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MLS Fantasy Manager: Week 24

Tough game for FC Dallas this week, but could produce solid points.

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FC Dallas

The Hoops host first place Real Salt Lake this week. FCD and RSL played to a 0-0 draw in Utah earlier this season. Both teams are very hot, which makes it hard to predict what is going to happen. But, I'll take a stab at it.

Who to start/add

Fabian Castillo $6.7 - I told you a few weeks ago to pick him up while his price was at a season low $6.5. Now his value is rising and he's one of the hottest player in MLS right now. Whichever side he lines up on, or even if he lines up as a striker, he will give the whole back-line fits. RSL has a solid defense. But no one can match Castillo's pace and the form he's in right now.

Tesho Akindele $5.0 - Akindele's hat trick made fantasy managers salivate over him and is quickly becoming a fantasy favorite. Only valued at $5.0, you can understand why with the numbers he is putting up. You have to ride the hot hand or foot in this case.

Michel $7.4 - Expect Michel to start alongside Victor Ulloa again this week. I'm not sure Adam Moffat is ready to play again. Castillo and Andres Escobar will be all around RSL's box and tend to draw penalty kicks. I wouldn't be surprised to see Michel get another chance to bury one past Nick Rimando. Since Michel is listed as a defender, he is a great pickup. He is always in the attack, but he also gets extra points if FCD gets a shutout.

Who not to start/add

Stephen Keel $5.9 - Keel hasn't played in the last three MLS games for FCD. This is in part due to the return of Walker Zimmerman. But, now that Zimmerman is evidently hurt again, Keel would probably get the nod. However, Steve Hunt (@dfwsportsguy93 on Twitter) tweeted that Keel left the FCD facilities Tuesday on one crutch and with a cast on his right foot. Doesn't look likely to play.

Blas Perez $8.4 - Perez hasn't been playing too much this season. Oscar Pareja has tried to limit his minutes to keep him fresh. For the most part, Perez has been average. But, average isn't good enough for forwards on fantasy manager. One thing Perez has done well this season is that he is assisting goals and guiding Akindele.

Walter Cabrera $6.5 - The new boy will most likely be in the squad for the first time this week. There's also a good chance he could start. With Zimmerman and Keel out, will Pareja go with Zach Loyd at CB? Most likely. Loyd has been formidable at CB this season. With RSL's short forward Joao Plata, Loyd might be the best option instead of throwing Cabrera in against one of the best teams in the league for his first appearance in MLS. If you start Cabrera, you're braver than I.

MLS

This week is a great opportunity to jump a lot of people in the rankings. Two midweek games, three teams with two games in one week. Two of those teams being Los Angeles and Seattle. Time to load up on LA and Seattle.

Who to start/add

Gyasi Zardes $7.7 - His value is skyrocketing. With nine goals in his last ten games, his price has shot up to $7.7 from $6.4. Double-game week for LA with games against Colorado and Vancouver. Watch out for this dude.

Robbie Keane $11.6 - The price is high, but it's worth it. Keane has five goals and four assists in his last six games. Not a bad guy to captain this week.

Clint Dempsey $10.6 - Dempsey only has one goal and one assist in his five games since returning from the World Cup. Dempsey was the hottest player in MLS fantasy manager before the World Cup and I expect him to return to that form. With two games this week, one at home against San Jose and one on the road in Portland, Dempsey will shine. Another good choice to captain.

Who not to start/add

Anyone on Montreal - Sorry Montreal. I expect New York to take care of business this week against last pace Montreal Impact.

Erick Torres $8.5 - What happened to Cubo? He was scoring at will. Now he hasn't scored or assisted in his last four games. In fact, Chivas USA haven't scored at all in that stretch. Three losses, one tie, no goals. They are even colder than Montreal, which is saying something.

Anyone on Chicago's defense - Sorry Chicago defense. I don't get Chicago. They have Mike Magee, Harry Shipp, and Quincy Amarikwa, yet they sign another scorer in Robert Earnshaw. Why not get a defender? I know they're hoping to sign Jermaine Jones and that might help a little on the defensive side of things, but still.

No Bye Weeks this week.