MLS Fantasy Manager 2016 week 8
MLS Fantasy Manager 2016 week eight brings double the opportunity for six teams. It will be a tough week for these players but they could all reap the benefits if they come through for their clubs.
TOP FORWARD PICKS
David Villa, New York City F.C., $11.2
David Villa is having a rough start to the year for New York City F.C.. They sit at the bottom of the Eastern Conference table with only six points from one win and a few draws. Villa has done his part with four goals even though they’ve come from two separate braces. Two games at home are just what he needs to kick-start his scoring run and get his team winning. Villa and N.Y.C.F.C. welcome Montreal Impact midweek and Vancouver Whitecaps on the weekend. Both teams are playing well but not great and are susceptible to weak defense on the road. Villa may not play the full match both games but should see enough time on the field to get at least one goal in each match. He could pick up some assists or passing bonuses depending on how aggressive the opponents get with their fouls.
Dominic Oduro, Montreal Impact, $7.4
Dominic Oduro is having a good start to his season even if the score sheet doesn’t completely show it. He started strong with two goals from two games and picked up two assists in week six but hasn’t done a lot other than that. Oduro has benefited from Didier Drogba being in the line-up but he also becomes the main target when Drogba is gone. Drogba probably won’t play both games which means Oduro will get at least one start and I won’t be surprised if he starts next to him in the other match. He should have a better game at home against Colorado on the weekend but he’s got the speed to outrun the N.Y.C.F.C. defense on the road. He’s got twice the chances this week to show why he stays in the line-up and he’ll take advantage of both chances.
Fanendo Adi, Portland Timbers, $10.2
Fanendo Adi is having a great start to his season for Portland Timbers. Adi and the Timbers had off last week so they should be ready and rested for the tough week of games ahead. They face a tough opponent on the road in New England then come home to face the explosive offense of Toronto F.C. I don’t think Adi will get much rest this week since he’s coming off the bye but I don’t foresee him playing two complete matches. The Timbers will have a tough time on the road but I think they will manage at least one goal which Adi will definitely take part in. The second match against Toronto will see both teams throwing offensive punches at each other Adi should see a lot of action and opportunities to add to his tally.
TOP MIDFIELD PICKS
Benny Feilhaber, Sporting Kansas City, $10.9
Benny Feilhaber missed the first few matches of the season for Sporting Kansas City but has played strong since returning to the line-up. He’s tallied a couple of goals and an assist but is managing to earn more points than the minimum even without them. Sporting Kansas City is off to a great start with Feilhaber leading the team. S.K.C. has two tough matches this week against Vancouver on the road and Los Angeles at home. The Vancouver match will be tough and most likely low scoring, any bonuses Feilhaber picks up from this match will be from his defending and passing. The match against Los Angeles should come with more opportunities for Feilhaber to put one in the back of the net. Feilhaber is a great free kick taker and will take any chance given to him to earn an assist or a goal off a well positioned foul. He’s going to continue coming up big for his team in both matches which means big points.
Harry Shipp, Montreal Impact, $7.9
Harry Shipp was traded to Montreal in the offseason from his hometown Chicago Fire but hasn’t let it ruin his career. He has played well for Montreal, his style of play compliments those around him resulting in a great attack. Shipp is playing on the wing where he is strongest and has been able to swing in some passes for a couple assists this year. He has great targets in Didier Drogba, Ignacio Piatti, and Dominic Oduro so I expect those assists to keep coming but I won’t be surprised if he starts scoring this week against N.Y.C.F.C.. He should have another good game at home against Colorado even with their strong defense trying to stop him. Shipp will get a lot of opportunities this week and he’s the type of player to take advantage of all the playing time.
Diego Chara, Portland Timbers, $8.0
Diego Chara is consistently playing strong for Portland Timbers even if it doesn’t show on the score sheet. He has managed to pick up more than the minimum two points every week with his solid midfield play. Chara picks up points on both offense and defense with his passing and pass stopping. He has to play a bigger role now with Darlington Nagbe out injured and he’s going to have to come up big during this double game week. Chara should pick up a few points on the road in New England with his role-playing style—stopping attacks in the midfield, playing balls over the top to the attackers—and he should pick up even more points at home in a fast paced game against Toronto.
TOP DEFENSIVE PICKS
Nuno André Coelho, Sporting Kansas City, $7.9
Nunoe André Coelho is proving to be one of the best signings of the offseason. The Sporting Kansas City defense depends on him now to help ignite the attack from the back and to stop anything that comes up the middle. He’s one of the main reasons that S.K.C. is off to a decent start. Coelho has two tough matches against Vancouver and Los Angeles this week but will pick up plenty of defensive bonuses against each opponent. He should help the attack more in the second game of the week but he’ll still contribute midweek even if the game is low scoring. Coelho will get both defending and attacking bonuses for more points as well as some passing bonuses no matter the end results.
Kendall Waston, Vancouver Whitecaps, $9.2
Kendall Waston is having his ups and downs this season but he’s still one of the league’s best defenders. He’s got double the opportunity against opponents that aren’t afraid to push the game right at him which means double the opportunity for bonuses off of clearances. He’s also one of the best players in the air in the league so if there are a lot of fouls or corner kicks then he’ll have plenty of opportunities to score a goal. He’s not the type of player Vancouver can afford to leave on the bench for two games so he should make two full match appearances which means an automatic four points as long as he doesn’t pick up any yellow cards.
Andrew Farrell, New England Revolution, $8.0
Andrew Farrell and New England have two home matches against weak road teams this round. Portland has earned only one road point this season and I wouldn’t be surprised if this game ends without them scoring at all or only once. He’s going to have his work cut out for him against their attack but if their bad road form continues then it won’t be for long. Farrell had a rough game against Orlando City when the Revolution played in their stadium but he should have an easier time stopping them at home especially if Kaka is still out of the line-up.
GOALKEEPER PICK OF THE WEEK
David Ousted, Vancouver Whitecaps, $6.1
David Ousted has two good shots at a clean sheet but could still come away with a big points tally even if he manages to let one or two by. Both Sporting Kansas City and New York City F.C. have strong attacks who will take plenty of shots on goal. Sporting Kansas City will be missing Dom Dwyer so that should weaken the S.K.C. attack but N.Y.C.F.C. should still pack their usual offensive punch. He’s an aggressive goalkeeper so that means plenty of defending bonuses from clearances. He’s also one of the best shot stoppers in the league so that means he’ll be able to stop whatever comes his way as long as his defense doesn’t let him down.