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 2016: What you need to succeed

By Jamie Dawe

Every year the MLS Fantasy minefield blows up anyone who hasn’t fully considered their team selection or their formation. Many people watch their team slide down the leaderboard for the first month while they helplessly panic behind their computer screens. However, there are a few key things you ought to know before you set up your team for this year’s competition.

The New Rules

There are now only 16 players on your roster (rather than 18), but each team still has the same $120.0 budget, meaning you can fill your side with more stars than ever in 2016.

Points are now scored for players who suffer four fouls in a game, for every 35 passes that are completed with 85% accuracy and also for every four shots taken in a game. In addition, defenders and defensive midfielders can score points for clearances, interceptions, tackles and blocks. This will make players like Osvaldo Alonso ($8.5) and Matias Laba ($7.5) even more attractive propositions.

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The Roster

Having two goalkeepers gives you room to have a week-in-week-out starting goalkeeper and also a young up-and-coming ‘keeper who may get game time later in the season. I wouldn’t recommend spending anymore than $11.0 of your budget on the two goalkeeper positions.

Having five defenders gives you the opportunity to splash out on a back five if you’re the kind of manager who likes banking on reliable centre-backs who rack up clean sheets, interceptions and the odd headed goal. Many prefer to use just three defenders, with attacking full-backs becoming increasingly popular too.

The limit of five midfielders now means that building a successful five-man midfield is significantly harder to achieve. However, the increased budget per player could mean that a spend of $45.0 on your midfield may not be terminal.

Four strikers gives you the chance to have at least one low priced striker to make room elsewhere for a big golden boot challenger. Cheap options like Dominic Oduro ($7.5) and Tesho Akindele ($7.5) could become great investments for the season.

The Formation

There’s only one formation I can recommend for the first weeks of the fantasy season and that’s a 3-5-2. In the unpredictable and occasionally maddening league which is Major League Soccer, the only position you can truly rely on is that of the central midfielder. Regardless of the match, quality of the team or the scoreline – passing bonuses are sure to be gained and so I see players like Dax McCarty ($9.0) and Tony Tchani ($8.0) as safe bets for early points. You could also try a 3-4-3 or 4-4-2 if one of your strikers/defenders is likely to play in a midfield role. In my view, any other formation would be complete anarchism before the tone for the season has been set.

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The Must Haves

The increased budget per player has opened up teams to have three or four massive stars in their starting XI. This is why players like last year’s top points scorer Sebastian Giovinco ($11.5) are definitely worth having in your team for the start of the season. Another player along these lines is Ethan Finlay ($10.5), who will also benefit from the new passing bonus points.

However, this doesn’t mean that the most expensive players are always going to be the highest scoring. Strikers like Innocent Emeghara ($9.0) and Maximiliano Urruti ($8.5) are sure to get more playing time this season and they are both proven goalscorers. In defence, Dallas’ No. 1 Jesse Gonzalez ($6.0) might be worth an investment as FC Dallas have four home games in their first six. This home start makes Zach Loyd ($7.5) a steal at this value. On the cheaper side, Josh Saunders ($5.0) may suddenly have a less porous defensive line in front of him as NYCFC have dramatically bolstered their defensive options this offseason. Four home games in the first five won’t hurt either.

The Risks

A few players picked in this year’s SuperDraft may go straight into the starting lineup of some MLS sides. For example, Joshua Yaro ($6.0) and Brandon Vincent ($5.0) are bound to get plenty of playing time. Jordan Morris ($8.5) joining Seattle Sounders was possibly the biggest deal of the offseason and it’s anyone’s guess whether he’ll hit the ground running, or whether he’ll take more time to progress. The Colorado Rapids’ biggest offseason signing was Shkelzen Gashi ($9.0), who had been the top scorer in the Swiss Super League for the last two seasons. Whether he can single-handedly turn around the Rapids’ dreadful scoring record, I don’t know. The Rapids also have talented defender/midfielder Marlon Hairston ($5.0) returning from injury, but he might not be thrown straight back into the Starting XI from the outset.

