MLS Fantasy Manager week seven picks


Erick “Cubo” Torres, Houston Dynamo, $8.6

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I’ve recently picked “Cubo” Torres and he didn’t live up to my expectations but everyone is scoring on Minnesota United these days so I have to believe he’ll have a great game against them. He had a rough match last week against on the road in a tough stadium and he’s not going to have that same problem this weekend. The Minnesota defense bleeds goals and Torres is going to take full advantage of all their shortcomings.

Nemanja Nikolic, Chicago Fire, $9.4

Nemanja Nikolic is working out well for the Chicago Fire. He has notched two goals so far and I think he’s going to notch more at home against a weak road opponent like the New England Revolution. The Revolution have yet to win a match on the road and the Fire are beginning to click offensively now that they’ve built such a strong midfield. I don’t think Nikolic will earn a brace but a double-digit match is probable.

David Villa, New York City F.C., $10.4


David Villa is having an amazing start to his season with consistently strong showings for a high points total. Villa is on the road with New York City F.C. this weekend but it’s against the last place Philadelphia Union. The Philadelphia Union defense hasn’t done anything this season to convince me that they can stop the explosive New York City F.C. attack. Villa is going to come away with another double-digit match this weekend and I think he’ll get there with a couple of goals.


Bastian Schweinsteiger, Chicago Fire, $9.1


The Fire’s high-profile signing of Bastian Schweinsteiger is already looking like the best move by a club this season. He’s already made a significant impact with his world-class ability and leadership. Schweinsteiger is creating all kinds of opportunities for the Fire and that means big fantasy points. The New England Revolution midfield is not equipped to handle a quality player like Schweinsteiger and he will wreak havoc on them. He’s already tagged  Montreal for 10 points and they’re a stronger opponent so I think he’ll peg the Revolution for more.

Michael Barrios, F.C. Dallas, $8.1

Michael Barrios has gotten better with every season he has played for F.C. Dallas. He has turned into real offensive threat for the Dallas midfield by helping create scoring chances. He hasn’t always been the best distributor but he has improved. He knows how to create space and make smart runs so that those around him can take advantage of the situations he makes. He had a great match last week at home and I think he’ll stay hot on the road against San José. Dallas have played some solid matches against the Earthquakes in the past couple of seasons and I think they’ll come away with a win this weekend. Barrios will be key to that victory and I think at least a nine-point match is within the realm of reason.

Justin Meram, Columbus Crew S.C., $9.7

Justin Meram has become one of the most reliable midfielders in the league and it’s a shame that the Columbus Crew’s record from the past couple of seasons doesn’t reflect his quality. He’s not the flashiest but his quality consistently shines through every game. The Crew are playing great at the moment and Meram is one of the reasons why. Meram has notched three goals this season but he also has a couple assists to go along with those goals. This shows that he can create as well as score and that’s a great threat to have. Meram will have a tough task against


Walker Zimmerman, F.C. Dallas, $6.7

Walker Zimmerman is a threat all over the field, not just on the back line, which means he has a shot at double the points if he shines in a match. Zimmerman is known to make sojourns into the Dallas attack and create chances for the offense. He already has one assist this season and is known to be one of the best set piece targets in the league. He’s also a great player to have on set pieces if they go wrong because he’s able to recover or win any ball that comes his way on the ground as well as in the air. I think he’ll create problems for San José by keeping them from getting any footing in their attack. If he can contribute to the attack as much as he does the defense then he’ll pull off another double-digit match this weekend.

Alvas Powell, Portland Timbers, $4.9

Alvas Powell is another defender who can create offensive chances for his team and be a threat on both sides of the ball. The Portland Timbers play at home this weekend against the low-scoring Sporting Kansas City. Kansas City’s inability to put the ball in the back of the net bodes well for Portland’s chances at a clean sheet. Powell should play a big role in keeping that clean sheet which means defensive bonuses on top of the points he’d earn from a clean sheet. He’ll also pick up some attacking bonuses if he can get forward in the attack like he has already this season. He has a strong chance at a double-digit match this weekend.

Jonathan Spector, Orlando City S.C., $5.7


Orlando City are undefeated at home this season and Jonathan Spector’s leadership on the back line is one of the reasons why. Spector is coming into his later years as a player but he still has plenty to offer with his veteran qualities. He’s a smart player who can contribute to a match in many ways. He’s a solid passer and a wily defender who can clear anything that comes his way. Orlando City play the inconsistent Los Angeles Galaxy this weekend and I think the Galaxy will show up in their weaker form. Spector may not get a bonus from a clean sheet but I think Orlando will keep the Galaxy to less than two goals. He’ll also pick up bonuses form his defending and passing. I’m not positive he’ll get a double-digit points total but he’ll get at least nine points.


Jorge Rodrigo Bava, Chicago Fire, $5.2

Jorge Rodrigo Bava already has two clean sheets this season for a quickly improving Chicago Fire team. This team is going to get better every week and Bava is going to benefit the most from it. The better they play, the less goals they let in, the higher his points total Bava is going to earn. I think the Fire will have a great match against the New England Revolution and that means the probability of a clean sheet bonus for Bava. He’ll also earn some points from saves and defending if the New England attack gets vicious but I’m not expecting much from them away from home.

Cesar Gutierrez

Cesar "turtle" Gutierrez hails from San Antonio, Texas but currently lives in the Buffalo, NY area. He has a BA in English-Communication Arts from St. Mary's University in San Antonio, Texas and is a published poet. He lives, eats, and breathes soccer---primarily Major League Soccer. While he has an enjoyment of all sports and is able to talk or write about almost any thing, he'd sooner watch a soccer game before anything else and has been known to drive or fly cross country just for a game. You can follow him on Twitter @namcopunk or on Facebook at

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