Welcome to Round 4 of MLS Fantasy! We are approaching our first massive bye week of the season due to the international break. There will be only 3 games this round which includes New England at home against Minnesota United, Red Bulls at home against Real Salt Lake, and Columbus Crew SC at home against the Portland Timbers. Given the small amount of teams playing this round, I'm going to guess most managers have the same variation of players give or take a couple.
So what do we know about this round that will help us make our decisions on who to pick? Well we know to always favor the home team and we also know that Minnesota is missing several players due to international call ups. Meanwhile New England is the home team and is missing no players. Even though the Revs haven't been great, the odds are heavily in their favor to pull out a win today.
We also know that RSL just lost their head coach, and now here they are on the road taking on what I consider a strong Red Bulls defense. This is where I'm choosing to clean sheet hunt this round. I don't think any other team is more likely to get a clean sheet this round than Luis Robles and company.
Lastly, we know that even on the road, Portland appears to be a very dangerous attacking team. We also know that while they sometimes have a hard time proving it true, Columbus’ attacking front aren't that bad either. I think this will probably be the game with the highest scoring fantasy players. I could easily be wrong given Minnesota’s ability to not defend very well, but regardless I'm really liking the attacking players from this game.
Let’s get to the picks!
Luis Robles ($6.1): My clean sheet hunt begins with one of the best keepers available this round. Here's to hoping he can keep out goals against a wounded RSL team this round.
Aaron Long ($5.1): He’s pretty cheap and he's been playing really well so far this season. If the Red Bulls do indeed keep a clean sheet, this man will be a big part of it.
Sal Zizzo ($4.7): We have another Red Bulls defender here (shocking) and this time it's the reality star. Not only is he part of the defense but he's been bringing in solid offensive points as well. At $4.7 he's a steal this week.
Chris Tierney ($5.4): Tierney has been off to a slow fantasy start this year but I think this is the game that changes that. Minnesota’s weakest part of their team is their outside back position and I imagine Tierney will have a hay day getting in behind and launching balls into the box.
Diego Valeri ($10.3): Diego is my must own player this round. I can't even picture a scenario for why you wouldn't own him this round. That is all.
Lee Nguyen ($9.6): Minnesota’s midfield will be more weak than usual which makes Lee a massive threat this round. He's also on penalty duty and free kick duty. You should own him.
Justin Meram ($9.5): He turned down his international call up and so he will likely be looking to make it a worthy decision. His ability to be in dangerous spots and finding the open man is something you shouldn't ignore.
Diego Fagundez ($7.0): In a midfield of expensive playmakers, sometimes you need the cheap filler. Well for me that's Fagundez this round. He's cheap and he’s an offensive threat, especially against the Loons.
Fanendo Adi ($9.6): Adi has been fire so far this season and teams are finding it hard to keep him from scoring. I expect Columbus to also find it hard to keep him from scoring.
Bradley Wright-Phillips ($10.0): One of the best strikers MLS has seen and taking on a Rimando-less defense. I'm putting money on him this round.
Juan Agudelo ($8.4): Juan is a cheap forward at $8.4 and considering what his potential could be against United’s backline, makes him my pick this round.
Well that's it for me this round. Good luck to all the managers. As always, if you want to discuss any pick’s hit me up on Twitter @notchadwick_.
Also congrats Gilles Bernard and his team MLS Belgium SC for finishing round 3 in first place in the TMLS classic league. Here are the top 10 finishers in the league this round: