The season is almost here, which means you need to make your MLS Fantasy Manager team and play us at Big D Soccer. The code to join the Big D Soccer fantasy league is 2867-1812.
Alright, I'll start off with what FC Dallas players I think you should have on your team, and then I'll get into the rest of the league.
Dan Kennedy or Chris Seitz $5.0 - Starting goalies usually cost more than $5.0, so Id take advantage of snagging one of these guys. Personally, I have Kennedy on mine.
Matt Hedges $9.0 - Steep price. Most people like to spend their money on forwards, but defenders get you a lot of points too and Hedges is one of the most reliable fantasy options week-to-week. He's poised for another big year in MLS and in fantasy.
Walker Zimmerman $5.5 - Hasn't played a whole lot the past two years due to injury, but I'd keep an eye on him. He might get more minutes than you'd think this year at CB. Paired up next to Hedges, he could be in for a decent fantasy year.
Mauro Diaz $9.0 - Diaz was racking up the points last season before he got the injury bug. At only $9.0, he could be steal.
Ryan Hollingshead $5.5 - With the preseason Hollingshead has been having, I wouldn't be surprised if he doesn't get a significant boost in minutes this season. He will be a great sub on your roster.
Tesho Akindele $8.0 - I'm not sure how much the reigning Rookie of the Year will start this season, or how many minutes he will get. But, I do know that he will make the most of what he's given.
Okay, so now you're probably wondering "What the heck? No Fabian Castillo?" and I understand why you would. Normally I would include Castillo on this list and he's almost always on my team. However, they raised his price to $9.5 this year! I'm not sure it's worth it with the other midfield options out there, but you do you, you know what I'm saying?
Alright, time to take a look at the rest of the league by position. Here's a list of guys I think you should consider putting on your roster.
Steve Clark $5.5 - The Columbus Crew man got about the same amount of points as Bill Hamid (top scoring goalkeeper) last year.
Nick Rimando $6.0 - Rimando is always a solid option at goalkeeper. Real Salt Lake's defense got Jamison Olave back and that could mean more shutouts.
Kendall Waston $8.5 - Waston stepped in and really helped out the Vancouver Whitecaps on defense last year. They were very solid. He's a guy that will start every game and average around 6 points per game.
Omar Gonzalez $9.0 - Gonzalez is probably the best option at defense in terms of fantasy. Los Angeles Galaxy are a strong team. They get a lot of shutouts and Gonzalez is a big threat in the air.
Hernan Grana $6.5 - The new right back for Columbus Crew has looked promising during preseason. Solid defender and gets forward some. Pretty cheap as well.
Ike Opara $7.0 - Opara might be the starting center back next to Matt Besler for Sporting Kansas City. When SKC won the cup in 2013, their defense was stellar. After a surprising decline in 2014, I'd look for them to rebound in 2015. If he does start, he could be in for some points because the guys he has next to him on that back line (Besler, Chance Meyers, Seth Sinovic).
Matt Miazga $5.5 - Cheap and could see a decent amount of minutes. Good depth piece to your squad.
Rafael Ramos $5.5 - All indications are that Ramos will start at fullback for Orlando City SC. Cheap for a starter.
Diego Valeri $10.0 - Valeri was the top point getter in all of MLS Fantasy Manager last year. Once he returns from injury in mid-April/May, he is one of the best options.
Pedro Morales $11.0 - Morales was one of the big surprises of last season. He scored ten goals for Vancouver, while adding 12 assists. You can't go wrong with this guy.
Lamar Neagle $8.5 - Okay not really a hunch. He's good and will get you a lot of fantasy points. He is worth more than what he's listed at. Take advantage of that.
Felipe Martins $8.0 - Felipe could potentially be the best move New York Red Bulls made this offseason. He will play the role of the traditional number ten. At only $8.0, he could be one of the steals of the season.
Nick DeLeon $6.5 - If you're going with the strategy of buying an all-star cast and don't have money for another starter, you're going to need guys like DeLeon. You will also need guys like DeLeon to sit on your bench to rotate in when your starters are on a bye week.
Nick Besler or George Fochive $4.5 - There's a battle to be won in the center of the park for Portland. Will Johnson is injured and won't be back until April/May. There's a spot up for grabs and the winner will be a cheap option for your squad.
Robbie Keane $11.0 - The 2014 MLS MVP is an obvious choice. However, some might say the loss of Landon Donovan will keep him from getting as many points as years past. I disagree with those people. I'm not worried about Keane-o.
Dom Dwyer $10.5 - Dwyer has come a long way from Tyler Junior College. He buried 22 goals last season. I don't see him slowing down.
Kei Kamara $8.0 - When Kamara was with Sporting KC back in 2012-13, he was scoring goals left and right. Much like Dwyer is now for SKC. With Federico Higuain feeding him balls, I'd expect him to return to MLS scoring in the double-digits again.
Bryan Rochez $7.0 - The young Honduran has made quite an impression on the soccer world after helping Honduras qualify for the FIFA U-20 World Cup.
Quincy Amarikwa $7.0 - This is as cheap as it gets for starting forwards in MLS Fantasy Manager. Amarikwa is a good option at $7.0.
Deshorn Brown $7.5 - The Colorado Rapids man has scored ten goals in each of his first two seasons in MLS.
Next week I will get into who I think you should start in Week One. For now, go build your team!