MLS Fantasy Manager Week 5
Week five will be an interesting one for MLS fantasy managers. Columbus Crew SC, Montreal Impact, New York City FC, and New York Red Bulls are all on bye. This means that some big names will need some replacing and many rosters may need overhauling. Don’t forget to check the injury report for an updated list of who is ready to go and who isn’t.
TOP FORWARD PICKS
Blas Perez, FC Dallas, $9.3
Perez returns from international duty this weekend as one of the March nominees for player of the month; he didn’t win but it is proof of his good form lately. Whether or not he will start is up in the air. Pareja may not want to overwork his most prolific goalscorer but I have no doubt he will play. Dallas doesn’t have much good luck in Portland but the team has been winning while Perez has scored for club and country. He’ll get some major points this weekend if everyone stays on form.
Dom Dwyer, Sporting Kansas City, $10.3
Dwyer is on the pricier side and hasn’t been putting up good numbers lately but SKC is at home against struggling Philadelphia Union this week. The Union are a bad road team with a defense that has bled goals lately. Dwyer has consistently tallied high numbers the past couple seasons, I expect him to pick those numbers up this week against a shaky defense.
Jozy Altidore, Toronto FC, $9.6
Altidore is looking like his old self again since he has returned to Major League Soccer. He lit up a very good Vancouver his first week but struggled against Columbus Crew SC when TFC went down to ten men in week two. He’s been away on international duty but his form hasn’t dropped at all while he was away. Chicago Fire have looked horrible against quality sides so far this season and that won’t change this week. Look for the U.S. international to have a great game against weak team.
TOP MIDFIELD PICKS
Harry Shipp, Chicago Fire, $7.8
Shipp has been a man possessed lately being one of the few bright spots for an under-achieving Chicago side that hasn’t produced much of anything. He’s been creating the Fire’s only scoring chances during this losing run. While I highly doubt the Fire will produce much of anything this weekend, he’s a steal at his price which will be going up with his rising production. He’ll get you some points this weekend and with his price locked in, you can pick up a higher profile midfielder.
Kaka, Orlando City SC, $11.3
Yes, his price tag is high but he’s worth the money. Kaka has proven this season that he hasn’t come to MLS for a paycheck or to retire—he’s all in. His offensive output is mind-boggling and he’s been able to create chances out of nothing. If he doesn’t pick up a goal or an assist then he will pick up an attacking or defending bonus. He will pick up a ton of points ass the season progresses and he rounds in to form with a better understanding of his team. But, this week is not a bad time to pick him up against a DC side who has some injuries on their back line.
Javier Morales, Real Salt Lake, $10.9
Morales has put up amazing numbers this season which is not a surprise at all. His work rate and ability to raise the pace in the midfield has been hurting opposing sides. RSL is going in to San José for the first time at the new Avaya Stadium but I don’t see that being a factor for Morales. He’ll continue to put up big numbers this week against a young side that plays scrappy soccer but not a style that can slow him down.
TOP DEFENSIVE PICKS
Ike Opara, Sporting Kansas City, $7.4
If you did not add Opara when I picked him last week, when he was $.2 cheaper, then pick him up now before his price goes even higher. He is the top scorer for his team as a center back–that’s astounding. He’s lining up against a Philadelphia offense this week that hasn’t produced much. Philadelphia also isn’t good defending against set-pieces and that’s where SKC has been deadly thanks to Opara. He’s going to continue to put up big numbers this weekend.
Zach Loyd, FC Dallas, $7.8
Loyd may not anchor FCD’s back line but he sure is an unbreakable link in their chain. The FCD defense has played lights-out this season as they’ve only allowed one goal so far. He’s a bit of a gamble this week when they travel to Portland but the FCD defense has surprised me all season. He’ll contribute to the attack as always while also making stellar stops if they keep stopping offenses dead in their tracks.
Robbie Rogers, Los Angeles Galaxy, $7.4
Rogers hasn’t been scoring but he’s been consistent for a strong LA Galaxy side this season. He’s capable of putting up big attacking numbers when his team is clicking. His great understanding of his midfield mixed with the return of Keane and Zardes will make for big numbers. I think that he’s going to have his best game so far this season against Vancouver.
Bobby Shuttleworth, New England Revolution, $5.4
How sad is it that I just have to see who is playing Colorado Rapids and just pick them? Shuttleworth is not a bad GK at all. He’s been a great shot stopper for what has been the best team in the Eastern conference for the past season. While Chris Seitz (FC Dallas, $5.1) has played amazing this season, I don’t think he’ll put up a shutout against Portland. Shuttleworth is a safe pick because he is a solid GK but also because he’s going up against the worst offense in the league.
Davy Arnaud, DC United, $6.6
Arnaud is capable of stellar weeks when DC are firing on all cylinders. United have yet to hit their stride but when they do, he’s going to produce big numbers. Their opponent this week is Orlando who are still trying to get used to each other. He could put up good numbers this weekend and his current price it would be a steal.
Alan Gordon, LA Galaxy, $7.5
Gordon could start on any team in the league because he’s scrappy, fast, consistent and big. He can hold the ball up better than most starting forwards in the league and is one of the best set-piece targets the league has seen since Brian Ching. His only drawback is he is third striker on the pecking order in LA. That hasn’t been a problem this season because he’s appeared every week with some goals in those appearances. He comes at a good price for a quality forward who may not put up a hat trick but will get you a goal here or there. Perfect for any high-priced front line.
Cesar “Turtle” Gutierrez cover the MLS for MFST, you can follow him on Twitter @namcopunk
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