Fantasy Report: Houston, RSL lead charge this round
This week, MLS Fantasy Soccer: Manager will present a few quirks. First, Round 14 is only for Wednesday’s games and allows you to make three free transfers. Secondly , Round 15 begins on Saturday and ends Sunday with only one free transfer.
So be careful who you choose because there will only be 12 of the 19 teams playing in Round 14, and Colorado will be out for Round 15. With that being said, I decided to pick the top XI players based off of their combined scoring for Round 14 and 15 due to the lack of free transfers in Round 15, and then at the bottom of the report chose the players who I believe will have the best performance in that individual round.
And, in general, look to Houston players to get you points this week.
Álvaro Saborío (RSL) – The Costa Rican international plays two games at home this week, where he has scored five of his six goals on the season.” Sabo” would be my pick for Captain.
Will Bruin (HOU) – The 11th pick in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft plays at home against a porous Toronto defense, and then away, where he has scored five of his six goals this season, against Montreal.
Chris Wondolowski (SJ ) – Wondo missed two games while away on international duty and is still tied for the league lead with 11 goals. He has two away games this week, but that doesn’t seem to affect him, as his five away goals on the season would seem to indicate.
Kyle Beckerman (RSL) – The RSL captain has three goals and three assists on the season and should be able to add to those totals with home games against the LA Galaxy and San Jose. If he picks up a yellow card on Wednesday, though, he will be suspended for his next game.
Brad Davis (HOU) – Last year's MLS assist leader has not had a great start to his year so far, with only two goals and two assists. Look for him to pick up his game this week with last-place Toronto coming into BBVA Compass stadium and then visiting the expansion Impact.
David Beckham (LA) – The former England international captain has an away game against Real Salt Lake and a home game vs. Vancouver. With the return of Robbie Keane to the lineup from international duty, look for the dead ball specialist to add to his five assists he has on the season.
Graham Zusi (SKC) – The Sporting playmaker is tied for the MLS lead in assists this season with eight. Look for him to break that deadlock with a home game against Seattle and an away game vs. the Union at PPL Park.
Rauwshan McKenzie (CHV) – The former Real Salt Lake and Sporting Kansas City player has found a home in Chivas’ backline this season. With a home game against Montreal, one of the worst teams scoring away from home, and an away game versus struggling Dallas, he should get some points for shutouts.
Andre Hainault (HOU) – The Canadian international has a home game against a Toronto team that has struggled to score goals (only eight on the season), and an away game against the Montreal Impact.
Nat Borchers (RSL) – The three-time Real Salt Lake Defender of The Year has two home games this week against a struggling LA Galaxy defense and then Saturday vs. the Vancouver Whitecaps.
Tally Hall (HOU) – Hall will have the opportunity to add to his four shutouts this week with a home game against Toronto FC and away vs. the Impact at the new Stade Saputo Stadium.
Round 14- GK-Hall (HOU), DF- Hainault (HOU), Borchers (RSL), McKenzie (CHV), MF-Beckerman (RSL), Rosales (SEA), Davis (HOU), Zusi (SKC), FWD- Montero (SEA), Saborio (RSL), Agudelo (CHV).
Round 15- GK-Hartman (FCD), DF-Segares (CHI), Beltran (RSL), Dunivant (LA), MF-Pappa (CHI), Beckham (LA), Beckerman (RSL), Feilhaber (NE), FWD-Keane (LA), Saborío (RSL), Perez (FCD).