MLS Fantasy Manager 2016 week seven arrives with Chicago and Portland on bye but the rest of the league is ready for action. It will be a tough week for all the players this week but a few will find a way to outplay their opponents.


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Giovani Dos Santos, Los Angeles Galaxy, $10.9

Giovani Dos Santos got inured to start the season but had an amazing match last week with two goals scored. It’s hard to keep up that goal scoring pace every week but Dos Santos is the type of player who will consistently contribute to the attack when healthy and given room to stretch is legs. Los Angeles plays a surprisingly strong Real Salt Lake team this weekend who has picked up big points early in the year but they won’t be able to continue that form on the road. Dos Santos will come away with a lot of points this weekend from his attacking style and not just goals. He’ll pick up some assists as well as some bonuses from his passing play.

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C.J. Sapong, Philadelphia Union, $8.2

C.J. Sapong is having a surprisingly brilliant start to the season. He’s always been capable of amazing offensive output but he’s stepping up to another level in the early stages of this season. Sapong has three goals and an assist to start the year for Philadelphia who have started strong this season in second place in the Eastern Conference. Philadelphia Union welcome the defensively weak New York City F.C. to town this weekend and Sapong is the type of player to take advantage of the mistakes N.Y.C.F.C is susceptible to. He has a great chance at picking up a goal this weekend and is likely to add to that tally with strong offensive play to earn bonus points.

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Luis Solignac, Colorado Rapids, $7.2

The Colorado Rapids are another team that has surprised league followers this season with their strong start. They’ve been a defensively strong team since last season and have continued that style of play this year but are finally starting to find the goals to get them the points they need to move up in the standings. Luis Solignac has stepped up to fill the offensive void with his strong attacking play that has started to churn the Rapids on. He has become indispensable to their success and this week they Rapids are going to ride him to victory against the tepid Seattle Sounders. It’s will be a low scoring game but you can bet that Solignac will take part in whatever goals may come for Colorado.


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Ignacio Piatti, Montreal Impact, $10.6

Piatti is having the best start for a midfielder this season with 56 points to his name so far. He’s scoring goals, he’s making key passes, he’s earning assists—he’s doing everything for Montreal Impact and keeping them in first place in the Eastern Conference. I’ve already picked him a couple of times this season but that’s because he’s played so well up to this point. Montreal plays at home this weekend against their Canadian rivals Toronto F.C. and both teams will trade offensive punches throughout the match. That’s not to say that there won’t be strong defensive play but both teams prefer to outplay their opponents offensively instead of parking the bus or running out the clock when ahead. Piatti will have to leave his imprint on this game if Montreal wants to win this outright.

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Justin Meram, Columbus Crew, $8.4

Some teams surprise with their strong starts and other teams surprise with their weak starts. Columbus was an MLS Cup finalist last season but has only won once so far this year. It’s still early in the season, the Crew have plenty of time to recover, and Justin Meram is key to that recovery. Other teams have learned how to neutralize Ethan Finlay which means other midfielders, like Meram, will have to pick up the slack. He’s done a good job so far and had a great week at home against N.Y.C.F.C. last week. Columbus plays the defensively stronger Houston Dynamo this week but Meram matches up well against a defense that likes to push forward. He will have another solid game this week even if he doesn’t score. He’ll manage some great passes for attacking bonuses as well as an assist on whatever goals come for Columbus.

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Sebastian Lletget, Los Angeles Galaxy, $10.6

Sebastian Lletget has been consistently solid all season. He’s not scoring goals but he’s contributing to the attack, completing the majority of his passes, and earning assists for Los Angeles. Real Salt Lake won’t be as much of a pushover as Houston was last week but he will still be able to have a great game this weekend against a midfield that will have difficulties stopping the Galaxy attack. He hasn’t scored yet this season—so he’s due—but he’s going to fuel the Galaxy attack on their way to a conference win.


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Laurent Ciman, Montreal Impact, $8.8

Laurent Ciman is going to have his hands full this weekend against the magical Toronto F.C. attack. Both teams in this match love to show their offensive might above all else but Montreal’s defense is what is keeping them atop the Eastern Conference at the moment. Ciman is the anchor of the Impact defense and the best pure defender they have. I don’t foresee this match ending with a clean sheet for either team but if Montreal does keep the scoring low then it will be because of Ciman’s stand-up play.

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Steve Birnbaum, D.C. United, $7.6

Steve Birnbaum has turned into one of the best defenders in the league even with D.C. United’s weak record. In fact, he’s one of the main reasons they’ve earned the points in the table that they have. United have a tough home contest this weekend against New England Revolution  but they have just as many wins as D.C. so it’s a closer match than the points lead anyone to believe. Birnbaum should pick up plenty of defending bonus points for the clearances and stops he’ll have to make against the strong New England midfield but he’s also a great target on set pieces and could pick up a goal. This match has a strong possibility of finishing 0-0 and if that’s the case then he’ll get a big clean sheet bonus as well.

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Zach Loyd, F.C. Dallas, $7.6

Zach Loyd is back and will likely return to center back for F.C. Dallas since Matt Hedges will be out for at least four to six weeks. Loyd is one F.C. Dallas’ hardest working players and it’s hard to picture a line-up without him in it. F.C. Dallas is on the road against Vancouver Whitecaps this weekend and they’ve been a tough opponent for F.C.D. since entering the league. I expect this match to get physical and for Loyd to do a ton of work trying to keep Vancouver from scoring. Dallas has proved they’re capable of winning tough road matches this season but Loyd should still have a solid game defensively even if they do lose. He’s going to need to make plenty of clearances and keep the attack flowing out of the back on counter attacks so he’ll pick up both defensive and attacking bonuses. He’s also solid on set pieces and this match will be physical so he’ll have plenty of chances to be a target for whoever is taking free kicks.


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Zac MacMath, Colorado Rapids, $5.1

Zac MacMath isn’t the main reason Colorado has only let in five goals this season but he’s kept them in every match in the few moments the defense failed. It’s sad that Tim Howard will replace MacMath mid=season but he’s sure making that choice tough for Rapids head coach Pablo Mastroeni. He’s made some highlight reel saves and is keeping his back line organized with little fault. On the flip side of things, Seattle hasn’t scored many goals this season and I think they’re tough times up top will continue. Other teams have a hard time scoring in Colorado, that’s going to continue this weekend when MacMath helps his team to another clean sheet or one goal game.

Cesar Gutierrez

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