MLS Fantasy Manager 2017 week eight
MLS Fantasy Manager Top Picks
TOP FORWARD PICKS
Juan Agudelo, New England Revolution, $8.4
Juan Agudelo and the New England Revolution are one of the clubs who have a shot at double the points this week with a Wednesday night match. Agudelo is having a decent season with three goals after six matches but this stat is deceiving because two of those goals came in one match. I think if any player would benefit from two matches in a week it would be Agudelo because of his famed inconsistency. He could get really hot or be totally off one match and still have another shot during the weekend to do even better. I doubt he’ll earn another brace in a match but he could come away from the week with around 15 points and that’s smart to have in a squad.
Chris Wondolowski, San José Earthquakes, $8.5
Wondolowski and the San José Earthquakes are the other club with twice the opportunities this week. I think Wondolowski is the better forward playing for the better team this week so I think he’ll have the best shot at multiple goals. I know the Earthquakes are playing on the road but they’re playing tough now so they’ll come away with multiple goals even if they don’t win. He’s a smart choice to captain for any squad this weekend.
Yura Movsisyan, Real Salt Lake, $7.4
Real Salt Lake is looking better since Mike Petke took over as head coach and Yura Movsisyan is one of the players that can most benefit from their improving form. Movsisyan is one of the league’s most consistent yet underrated strikers. Real Salt Lake is only playing once this week but they’re at home against Atlanta United. Atlanta United is a solid squad but Movsisyan should be able to tag at least one on them with his new look squad. I’m not saying this will be a high scoring match but it won’t be a 0-0 draw and Movsisyan will make sure of that.
TOP MIDFIELD PICKS
Diego Fagundez, New England Revolution, $8.2
Diego Fagundez is a player I think isn’t living up to his potential. He’s wildly inconsistent just like Agudelo and the problem that the Revolution have is getting the both of them playing amazingly at the same time. Staying along the lines of Agudelo, I think he’ll benefit from having two matches this week, too. Fagundez should be able to feed some great passes into Agudelo or any of the Revolution forwards for some assist points. I think he’ll also get some other attacking bonuses just because of how open the matches could get because they’re home games. He’s going to have a double-digit week if he can keep a cool head and play smart.
Jahmir Hyka, San José Earthquakes, $8.2
I’m going to be honest, I don’t know a ton about Jahmir Hyka other than the one match I’ve watched him play and a few minutes over the season. But, in that one match, he came away with a 90 minute game winner and was a menace most of the game. He’s another player with two matches this week and I think he’ll play a big part in each match with his attacking play. He’ll pick up most of his points with his passing and maybe a couple of assists but he could sneak a goal in there for bigger points.
Jack Harrison, New York City F.C., $7.7
I think Jack Harrison is turning into a star before our eyes. Sometimes it seems like he’s getting better with every month that passes and he is already having a strong season this year. It’s almost amazing how indispensable he has become on such an offensively strong squad. New York City F.C. plays at home this weekend against a defensively strong Orlando City S.C.. Orlando is looking strong at home this season but lost their only road match so far and I think they’ll have a hard time stopping Harrison and New York this weekend. Harrison could surprise with another goal but I think the bulk of his points will come from everything else. He has two goals so far but I think this week he will do the hard work to create more than the actual scoring. Still, this will add up to a double-digit match.
TOP DEFENSIVE PICKS
Antonio Mlinar Dalamea, New England Revolution, $6.0
Antonio Mlinar Dalamea is another player I don’t know a ton about other than having watched him play one full match and random minutes throughout the year. He gets my pick this week mainly because he’s playing two home matches. I think he’ll have a tough time during the first match where he’ll pick up points from defending and clearing but not from much else. He’ll pick up bigger points over the weekend against D.C. United who are abysmal on the road so far. I think he’ll get a clean sheet during this weekend match.
Ronald Matarrita, New York City F.C., $6.4
Ronald Matarrita is an attacking defender for a team that recently evolved into much stronger team in the back. He’s just as a capable with the ball at his feet as he is fighting to keep it out of his third. Matarrita has three assists and two clean sheets that have padded his numbers but this shouldn’t take away from what he is capable of this weekend. I think he’ll play a big part on both sides of the ball against Orlando City S.C. and he’ll have a double-digit match.
Matt Hedges, F.C. Dallas, $6.8
Matt Hedges is the best central defender in the league most weeks. He doesn’t shy away from any attackers and leads an ever-changing back line better than anyone else. He is going to have a tough match this weekend against Sporting Kansas City but I think he’ll step up to lead the defense to a big win at home. These teams have played to some ugly draws in the past and a 0-0 score line wouldn’t surprise me but this game won’t have more than a few goals no matter the final score. Dallas and Hedges will be the ones who benefit most from this low scoring game.
GOALKEEPER PICK OF THE WEEK
Cody Cropper, New England Revolution, $4.0
This was a hard choice this week but I think Cody Cropper has the best shot at the most points this week. He’s going to have a tough match against San José midweek but this means points for saves if he can keep them out of the net himself. He could also pick up some defending bonuses if he comes out to clean up anything that comes across the goal. I think he’ll come up bigger over the weekend against D.C. United with a clean sheet and that means a solid double-digit match.