MLS Fantasy Manager 2016 week 31
MLS Fantasy Manager 2016 week 31
TOP FORWARD PICKS
Ola Kamara, Columbus Crew S.C., $9.1
Ola Kamara has recently found his amazing midseason form as Columbus clings to their playoff lives. There’s a slim chance that the Crew could catch D.C. United but they must beat United on the road in their first match this week. They then have to get a win at home against Chicago over the weekend. I honestly don’t think they have it in them to win both matches but I know Kamara will have a say in the score line of each match. He should be able to pick up a couple goals this week, maybe even a few if the Fire are playing worse than usual and he stays on fire, because he doesn’t have a choice if he wants to play into November.
Jordan Morris, Seattle Sounders, $8.6
Jordan Morris is another forward who has heated up and is trying to keep his team in the playoff hunt as the season nears its end. Morris has four goals in his last four matches as he tries to make up for a horrible summer for the Sounders. It’s a shame we didn’t get to see this kind of soccer from this team the whole season. Morris and the Sounders should have an easier match midweek against Chicago so I think this is where he will pick up the majority of his points this week. The road match on the weekend against Cascadia rivals Vancouver Whitecaps will be tougher even if Vancouver isn’t playing their best soccer lately. It’s possible Morris could have a great game against their old enemy so don’t count him out on the road in such an important match for both teams. He’ll easily have a double-digit week that could end with Morris tallying more than 15 points.
Jozy Altidore, Toronto F.C. $9.6
I can’t even remember how many weeks I’ve picked Altidore lately but he’s straight fire right now so it’s hard to deny him when he has double the opportunities this week to raise his goal tally. I don’t think he’ll play two full matches but one and a half matches aren’t out of the question. He’ll have an easier time scoring against Orlando’s weaker defense but don’t discount him against D.C. United on the weekend.
TOP MIDFIELD PICKS
Nicolas Lodeiro, Seattle Sounders, $12.3
Nicolas Lodeiro is another player I’ve picked a lot recently because he’s been almost unstoppable since he joined the Sounders. I’m not sure how much he’ll see the field this week but with every game a must-win for the Sounders I think he’ll be forced to play two full matches. He should be able to have a great match against Chicago midweek if he plays. I don’t think he’ll have any problems against Vancouver with how much the Sounders have improved since he joined the squad. I think he’ll pick up at least one goal over this week but he’ll get more points from assist, passing, and offensive bonuses.
Michael Bradley, Toronto F.C., $10.6
I don’t think Michael Bradley is having a bad season—I just think he could be having a better one. I’m sure many absences due to injuries and international duty haven’t helped his numbers but he’s got two great opportunities this week to prove why he’s one of the best midfielders in the league. Toronto’s midweek match against Orlando City S.C. will be more about which offense can outplay the other and I think this will create perfect opportunities for Bradley to pick up points from assists and passing. The weekend match against D.C. United will come with more defensive opportunities for Bradley where he’ll have to play more on both sides of the ball than the other match. I also think he’ll pick up points from drawing fouls in this second match. Don’t be surprised if he cobbles together a 20-point week between the two matches with all the different bonuses beyond goal scoring.
Kaka, Orlando City S.C., $11.8
Kaka has had a strong season despite missing a considerable amount of matches due to injuries plus the normal wear and tear from continuously playing on turf at his age. Orlando City S.C. are fighting for the last playoff spot and need two wins this week to stay in the hunt. I doubt they’ll pick up two wins, to be honest I’ll be surprised if they win at all, but that doesn’t mean Kaka will have bad matches. I think Kaka will cobble together a solid match against Toronto F.C. even if he doesn’t manage to score or earn an assist. He should be able to pick up points from passing, drawing fouls, and attacking bonuses. The match against Montreal Impact will come with more opportunities for Kaka to score a goal and earn some assists. He should end the weekend with more than 15 points.
TOP DEFENSIVE PICKS
Drew Moor, Toronto F.C., $7.9
Drew Moor is having the best fantasy season of any defender at the moment with the highest point total of anyone at his position. This is a testament to how much the Toronto defense has improved just by adding him to the line-up. Moor will have his work cut out for him this week in two tough, stylistically different match-ups. The midweek match against Orlando City will be about trying to slow down a fast-paced opponent that has a strong, skilled attack. The weekend match-up against D.C. United will be more hard-nosed with less clearing of crosses and more knocking attackers off the ball or winning 50-50 balls. I think Moor shines in both types of these matches because he’s so capable of adapting to any defensive situation. I don’t think he’ll get a clean sheet bonus against Orlando City but one isn’t out of the question against D.C..
Taylor Kemp, D.C. United, $8.1
Taylor Kemp’s fantasy numbers surprise me considering where D.C. United are in the standings but he is having a solid season and had an amazing match last week. I think that he’ll have a better match against the Columbus Crew at home in the midweek match. I’m not sure this will end in a clean sheet but it’s D.C.’s best shot at one this week. I think he’ll get more points in this match from defending and passing bonuses with the possibility of an assist. The weekend match against Toronto F.C. will be much tougher as they have a stronger attack than Columbus but I think he’ll pick up big points just from having to make so many clearances and stops. He should end the round with at least 15 solid points.
Chad Marshall, Seattle Sounders, $8.7
Chad Marshall is one of the best defenders in MLS over the past five years and this season is no different. Marshall should be called into action plenty of times during both matches this week which means big points. I think he’ll have a better match against Chicago midweek with the strong possibility of a clean sheet. He should also pick up a couple defending bonuses during this match and could end it with 10-points. I think he’ll have a more difficult match against Vancouver on the weekend but he’ll still pick up big points with defending bonuses if they don’t manage to keep the clean sheet there, too.
GOALKEEPER PICK OF THE WEEK
Stefan Frei, Seattle Sounders, $6.1
Stefan Frei is another player out there who is having a great season despite his team’s record. Seattle had a horrible year up until the end of the Summer but Frei shone through it all with some great performances. I think he’ll continue to play amazingly this week in both matches with a strong possibility for a clean sheet at home against the lowly Chicago Fire. The match against Vancouver will come with plenty of save opportunities and defending chances to make up for any goals he lets in, which I doubt will be more than one. Don’t be surprised if he has a 20 point round.