Time for the second week of MLS Fantasy Manager. Teams are still attempting to build chemistry and get back in the swing of things. Hopefully I can help you figure out who to start.
FC Dallas plays away at Sporting Kansas City Saturday. After playing the Sounders in Seattle last week and playing Cruz Azul at home in CONCACAF Champions League play, SKC will be tired. But, nonetheless, they are still the champs. No game at Sporting Park will be easy.
Who to start/add
Fabian Castillo $7.0 - After SKC not having Seth Sinovic or Chance Myers available in Seattle, Sinovic played the full 90 against Cruz Azul. Myers replacement, Kevin Ellis, has played well in his absence. He even scored the winning goal against Cruz Azul. But, I'd imagine he will be tired and look for Castillo to take advantage of that matchup, assuming Myers will not be available.
Blas Perez $9.0 - Perez played a decent game against Montreal. Castillo and Mauro Diaz stole the show. But, Perez did score a penalty kick goal. After his terrific run of form in preseason, I'd expect him to continue to produce. Especially against a somewhat tired SKC side, when Castillo and Diaz are feeding him balls constantly.
Who not to start/add
Andrew Jacobson $6.5 - Jacobson will most likely be starting again. Playing against the likes of Graham Zusi and Benny Feilhaber will never be easy. Jacobson didn't have his best game against Montreal, and I don't expect him to do well against SKC.
Moises Hernandez $5.5 - For one thing, Hernandez might not even be starting Saturday with Stephen Keel back in action and looking good in the FCD reserve game against Montreal. Even if he does start, it doesn't look good. Hernandez started against a somewhat weak Montreal attack last week and struggled. Now, he will be playing against a strong SKC attack that will consist of a some combination between Dom Dwyer, CJ Sapong, and Claudio Bieler.
Teams are still adjusting to the season. Anything can happen in the first few weeks of a season. Especially in Major League Soccer. However, there are some favorable matchups to take advantage of this week.
Who to start/add
Gaston Fernandez $8.0 - The Portland Timbers didn't play well last week, but scored in the last minute of stoppage time to pull out a tie against Philadelphia. Who scored it you ask? Gaston Fernandez. Yes, I told you to start him last week. I'm asking you to do the same this week. He's getting my captain's armband. Portland will be at home against a Chicago Fire team who saw Chivas USA put three goals in the net against their struggling defense.
David Horst $5.5 - Houston surprisingly shutout the dangerous attack of New England last week. I'd expect them to do the same to Montreal, who will still be without Marco Di Vaio. He's a good value option.
Will Bruin $8.1 - The Dynamo attack was clicking on all cylinders against the Revolution. It pains me to suggest one Dynamo player to start. But, I'm going to suggest another. Will Bruin. Bruin scored two goals against the Revs. I'd stay with his hot foot as he attempts to unravel the lowly defense of Montreal.
Who not to start/add
Jeff Larentowicz $7.0 - Having a defensive midfielder could help sometimes in fantasy. This is not one of those times. The Chicago Fire man and his midfielders will be overwhelmed by Portland's Diego Valeri, Will Johnson, and Darlington Nagbe. Portland will be hungry to get their first win of the season. I suspect Chicago will be the victim.
Jose Goncalves $9.5 - New England's defense got rocked by Houston in week one. At the moment, they look very shaky and aren't one hundred percent healthy. This week, they play away at a revamped Philadelphia side who we saw grab a point at Portland Saturday. Philadelphia arguably had the best offseason among clubs in the MLS. They are looking pretty good so far. I wouldn't start any of the Revs players this week.
John Brovsky $7.0 - Montreal's defense didn't look good against FCD Saturday. Brovsky looked the worst. Fouling Mauro Diaz in the box and getting beat numerous times by Kellyn Acosta and Je-Vaughn Watson respectively. Now, Brovsky and the Impact defense must face a Houston attack that poured four goals into New England's net Saturday.
Feel free to ask questions about your selection dilemmas here.
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