MLS Fantasy Manager 2017 week nine
TOP FORWARD PICKS
Sebastian Giovinco, Toronto F.C., $12.2
I’m still surprised that Sevastian Giovinco had such a slow start to the season but he’s back to his usual form. He was amazing last week and I think he’ll continue to stay hot this week with another explosive performance. Toronto F.C. play at home against Houston this week and I doubt the Dynamo can completely stop Giovinco away from Texas. The Dynamo have yet to win on the road this season and BMO Field is a hard place to get scoreless results. I doubt Giovinco will come away with another brace but he’s definitely capable of a goal and assist against the Dynamo back line.
Giovani dos Santos, Los Angeles Galaxy, $9.8
Giovani dos Santos and the Los Angeles Galaxy are having a horrible early season. They’re not scoring and they’re not defending—-quite frankly, they can’t seem to do anything right. I think a game against another underwhelming club like the Philadelphia Union can do a lot of good for the Galaxy. Both teams are playing poorly but Los Angeles has more tools to dig themselves out of their hole. Giovani dos Santos needs a great game and I think he’ll have a slump buster this weekend against the Union. He’s going to contribute to more than one goal and, however that happens, he’s going to get a double-digit fantasy result.
Clint Dempsey, Seattle Sounders, $9.6
Clint Dempsey is having a great start to his year with the occasional hiccup. He returned from a rough offseason to find his footing again quickly. The Sounders play against his old squad this weekend and Dempsey should have no problems obliterating the New England Revolution. The Revs are bad on the road this season and this bodes well for the Sounders attack. The Revolution midfield is ill-equipped to slow Dempsey down and their defense can’t stop him. I think a brace is highly probable for Dempsey and he’s a smart pick for a fantasy captain.
TOP MIDFIELD PICKS
Romain Alessadrini, Los Angeles Galaxy, $9.6
I think Romain Alessandrini is the one bright spot of the Galaxy’s season so far. He’s living up to his big contract and is playing hard to create any scoring chance possible for his new club. Alessandrini doesn’t need a jump-start to his year like some of his teammates but a match against the lowly Union can only do him a lot of good. This match has double-digit performance written all over it for a couple of players but I think Alessandrini will get the most of his teammates.
Nicolas Lodeiro, Seattle Sounders, $11.3
Nicolas Lodeiro is already having a MVP-type season. Lodeiro has a goal or an assist in five of his first seven matches and I think he’s going to have both against the Revolution. The Sounders need a great game out of Lodeiro to keep pace with the other teams in their conference and a match against the Revolution is just what they need to continue on their amazing performance last week. Captaining Lodeiro or Dempsey this week could do amazing things for any fantasy manager.
Kellyn Acosta, F.C. Dallas, $7.0
Kellyn Acosta is a shining example of the amazing things a team growing their own talent can accomplish. He is already earning key call-ups to the U.S. Men’s national team and is the most important F.C. Dallas central midfielder with Mauro Diaz still injured. He’s the best box-to-box player the league has right now and is dangerous on both sides of the ball. I think he’ll terrorize the Portland Timbers midfield this weekend with his aggressive style of play for some defensive bonuses to go with attacking points. I don’t foresee him scoring a goal this weekend but he will make up for that with doing everything else to earn his team a victory. He’ll get at least eight points if he doesn’t get to double digits.
TOP DEFENSIVE PICKS
Ike Opara, Sporting Kansas City, $5.4
Ike Opara is capable of being one of the best defenders in the league when he can stay healthy. He’s a dangerous player in the air and has a strong ability to clear anything that comes his way. Opara is also a great set-piece target which means a higher possibility for a goal as a defender. I think he matches up well against the Real Salt Lake attack and he should be able to keep them from scoring more than two goals. I think Kansas City has a solid shot at a clean sheet which means any extra points he earns could turn this match into a double-digit match.
Joevin Jones, Seattle Sounders, $5.3
Joevin Jones had a monster match last week for a defender. He does a lot more for the Sounders than prevent goals as he is active in the Seattle attack. I think Jones will have plenty opportunities against the Revolution to pick up points on both sides of the ball. The Revolution are letting in an unhealthy amount of goals and they’re going to have a hard time stopping an attack that will come from all directions. I think Jones will come away from this match with another assist to go with his defensive bonuses.
Matt Hedges, F.C. Dallas, $6.9
Matt Hedges is the best pure defender in the league at the moment. He’s the rare big man who can pass out of the back as well as he can clear his box of anything that comes near him. It is actually surprising some that defense is what is keeping Dallas away from the loss column but it’s a testament to how great Hedges is at captaining the back line. I think Hedges will keep a handle on the shorthanded Timbers attack and earn at least nine points from this match.
GOALKEEPER PICK OF THE WEEK
Stefan Frei, Seattle Sounders, 6.2
Stefan Frei is consistently one of the best goalkeepers the league has to offer. He almost won the 2016 MLS Cup final by himself. He only has two clean sheets this season but that stat is misleading because he has only let in eight goals so far this year. I think this match is a clean sheet candidate and I doubt he’ll let in more than one goal. Frei’s final points tally will be a result more of how many shots the Revolution are allowed to have on goal and I doubt it will be many.