MLS Fantasy Manager 2016 week 32
MLS Fantasy Manager week 32 is an international break and that means a shortened round. There are only four matches taking place between six teams so there isn’t a lot to choose from without overhauling your rosters. So, here’s a truncated column for a truncated round.
TOP FORWARD PICKS
Shkelzen Gashi, Colorado Rapids, $9.7
Ola Kamara, Columbus Crew S.C., $9.1
Jordan Morris, Seattle Sounders, $8.6
The teams playing during this round aren’t exactly the offensive powerhouses of the MLS except the Sounders on a good day so I’m not expecting high scoring games. I think Shkelzen Gashi is the best chance for multiple goals because the Rapids have two must win matches and he’ll have to come up big to keep them in the hunt for the Supporters’ Shield. Ola Kamara and the Columbus Crew are on the road against the Chicago Fire. Both teams are out of the playoff hunt but Kamara should be able to have a big game against the slightly weaker Fire, even in Chicago. I doubt the Crew will win but Kamara will do great. Jordan Morris was called up by the U.S. Men’s National Team but should be back in time for the match on October 12. The Sounders are trying to get a better playoff seeding and he’s one of the main reasons why they clawed back into the playoffs. He’ll have a great match if he plays.
TOP MIDFIELD PICKS
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Sam Cronin, Colorado Rapids, $5.8
Boniek Garcia, Houston Dynamo, $7.6
Osvaldo Alonso, Seattle Sounders, $9.5
The midfielders this week are going to have a tough time getting any offensive work done but I think these three will find a way. Sam Cronin is not the flashiest midfielder but he’s been consistent all year and I think he’ll come up big this week for the Rapids. He will pick up some defending bonuses to go with any attacking points he picks up which will probably come from an assist or passing bonuses. Boniek Garcia will most likely play an attacking role for Houston this week and he should continue to help his team on their season ending surge. Look for Garcia to pick up points from things other than goals but still be enough for a good points total this week. Osvaldo Alonso is another reason the Sounders have fought into a playoff spot and he’ll keep up his amazing form when the Sounders play next weekend.
TOP DEFENSIVE PICKS
Axel Sjoberg, Colorado Rapids, $6.3
Chad Marshall, Seattle Sounders, $8.9
Raul Rodriguez, Houston Dynamo, $8.3
The offensive picks may have been tough but that made these defensive choices all the easier. Axel Sjoberg is having one of the best defensive years a defender can ask for and I think he’ll have a couple of solid games two teams no longer in the playoff picture. One of his matches has a high chance of ending in a clean sheet but I’m not sure which—he’ll make up for it if neither happens. Chad Marshall is having an amazing second half of the season and his form should carry over next weekend when the Sounders host the Dynamo. Raul Rodriguez should have a better match against Colorado than he will against Seattle but I doubt it will be a clean sheet. Rodriguez will pick up most of his points from his defensive play and any bonuses for passing or clearances he can get.
GOALKEEPER PICK OF THE WEEK
Tim Howard, Colorado Rapids, $6.6
Tim Howard was the easiest pick of this international break round. The Colorado Rapids are going to need him to come up big in this final stretch where they play their two games in hand against the rest of the Western conference. They could take a one-point lead in the Supporters’ Shield race with two wins which puts them in the driver’s seat as the season nears its end. Howard will have a tough time against Houston Dynamo on the road but this match should be low scoring if it doesn’t end up a clean sheet for both teams. The match at home against the Earthquakes a week later should be easier and I think will end in a clean sheet victory for the Rapids.