Fantasy Fixes: Big guns will be key in MLS Cup, Round 39
- 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 4:15 pm EST on Sunday, December 1.
- Reminder #2: Prizes will be awarded to the Top 200 overall point leaders. Prizes are listed here.
Top Player in Round 38: Zach Scott – 14 points
Injuries: OUT – Leonardo, Kyle Nakazawa
This is it! We’ve finally made it down to the last round of the season. Remember, prizes will be given to the top overall players, so how you finish this game will determine whether or not you go home with something nice or nothing at all. Lock in your final transfers before game time and be sure to have a couple starters on the bench in case there’s a late scratch of any sort.
The injury report isn’t extensive, but give it a quick glance before making your final tweaks. Good luck everyone!
Robbie Keane, $11.3m, LA Galaxy (196 points, 21 goals/seven assists)
We’re staying with the heavy hitters so pretty much everyone should have Keane locked in at forward. A little over half over half of his production has come at home (11 goals, four assists), so it’s essential that you find a space for him in your lineup. With Donovan and Beckham each at full strength, Keane will be expecting exceptional service all night. He’s proven to be one of the best finishers in MLS this season and he’ll definitely be bringing his “A” game from start to finish.
Brad Davis, $10.4m, Houston Dynamo (205 points, 91 successful crosses)
Nothing has changed here. Davis remains a crucial part of the Dynamo attack in several key areas. Dominic Kinnear wants him on the ball and you should too. He’s first in successful crosses (91) by a wide margin and second in key passes (81) – just five behind LD (86). He’s also tied for second among all players in Big Chances Created. This set-piece specialist and future Hall of Famer should be in the discussion when selecting your Captain as well.
Landon Donovan, $11.1m, LA Galaxy (196 points, 16 assists)
Sticking with the same theme here and going with the heavy hitters. The Galaxy know what it takes to win it all and a lot of it has to do with this guy. Landon leads everyone in Big Chances Created (13) because Keane gives him the ability to find free space and capitalize on quick counterattacks. His hamstring injury seems to be a non-issue and in his last two games played he’s tallied three assists and 17 total points. Start him with confidence.
Josh Saunders, $7.2m, LA Galaxy (162 points, 10 clean sheets)
Saunders has 10 clean sheets on the season and seven of them have come at the Home Depot Center. The Galaxy seem destined to score at least once, which means Tally Hall will have to make up the points elsewhere. Both keepers will have their hands full, but the stats favor Saunders. Hall leads Saunders in both saves and recoveries, but he’s also logged over 500 extra minutes of playing time in 2012. It’s a good possibility that both teams score so don’t spend too much time making this decision.
David Beckham, $9.8m, LA Galaxy, (149 points, five assists)
Beckham’s reputation speaks for itself, but his performance has been on the decline as of late. However, with this being his final match in MLS it almost feels like something magical is bound to happen. All five of Beckham’s assists this season have come at home, yet only two of his seven goals have come there as well. Take the stats for what they’re worth because Beckham still has what it takes to make something magical happen. As always, his corner kicks and direct free kicks could prove to be the deciding factor.
Honorable Mentions: Oscar Boniek Garcia, Bobby Boswell, Mike Magee, Omar Gonzalez
Top transfers (in) this round: Adam Moffat (320), Macoumba Kanji (264), Oscar Boniek Garcia (250)
Top transfers (out) this round: Calen Carr (42), Landon Donovan (22), Juninho (21)