MLS Fantasy Manager 2017 week five
MLS Fantasy Manager Top Picks for Week Five
TOP FORWARD PICKS
David Villa, New York City F.C., $10.2
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David Villa has two goals this season but they came in one match against a team with a weak road defense. Villa and New York City F.C. play at home this weekend against another weak road team which means he has a great shot at notching goals again. He’s capable of magic from nowhere but I’m sure that he’ll have plenty of opportunities from everywhere against San José. He had a week off and did not play international matches so he will be fresh which means a strong match.
Sebastian Giovinco, Toronto F.C., $11.9
Sebastian Giovinco should return this weekend for Toronto’s home opener and the week off should have done him some good. He took some recent knocks which briefly derailed his season but there’s no way he will miss an important early match like this one. He’s going to want to be at his best which means a strong performance and big points. I’m expecting a double-digit performance against a usually strong defense. He should at least get one goal but he’ll definitely earn attacking bonuses and assists.
Fanendo Adi, Portland Timbers, $9.7
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I’m running out of things to say about how stellar Fanendo Adi is playing this season. He’s playing this weekend against the struggling New England Revolution and should eat their defense for dinner. The Revolution are just not playing well and the Timbers attack should have no problem with them. I wouldn’t be surprised if he managed a brace this weekend—a hat trick isn’t out of the question. Captain him or…
TOP MIDFIELD PICKS
Diego Valeri, Portland Timbers, $10.2
…captain Diego Valeri. I think the Timbers are going to have a strong match against the Revolution and Valeri will be the catalyst for the offensive explosion I expect to happen. He’s a goal creator and a goal scorer for a team that’s kicking a lot of butt right now. He could have close to a 20-point match if he picks up goals and assists with some passing bonuses.
Rodney Wallace, New York City F.C., $7.9
Rodney Wallace had a great couple of matches over the past two rounds and his form should continue against an injury stricken San José defense. I think he’ll be a great pick this weekend with the Earthquakes having to replace one of their back line starters. I don’t foresee him scoring the goals but I do think he’ll help create them which means assist and attacking bonuses. He’s also a great bargain for his quality which means he won’t eat up cap space.
Alexandre Monteiro De Lima, Houston Dynamo, $7.7
Alex is another player having a strong start to his season except I didn’t expect him to play this well so early or at all really. The Houston Dynamo were just so bad last season that I was only expecting the worst from them. They had a tough round a couple of weeks ago but I think they’ll stay hot at home against the Red Bulls. I’m not guaranteeing or predicting a win, just a strong match from Alex. He should play a big part in at least one Houston goal and/or score one. Those points coupled with a strong attack will mean another double-digit match.
TOP DEFENSIVE PICKS
Drew Moor, Toronto F.C., $6.1
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Drew Moor is one of the best defensive leaders this league has had in its short history and he almost single-handedly turned around the Toronto defense. I think they could be even better this season but they’ve had a tough start even though they have yet to lose a match. Sporting Kansas City is capable of great attacking soccer but I think that Moor and the Toronto defense will put a stop on them this weekend. A clean sheet isn’t out of the question but I think they’ll hold them to one goal at the most. Moor will pick up bigger points if he makes a lot of defensive clearances.
Jonathan Spector, Orlando City S.C., $5.6
Jonathan Spector still has a lot to offer Orlando City after a decent career in Europe. I don’t usually go with defensive players on the road but Spector is playing against an under achieving Columbus side that have yet to prove a real threat this season. This is another match I think will end with only a couple of goals at most with a higher possibility of a clean sheet. Spector will pick up the usual defensive bonuses but I also think he will get some points from his passing for a possible eight point match.
Chris Wingert, Real Salt Lake, $4.4
Chris Wingert is another defender playing on the road but it’s against the horrible attack of Minnesota United. I’m still not convinced they can score more than a few goals in a match and I’m surprised when they score one. The Real Salt Lake defense isn’t the strongest the league has to offer but they should look like a brick wall against Minnesota. This means big points for any defender if they get the clean sheet and Wingert will pick up more for clearances and defensive play.
GOALKEEPER PICK OF THE WEEK
Sean Johnson, New York City F.C., $5.7
A goalkeeper is only as strong as his defense when it comes to fantasy managing. He can pick up bonuses for saves and passing but he will get the most from a clean sheet. Sean Johnson is a good goalkeeper who has moments of brilliance for a team that has frequent defensive lapses. They’ve definitely improved since they’re first season but New York City F.C. still focuses its winning strategy on a strong offense rather than a stronger defense. I think the New York defense will have a strong showing against the Earthquakes who will most likely be forced to defend most of the match anyway. Johnson has a high possibility of earning a clean sheet this weekend which means a probable double-digit match.