MLS Targets: September 17th

Another Saturday six-pack is on the cards as the Major League Soccer playoff race heats up. This article will highlight the top plays at each position to help you reach the top of the leaderboards. As always, be sure to follow @MLSFantasy on Twitter for updates on starting lineups, value plays and more tips throughout the night.


SATURDAY’S CONTESTS

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GOALKEEPER

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Tim Howard $5,400 Colorado Rapids – Howard stood on his head in last Saturday’s 1-0 win at FC Dallas, making seven saves and amassing 24 fantasy points. Now the Rapids will look to keep their unbeaten run alive on Saturday when they welcome the San Jose Earthquakes to Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. Colorado has kept a clean sheet in four of their last five at home, and considering the Earthquakes attack have been held scoreless in two of their last three, all signs point to another big day for Howard and the Rapids. 

Others to Consider – Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake; $5,600), Evan Bush (Montreal Impact; $4,800), Jake Gleeson (Portland Timbers; $5,000)


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DEFENDER

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Vytautas Andriuskevicius $4,600 Portland Timbers – Andriuskevicius has locked down a role at left back and made an immediate impact since joining the Timbers midseason. He’s averaged 11 FPPG (fantasy points per game) across his last three outings and a home game against the Philadelphia Union presents another good matchup for the Lithuanian. 

Jordan Allen $3,600 Real Salt Lake – Allen could make his second straight start at attacking mid in place of usual playmaker Javier Morales, who has been ruled out against San Jose with a quad injury. Allen was pulled at half-time of last Saturday’s 1-0 loss at Portland, so be sure to watch for starting lineups before plugging him in. If he goes, starting a defender on DraftKings that’s playing closer to goal is always a good thing. 

Others to Consider –  Ambroise Oyongo (Montreal Impact; $6,300), Ronald Mataritta (New York City FC; $6,100), Fabinho (Philadelphia Union; $5,800)


MIDFIELDER

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Kaka – $10,400 – Orlando City SC – In a game where goals are on the menu, Kaka is sure to be involved. Orlando City are pushing for the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference and will look to the Brazilian to lead the team down the stretch. Kaka scored a brace and put up 30 fantasy points the last time Orlando City were at home. 

Kevin Molino$6,700Orlando City SC – It’s pick your poison with the Orlando City attackers. If Kaka doesn’t fit your budget, Molino is available for $3,700 less and will be testing the Columbus Crew defence throughout the evening. Molino scored a goal on five shots and drew six fouls en route to a 24 point outing against the LA Galaxy last Sunday and, while he doesn’t hold the set-piece upside that Kaka does, he’s just as capable of a big night.

Others to Consider – Diego Valeri (Portland Timbers; $11,400), Ignacio Piatti (Montreal Impact; $10,300), Matias Perez-Garcia (Orlando City SC; $6,000)


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FORWARD

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Didier Drogba – $10,600 – Montreal Impact – Drogba scored a goal and fired off nine shots the last time Montreal were at home. Usually, fantasy owners would be pleased with a 21 point performance, but considering he missed a PK and saw several other good chances go begging, those who rostered Drogba were left wanting more. A home game against a dejected New England Revolution team is prime opportunity for Drogba to make amends.

Joao Plata – $9,300 – Real Salt Lake – Plata put on a show the last time Salt Lake were at home, scoring two goals and adding an assist to post a whopping 39 points against the LA Galaxy. He followed that up with a dud at Portland last week, picking up a yellow card and totalling just four points in 90 minutes. Salt Lake are back home on Saturday and have a winnable game against last-place Houston Dynamo. With Javier Morales out, Plata’s fantasy upside gets a nice bump considering he will be the go-to guy on set pieces.

Others to Consider – David Villa (New York City FC; $12,100), Cyle Larin (Orlando City SC; $9,400), Yura Movsisyan (Real Salt Lake; $7,600)


UTILITY APPEAL

Juan Manuel “Burrito” Martinez – $5,400Real Salt Lake – Martinez has stepped his play up of late and his fantasy numbers reflect that. Burrito has 43 points across his last three games, with nearly half of those coming from fouls drawn. He was fouled nine times last Saturday at Portland and has drawn 19 in those three games. Other than Jordan Allen (above), Burrito is the most cost efficient way into the Real Salt Lake attack.


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