This week's preview of MLS Fantasy Manager is coming a little early. This is because there is a game Wednesday night (between Philadelphia and New York) and you need to be prepared. Let's take a look at who to start and who not to.
FC Dallas lost their first game of the season last week against Clint Dempsey and Seattle. How they respond this week against Michael Bradley and Toronto FC could give us a better picture of what kind of team FCD will be this season.
Who to start/add
Fabian Castillo $7.2 - Toronto's defense has been pretty solid so far this season. Mark Bloom has been somewhat of a surprise after starting every game instead of former Blackburn man Bradley Orr. But, this week he will have a tough task in guarding Castillo. Castillo's speed and trickery will be too much for Bloom. Castillo should get a lot of looks at goal this game.
Michel $7.7 - Michel has started the last three games for FCD due to injuries to Adam Moffat, Hendry Thomas, and Andrew Jacobson. He has scored two goals during that time, both being PKs. If Michel gets the nod again to start, he is very valuable to have because of his set piece ability. Evidently he is also the man to take PKs, which could come in handy since guys like Mauro Diaz and Castillo are constantly getting into the box.
Who not to start/add
Jair Benitez $6.6 - Benitez just hasn't been himself this season. He is consistently getting beat because of his knack to push too far forward and join the attack. Even if he was playing well at the moment, I wouldn't start him. He's not a guy that produces fantasy points. It will be fun to see how Zach Loyd and Benitez battle with our old pal Jackson.
David Texeira $7.9 - Tex netted his first goal for FCD last week. He has shown glimpses of how good he can be, but really hasn't produced like we would want him to so far. He has started the last two games in place of Blas Perez (injured). I would assume Perez will be back and ready to start this week. Which is reason enough to not start Tex on your team.
We have our double game week this season. The Philadelphia Union play twice this week, giving you a chance to get twice the amount of points you usually get for a player. So, use your transfers and captaincy wisely.
Who to start/add
Maurice Edu $9.2 - Your best bet is to start a player who you know will play both games for Philly. Most of the time, defenders and goalies will play both games. Changes are more likely to come in the midfield or up top. Edu should be on the players that will start both games. This is why he is on my team and is my captain for this week.
Benny Feilhaber $8.1 - Feilhaber is in great form at the moment and making a case for Jurgen Klinsmann to put him on the plane to Brazil. Sporting Kansas City play a lowly Montreal Impact defense at home this week. The midfield of SKC tends to dominate other midfields. That is definitely the case here. Feilhaber is likely to get a lot of chances and create a lot chances this week.
Michael Parkhurst $7.7 - Columbus Crew play D.C. United at home this week, a team they defeated 3-0 on the road in the first game of the season. The Crew have played better than expected so far and the play of Parkhurst has a lot to do with that. He has been a rock in the back line. That back line is more than capable of containing a struggling Eddie Johnson.
Who not to start/add
Eddie Johnson $9.6 - No surprise I list him as someone to not start after Johnson has struggled to perform in D.C.. Whatever the reason, he hasn't gelled with his new teammates and new strike partner Fabian Espindola. I don;t expect him to start playing well all of a sudden against a solid Columbus side.
Hassoun Camara $7.2 - Camara is the main cog in the Montreal defense. Montreal will have the likes of Graham Zusi, Feilhaber, Dom Dwyer, and more thrown at them. It's very difficult to contain the attacking prowess of SKC. Even more difficult to play knowing the next yellow you get, you will be suspended. Camara is sitting on four yellow cards at the moment.
Norberto Paparatto $7.6 - When Real Salt Lake and Portland meet, it seems there's always a lot of goals. It might be the case again this week, considering Nick Rimando is questionable to play and Portland is allowing goals left and right at the moment. I wouldn't start any of the Portland back four this week: 1. Because they're on the road 2. They're playing RSL 3. Their defense is continuing to struggle.