MLS Fantasy Manager 2017 week two
MLS Fantasy Manager 2017 week two
TOP FORWARD PICKS
David Accam, Chicago Fire, $9.5
David Accam is off to a hot start for the Chicago Fire this season. Accam had underwhelming scoring seasons the past couple of years but that has more to do with the team around him than his ability to find goals. He has a better midfield supporting him now and I think the team will play better this year because of it. This means more goals for Accam. He’s never been the most consistent goal scorer in MLS but I think he’ll find the back of the net again this week against Real Salt Lake at home. He could contribute in other ways but I think his points will come from a goal.
Juan Agudelo, New England Revolution, $8.5
Juan Agudelo will never be accused of being consistent or streaking. It’s maddening how brilliant he can be at times while under performing for long stretches of a season. He could be one of the most skilled and dangerous forward in the league if he could just figure out how to keep the form week after week. This weekend has a good chance of being one of those brilliant rounds for Agudelo as the New England Revolution play at home against Orlando City S.C.. The Orlando defense stood strong last weekend but Gillette Stadium has the most unforgiving surface in the league and this only benefits the home team. Juan Agudelo and the New England attack should take advantage of Orlando’s difficulties. This could be a double-digit match for Agudelo.
Erick “Cubo” Torres, Houston Dynamo, $8.5
Erick “Cubo” Torres was non-existent for the Houston offense last season, there’s no other way to put it. He was bad. Torres is already playing better for the Houston Dynamo after one match than he did by the end of the season. Last weekend he looked like the player who lit up the league when he played for the now defunct Chivas USA. I think he’s going to continue with this splendid form for another great week. Houston plays at home this week against a Columbus Crew side that I’m just not convinced has improved in the offseason. Torres should have no problem lighting them up for at least one goal with a high probability for a brace.
TOP MIDFIELD PICKS
Maximiliano Moralez, New York City F.C., $9.0
Maximiliano Moralez will turn out to be one of the biggest surprises of this season. I think most people who follow the league are expecting good things from him but he’s going to have a season that exceeds any expectations. Moralez had a relatively quiet first week but I think that had more to do with being on the road than his quality of play. He’s going to have solid game this week at home against D.C. United. New York City F.C. still owns one of the most explosive offenses in the league and Moralez will fit into that perfectly. I think he’ll pick up more points from attacking bonuses this week with at least one assist. A goal isn’t out of the question but I think his points will come more from his passing than his goal scoring.
Yamil Asad, Atlanta United F.C., $8.5
Yamil Asad is another great signing for the league and is proof of Atlanta United’s ambition during their first season. Asad scored Atlanta’s first and only goal in club history last weekend during their inaugural match. Atlanta are on the road this week against this year’s other expansion side, Minnesota United. It’s Minnesota’s home opener this weekend but I don’t think the home field advantage will help them. The Minnesota defense was picked apart last weekend by Portland and I foresee more defensive woes in their future. Atlanta has a strong attack even if they haven’t spent a lot of time together. Asad is going to play a key role in any goal that Atlanta scores this weekend for a double-digit match.
Darlington Nagbe, Portland Timbers, $8.5
Darlington Nagbe is primed for an amazing season. He started his career out hot but had some troubles fitting into the attack for a couple of seasons. He’s never been accused of not doing the necessary work to help his team, it was just work that didn’t show up on any stat sheet. Last year he became a key player in the Timbers attack and is now crucial to their success going forward. Nagbe isn’t a goal scorer, he’s a goal creator, and this translates to assists coupled with attacking bonuses. He had a solid first round and this week shouldn’t be any different. He’ll come away with at least an assist and attacking bonuses.
TOP DEFENSIVE PICKS
Jared Watts, Colorado Rapids, $5.5
The Colorado Rapids will have a tough time winning a trophy until they learn how to score goals. They won’t have a tough time staying in the hunt for those trophies if their defense continues to be as dominant as they were last season. The evidence from their first match shows that this trend will continue this year. You could pick any of the Colorado defenders most week and come away with big defensive points. I’m going with Jared Watts as my pick this week. I doubt he’ll have another assist this week and he’s not going to score but he’ll have a good week even if it’s on the road. I think they’ll have a better time stopping the Red Bull attack than Atlanta did.
Laurent Ciman, Montreal Impact, $6.0
Laurent Ciman is one of the top five pure defenders in MLS and has been for a couple of seasons. Montreal plays at home this week against the defending champion Seattle Sounders. The Sounders proved they can score on the road but the Montreal Impact defense is much tougher to score on than Houston. Cimant managed to earn seven points last weekend in a loss and I think he’ll earn more points this week in a win. He’s not going to score any goals or earn any assists for something extra because he’ll do more than enough on defense to earn maximum points this week.
R.J. Allen, New York City F.C., $5.5
New York City F.C. will never be known for their defensive strength but they’ve improved since their first season. R.J. Allen was a big part of that defensive improvement and managed to have a solid game in a one goal loss last week. Allen will do better this week to stop a less potent attack than the one he faced last round. New York City F.C. will be at home this week where they are hard to stop. This will prove beneficial for Allen’s point total this week as he’ll earn a clean sheet.
GOALKEEPER PICK OF THE WEEK
David Bingham, San José Earthquakes, $6.0
David Bingham has quietly become one of the best goalkeepers in the league. He plays for one of the weaker Western Conference clubs but that has only helped him become a better goalkeeper. San José already looks better than they did most of last season. The Vancouver Whitecaps are a tougher opponent than the Philadelphia Union but that shouldn’t stop Bingham from having a solid match. Vancouver’s attack is still underachieving and I think this will benefit Bingham’s end of match points total. There’s a good chance for him to earn a clean sheet but he’ll pick up plenty of save bonuses to make up for a goal scored.