MLS Fantasy Manager week 29
MLS Fantasy Manager week 29 picks
TOP FORWARD PICKS
Fanendo Adi, Portland Timbers, $10.4
It’s going to take a lot for any of the teams below the red playoff line in the Western Conference to catch the Portland Timbers. Fanendo Adi is primed and ready to help the Timbers stay out of reach as we near the end of the regular season. Portland welcomes the Philadelphia Union to town this weekend and I think the Timber’s home form will help Adi have a great weekend. Adi has four goals in his last six matches and I think his goal scoring will continue with attacking bonuses for a big numbers match.
Yura Movsisyan, Real Salt Lake, $9.1
Yura Movsisyan hasn’t been scoring many goals lately but he’s still playing great soccer. A home match against the still struggling Houston Dynamo could do wonders for his offensive numbers. Houston still only has one road win this year while Real Salt Lake have yet to lose at home. Movsisyan should be able to tag the Dynamo for at least one goal if not more to go with some attacking bonuses as well as picking up some points for passing. He’s also not the most expensive proven goal scorer so his price is great to level out any roster.
Jozy Altidore, Toronto F.C., $9.5
Jozy Altidore has been on fire since he returned from another injury. He is hard to deny right now and is a great addition to any line-up this weekend as Toronto F.C. plays against New York Red Bulls. The Red Bulls are playing great lately but still have a hard time winning on the road which I think will help Altidore continue to pad his offensive numbers. New York is giving up a lot of goals lately and I think Altidore will be a part of a couple of goals for big points.
TOP MIDFIELD PICKS
Kaka, Orlando City S.C., $11.8
Kaka is amazing when he’s on form and now he’s playing some amazing soccer as he fights to keep his team in the playoff hunt. Orlando City S.C. sits a point above the New England Revolution and has an opportunity to lengthen their lead by beating Columbus this weekend. Most of the Orlando scoring comes through Kaka in some form or another so I expect him to have big numbers against the struggling Crew. I doubt he’ll have multiple goals but he could pick up big points by setting up any scoring that happens and possibly tallying a goal himself.
Nicolas Lodeiro, Seattle Sounders, $12.1
Nicolas Lodeiro has been nothing short of amazing since he arrived in MLS. The Sounders play Cascadia rivals Vancouver this weekend and I think he’ll run circles around their midfield. Lodeiro has two goals and six assists since he joined Seattle and this weekend he should be able to add one of each statistic to his tally. He should also be able to pick up some extra points for passing and attacking bonuses. He’s a great choice for team captain this weekend,
Ignacio Piatti, Montreal Impact, $11.5
Ignacio Piatti makes yet another appearance on my pick list because he’s having such an amazing season and the Impact are playing a conference foe they need to defeat this weekend. New England are hurting at the moment with some injuries to key midfielders and I think that Piatti will exploit those missing pieces this weekend. I think he’ll have another 10 point match so it’s a good idea to make him your team captain. He could score but I think most of his points will come from assists and passing.
TOP DEFENSIVE PICKS
Jamison Olave, Real Salt Lake, $7.7
Jamison Olave usually has more points at this point in the season but injuries have kept him on the sidelines most of the season. He’s been amazing when he actually does play and I think this weekend will be big for him. Olave and Real Salt Lake are at home to Houston and they haven’t done much offensively all year. I think that there’s a strong possibility that Real Salt Lake could come away with a clean sheet from this match and that means big points for any Real Salt Lake defender. Olave is also the type of player to pick up bonuses but I think his points this weekend will come from a clean sheet.
Drew Moor, Toronto F.C., $7.9
I don’t think Drew Moor will win Defender of the Year but he’ll be in the top three or at least in the conversation. Moor’s having another career year for a team that is finally reaching its potential with him being the key to their success. Toronto can excite all they want but it doesn’t count if they can’t keep the goals from being scored. Moor will have his work cut out for him this weekend against New York Red Bulls but he should be able to pick up big points even Toronto manages to miss out on the clean sheet. Moor usually does enough to make up for any goal scored by making great stops, clearances, and passes for added points. I think he’ll continue to dominate this weekend.
Axel Sjoberg, Colorado Rapids, $6.1
Axel Sjoberg returns to the list again after giving some other players a chance to appear here. Sjoberg has played great for Colorado as they struggle to stay in the hunt for the Supporters’ Shield. The Rapids shouldn’t have any problems against the lowly San José Earthquakes this weekend and I fully expect another clean sheet for Sjoberg and the Colorado defense. He’ll also pick up a defending bonus for more points.
GOALKEEPER PICK OF THE WEEK
Tim Howard, Colorado Rapids, $6.5
Tim Howard hasn’t lost a step in his game at all by moving to MLS. He’s having a great season for one of the best defending teams in the league. I think he’s a great pick this weekend because there’s a great chance he’ll pick up the clean sheet. I think he’ll also pick up some points for the amazing saves he makes every game. Not a lot gets behind him and that means bonuses for the amount of saves he makes. It’s going to take a lot to beat him this weekend and I doubt the Earthquakes have it in them