MLS Fantasy Manager 2016 week 3
MLS Fantasy Manager 2016 is filled with unpredictable twists after two weeks and week three looks to be filled with the same. Strong home teams are getting visits from squads strong on the road while teams on decline are meeting teams on the rise. Things will be explosive so let’s hop right into it!
TOP FORWARD PICKS
Dom Dwyer, Sporting Kansas City, $10.1
Dom Dwyer had a tough 2015 but looks like he is finding his stroke again in the early stages of this season. He had a rough week one but lit up the scoreboard with a brace in week two against a strong opponent. Sporting Kansas City has their work cut out for them this week as they welcome Toronto F.C. to town. Toronto’s defense is getting better but they still aren’t where they should be. Sporting Park is a difficult stadium to play in and Dwyer tends to play better at home. Look for Dwyer to pick up big points with passing bonuses and assists even if he doesn’t match last week’s goal total.
David Villa, New York City F.C., $11.1
David Villa is a legend capable of offensive magic at any moment. Villa had an amazing game against Toronto F.C. last week and it looks like he is finally starting to gel with his teammates. New York City F.C.’s matches against Orlando City have been action packed since they first met last season. Both teams have weak defenses and strong attacks so expect plenty of goals from either side. David Villa should net another goal and pick up some offensive bonuses as his team continues to grow especially with the opportunities they will have this weekend.
Fanendo Adi, Portland Timbers, $10.0
Fanendo Adi recently extended his contract with Portland Timbers showing how important he is to their attack. He’s a big target capable of playing with his back to goal and holding up the ball better than most forwards in the league. The Timbers have gotten the best of Real Salt Lake in the recent past and not much has changed for both teams since their last meeting. Portland hates losing at home and will fight to bounce back from last week’s defeat to San José with an aggressive attack. Adi will continue as the main target for his midfielders in the run of play and on set pieces. He’s going to get plenty of shots on goal and attacking bonuses as well as notching a goal or two.
TOP MIDFIELDER PICKS
Diego Fagundez, New England Revolution, $8.2
Diego Fagundez is one of the league’s rising stars who is improving leaps and bounds each season he plays in New England. He’s an explosive player who can hurt his opponents or his own team depending on his temperament and type of game he is having. He cannot be contained when he is having a great game but things go south very quickly if the game does not go his way. Things have been going his way more often this season and that’s created a positive environment for him to blossom this season with some good performances. New England has a tall task ahead of them on the road this weekend in Philadelphia but it’s hard to bet against the Revolution the way their midfield has clicked this season. Fagundez will contribute with plenty of attacking, assists, and passing bonuses. The way he’s playing, a goal isn’t out of the question either.
Mix Diskerud, New York City F.C., $8.2
Mix Diskerud had a bad 2015. He was missing a step while he played without any real sense of purpose. He fell out of favor with his club and the U.S. Men’s National Team while losing playing time for both teams. Diskerud is looking like a totally different player this year though. He’s connecting with his fellow midfielders and is finally meshing well with his forwards. He has had two amazing performances this season and looks ready for a third. As I said before, New York City and Orlando City love to try to outscore each other instead of trying to stop each other from scoring which means a high offensive output from both teams. This game is at home for N.Y.C.F.C. and that favors Diskerud and his mates. He’s going to continue picking up assists and passing bonuses as well as attacking bonuses. He could compile seven or more fantasy points without even notching a goal. He’s not an expensive player now, either, so it’s a great time to add him before his prices goes up.
Diego Valeri, Portland Timbers, $10.2
Diego Valeri continues to be one of the best midfielders in the league and on paper for fantasy managers. His price stayed reasonable again this season while he still continues to have good offensive output. I doubt he’s going to have the highest points total by the end of the season but he’ll definitely pad any manager’s numbers. This week looks like another one of those big number weeks for him as Portland welcomes Real Salt Lake to Providence Park. R.S.L are having a hard time keeping their opponents off the board and the Timbers will easily capitalize on that for another multiple goal game. Valeri usually finds a way to contribute to most Portland goals and he’s going to keep that up again this weekend with his aggressive attacking play.
TOP DEFENSIVE PICKS
Taylor Kemp, D.C. United, $7.6
Taylor Kemp had a nightmare first week but shook that off for a great second game. Kemp is a solid defender but is only as good as those around him. Luckily, his team will be good around him again this week like they were in week two. United face low scoring Colorado Rapids at home this week and that bodes well for Kemp. Colorado has a solid defense but have only managed two goals this season, one in each game. Kemp is going to contribute to their scoring woes this week with some solid defensive play and the occasional offensive bonus.
Andrew Farrell, New England Revolution, $8.0
Andrew Farrell is keeping up with his consistent, solid form from last season. He’s not the flashiest player and he doesn’t always contribute to the attack as much as other defenders but he doesn’t have a lot of bad games. He’s a great player to have because he averages around four points a week, doesn’t miss games, and has the occasional high scoring game to pad a team’s score total for the week. He’s a smart addition this week even on the road in Philadelphia because he can still have a good game even without a clean sheet. He will have plenty clearances and defending bonuses to pick up a solid four to seven point match.
Gideon Baah, New York Red Bulls, $8.0
Gideon Baah has stepped up to fill a gaping hole left by the transfer of Matt Miazga. New York Red Bulls are having a rough start to their season but they have played well even though the score sheet doesn’t show it. Baah has made his mistakes but has been solid for the most part during his matches. Gelling with fellow defenders and teammates takes time but he’s gotten better each week, this week it’s finally going to pay off. I don’t foresee Red Bulls letting in three goals again this week and Baah will play an important role in keeping the scoreline low. He’s also a great target on set pieces and I wouldn’t be surprised if he picked up a goal that way.
GOALKEEPER PICK OF THE WEEK
Brian Rowe, Los Angeles Galaxy, $4.7
Brian Rowe suddenly finds himself in the role of starting goalkeeper with Dan Kennedy injured for the foreseeable future. Rowe is capable of being the usual starter for at least half and is a great roster addition at such a low price. He’s not a great long-term solution but he’s impossible to pass up right now. The Galaxy play like a team possessed when they play at home especially against their hated rivals, San José Earthquakes. This game will be as brutal as usual with plenty of shots on goal. Rowe probably won’t come away with a clean sheet but he will have plenty enough shots saved and defensive bonuses to make up for it.