MLS Fantasy Manager week 17
MLS Fantasy Manager Picks for week 17
TOP FORWARD PICKS
Ola Kamara, Columbus Crew, $8.5
Ola Kamara has impressively stepped into starting forward spot for Columbus Crew since Kei Kamara left for New England Revolution. It’s true that Ola Kamara is not the striker that Kei Kamara is but he is a better team player and is filling that role better than Kei is with his new team. The Crew work well together when they do because they believe in the system and each other and Ola Kamara is a shining example of that with his hard work. He’s been on a tear lately and I think his hot streak will continue even on the road against New England this weekend. The Columbus attack is finally clicking even if they can’t prevent goals from getting scored and he’s going to come up huge on the road to prove that the Crew made the right choice in the Kamara they stuck with.
Sebastian Giovinco, Toronto F.C., $12.8
Sebastian Giovinco is still the best player in the league even if the rest of the teams have figured out ways to slow him down—it’s all they can do because he can’t be stopped. Toronto F.C. plays the last place Chicago Fire who have not been able to win on the road at BMO Field this weekend and Toronto will almost definitely tag a few goals on them, most of them coming from or through Giovinco. Chicago will have no way to stop him and he’s going to run all over them for at least 80 minutes with as many bonuses as he can get. He’s a smart pick for team captain this week.
Yura Movsisyan, Real Salt Lake, $8.9
Yura Movsisyan is quietly having a solid year for Real Salt Lake. Real Salt Lake got off to a hot start but have since cooled down while still staying in the playoff race. Movsisyan and his work rate are one of the things keeping them above the red line as the season heads into the deep summer months. Movsisyan hasn’t scored in a couple of games but was on a three game goal scoring streak before that which means he’s capable of getting hot and staying hot. I think he’ll be able to find his scoring boots again this weekend when they play Montreal at home. Montreal is a good team but they’ve had a tough time keeping their opponents from scoring and I think Movsisyan will pounce on every opportunity he gets for big points.
TOP MIDFIELD PICKS
Jonathan Osorio, Toronto F.C., $6.9
Jonathon Osorio needs to keeping stepping up for Toronto F.C. while Michael Bradely is out injured. He hasn’t had the best year but he has an opportunity now to become a main cog in Toronto’s attacking machine. Osorio has played very well the last few games he has started and I think he should start again this weekend against such a week opponent. I don’t foresee him scoring a lot, or any, goals this weekend but I think he’ll be able to pick up at least one assist and some passing bonuses to help Toronto F.C. on their way to another victory. He will be the player feeding Giovinco in the attack which means more attacking bonuses as well.
Frank Lampard, New York City F.C., $10.4
It’s as if a sleeping giant has been awakened in New York City with the return of Frank Lampard to the pitch. He’s had at least seven points in each of his last four matches and doesn’t look like he is slowing down anytime soon. New York City F.C. has the best road record in the league and they’ll be playing Sporting Kansas City who have one of the worst home records in the league. Sporting Kansas City is going to have a tough time trying to stop the price and seasoned attack of N.Y.C.F.C. led by Frank Lampard in the middle of the field. He will be key to every goal his team scores this weekend whether by starting the attack, contributing with an assist, or scoring the goal himself. I’d be surprised if he ended the game this weekend with fewer than eight fantasy points.
Kevin Molino, Orlando City S.C., $8.4
Orlando City S.C. is in a state of flux now after losing their manager midweek but there shouldn’t be any shake-ups to the starting 11 until a permanent manager is found. This means that Kevin Molino will still be a part of the O.C.S.C. attack. Orlando had a horrible game against F.C. Dallas this past weekend, one of the reasons Adrian Heath isn’t manager anymore, but Molino and his teammates will bounce back from it at home against the lowly Houston Dynamo who haven’t won on the road all season. Molino should have no problem earning an assist or a goal for his team this weekend while also picking up some attacking and passing bonuses.
TOP DEFENSIVE PICKS
Drew Moor, Toronto F.C., $7.7
Drew Moor makes another appearance as one of my picks, seems like he’s there almost every week now, because he’s playing great defense and has an unbelievably weak opponent at home this weekend. Scoring goals on the road isn’t impossible for Chicago but they sure have a hard time outscoring their opponents and I think those woes will continue against a defensively strong opponent like Toronto F.C. has become this season. A clean sheet is highly probable for T.F.C. this weekend which means a big bonus for Moor but I think he’ll also pick up points with defending bonuses and his passing. The Toronto attack has begun to start out of the back from the middle where Moor plays and that means he’s connecting on more passes and that means bigger points.
Walker Zimmerman, F.C. Dallas, $6.6
F.C. Dallas recently lost one of their defensive lynch pins when Zach Loyd went down with a concussion that has kept him out of the line-up for a few weeks. Walker Zimmerman was the man Oscar Pareja called on to fill the space Loyd left and he’s done an amazing job in a defensive back line that is starting to gel into one of the best in the league. Zimmerman had an amazing game over the holiday weekend where he picked up a goal and a clean sheet. I don’t foresee him having the same kind of performance on the road against San José but I think he’ll have another strong performance. Zimmerman will have his hands full trying keep the Earthquakes from scoring, especially since they have yet to lose at home, but I think he’ll still have a solid game to make up for the lack of a clean sheet. He’s another defender who is key to his team’s attack which means he’ll pick up some passing and attacking bonuses to make up for the clean sheet. He’s also aggressive enough to the point where he could find a way to score again or even pick up an assist from a long ball into the box.
Axel Sjoberg, Colorado Rapids, $6.0
I’m going to keep picking Axel Sjoberg as long as Colorado is keeping its opponents from scoring. The Rapids and their back line are unbeatable at home but they won’t be there this weekend when they travel to Vancouver this weekend. Vancouver isn’t a weak opponent at home but they have more losses at home than most of their conference foes and I won’t be surprised if they can’t get a goal against the unbreakable Rapids defense. I think he’ll also be able to make up any points lost if Colorado manages to lose the clean sheet with his clearances and defensive bonuses.
GOALKEEPER PICK OF THE WEEK
Josh Saunders, New York City F.C., $5.1
I had a tough time picking a goalkeeper this week because so many of these matches look highly unlikely to end in clean sheets but I think Josh Saunders could be the best bet this weekend. We know he’s the team’s starter, a role he is not losing, and we know that N.Y.C.F.C. are playing a team that is having a tough time at home. This game will probably be settled by the offense more than the defense or goalkeeping but Saunders is one of the best shot stoppers in the league and he’s going to have to put it in one hell of a shift to come out of this match the victor. This means that he’s going to pick up bonuses for the amount of saves he picks up and his passing. He’s sure to have a solid game regardless of the final score and that means at least four to six points.