Fantasy Fixes: 5 rookies for a last-minute boost
Reminder #1: The cut off time to make roster changes is 15 minutes prior to the scheduled kick off of the first match of the week. This week, that deadline is 8:45 pm ET on Wednesday, April 4.
Reminder #2: Real Salt Lake play two games this week. Players will receive points from BOTH games.
With several rookies seeing action early on this year, you need to consider adding them to your Fantasy Soccer: Manager squad if you haven’t already done so. When you factor in minutes played, clean sheets, bonuses and attacking threat, here are five rookies that can instantly add value to your team.
WATCH: DeLeon slams it past Hartman
Nick DeLeon, $5.6m, D.C. United (163/360 mins played, 18 Points) - #1 Pickup This Week
DeLeon is on fire! He was even “trending” on Twitter last Friday. He’s already equaled the point totals of the likes of Kyle Beckerman and Dwayne De Rosario in only 163 minutes played. DeLeon might not play 90 minutes every week, but his work rate has been impeccable thus far and his two goals (+10) and one assist (+3) lead all rookies.
Kirk Urso, $4.6m, Columbus Crew (270/270 mins played, 11 points) - $Value Pick$
Urso may not offer the athleticism other rookies do, but he’s secured a permanent role on a team that can contend. He’s played 90 minutes in all three games (+6) and he gets recoveries as well (just under 5.0/game). A rookie who controls corners and set-piece situations has extraordinary value. Most rookies are cheap, but none offer this much ROI.
Luis Silva, $5.5m, Toronto FC (225/270 mins played, 8 points)
TFC will probably be playing from behind quite often this year, but Silva continues to show loads of promise. His position as an attacking midfielder gets him goal-scoring opportunities, and he’s already logged 6 key passes* (T-16th in MLS, one behind Brad Davis and Jack Jewsbury). He may not be a weekly starter on your squad, but he’s definitely worthy of your bench.
Kelyn Rowe, $6.0m, New England Revolution (315/360 mins played, 14 points)
Rowe is a sneaky player capable of scoring with both feet. He probably won’t get you points for CBAI’s** or recoveries, but he has potential when it comes to crosses** and key passes. He’s capable of being a starter for the Revs all season long, which justifies his realtively high asking price.
Casey Townsend, 6.0m, Chivas USA (255/360 mins played, 10 points)
Townsend is one of 25 forwards to have scored a goal in MLS this season. He’s getting chances, and seems set to be a starter even when Juan Pablo Ángel is healthy.
*Key Pass – +1 point for 3 key passes (a pass that leads to a shot on goal)
**CBAI’s – +1 point for every 6 (clearances, blocks and interceptions combined)
***Crosses – +1 point for 3 crosses (a cross that connects with a teammate inside the box)
Most added transfer this week: Nick DeLeon | Most dropped transfer this week: Adam Moffat
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