MLS Fantasy Advice: Oh captain, my captain - best bets for Round 14
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Most MLS Fantasy managers are faced with difficult decisions on who to give the armband to each week because the double-game weeks offer mutiple strong choices.
Vancouver's Pedro Morales was the top scorer with 20 points, but Valeri finished with 19. Dwyer and Torres, however, combined for just 7 points total.
Jason and Andrew presented their top three captain picks for MLS Fantasy Round 14 in Tuesday's Starting Lineup (above). Now it's my turn.
Here are my top five selections this week...
Columbus's No. 10 will likely be the most-captained player this round, and for good reason. Before his suspension last week (yellow-card accumulation) he had notched 25 points in the previous two weeks combined. He has four outings of double-digit points and has gone the full 90 minutes in every single game thus far, excluding last week of course. He's guaranteed to give you 180 combined minutes barring injury or suspension.
Moor is Colorado's most reliable player. As is the case with Higuain, he should also be a lock to go 180 minutes in Round 14. With winnable matchups at home against Chicago – who are nursing several injuries – and Dallas on the road, Colorado could possibly escape with clean sheets in back-to-back games. If it pans out, Moor could net you somewhere in the 30-point range. IF is the key word, but chances are good.
RSL's playmaker has lost several weapons as of late which puts a lot of pressure on him to produce. Kyle Beckerman and Alvaro Saborio left for the World Cup while Joao Plata and Luis Gil have been sidelined with injuries. Reports suggest that Plata could be back as early as Wednesday, but in a limited role. It will be tough for Morales to run the show on his own, and if that wasn't enough to deter you from giving him the armband, the Argentine is also one yellow card away from a suspension. High risk, high reward this week for Javi Mo.
Powers has struggled with injuries this season, but he's healthy and in-form at the moment. With two goals, two assists, six key passes and two big chances created in the past two games, Powers is a must-add in for most managers. The problem with Powers is that we can't trust he'll be on the field for all 180 minutes. He only logged 68 minutes last week, so be careful. If he stays on the field, Powers could be a gold mine. But is he worth the risk?
I wanted to select at least one player who didn't have a DGW and Donovan is my guy this week. I was going to stress Jermain Defoe as my final pick – who I really like as well vs. San Jose – but went with Donovan instead. The LA Galaxy striker and former US international has been very hot as of late, logging three goals, one assist and 24 total points in his last two matches since being excluded from the USA's 23-man World Cup roster. I don't expect this to slow down despite LA losing Robbie Keane. I trust Landon to deliver. Do you?
What's that? Who? Quincy Amarikwa wants to get in on the action this week? OK, Quincy, you're up...