MLS Fantasy Manager 2016 week 33
MLS Fantasy Manager Picks
TOP FORWARD PICKS
Kei Kamara, New England Revolution, $11.5
Kei Kamara had a bad season this year compared to 2015. I’m not blaming him for New England being out of a playoff spot at the moment but things could be different now if he had carried more of the scoring load for the Revolution. He had some brilliant spots over the year and I’m banking on him having another one this weekend as the Revolution fight for the last playoff spot. I think he’ll come up big on the road against Chicago’s weaker defense and keep New England in the hunt until the last round of matches for the season next weekend.
Shkelzen Gashi, Colorado Rapids, $9.7
The Colorado Rapids are now in the driver’s seat for the Supporters’ Shield and could clinch this weekend with a win and other results going their way. Gashi’s form this weekend will go a long way in determining where in the standings they’ll end the season. Gashi had a great week during both matches last round when his team needed him to shine the most. I think he’ll continue that form into this round on the road against a Timbers team that is fighting for their lives. Portland doesn’t have what it takes now to stop any opponent and I think Gashi won’t have a problem figuring out how to break their back line.
Bradley Wright-Phillips, New York Red Bulls, $12.1
Bradley Wright-Phillips is finishing up one a hell of a season next weekend and I think this round will push his numbers up exponentially. New York Red Bulls could still fight their way into the Supporters’ Shield if things go horribly wrong for Colorado and the Red Bulls win out. They’ve already clinched a playoff spot but need to clinch a top seed to help their MLS Cup chances. I think Wright-Phillips will have a great game against the fallen Columbus Crew to help his team on the way to an Eastern Conference table topping finish. I doubt it will all come from goals as I see some extra points being picked up for offensive bonuses.
TOP MIDFIELD PICKS
Sacha Kljestan, New York Red Bulls, $13.0
Sacha Kljestan could be the main reason the Red Bulls had such a strong season this year. His play in the center of the midfield has been nothing short of amazing this season. I think he should have no problems against such a weak opponent this weekend. The Columbus Crew haven’t been able to stop anybody this year and I doubt they have the fire in them to do anything of significance in a road game against the Red Bulls. Kljestan will pick up some points from assists and passing but could come away with a goal from a free kick.
Kelyn Rowe, New England Revolution, $9.8
Kelyn Rowe is one of the league’s more unsung heroes in the midfield. He’s not the best midfielder in the league but he does a solid job of creating chances for his team while keeping them in some tough matches. I think he’ll fight hard this weekend for the Revolution and pick up some big bonuses in the process. I also see him creating some goal scoring opportunities to earn an assist bonus. He should be able to keep his team in it until the last weekend.
Chris Pontius, Philadelphia Union,$7.8
Chris Pontius is another underrated MLS midfielder who has had a great season. Philadelphia is holding on to the last playoff spot at the moment and need to win out to make sure they stay there. Pontius should be able to make an offensive difference against the floundered Orlando City S.C.. I think he will pick up some assist bonuses and definitely a passing bonus but I also see him earning an offensive bonus for his play. He’ll come away with at least a solid eight point match.
TOP DEFENSIVE PICKS
Axel Sjoberg, Colorado Rapids, $6.3
Axel Sjoberg should be in the argument for Defender of the Year after the season he had. That being said, Sjoberg will need to have the match of his year in Portland against a team fighting for the last playoff spot. I think Sjoberg and the Rapids back line are more than capable of stopping Portland dead in their tracks on their last leg of the playoff race. He’ll pick up plenty of defending bonuses and has a shot at scoring but I think the Rapids will hold the Timbers scoreless to all but seal the Supporters’ Shield this weekend.
Aurelien Collin, New York Red Bulls, $7.9
I have a hard time believing Aurelien Collin is still relevant in this year after injuries and bad form but he’s improved as the year moved along with great form to close it out. The Red Bulls faced a defeated opponent in the penultimate round of the season who, even if they are playing for pride, can’t stack up to a Red Bull team at home. Aurelien should earn plenty of defending bonuses along with a passing bonus but I think New York will earn the clean sheet in this match which means maximum points.
Fabinho, Philadelphia Union, $6.8
It’s hard to believe that the Philadelphia Union are playing to stay alive now after such a hot start but they need to win to stay above the red line. Fabinho had a solid season this year and I don’t see that changing against an Orlando City S.C. squad that failed to live up to its hype. Fabinho should pick up defending bonuses with the slim possibility of a passing bonus but I think he’ll get the clean sheet bonus for big points.
GOALKEEPER PICK OF THE WEEK
Luis Robles, New York Red Bulls, $6.4
Luis Robles had another Goalkeeper of the Year quality season. He has become the most reliable keeper in MLS over the past few seasons and I think he’ll finish the year strong including this weekend’s match. The Red Bulls are fighting for the top seed in the Eastern Conference and they’ll do everything in their power to earn it. Robles will play the biggest role in this by stonewalling the Columbus Crew for a clean sheet.