Injury updates & buying tips on Colorado Rapids, San Jose Earthquakes, Toronto FC | MLS Fantasy Advice
Players from 16 of the 19 teams took the field in Round 1 and in Round 2 we'll get a chance to see the remaining three in action.
Andrew Wiebe revealed his Studs & Duds for Colorado, San Jose and Toronto FC in the video above and now it's my turn.
But first, let's get to some injury updates...
- Gilberto (Toronto) - Limited in practiced due to a hip flexor and will not travel to Seattle this weekend. Dwayne De Rosario will likely pair alongside Jermain Defoe up top.
- Dillon Powers (Colorado) - Limited in practice due to knee tendonitis. Look for Nick LaBrocca and José Mari to pair together in the middle.
- Clint Irwin (Colorado) - Limited in practice due to muscle injury in his leg. Look for John Berner to get the start if he can't go.
- Sheanon Williams (Philadelphia) - Has not practiced with the team and will not play New England this weekend. Raymon Gaddis will start in his place.
- Conor Casey (Philadelphia) - Back in training. John Hackworth said he's "hopeful he'll be available for Saturday."
- Kevin Alston - Did not train due to a hamstring strain. Jay Heaps: "Right now, he's getting treatment and we're going to see where he is."
- Andrew Farrell & Lee Nguyen (New England) - Both have been in training this week. Heaps: "We'll make another assessment tomorrow as to where the players are."
- Chris Schuler (Real Salt Lake) - Jeff Cassar: “He's now challenging for traveling and a starting spot. I can't imagine he's going to start against San Jose, but you never know.”
- Pa Modou Kah (Portland) - Did not train with the team on Tuesday. Trained off to the side on Wednesday. He is questionable for this weekend's match against Chicago.
The Rapids starting lineup against New York Red Bulls this weekend is shaping up to be significantly different than last season. Head coach Pablo Mastroeni has decided to go with Marvell Wynne at center-back which means Shane O'Neill will likely move to right back for the time being. Powers isn't fit and I'm also hearing Nathan Sturgis is out of favor which means newcomer José Mari and Nick LaBrocca could pair up together in the middle. Here are some players worth taking a look at.
- John Berner - If Irwin doesn't start this weekend due to injury, and Berner impresses, he could be the Irwin of 2014. He's currently selected by 0.2 percent of teams.
- Vicente Sánchez - Creative forward option who'll be on the ball for most set pieces and corner kicks. A sneaky sleeper option owned by less than one percent of fantasy managers.
The Earthquakes start the season with two relatively hard matchups against RSL and Sporting KC, but after a bye week in Round 4, things look pretty good, including a double-game week in Round 10.
- Chris Wondolowski - One of the best finishers in the game and at $9.5m he's a bargain this season
- Shea Salinas - One of the best crossers on corners and set pieces in all of MLS and at $7.5m I put him in the same class as someone like Mauro Rosales - with better targets up top.
- Cordell Cato - Will be starting at right mid begin the season -- at least until Yannick Djalo gets acclimated with the offense -- and at $5.5m, he's a usable, yet inexpensive option.
I'm not feelng particularly great about anyone on Toronto FC at the moment. The Seattle defense played fairly well against Sporting KC last weekend so it could be another tight affair on Saturday. However, with D.C. United at home on the schedule for Round 3, there could be some enticing options if things go well for the Reds.