season even at his high price. Toronto F.C. are at home against rivals Montreal Impact this weekend and that gives Giovinco even more reason to turn it up for this match. He’s unstoppable right now with Toronto leading the Eastern conference standings and I think he’s going to have another amazing game. He’s a great pick for captain this weekend.
Bradley Wright-Phillips, New York Red Bulls, $11.6
Bradley Wright-Phillips is now the leading scorer in New York Red Bulls history and will add more to his tally this weekend against New England. Bradley Wright-Phillips had a slow start to the season but has really turned it up as the summer rolls on. The Red Bulls are spectacular at home and their attack should make easy work of the under achieving Revolution. Wright-Phillips will benefit most from the attack with a good shot at a brace this weekend.
Giovani Dos Santos, Los Angeles Galaxy, $11.6
Giovani Dos Santos was recently left off of the upcoming Mexican national team roster but that shouldn’t slow him down this weekend. Dos Santos is going to have to come up big for the Galaxy if they hope to make up ground on Colorado and Dallas. Los Angeles plays at home this weekend against Vancouver and I don’t think they’re playing well enough to stop the L.A. attack. Dos Santos should take advantage of their defensive lapses enough to pick up a goal and an assist for big points. He could also rack up attacking and passing bonuses if the rest of the Galaxy offense gets in on the goal scoring.
TOP MIDFIELD PICKS
Kaka, Orlando City S.C., $11.4
Kaka is heating up at the right time for Orlando City S.C. as they struggle to stay in the playoff hunt. He’s notching some great fantasy numbers even if his team are having a tough time keeping their opponents from winning. Orlando City has their work cut out for them this weekend against second place New York City F.C. but I think this game will be high scoring with Kaka contributing the most to the O.C.S.C. attack. I think he’ll pick up more points from his passing and some assists than a goal but I won’t be surprised if he gets one of those, too. It will be a high scoring match for him and his teammates.
Sacha Kljestan, New York Red Bulls, $12.7
Sacha Kljestan has the second highest fantasy points tally in the league but only one point separates him from the top spot. He’s got a great chance to overtake Ignacio Piatti this weekend when the Red Bulls welcome New England to Red Bull Arena. The Red Bull midfield is leaps and bounds better than the Revolution’s so Kljestan should have no problem picking up big points this weekend. I think he’ll pick up some points from free kicks with either an assist or a goal while also picking up passing bonuses as well. He could also get a clean sheet bonus if the Red Bulls can keep the Revolution from doing anything on their end.
Michael Barrios, F.C. Dallas, $8.0
This was a tough pick for me because F.C. Dallas got hammered the last time they played in Houston but I think he could be the key to a Dallas victory against their hated rival. Barrios has stepped up his game since Fabian Castillo left for Turkey and I think he could have a monster game on the road against a recently resurgent Dynamo squad. Barrios is a creative player but he feeds off of the rest of his help in the midfield. He also gets some time as a striker which means more chances for a goal if he plays up top this weekend. I think he’ll get most of his points from other methods than goals but I won’t be surprised to see him tally an assist if he doesn’t score.
TOP DEFENSIVE PICKS
Steve Birnbaum, D.C. United, $7.9
Steve Birnbaum has turned into one of the best defenders in the league this season. He’s always had the potential but he really took a big step this season towards becoming a defensive star in the league. D.C. United are fighting their hardest to stay above the red playoff line and this weekend is a great opportunity to stay ahead of Orlando City S.C.. Birnbaum will have to be on his toes this weekend a Chicago Fire squad that finally got their first road win last weekend. I don’t think lightning will strike twice for the Fire and D.C. should have no problem keeping them scoreless for a big win.
Keegan Rosenberry, Philadelphia Union, $5.8
Keegan Rosenberry is still having an amazing rookie year and has turned into one of the most reliable young defenders in the league. Rosenberry will have his work cut out for him this weekend against the improving Sporting Kansas City but I think the home field advantage will play a large role in giving him a big points tally. I doubt that the Union will come away with a clean sheet but Rosenberry will make up for it with some defending and passing bonuses.
Alvas Powell, Portland Timbers, $7.2
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Alvas Powell missed a large chunk of the season but has been solid since his return to the starting 11 for the Timbers. Powell and the Timbers defense will have their work cut out for them this weekend against long time rivals Seattle Sounders. I think the home field advantage will work out perfectly for the Timbers and Powell will come up big for his squad with some big defensive plays and offensive contributions. A clean sheet bonus would be amazing but he’ll get most of his points from various bonuses. The biggest issue Powell will face is avoiding a yellow card penalty. He should be fine though and tally some big points.
GOALKEEPER PICK OF THE WEEK
Bill Hamid, D.C. United, $6.3
Bill Hamid is another starter who missed a large chunk of the season to injury but he’s been great since he returned between the posts for D.C. United. Hamid has the best shot at a clean sheet this weekend against one of the league’s worst teams. D.C. should have better luck against Chicago than Montreal did and Hamid will be key to that. I’m not guaranteeing he’ll save everything but I think he’ll make up for anything he lets in with some defending bonuses. I don’t think Chicago will score more than one goal this week and that should keep his points tally high.