MLS Fantasy Manager week 15
MLS Fantasy Manager week 15 sees half the league on bye weeks which means it’s an unlimited transfer week! So it’s time to replace any injuries or to completely revamp your roster but don’t forget that ten teams aren’t playing this round. The teams still active are New York City F.C., Montreal Impact, Columbus Crew S.C., Los Angeles Galaxy, New England Revolution, Chicago Fire, Seattle Sounders F.C., F.C. Dallas, Orlando City S.C., and D.C. United. Make sure you’re also keeping track of injuries and international call-ups.
TOP FORWARD PICKS
David Villa, New York City F.C., $10.4
David Villa is slowly but surely working his way towards a strong, consistent form. He’s had a rough start adjusting to the physical play of Major League Soccer but he’s got a good chance to step up big against Montreal this week at home. His main weakness this year have been his fitness and lack of understanding of the teammates around him. As the weeks have gone on, these weaknesses have lessened and lessened. Look for him to have a great game at home against a Montreal Impact team defense that will be feeling fatigued from their past hard played past few weeks.
Charlie Davies, New England Revolution, $9.0
Charlie Davies did not get an international call-up recently and he won’t get one during any major international competitions this summer (a travesty, in my opinion) which means he will see massive minutes this weekend as well as the coming weeks. His addition to your roster this week will be one that will reap benefits all summer long because he’s only going to get better with more minutes. Pick him up now while you are able to reset your squad and before his price goes up.
Jack McInerney, Montreal Impact, $7.5
Just because Montreal may let some goals in doesn’t mean they won’t score any. Jack McInerney is starting almost every week as one of the Impact’s few reliable scoring options. Montreal’s strength is in its midfield but the forwards benefit from that play every week. McInerney is not the striker he was a few years ago for Philadelphia but he still has moments of tenacity that put him on the score sheet. This week will be pivotal to the Montreal season as they continue to make up missed games due to their CONCACAF Champions League run. McInerney will come up big on the road in the narrow Yankee Stadium.
TOP MIDFIELD PICKS
Ignacio Piatti, Montreal Impact, $9.8
Ignacio Piatti has been the best player for Montreal Impact this season and that won’t change this week. His form will be just as amazing even with the narrow field at Yankee Stadium. He’s contributed to the score sheet with either a goal or an assist consistently every game that Montreal scores a goal—that’s undeniable quality play that won’t dip in form during what I think could be an MVP season. This is a great week to add him to your roster during a roster overhaul weekend, before his price gets higher, and knowing he won’t be called up to any international games.
Kaka, Orlando City S.C., $11.7
I keep saying it: Kaka is all in this season. He’s playing his heart out and it is earning him massive fantasy points while helping his team stay in the playoff hunt. His price is hefty but many big name stars are about to go missing due to international tournaments and World Cup qualifying so now is just as good a time as any to replace any big names missing this week due to byes.
Scott Caldwell, New England Revolution, $7.5
Scott Caldwell has been a lynch pin for the New England Revolution midfield this season. They’ve suffered through injuries, suspensions, and/or international call-ups since week one but he’s been there through it all. His quality is enough to keep him in the starting 11 of an MLS powerhouse but not good enough to earn him an international roster spot which makes him the perfect addition for this time of the season. His price is great, too, especially for his fantasy output. He has a tough game ahead against visiting Chicago Fire but the Revs have been good at home all season and he’s going to put in a great performance this weekend.
TOP DEFENSIVE PICKS
Tyrone Mears, Seattle Sounders F.C., $6.9
Tyrone Mears makes another appearance on my list this week because of the bad form of his opponent and the high unlikelihood he receive a call-up for any international match. His quality hasn’t worsened since the last time I recommended him with all the positives improving as the weeks have progressed. FC Dallas has played many a strong game in Seattle before but they have too many injuries and are not playing well at all lately. Mears and the Sounders have a great possibility of picking up a clean sheet this weekend which means extra points.
Leonardo, Los Angeles Galaxy, $7.4
Leonardo is another player finally that is returning to his usual strong form after the injury bug bit him a few weeks ago. He’s been solid for Los Angeles for years and is continuing to do so this season. LA has a rough game in Columbus this weekend but they are slugging out some scrappy wins and the defense is a big reason for that. Look for Leonardo to contribute to the attack this weekend while still playing like the rock on the back line that he is.
Andrew Farrell, New England Revolution, $8.0
Andrew Farrell is another returning defender to my weekly picks for all the same reasons as those above. His play is reliable, consistent and he’s playing at home with a low possibility of international call-up. In fact, he’s not going to get a call-up and it would be a miracle if he did. This isn’t a knock on his quality of play because he’s been amazing for New England this season, it’s the truth of where is in the defender player pool pecking order. New England is strong at home which means it’s a great week to add him before his stock rises because of how much they’re going to lean on him this week and in coming fixtures.
GOALKEEPER PICK OF THE WEEK
Stefan Frei, Seattle Sounders F.C., $5.9
Frei makes his return as my pick of the week because FC Dallas has just been awful lately. They can’t score and they can’t defend. Seattle is always a good opponent for FCD because they tend to play well against the Sounders but they usually have people healthy when they do. FCD is missing so many key components to their attack and defense that there is no way they will be able to score this weekend. If they do, it will be a miracle. Seattle is looking to bounce back from a tough loss to Sporting Kansas City and FCD will be the perfect whipping boy. There’s a distinct chance that Frei will get a clean sheet bonus this weekend. He’s also not going anywhere this summer so it’s smart to keep him around, I know I am.
Cesar Gutierrez covers MLS for MFST. For more MLS news and rumors, follow him on Twitter @namcopunk or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/namcopunk