MLS Fantasy Manager week 32
MLS Fantasy Manager week 32 falls during an international fixture weekend so there are only three games. Fantasy Managers may have to revamp their rosters for a week just to make it work but that could affect them for the last few games. Be careful with the changes because after this it’s the final push.
TOP FORWARD PICKS
Didier Drogba, Montreal Impact, $10.6
Didier Drogba is the best shot at goals this week with two games because there aren’t many forwards to choose from. Drogba has been on fire since his first MLS hat trick and there aren’t any signs that he’s going to slow down this season. Montreal would make the playoffs if the season ended today but not by much. Drogba and the Montreal attack have to come away with at least three points from these games if they hope to avoid falling out of the playoffs in the next couple weeks. They’ll shoot into a tie for second if they can win both. Drogba may not start both games but that will depend on the outcome of the first match against New York Red Bulls. He’ll see limited minutes against Colorado if they win in New York but if they don’t he’ll probably start both. The results still won’t take away from his growing goal count.
Bradley Wright-Phillips, New York Red Bulls, $11.3
Bradley Wright-Phillips will get plenty of chances in front of goal this week if Montreal throw everything forward at the Red Bulls. New York has played well at home this year and that won’t change against a powerful Montreal attack dead set trying to capitalize on their games in hand. The Red Bulls attack has gotten better as the season has gone along but their defense is still missing some punch so they must win this game with offense. Look for Wright-Phillips to come away with at least some attacking bonuses and an assist if he isn’t the one who actually puts the ball in the back of the net.
TOP MIDFIELD PICKS
Cristian Techera, Vancouver Whitecaps, $7.7
Cristian Techera and Vancouver Whitecaps are trying to clinch a playoff spot this week against F.C. Dallas, who clinched theirs this past weekend. F.C. Dallas have been bad on the road this year and, even with this game being a must-win for their Supporters’ Shield dreams, I don’t think that will change against a squad as strong as the Whitecaps. The diminutive Techera wreaked havoc on Dallas during their last match and I’m positive he will have a repeat performance if not a better one. Whoever wins this match moves to the top of the overall league table and I sincerely doubt they both want to share the points. Techera will play a part in whatever goals Vancouver scores this week with Dallas missing some key players to international duty.
Sacha Kljestan, New York Red Bulls, $10.6
I think Kljestan picking up big points in his match this week is a safer bet than most of the Montreal midfielders coming up big twice. I could be wrong about this but Kljestan is having a great year in Red Bull Arena and wants to come away with the league’s best record. He’s going to have to make a difference, win or lose. This match will be a barn burner with both teams attacking hard all game. Kljestan will continue his amazing form this season and get some big fantasy points in the process.
TOP DEFENSIVE PICKS
Donny Toia, Montreal Impact, $5.3
Donny Toia is wrapping up a solid year for a Montreal team that has bled goals at times this season. He finds ways to contribute to the attack but is bread and butter is hanging back to clean up balls getting through the porous Impact midfield. He’s not going to be able to do much against the New York Red Bulls but the match against Colorado will be low scoring, at least on the Rapids’ end. He’ll pick up plenty of defending bonuses from the Red Bulls game that hopefully won’t be negated by too many goals scored or yellow cards but will get most of his points against Colorado.
Jordan Harvey, Vancouver Whitecaps, $7.2
Jordan Harvey has come up big for Vancouver during their wins this season and that’s going to continue this week against F.C. Dallas. Harvey plays on the left-wing of the Vancouver defense so he doesn’t pick up as many clearances as those in the middle but he still is able to come away with enough defensive and attacking bonuses to make up for it. The Vancouver Whitecaps-F.C. Dallas match has the best chance at being a clean sheet for a team this week and Harvey will play a main role in keeping F.C.D. from scoring. He could also help terrorize the wings since he’ll have less to worry about going forward with Dallas missing Fabian Castillo.
GOALKEEPER OF THE WEEK
Evan Bush, Montreal Impact, $5.5
Evan Bush is going to take a beating against New York and will pick up plenty of bonuses from the amount of saves he will make. This game won’t be a complete wash because of the defending bonuses he will most definitely pick up. I think his match against Colorado will have much less opposition chances at goal resulting in a better result for him. He’ll have two chances at a clean sheet but only one of them is realistic but the first game will only pad his points total in the second match.
Cesar Gutierrez covers MLS for MFST, you can follow him on Twitter @namcopunk