The No-No’s

DC United goalkeeper Bill Hamid ($6.0) will be out for at least the first three months of the season and should be ignored. MLS Cup winners Portland have a new left back in Chris Klute ($7.0) but he could easily miss the first games of the season with a knee injury. Nigel De Jong ($9.0) is a new presence in the LA Galaxy midfield, but he is not known for his scoring exploits and is rather more known for racking up yellow cards, so I personally would wait and see if the new scoring system favours him. Also, for his price and his position as a forward in a fantasy squad Giovanni Dos Santos ($11.0) is probably worth a miss until he settles into his new role on the right side of in the Galaxy side.

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The Best Bench Warmers

Cameron Porter ($5.0) should gain significant value if he gets the playing time he was in line to receive before his horrific injury at the beginning of the 2015 season. Along these same lines, Andre Blake ($5.0) could be a starting ‘keeper for Philadelphia this year – and if he’s given the chance – he could become the best bargain ‘keeper in the league. Hadji Barry ($5.0) could also be given the chance to prove himself in a faster, more fluent Orlando City attack – and if he plays to his potential, his price will skyrocket very quickly.

This is just a brief overview of what can be an extremely in-depth game. However, if I were to tell you anymore of my secrets, there would be no point in picking your own team…

All I can do is wish you luck and may the fantasy force be with you!

Who do you think is an absolute must-have in MLS Fantasy 2016?

MLS Fantasy Tips: Gameweek 13 Picks

Gameweek 13 of the MLS season is just around the corner and so it’s time to quickly assess your MLS Fantasy options ahead of what is a hectic round of fixtures.

Six clubs have a Double Gameweek this time around with Colorado Rapids, DC United, LA Galaxy, Portland Timbers, Real Salt Lake and Seattle Sounders all playing twice over the course of the next five days.

Here are the three picks we recommend for the upcoming round of fixtures:

Chad Barrett  – Forward (Seattle Sounders) – $6.7m

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The Sounders frontman has been a worthy replacement for the injured Obafemi Martins in the past couple of weeks and has bagged two goals in his last two starts.

With the Sounders playing twice at home this week, Barrett is a cheaper option than most of his teammates at just $6.7m and should be strongly considered.

Cyle Larin – Forward (Orlando City) – $5.9m

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Cyle Larin is the out-and-out striker for Orlando at the moment and his pace makes him a constant threat.

Orlando play Columbus Crew at the Citrus Bowl this weekend, who are not as strong away from home, so at $5.9m, Larin is a pick many be looking at if they don’t already have him.

Kevin Doyle – Forward (Colorado Rapids) – $8.0m 

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Irish international Doyle is a poacher worth putting in the side but the price may be off-putting at $8.0m, considering he is unproven in MLS.

However, Doyle is known for being a nuisance in the box and could cause both Seattle and Portland problems this week if he can get his first starts in those games.

Who are you putting in your MLS Fantasy team this week?

MLS Fantasy Tips: Gameweek 12 ins and outs

It was a hectic weekend in Major League Soccer, in which Montreal Impact, Philadelphia Union and Orlando City all produced surprise results by beating some of the league’s biggest sides, throwing MLS Fantasy owners into potential chaos ahead of Week 12.

The next gameweek starts on Wednesday night as Sporting Kansas City take on New England Revolution so we take a look at the fantasy picks that should be brought in and the players that should be taken out for the upcoming gameweek.

Ins

Brek Shea (Defender) Orlando City SC: $7.9m – If you don’t already have the USMNT star in your team, he’s worth putting in ASAP. At $7.9m he is expensive for a defender, but he is currently playing on the left flank because Kevin Molino is out for the season. Even if he earns you $0.5m over the next few weeks, you can dump him and make profit.

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Dom Dwyer (Forward) Sporting Kansas City: $10.6m – With Obafemi Martins a doubt, owners of the Nigerian may want to put in Dwyer for the week as SKC play twice; at home to New England Revolution and away to Seattle Sounders, and he is overdue a scoring run with only three goals so far in 2015.

