With the 2015 MLS season fast approaching, we take a look at the best midfield options for your fantasy lineup. Here are the five who we think could top the points chart this term.
1. Lee Nguyen (New England Revolution) – $11.0mEmbed from Getty Images
Lee Nguyen was the key playmaker in a great New England Revolution side in 2014 and we expect much of the same this year. With 18 regular season goals in MLS last term, he will be hoping to better that tally in 2015.
The return of Juan Agudelo up top will give Nguyen another man to aim at and whether he is scoring or providing, the USMNT man will be an asset to any fantasy lineup. But with a tag of $11.0m, he will need to do well to justify his price.
2. Sebastian Giovinco (Toronto FC) – $11.0mEmbed from Getty Images
The second of three expensive picks is Sebastian Giovinco but the Italian is a huge gamble at $11.0m considering he hasn’t previously played in MLS.
Toronto needs to make the playoffs this season and Giovinco will be key to any success. Like Nguyen, he can pop up with goals as well as assists and the ‘Atomic Ant’ is someone to seriously consider so long as he can hit the ground running.
3. Kaka (Orlando City SC) – $11.0mEmbed from Getty Images
Former Ballon d’Or winner, Kaka is the marquee signing for 2015 and we expect him to live up to his pedigree.
At $11.0m a lot of fantasy managers will be put off by the price tag but he is one that needs deep consideration. He’s won everything there is to win and now he’s hungry for an MLS Cup in Orlando City’s inaugural season. More than 20% of managers have already picked Kaka for their fantasy teams and he could be the top overall points scorer in 2015.
4. Lloyd Sam (New York Red Bulls) – $8.5mEmbed from Getty Images
Lloyd Sam was the subject of a huge debate over whether he warrants consideration this year now that Thierry Henry has retired. But Sam will still give Bradley Wright-Phillips service and the English winger should at least make your shortlist.
It will be interesting to see what system is played by the New York Red Bulls in 2015 and if Sam is played more centrally, he has to be picked at $8.5m. Even on the right, he can cause problems and he scored as many points as Graham Zusi last year but is $2.0m cheaper than the Sporting Kansas City man.
5. Giles Barnes (Houston Dynamo) – $9.0mEmbed from Getty Images
Although he is classed as a midfielder, Giles Barnes often plays up front for the Dynamo, and the further forward he is the more of a threat he is.
Houston are set for a good year under new boss Owen Coyle and the mid-season arrival of Erick Torres will only make Barnes more of an attacking threat. He is a slight risk at $9.0m but was the eighth-highest points scorer from all midfielders in the 2014 season.
Who do you think will be the best MLS Fantasy midfielder in 2015?