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Wednesday slate – 5 games
DraftKings has finally done a decent job in pricing MLS slates making it much harder to formulate an optimal line on your first attempt. Bou leads the pack as the highest priced player of the slate; but it is with good reason as he has too much talent for this league. He does take some sets, and although not a monopoly, he has a lead-leaguing seven shot creating actions per game. There is no wonder why he averages almost 20 DK points per game. The tough part about this all is finding the right value to allow for Bou and another high-priced player on this slate.
Quintero is the next guy that stands out. He has taken over sets for Houston and is proving to be another player with a bit too much talent for this league. He now faces his old squad who hasn’t looked great recently. There is some concern in paying this much for him if you are pairing him with Bou as it leaves you searching the bin for mid-range to basement value. Beric has disappointed me in his last few games but this game may be it where he finally finds the back of the net. Cincinnati is probably the weakest team in the league and any team that faces off against them has an enormous amount of attacking attempts. GPP only, but he has to break out at some point.
Kubo at times takes sets for Cincinnati but it sometimes tough to say if he will get the monopoly of them. Also, his team doesn’t really win many set pieces in the first place. I would rather look to Royer who was the Red Bulls’ top scorer last year. He has started the year very slowly but now faces a detrimental Chicago team who has not looked good at all. The price is certainly enticing because if this was last year, everyone would be locking him in. Manotas and Buksa may be other players to keep an eye out for as they have similar upside.
Many other names to mention but they are all for the goal upside, and very little floor.
Zelarayan is one of those players who you would think would be a fantasy darling this year. It is encouraging to see that last game he did take a bunch of sets over Santos so that is a start. However, he has not reached his upside yet and this is what is holding me back on him. Columbus also has not been playing great and they now face a Philadelphia team which just keeps improving as the weeks go by. Everyone would much rather take Gregus who is as solid as anyone when it comes to floor points – you are safe with him in cash. Gressel is another player which has impressed from a game log perspective. As long as Higuain stays on the bench, Gressel should continue having a monopoly over sets. The issue here is his match-up.
Medran looks to be gaining an edge over sets in Chicago but the price may be a tough one to pay tonight. You need at least an assist from him for that play to pay off. I still haven’t got a good sense on this player this season. Monteiro is basically in the same boat. The player that really is priced lower than usual is Kaku. He finally got a start last game, and he actually took the majority of sets for the Red Bulls. He may start on the bench tonight, but if you see him in the starting lineup, he is definitely one to consider even though it has been a very slow start for him this year. Mihailovic is your pivot play from him in my opinion. For some reason, he is not getting the starts on this Chicago team when he is one of the more promising American players in the league. If he does play, he may garner some sets and he always has upside. Medina has now become the set taker for New York City making his floor consistent but he still has a lot to do as a player to find his ceiling game.
Frankowski is as consistent as you can get so if you need someone under $5K, he suffices. All that is missing from him is to tally on a goal or an assist. Against Cincinnati, this gives him a great opportunity to finally do so. Felipe also has a strong floor while Rowe at times takes some sets for New England just like Regattin may do for Cincinnati. It is very interesting to see Nagbe taking some corners for Columbus as of late – another similar player to Davis of the Red Bulls. At last, I always find Segura to be an interesting pick because of his price and where he lines up. Each time I see the Chicago formation, Segura is playing somewhere up top and at a price of under $4K versus Cincinnati, he may be an interesting punt.
My MLS approach has always been to pay down at defender. The main reason being that secondary assists are given in fantasy scoring so most likely that will belong to one of the attackers. The upside is always there. The high scores are mostly forwards and midfielders. You want to get a piece of that.Therefore, I cannot recommend any high priced defenders, aside from Buttner who has emerged as a high volume crosses in this league with some ownership on sets. Otherwise, you are either taking a chance on one of these mid-range players for an assist or looking for some value once lineups are out. Bye looks interesting given his cross totals while Dotson is another player who is listed as a DEF but usually plays more advanced.
I am very surprised to see Columbus favored by such a wide margin over Philly that Blake is priced so low at $4.4K. He has probably been the league’s best keeper this season. I will take my chances here tonight. Even if he concedes, you can surely expect him to make some ridiculous saves. If not for him, I am not so confident in anyone else.
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