MLS Fantasy Focus: Who should you be bringing in for the first DGW of the season?

By Jamie Dawe & Sam Martin

Week 3 Review

The Good:

LA Galaxy forward Gyasi Zardes ($9.5) helped continue his side’s unbeaten home run as he netted two goals in his side’s 3-1 win against San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday as they climbed to 2nd in the Western Conference. Reigning MLS Cup champions Portland came from two goals down to grab a point at home to Real Salt Lake, with Fanendo Adi ($10.2) grabbing a brace, including one from the spot late on. Philadelphia picked up their second win of the season with a convincing 3-0 home victory over the New England Revolution. American forward CJ Sapong ($8.1) opened his MLS 2016 goals account with two in his side’s well-deserved victory, while rookie defender Keegan Rosenberry ($5.5) made four interceptions and two crucial tackles to preserve his side’s second clean-sheet in three matches. 

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The Bad:

Unbeaten Real Salt Lake threw away a two-goal lead at Portland Timbers in the last 11 minutes, but also saw two of their men receive red cards. With his side a goal up, midfielder Kyle Beckerman ($8.3) saw red, followed by defender Jamison Olave ($7.8), who received his marching orders in the 83rd minute. Manager Jeff Cassar will surely be frustrated with his side’s lack of discipline. A further three red cards were dished out across the weekend, making a grand total of 5 across all matches. San Jose’s Jamaican DP Simon Dawkins ($8.6), New England Revolution defender Je-Vaughn Watson ($6.9) and former Wigan Athletic midfielder Roger Espinoza ($7.2) all saw red for their misdemeanours. It certainly was another fiery weekend in MLS!

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Week 4 Preview

Must Buy:

With the first Double Gameweek of the season hurtling towards us at top speed, it’s time for you to stack up on players who could make a real impact in the Week 4 scoring charts. I’m going to attempt to recommend one player from each side that has a Double Gameweek this week. Firstly, from DC United, Brazilian midfielder Marcelo Sarvas ($7.1) is definitely a safe bet to score a decent quantity of bonus points in both matches, so if you’re looking for guaranteed points, he’s your man. FC Dallas are missing a number of their key players this international break, so it’s a chance for Mauro Diaz ($10.4) to continue to show his incredible credentials without the likes of Tesho Akindele and Kellyn Acosta surrounding him. The New England Revs have had a disappointing start to the season, but it could’ve been a lot worse if it wasn’t for star ‘keeper Bobby Shuttleworth ($5.8). A clean sheet and two saved penalties in three games make Shuttleworth by far and away the best performer so far in this poor New England side. I also expect that this week will be the week that Kekuta Manneh’s ($8.5) ability shines through for the Whitecaps in their double header of home games. However, I would not recommend picking up any Whitecaps defenders as they face free-scoring Houston on Saturday, followed by the visit of LA Galaxy, who are also a dangerous attacking outfit.

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Must Sell:

This week, I’m struggling to see anyone or any team that stands out to me as particularly worth selling over everyone else. Obviously, dropping any of the red-carded players can’t be argued against and anyone losing faith in the Sounders ever picking up form would be understood if they were to remove Clint Dempsey ($10.8) or Jordan Morris ($8.2) from their side. The New York Red Bulls also picked up a host of hamstring injuries in their 4-3 victory over Houston, so defenders Gideon Baah ($8.0) and Ronald Zubar ($7.8) could be ones to remove before their match against the Revs on April 1.

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There’s a new leader in the MLSGB Fantasy League this week, as Damian Reed’s brilliantly named side De Jong Trousers now tops the leaderboard. However, this week’s highest scorer was SW Whistler’s squad Pits of Passyunk with 87 points, which included double figures from Philly players CJ Sapong and Fabinho, his chosen captain Cyle Larin and Red Bulls midfield maestro Sacha Kljestan.

Who do you think is the best player to select for the upcoming Double Gameweek?

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MLS Fantasy Tips: Gameweek 12 DGW options

With the next round of MLS Fantasy games edging closer, it’s time to seriously assess your options, and once again we have a double gameweek to take into consideration.

This week sees Sporting Kansas City and New England Revolution play twice, starting with a game against each other on Wednesday night (preview and prediction here).

Now these two sides are filled with players that fantasy owners are always looking at, but both face tricky fixtures in their DGW.

Sporting KC go away to Seattle Sounders at the weekend after their clash with the Revs, while New England host DC United in a huge Eastern Conference game.

