Is it wise to stack your team with Real Salt Lake attackers and defenders? | Fantasy Chatter

Robbie Findley, MLS Fantasy

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On Thursday, we gave you a detailed look at the most-dropped players ahead of MLS Cup Playoffs Conference Championship second leg between the Portland TImbers and Real Salt Lake. Now let's take a look at the most-added players for that game.

Top Transfers In - (POR vs RSL)

  Player Position Selected Price Total Score Transfers IN
Real Salt Lake Robbie Findley Forward 4.2% $7.1 79 459
Real Salt Lake Javier Morales Midfielder 17.1% $9.1 196 379
Portland Timbers Ryan Johnson Forward 15.4% $7.9 117 277
Real Salt Lake Nat Borchers Defender 8.4% $5.0 138 261
Real Salt Lake Chris Schuler Defender 6.8% $5.1 105 231
Portland Timbers Will Johnson Midfielder 15.7% $8.1 174 223
Real Salt Lake Joao Plata Forward 5.8% $6.2 99 213
Real Salt Lake Devon Sandoval Forward 1.3% $5.5 46 185
Real Salt Lake Kyle Beckerman Midfielder 10.4% $8.4 136 152
Portland Timbers Diego Valeri Midfielder 19.9% $8.0 176 149

* See the complete list of Top Transfers here.

Robbie Findley had an impressive performance in the first leg, scoring once and adding an assist on Devon Sandoval's goal early in the second half. However, I expect a much different type of game in the second leg between these two teams (Sunday, 9 pm ET, ESPN); a game that would not benefit Robbie Findley. Here's why...

1) Defensively, the Timbers are a much stingier team in front of their home crowd, conceding just 11 goals through 17 games during the regular season.

2) The field dimensions at Rio Tinto Stadium (120 yards by 75 yards) favor open-play scoring, which is exactly how Findley racked up his points. However, at JELD-WEN Field the field dimensions (110 yards by 74 yards) will work against them.

3) Findley played 66 minutes in the first leg before he was replaced by Joao Plata. Expect him to see similar minutes next Sunday, if not less.

If there's one area of weakness in Portland's game that Jason Kreis and RSL will look to exploit, it's set pieces. The Timbers have conceded 17 goals via set pieces in 2013 (including playoffs), and in the first leg vs. RSL, they conceded twice.

This benefits three Salt Lake players primarily from the table above: Javier Morales, Nat Borchers and Chris Schuler. We also saw Joao Plata get in on the action in the first leg with his service to Morales on RSL's fourth goal. And this wasn't the first time Plata and Morales connected on a corner kick against Portland. Who remembers this beauty of a goal?

Real Salt Lake (Regular Season)

HOME

  • Shots per game (excl. blocks) - 11.6
  • Shots faced per game (excl. blocks) - 9.4
  • Shooting Accuracy - 46.5 percent

AWAY

  • Shots per game (excl. blocks) - 8.5
  • Shots faced per game (excl. blocks) - 13.8
  • Shooting Accuracy - 52.8 percent (1st in MLS)

I'm not expecting RSL to get shutout and I'm not expecting the Timbers to get shut out either.

What do you think? Can RSL come into Portland and earn a clean sheet? Who do you think will score for RSL? Tell us in the comments.