MLS Fantasy Manager 2016 Week 28
TOP FORWARD PICKS
Yura Movsisyan, Real Salt Lake, $9.2
Yura Movsisyan keeps finding ways to keep his team near the top of the playoff table every week with his strong play up the field. He’s been a boon for Real Salt Lake since he returned to the Claret and Gold. Movsisyan has two shots at big numbers this week against strong opponents. I think he’ll do better at home against the Los Angeles Galaxy if he gets the start. The road match on the weekend against the Portland Timbers will be tougher but I think Movsisyan will stil find a way to make a difference on the scorecard. There’s a solid possibility he’s going to come away with a 15-20 point week and it’s hard to ignore that.
Giovani Dos Santos, Los Angeles Galaxy, $11.7
Giovani Dos Santos and the Los Angeles Galaxy are doing a hell of a job of keeping pace with the rest of the Western Conference teams that aren’t F.C. Dallas.It has turned into a fight for second place and Dos Santos should help keep them in it this weekend. I don’t think Los Angeles will win on the road in Salt Lake City but the game should still have a few goals with Dos Santos either creating or scoring a goal for L.A.. I think he’ll do better at home against Orlando City S.C. on the weekend even if he doesn’t play the entire match. The match against R.S.L. is too important to bench him but the Galaxy need to keep pace so he’s not going to sit the whole weekend match either. He’ll come away from that match with a probable 10 point match. He’s a solid choice for team captain this week.
Cyle Larin, Orlando City S.C., $9.7
Cyle Larin and Orlando City S.C. don’t have a problem scoring goals—they just have a problem scoring more goals than their opponents. Orlando City find themselves just under the red playoff line and need to find a way to win on the road if they want to keep pace with D.C. United. I don’t think they will win this weekend but MLS is an unpredictable league. I do think that Larin will find the back of the net a couple of times this week though regardless if they come away with points or not.
TOP MIDFIELD PICKS
Ignacio Piatti, Montreal Impact, $11.5
Ignacio Piatti has found a way to creep to the top of the MVP argument with Sebastian Giovinco missing significant time with injuries this season. Piatti is having an amazing season for the Impact with the fantasy numbers to prove it. Piatti is another star with double the opportunities this week and both matches will be against conference opponents so look for him to get significant playing time. I think he’ll do better against Orlando City at home with a possible 10 points match but he could still do some damage on the road against Philadelphia on the weekend. I don’t think his match will be as good but it still won’t be a bad one. He’s another great candidate for captain this week.
Javier Morales, Real Salt Lake, $11.0
I’m still surprised to not hear a lot of talk about Real Salt Lake in the title picture this year. They’re quietly having a very good season in a stacked conference against strong opponents. Javier Morales is mirroring his club this year with a quietly strong season himself. I think he’ll be key to any attack Real Salt Lake have this week with a higher probability of assists than goals. Assists don’t count as much as goals but they add up and he’ll pick up more points from elsewhere with attacking bonuses, defending bonuses, and probable passing bonuses. He could find a way to pick up more points than Movsisyan with all the bonuses.
Sebastian Lletget, Los Angeles Galaxy, $7.9
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I think Sebastian Lletget is the player who will benefit most from his team playing twice this week. He’s heating up now and he needs to keep playing so he can stay hot. I think he’ll have a tough time on the road against Real Salt Lake but that doesn’t mean he is going to have a bad game, just not one as good as the one he’ll have on the weekend at home against a weaker team. I think he’ll pick up some assists on the weekend with some passing and attacking bonuses to help him to big numbers.
TOP DEFENSIVE PICKS
Laurent Ciman, Montreal Impact, $8.8
Laurent Ciman has some solid defensive numbers when you consider how much trouble the Impact have had stopping goals. The Impact defense just isn’t as strong without Ciman. Ciman and the Impact defense will have their work cut out for them this week against two offensively strong opponents but I think he’ll be up to the task. I’ll be surprised if either of these matches turn out to be clean sheets but Ciman should make up for that with some defending and passing bonuses.
Walker Zimmerman, F.C. Dallas, $6.8
Walker Zimmerman is having a break out year for F.C. Dallas and it’s helping any fantasy manager who was smart enough to add him earlier in the season. This week is as good a time as any as F.C. Dallas welcomes to town the only team in the conference with a realistic chance of catching them: the old enemy, Colorado Rapids. Zimmerman is a versatile player with a strong ability to contribute to the attack while still being able to make it back to defend. He’s also one of the best set piece targets in the league and has a knack for being at the right place at the right time. The Colorado attack is not nearly as strong as their defense but they’re still dangerous. I think Zimmerman will be able to come up with big numbers from his defending and attacking bonuses to make up for any possible goals F.C. Dallas could let in. I also wouldn’t be surprised if this match ended 0-0.
Ike Opara, Sporting Kansas City, $7.0
Ike Opara has had a tough couple of games recently but overall he’s having a good year. I think Sporting Kansas City and Opara will benefit from their opponent this week when they face Houston Dynamo at home. The Dynamo have slightly improved since firing Owen Coyle but they’re still the worst team in the league. I think Opara should pick up big numbers from his defending while also picking up a clean sheet bonus because I just don’t see Houston scoring on the road this week.
GOALKEEPER PICK OF THE WEEK
Brian Rowe, Los Angeles Galaxy, $5.4
I don’t usually have such a hard time picking a goalkeeper but this week was tough. I don’t see any match with the teams playing two games that are sure-fire bets for clean sheets. I think Brian Rowe has the best shot though. The first match against Real Salt Lake has the possibility of getting ugly where neither team can pull together a cohesive attack, these teams sometimes cancel each other out and turn in an ugly game. I think he’ll have a better shot at a clean sheet over the weekend against Orlando City S.C. if L.A. finds a way to unease the O.C.S.C. attack.
| Cesar Gutierrez covers soccer for MyFantasySportsTalk.com |