Fantasy Fixes: All in with LA & Houston for MLS Knockout matches
*Reminder #1: The cut off time to make roster changes is 15 minutes prior to the scheduled kickoff of the first match of the week. This week, that deadline is 8:45 pm ET on Wednesday, October 31.
*Reminder #2: Round 34 will consist of only the two Knockout Round matches. You have unlimited transfers for this round.
Top Player in Round 33: Federico Higuaín – 14 points
The regular season is over, but we’ve still got plenty of MLS action left. Since each upcoming round from now on coincides with the playoff schedule, you’ll need to keep a close eye on your team and adjust it as soon as each round is over. Everyone gets unlimited transfers to start, but as we progress through each round the number of free transfers will be limited.
As always, pay attention to this weeks’ injury report. There are no suspensions to report. Good luck, everyone!
Josh Saunders, $6.9m, LA Galaxy (137 points, ninth among goalkeepers)
The Galaxy are playing host to the Vancouver Whitecaps on Thursday, a side that has the lowest goals for of any team in the playoffs. With Omar Gonzalez at full strength, the defense in front of Saunders is primed for success — 1.0 GAA in games Gonzo started this year. All of that combined makes Saunders the obvious choice. Unless Vancouver can find some way of penetrating the Galaxy backline, expect Saunders to escape Thursday’s game with a clean sheet.
Brad Davis, $9.9m, Houston Dynamo (180 points, second among midfielders)
If you ask Davis, he’d probably say that he underachieved this year based on individual statistics, but his importance to Houston’s success against the Chicago Fire on Wednesday night is not in question. He led the side in assists again, including posting one against Chicago in early September. If the Dynamo are going to get a win against the Fire in Wednesday night’s Knockout Round match, Davis will be involved, most likely on a set piece.
Robbie Keane, $10.7m, LA Galaxy (159 points, fourth among forwards)
In the last six rounds Keane has tallied five goals, one assist and 43 total fantasy points. He is creating his own shots and obviously knows how to finish them. If I were picking one forward to have a big game in the Knockout Round, Keane is it. He is, unsurprisingly, the most added player in FS:M this round.
Boniek García, $7.8m, Houston Dynamo (88 points, 100 recoveries)
Since joining the team mid-season, Garcia has notched four goals and three assists in 1,530 minutes played. He’s scored three goals in his last four games. He’s also averaging just over seven fantasy points in his last five games played. He gets points for crosses, key passes, clean sheets and recoveries almost every game so even if he doesn’t score, there’s still potential here.
Omar Gonzalez, $8.0m, LA Galaxy (67 points, six clean sheets)
Last year's MLS Defender of the Year has played just 12 full games this season, and in six of those games he’s helped his team to a clean sheet. One of them was a 2-0 victory at home over the Whitecaps less than two months ago. Gonzo has put up some huge defensive numbers since his return to MLS action – 123 CBI’s and 64 recoveries. More importantly, in his last five matches he’s averaged more than 12 CBIs and just under six recoveries per game. Omar is also a threat at the attacking end, and with David Beckham providing the service, he’s got a good chance of racking up points.
- Most added transfer this week: Robbie Keane
- Most dropped transfer this week: Andy Gruenebaum