With the weekend approaching, it means more MLS matches, and with the international break in full swing, this is probably the time to bring in some replacements for your MLS Fantasy team that aren’t away with their national sides.
All 20 MLS teams will be in action for Week 4 but international absentees make picking a team a little more challenging.
We take a look at some worthy replacements for the usual stars that could make the difference this weekend:
1. Tyler Deric: $4.9m (Houston Dynamo) – Colorado Rapids (H)Embed from Getty Images
Tyler Deric has been a breakthrough player so far this season and barring that unfortunate moment against Orlando, he has been one of the Dynamo’s best players.
Having only conceded two goals in three games, Deric looks a good bet for a clean sheet this week at home to a Colorado side that are yet to be involved in a game with a goal. The Rapids have not scored a goal in 420 minutes of MLS action now so Deric will be confident of keeping his second clean sheet of the season.
2. Kei Kamara: $8.0m (Columbus Crew) – New York Red Bulls (H)Embed from Getty Images
With an injury to Red Bulls left-back Roy Miller and centre-back Ronald Zubar a doubt for this fixture, this might be the time to throw Kei Kamara into the team. Playing for a Columbus side that was brilliant at home against Toronto, he will be a huge threat in attack.
Coming off a bye week should make him hungrier than usual, and if you’re looking to replace Robbie Keane or Blas Perez for the international break, Kamara is a great option at $8.0 million.
3. Tesho Akindele: $8.1m (FC Dallas) – Seattle Sounders (H)Embed from Getty Images
As usual the last pick is for the gamblers among you. Tesho Akindele is expected to play up top this weekend, deputising for the missing Blas Perez.
Akindele is up against a very good Seattle Sounders team, however, they haven’t been great recently and lost 3-2 to the San Jose Earthquakes last time out. Star man Clint Dempsey won’t feature and so Akindele could be in for some big points this weekend.
Who do you think will be the standout MLS Fantasy performer this weekend?