MLS Fantasy Manager 2016 week 30
MLS Fantasy Manager 2016 Week 30
TOP FORWARD PICKS
Bradley Wright-Phillips, New York Red Bulls, $12.1
Bradley Wright-Phillips seems unstoppable right now. Wright-Phillips has 11 goals in the last nine games against solid opponents with good defenses. Wright-Phillips and the New York Red Bulls would need a total collapse to miss the playoffs so they’re fighting for the best seeding possible from here on out. The Red Bulls welcome the Montreal Impact to town this weekend and their defense isn’t the best at keeping other teams from scoring. I think Wright-Phillips will have another 10 point match and is a great candidate for fantasy team captain.
Fanendo Adi, Portland Timbers, $10.4
Fanendo Adi is another player heating up lately with some important goals. He’s helping keep Portland easily stay in a playoff spot with little chance of them being overtaken by anybody below them. The Timbers are on the road this weekend against a weaker opponent so I think Adi will manage to get at least one goal even if they don’t manage to win. He will also pick up some attacking and passing bonuses to add to his goal tally.
Jozy Altidore, Toronto F.C., $9.7
Jozy Altidore is playing some of the best soccer in his life at the moment and at the perfect time as Toronto F.C. fight for the Supporters’ Shield and number one seed in the Eastern Conference. The Reds have been shorthanded with Sebastian Giovinco injured but Altidore has done an amazing job of picking up the slack. Altidore has been more physical and assertive since his return from injury which means more offensive bonuses to go with the goals he scores. He’s going to have a huge weekend against a conference opponent his team needs a big win against.
TOP MIDFIELD PICKS
Diego Valeri, Portland Timbers, $11.4
Diego Valeri is one of the few players seriously in the conversation for MLS MVP. It’s hard to say if he’s having his best year for Portland because he’s had some stellar years since joining the league. Portland is on the road this weekend against Houston and the Timbers are trying to move up in the playoff seeding. Valeri should be able to work some magic against the Houston midfield while taking advantage of any dead ball situation for assists and a probable goal. He’s going to get the bulk of his points from methods other than scoring but that means even bigger points if he puts the ball in the back of the net.
Sebastian Lletget, Los Angeles Galaxy, $8.1
Sebastian Lletget has had a couple assists in the past couple of games and I think he’s going to keep up the pace this weekend against the Seattle Sounders. Lletget isn’t the most offensive of midfielders but he manages to make great passes that don’t have a problem finding their target. He makes great stops that break up plays in the midfield which means defending bonuses to go with the passing and assists bonuses. He won’t have a double-digit game this weekend but it will definitely be a match in the high single digits and he’s a safe bet for a fantasy midfield.
Thomas McNamara, New York City F.C., $6.9
It’s hard to believe Tommy McNamara is one of the most underrated midfielders in the league when he plays for one of the best attacking teams but when your team has as many international stars as it does, well, it happens. New York City F.C. play at home Friday night against the last place Chicago Fire and McNamara shouldn’t have a problem against their defensively week midfield. McNamara had a goal last week and it’s not out of the realm of possibility that he picks up another this week but I think he’ll get his points from this match with passing and offensive play. He could also pick up an assist if this game becomes high scoring which means more points.
TOP DEFENSIVE PICKS
Chris Tierney, New England Revolution, $8.3
Chris Tierney is having a surprisingly good year for a team that has dropped a lot of points. The Revolution are fighting for their playoff lives every week as they hold a slim lead over D.C. United and Orlando City S.C. for the last playoff spot. Chris Tierney is doing his best to hold together a defensive line that lost some of its midfield support to injuries. He should be able to have a solid match against the floundering Columbus Crew. I expect he’ll pick up the usual defensive bonuses but he’s been known to pick up assists or the rare goal and I wouldn’t be surprised if he was able to do so against such a disjointed squad.
Robbie Rogers, Los Angeles Galaxy, $7.9
Robbie Rogers is one of the best attacking defenders in the league and has played well since his return from injury about a month ago. He’s had a couple assists in that time and is playing stellar defense for a team that is surging towards the top of the league. The Galaxy have to win this weekend if they want to gain some ground on F.C. Dallas and to stay ahead of Colorado. Robbie Rogers shouldn’t have a problem handling Seattle’s wing attackers while keeping the Sounders’ defense honest but he’ll lose big points if they manage to score. I think L.A. have a solid shot at a clean sheet so Rogers could come away with a double-digit match this weekend.
Alvas Powell, Portland Timbers, $7.4
Alvas Powell is one of the best young defenders in the league. Powell is another defender that has lost significant to injury this season but is also playing solid defense since his return. He’s had a couple strong performances in the past couple of weeks and I think he’ll continue to play awesome for the Timbers back line. He’s not a goal scorer and he’s not a great set-piece target but he’s an amazing stopper and will pick up his points with his defending bonuses.
GOALKEEPER PICK OF THE WEEK
Brian Rowe, Los Angeles Galaxy, $5.4
Brian Rowe and the Los Angeles Galaxy have the best shot at a clean sheet this weekend against Seattle. Rowe has taken full advantage of the opportunity given to him this season by some tough injuries and is playing the best soccer of his life for the Galaxy. He’ll be called into service a lot this weekend and I think he’ll be up to the task. He should get some bonus points from having to make a lot of saves and defending bonuses from having to clean up a lot of through balls or crosses. He’ll have a double-digit match if he can manage to keep the clean sheet.