Outs

Hernan Grana (Defender) Columbus Crew: $6.6m – If you haven’t already read about his departure, Grana needs to go. His contract with Columbus has been cancelled and the defender has moved back to Argentina so take him out.

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Octavio Rivero (Forward) Vancouver Whitecaps: $9.0m – The Uruguayan striker has had a poor recent run of form with only one goal in his last six. After starting the season in stellar form with five in his first six he has fallen out of form and it may be time to cash in on the Whitecaps man.

What changes will you be making for Gameweek 12 in MLS Fantasy?

MLS Fantasy Tips: Gameweek 4 Picks

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)

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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)

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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)

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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?

MLS Fantasy Tips: Gameweek 2 Picks

The 2015 MLS season is fully underway and with Gameweek 2 just hours away we take a look at three MLS Fantasy players you should consider this week.

Going by who they are playing and what they can bring, these three should bring the points to your fantasy team this week and should be considered at captain options if you have them.

1. Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders): $11.2m – vs. San Jose Earthquakes (H)

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It might sound obvious, but if you haven’t thought about putting Clint Dempsey in your side, you should have done.

Topping the charts with eighteen points last week, Dempsey looks set for more as his Seattle side take on San Jose – a team that hasn’t won in 16 MLS games and are without a goal in five.

Dempsey is the most expensive player in the official MLSSoccer.com fantasy game but his price is likely to continue rising so getting him now would be a good move if you can.

2. David Villa (New York City FC): $10.0m – vs. New England Revolution (H)

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New York City FC will play their first ever home game this weekend at Yankee Stadium. They are up against the New England Revolution, who lost 3-0 in Seattle last week, and we’re expecting David Villa to be in the points.

With Mix Diskerud providing the service for him, David Villa should have chances to score this week against a Revs defence that could not handle Obafemi Martins or Clint Dempsey. If given chances, Villa doesn’t miss many and he will expect to open his account for the campaign on Sunday evening.

3. Giles Barnes (Houston Dynamo): $9.1m – vs. Orlando City SC (H)

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Giles Barnes celebrates scoring against Columbus Crew (Photo: Troy Taormina, Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports)

The pick of the bunch right here, Giles Barnes is listed as a midfielder but we expect him to play upfront this weekend. Owen Coyle moved him to striker in the second-half last week and he repaid that decision by scoring the winner.

At $9.1m and listed as a midfielder you can essentially set a lineup that has four strikers and more strikers = more points.

Who do you think will be the highest MLS Fantasy points scorer in Gameweek 2?

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?

 

MLS Fantasy Tips: Top midfield picks

The latest installment of our MLS Fantasy tips series sees us preview the best midfield options in the official mlssoccer.com fantasy soccer game.

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) – $11.0m

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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) – $11.0m

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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) – $11.0m

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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) – $8.5m

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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) – $9.0m

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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?

MLS Fantasy Tips: Top Defensive Picks

The third installment of our fantasy tips series sees us preview the best defensive options in the official mlssoccer.com fantasy football game.

With the 2015 MLS season fast approaching, we take a look at the best defenders to consider starting in your MLS Fantasy lineup. Here are the five we think could top the points chart this term in defence:

1. Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy) – $9.0m

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A hefty price for the LA Galaxy Designated Player should be money well spent as LA are the favourites to retain their MLS Cup title again this year. With eight clean-sheets in the 2014 regular season, Omar Gonzalez is certainly worth a look so long as your budget can stretch.

The USMNT star is also a threat at set-pieces. He scored four times last season and his experience will be key in defence and attack. One concern would be that he has been known to have injury problems.

2. Liam Ridgewell (Portland Timbers) – $8.5m

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Portland Timbers are expected to have a good season and Liam Ridgewell will play a huge part in any playoff push the Timbers mount. The Englishman is a free-kick specialist and can also play in midfield.

At $8.5m he is an expensive pick but he is worth a look as he has a keen eye for goal and will pick up clean-sheet points that will be so valuable for your team.

3. Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City) – $9.0m

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The other half of the USMNT World Cup centre-half pairing, Matt Besler is a strong centre-back that can also pop up with a goal. Top players cost top money and Besler is valued at a price that is risky ($9.0m) but he could bring huge rewards if Sporting KC remain tight at the back.

