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The 2014 FIFA World Cup is just days away and there's only four teams to focus on this week in MLS Fantasy, but now is not the time to relax.
If you're looking to make up ground on the rest of the competition Wednesday's fixtures will be key for you. The captain's armband still remains the most difficult decision to make as Federico Higuaín -- the most-captained player in Round 14 -- left fantasy owners extremely disappointed with an overall score of -1.
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Most fantasy managers will have very similar lineups in Round 15 and your captain selections will be limited as well. There are however two ways to differentiate yourself from the rest of the pack if you're looking to take a risk.
- Go all in on one defensive unit in hopes of a shutout
- Choose a captain that is not a common name
Looking at the top six scorers from the previous round there is only one player who will be taking the field this week: Portland's Fanendo Adi.
Adi is one of the top three most-transferred IN players this week, but is still only owned by less than 10 percent of owners.
With four goals, one assist and 28 points in his last three matches, the Timbers striker is in great form at the moment and could prove to be a great differential pick this week.
Here are five players who will likely be receiving the captain's armband in Round 15...
The Argentinian playmaker has one goal, eight assists and 55 points in his last seven games. He hasn't scored since May 11, but five of his eight assists have come in the last three matches (203 minutes played). Valeri could very well be the most-captained player this week, especially with FC Dallas dealing with several injuries on their backline at the moment. Expect a little bit of this Wednesday night at Providence Park.
Prior to last week's game, Espindola had at least one goal or an assists in nine of his last 11 games. He is one of the most in-form strikers in MLS and should probably be on every manger's team this week. He takes corners, free kicks and penalties, although he did miss a crucial PK vs. Columbus that could've earned the team three points at home. Regardless, Espindola is a dangerous player and a proven goal-scorer/playmaker.
Last weekend, we saw what Castillo could do with the ball at his feet when he shredded multiple Colorado Rapids players on his way to scoring the game-winning goal. The 21-year-old Columbian leaves a lot to be desired at times, and sometimes fades from the game, but the potential is there. He'll have a tough road matchup this week against a Timbers side that has rebounded since its poor start. Castillo hasn't tallied more than eight points in a game this season, so don't expect a double-digit performance anytime soon.
Montreal have left a lot to be desired in 2015. They currently sit in last place in the Eastern Conference (10 points) and last in the Supporters' Shield race. On Wednesday, they'll take on D.C. United at home in hopes on notching down back-to-back wins and back-to-back clean sheets for the first time this season. Other than Justin Mapp, McInerney has been one of the few bright spots for the Impact as of late. He has two goals and 17 points in his last three matches. If you want to invest in Montreal, Jack Mac should be the guy.
The Nigerian target man has four goals and two assists in 229 total minutes since joining the team in mid-May. If you have to pair someone with Espíndola up top, Adi should be that guy. Blas Pérez and Marco Di Vaio have each struggled with consistency so if you have them in your starting XI this week you've either got guts or you know something I don't. I'm going with Adi and Espíndola up top. Jack Mac is my third choice.
Giving the captain's armband to an attacking player this week or are you banking on defenders? Discuss in the comments below.