MLS Fantasy Manager: Week Nine

Otto Greule Jr

FC Dallas plays an in-form New York Red Bulls team at home this week.

Week nine is right around the corner. Let's take a look at who to start and who not to start.

FC Dallas

With suspensions for both Zach Loyd and Michel, and injuries to Mauro Diaz and Kellyn Acosta, this week will be the toughest game yet against New York.

Who to start/add

Blas Perez $8.8 - It will be hard for FCD to generate offense, assuming that Diaz will not be playing Sunday. But, if anyone on this team can step up and score, it will be Perez.

Fabian Castillo $7.0 - It's hard to find another player that is a good option to start this week. But, Castillo will always create problems for defenses. So we might see him get attacking bonus points.

Who not to start/add

Matt Hedges $8.7 - If FCD parks the bus this game and decides not to attack much, that is not good for our captain and his defense. That means lots and lots of attacking for NYRB as we just sit back and try to defend it all.

Chris Seitz $5.4 - Seitz has been outstanding for FCD this season. But, New York is scoring goals at will right now and we are not at full strength. He will make a lot of saves. But I'm afraid two or more goals will be conceded this week.


No double-game week in week nine. But Seattle, FCD, Columbus, Houston, and San Jose all have two games next week. Plan accordingly.

Who to start/add

Clint Dempsey $10.8 - Deuce is an unstoppable force at the moment. It seems he can score whenever he wants. He also has two games next week, so definitely pick this guy up.

Obafemi Martins $9.7 - Yeah I picked two forwards from the same team. Martins and Dempsey are the best attacking duo in the MLS right now. I don't see Philadelphia slowing them down this week.

Diego Valeri $9.9 - I'm predicting that Portland will get out of their slump this week and get their first win of the season. I'm also predicting that Valeri will be a huge part the reason they win.

Who not to start/add

Andrew Wenger $6.2 - Wenger is always a good value option at just $6.2. But, I wouldn't start him this week. Seattle is a tough place to play and Sounders are playing as good as anyone right now.

Eddie Johnson $9.5 - Johnson left the game against FCD with an injury. But, before that he got a nice assist. I wouldn't play him this week. He's too risky. He is currently day-to-day, so who knows if he will play.

Mike Magee $10.0 - The 2013 MLS MVP has only one goal and two assists so far this season. It doesn't look favorable for him to add to either one of those stats this week against undefeated Real Salt Lake.

Bye Week: Montreal Impact

Feel free to ask questions about your selection dilemmas here.

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