MLS Fantasy Manager week 30
MLS Fantasy Manager week 30 has plenty of opportunities for big offensive points. The teams with double the matches love to score on each other and frown at the thought of clean sheets. The playoff race is nearing its end and that means these teams are going to throw everything at each other.
TOP FORWARD PICKS
Krisztian Nemeth, Sporting Kansas City, $8.5
Krisztian Nemeth will see significant minutes this week with Sporting Kansas City playing two matches. S.K.C. has two tough matches against Seattle and Houston, all three teams are in the thick of the playoff hint and each game is more important than the last. All three teams involved in these match ups are capable of high scoring games and have proven it this season. I don’t think either match will be yawners which means goals from all over the place. Nemeth has proven himself as S.K.C.’s top striker this season and he’s going to have a lot to say in matters of the attack this week. Look for him to pick up assists and attacking bonuses in each match with a higher chance of goals if he sees the field against Houston.
Will Bruin, Houston Dynamo, $7.9
It’s hard to believe that Houston Dynamo’s best attacking threat is Will Bruin when they have Erick “Cubo” Torres on the roster but now that’s exactly how it is. Bruin has been with the team all season and is their most prolific scoring forward. Houston plays two home matches this week against Sporting Kansas City and Colorado Rapids. No one has been mathematically eliminated yet but Houston is coming close and must win both matches with a chance of breaking into the top six of the Western Conference. The match-up against S.K.C. has proven to be high scoring this season but Colorado can be a tough nut to crack more often than not. Will Bruin will have an easier time against S.K.C. the more open that match becomes but his time against Colorado could be more difficult the longer it takes Houston to score. He’s more likely to pick up goals than assists but he’ll definitely pick them up this week.
David Accam, Chicago Fire, $9.2
The Eastern Conference has been a mess all season and Chicago Fire are the biggest mess of them all. Somehow, in all of their embarrassing moments this year, David Accam has pieced together a respectable year. Accam lines up against two teams who are known for their occasional suspect defenses leaking important goals which is good news for him. The bad news is they’ve gotten better as the season has gone along. Chicago have nothing to lose at this point so I won’t be surprised if they throw everything at both Montreal and Toronto. Accam will come away with plenty of points this weekend if Chicago decide to go for broke. If Chicago decides to play it safe then Accam is still their best attacking option and he’ll be a part of any goal scoring sequence that occurs. He’s coming away with big points either way.
TOP MIDFIELD PICKS
Ignacio Piatti, Montreal Impact, $10.5
Montreal Impact are starting to live up to their attacking potential as the playoff race heats up. They’ve had the makings of an amazing attack all season but they’ve vastly improved since adding Drogba. Ignacio Piatti has been the creative mind behind this gorgeous attack all year and has a chance to take the Impact to the next level as the season comes to a close. Every game has even more potential to be a surprise with teams fighting for their lives but I think Montreal will have a relatively easier go against Chicago than against D.C. United. Piatti will leave his mark on both matches but he’s going to leave an imprint of his boot on the Chicago defense. Multiple assists are probable, a couple of goals are possible.
Benny Feilhaber, Sporting Kansas City, $10.6
I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve had Feilhaber on this list, I literally have nothing left to say about how amazing a player he is or why you should build your fantasy rosters around him. It’s late in the season, his team is trying to stay in the hunt, and they have two important conference matches this week and one of them is against the old enemy Houston Dynamo. He’s not going to let up this week at all and is a threat to score from any a set piece. His week will be monster if he can stay out of the books.
Cristian Techera, Vancouver Whitecaps, $7.6
Vancouver Whitecaps are still barely on top of the Western Conference and Cristian Techera is one of the main reasons why. The diminutive Uruguayan isn’t the focus of the Whitecaps attack but he has been an important cog in their well-oiled machine. He’s been able to string together some great passing moments, gorgeous breakthroughs, and amazing goals this season. Techera and Vancouver only have one match this week but it’s at home against an ugly New York City F.C. defense. This game shouldn’t end scoreless for either team and, if it’s as high scoring as some of N.Y.C.F.C.’s other matches, Techera will have plenty of opportunities to put the ball in the back of the net.
TOP DEFENSIVE PICKS
Kevin Ellis, Sporting Kansas City, $6.6
Kevin Ellis makes the list this week because I’m not sure that Seattle is healthy or in sync enough to tag that many goals on Sporting Kansas City. The Houston game has a higher potential to have a ton of goals than the second match-up but that doesn’t mean that Ellis will be left with no defensive or attacking bonuses. He’s always been a threat on set-piece opportunities and both of these games have the potential to get ugly which means more free kick opportunities. Ellis will come away with more than four points in these matches.
Jeff Larentowicz, Chicago Fire, $8.3
Jeff Larentowicz gets a pick this week more for his attacking contributions than his defensive ones. That’s not to say he won’t pick up defending bonuses this weekend but I don’t foresee a clean sheet in Chicago’s future. He’s taken most of the penalties all season and is a gem on set-pieces. He’s been able to lead the attack out of the back so many times it’s a wonder he doesn’t just play as a deep-lying midfielder. Larentowicz is as important to the Chicago attack as Harrison Shipp or Gilberto and that will be obvious this week during both matches.
Damien Perrinelle, New York Red Bulls, $7.2
Damien Perrinelle and the New York Red Bulls are the first team to clinch a playoff spot this year but that doesn’t mean they’re going to slow things down. They’re still in the lead of the Supporters’ Shield race and want to cement their spot atop the league table. Perrinelle hasn’t received as much press as Matt Miazga but he’s been the main reason the Red Bull defense has clicked so well this season. His leadership and game knowledge have kept the back line tight this year. Red Bulls face Orlando at home this week and they love to play through the middle. This means that Perrinelle will have more chances at clearances and defending bonuses. If they can somehow find a way to quiet Kaka then a clean sheet bonus isn’t out of the question.
GOALKEEPER OF THE WEEK
Evan Bush, Montreal Impact, $5.4
Evan Bush and Montreal Impact play twice this week. I don’t think either match will end in a clean sheet but the Chicago Fire match has a higher chance of doing so than not. Chicago is going to throw everything at Bush so that means plenty of chances to get bonuses from saves. He’s more than capable of stopping any shot that comes his way. The match against D.C. United is a hard one to predict but if Montreal can frustrate the D.C. attack then that means less D.C. chances from inside the 18-yard box. No matter how you look at it, he has two great shots at clean sheets this weekend and that’s better than other goalkeepers in the league.
Cesar Gutierrez covers MLS for MFST, you can follow him on Twitter @namcopunk