Sporting Kansas City will be playing in the Western Conference this season but Besler should pick up some clean-sheets on the way. Last year saw Besler record his lowest fantasy points tally in three years but that was largely down to fatigue after the World Cup and he should bounce back in 2015.

4. Brek Shea (Orlando City SC) – $8.0m

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Some might say Brek Shea is a gamble but his versatility could see him move forward from left-back, where he is expected to play, throughout the season and with that he becomes more of a goal threat.

At $8.0m he is still a risk and may not settle back into MLS instantly. But he is going to get game time with Orlando City and may be worth the money so long as the Lions can remain relatively solid at the back.

5. Matt Hedges (FC Dallas) – $9.0m

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FC Dallas star Matt Hedges is a mainstay in a very good Dallas team. With the introduction of Dan Kennedy in goal, Dallas have only strengthened at the back and they are certainly contenders for the MLS Supporters’ Shield. Any club in the hunt for success needs to keep clean-sheets and Dallas are no exception.

Hedges popped up with three goals last season and that total could well increase this term. He was the fourth-highest scoring defender in 2014 and deserves serious attention.

Who do you think will be the best MLS Fantasy defender in 2015?

MLS Fantasy Tips: Top attacking options

The 2015 MLS fantasy soccer game is live and today we take a look at the goalscorers you should be targeting ahead of the 2015 MLS Season. We’re expecting big things from these players and as everyone knows, fantasy football is largely about goals, goals and…more goals.

MLSSoccer.com released their official version of MLS Fantasy on Thursday and we’re going to be providing insight into the best options for your team.

The following forwards are all expected to be amongst the goals this year but are all pricey options as a result. It’s unlikely you’ll be able to afford more than a couple of these names but your team probably needs at least one if you’re to be successful.

1. Robbie Keane – Striker (LA Galaxy) – $11.0m

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Last season’s MVP, Robbie Keane has a huge task trying to replicate his stellar performances from last year. However, he has the team around him that can offer the right support. The likes of Gyasi Zardes and Steven Gerrard should supply him with enough chances so that he can be high on the scoring charts once again.

Keane comes in to the new campaign off the back of a remarkable season in which he scored 20 times and accumulated twelve assists. We expect more of the same from the MVP.

2. Dom Dwyer – Striker (Sporting Kansas City) – $10.5m

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Dom Dwyer came second in the scoring charts last season with a very impressive 23 goals over the course of the season.

His clinical finishing and electric pace will aid his cause once again this season, and he’s a worthy option for fantasy managers.

3. David Villa – Striker (New York City FC) – $10.0m

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You’d have to say David Villa is quite cheap considering his pedigree. Villa was a World Cup and Champions League winner whilst in Spain, and provides vital experience for any playoff push that New York City FC will make.

With a supply line that will boast Frank Lampard and Mix Diskerud to name just a couple, Villa will surely be a Golden Boot contender in his debut MLS campaign.

4. Obafemi Martins – Striker (Seattle Sounders) – $11.0m

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Obafemi Martins was extremely impressive in 2014 and we expect more of the same this year. It’s more than likely that the Nigerian forward will surpass his tally of 17 goals in 2015 but you’ll have to pay the price for that at 11.0 million.

The partnership with Clint Dempsey in Seattle has been a blessing for the Sounders and they flourish together. Martins will score goals.

5. Clint Dempsey – Midfielder (Seattle Sounders) – $11.0m

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The only midfielder to make the list is Clint Dempsey. The USMNT star played as a second-striker last term and there has been debate over whether he should be listed as a forward. But the official MLS game has him down as a midfielder and that means he will get clean-sheet bonuses as well, Major plus.

Dempsey scored a total of 16 last term and considering he should be playing alongside Martins again this term, he will expect to find the net on several occasions again. He’s a slight risk at $11.0m but is highly likely to be the highest-scoring midfielder in MLS fantasy this season.


 

Who do you think will top the MLS goalscoring charts in 2015?