No easy fixtures, but here’s who you should be looking at in round 12 for the players on a double gameweek:

Sporting Kansas City

Amadou Dia – Defender ($4.4m) – The 21-year-old defender has only acquired eight points so far but SKC’s injury troubles mean Dia has a good chance of playing in both games this week. He’s a cheap option, and is a gamble, but could free up space for investment elsewhere.

Benny Feilhaber – Midfielder ($9.7m) – Feilhaber has been excellent so far this season, and although his points have dropped off a bit in recent weeks, he’s a must have for this DGW. He has registered five total assists so far, and is averaging over seven points a week. Take on Benny if you haven’t already.

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New England Revolution

London Woodberry – Defender ($4.9m) – The youngster has been solid at right-back since coming into the side and has two assists in his last five games. He’s a cheap option and could see at least one clean sheet this week.

Scott Caldwell – Midfielder ($7.3m) – Caldwell has been racking up the fantasy points in recent weeks and is already on 8.0% of fantasy teams. He is averaging 6 points a week over the last four and could really thrive  in a DGW.

Juan Agudelo – Forward ($8.8m) – The Revs forward has two goals in his last four and bagged one in Saturday’s game against Toronto. He could benefit from playing against SKC’s weakened defence on Wednesday night. Look to ‘Swagudelo’ for points this week.

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Who do you think is the best option of those on DGW this week?

MLS Fantasy Tips: Gameweek 1’s standout performers

After a great opening weekend of MLS action, we review the best picks from Gameweek 1 in mlssoccer.com’s official fantasy soccer game.

It wouldn’t be much help just picking out the highest scoring players, so to give you more to think about with more of a valued insight, we have taken the best five picks in terms of points per million.

We have only had one weekend of action and there is a long way to go but these five players picked up a solid amount of MLS Fantasy points this weekend and showed promise:

1. Tyler Deric (Goalkeeper) – Houston Dynamo – $5.1m

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Tyler Deric in action for the Houston Dynamo (Photo: MLSSoccer.com)

Deric kept a clean-sheet in a hard fought 1-0 win against the Columbus Crew this weekend and made six saves. The Dynamo ‘keeper was good value for nine points this week and has seen his price rise to $5.1m already. He will face Orlando next weekend at home and will expect to rack up more points in that one.

Points per million: 1.8/million


 

2. Axel Sjoberg (Defender) – Colorado Rapids – $4.6m

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Axel Sjoberg in action for the Colorado Rapids (Photo: MLSSoccer.com)

We have two Colorado players in the top five this week, with centre-back Sjoberg the first. A clean-sheet in the 0-0 draw against the Philadelphia Union earned him four points this week and three additional defending points alongside his two points for playing 90 minutes helped him to nine, though he unfortunately picked up a yellow card and ended on eight points. That’s still a good tally and his price has risen to $4.6m as a result of a good start.

Points per million: 1.7/million 


 

3. Clint Dempsey (Midfielder) – Seattle Sounders – $11.2m

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With two goals, an assist, minutes bonus, a midfielder clean-sheet and a penalty earner, Dempsey topped the overall points tally with eighteen points this week in an impressive performance for the Sounders against his former club, New England Revolution. A good start for ‘Deuce’ as he rewarded those who splashed out $11.0m for him and he has seen his price rise to $11.2m already.

Points per million: 1.63/million 


 

4. Clint Irwin (Goalkeeper) – Colorado Rapids – $5.1m

Clint Irwin in action for the Colorado Rapids (Photo: Derik Hamilton/USA TODAY Sports)

Clint Irwin in action for the Colorado Rapids (Photo: Derik Hamilton/USA TODAY Sports)

The second of the Colorado contingent is goalkeeper Clint Irwin, who kept a clean-sheet in the 0-0 draw with Philadelphia on Saturday and he would have earned you eight points if you started him. His price increased to $5.1m but be wary as Zac MacMath will be challenging for a starting role against New York City FC after the upcoming bye week for the Rapids.

Points per million: 1.6/million 


 

5. Jozy Altidore (Striker) – Toronto FC – $9.7m

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Jozy Altidore celebrates scoring for Toronto FC against the Vancouver Whitecaps (Photo: MLSSoccer.com)

The standout man in Toronto’s 3-1 win against Vancouver on Saturday night was Jozy Altidore as he scored two and earned the late penalty that he calmly chipped in. Altidore impressed, earning a total of 15 points on his return to MLS and has seen his fantasy price go to $9.7m already. A trip to the Columbus Crew is up next as the USMNT forward will look to pick up where he left off against the Whitecaps.

Points per million: 1.58/million


Who was you best fantasy player this week?