After a bit of a reprieve from Wednesday night matches, the MLS Fantasy dives headfirst back into the midweek fray. Round 27 kicks off a run of five straight rounds featuring midweek matchups right up through the October international break.
Therefore, fantasy managers jockeying for position need to make sure that a single midweek deadline isn’t missed down the stretch – which, to be honest, is easier said than done as 7:30pm EST on Wednesday night will occasionally sneak up on people before they know it. One tactic to help mitigate this risk is to set a preliminary lineup on the Sunday prior to the deadline – this way, even if the deadline slips by before managers are able to do their research and make their final transfers, they will at least be able to salvage some points based on double-duty and strong-single-match players alone.
On that note, without further ado, here are our picks for Round 27!
GK - Alex Bono, TFC
DEF - Jon Mensah, CLB
DEF - Adolfo Machado, HOU
DEF - Alex Callens, NYC
MID - Diego Valeri, POR
MID - Nico Lodeiro, SEA
MID - Lee Nguyen, NE
MID - Victor Vazquez, TFC
MID - Marky Delgado, TFC
FWD - Sebastian Giovinco, TFC (Captain)
FWD - Kei Kamara, NE
Maxi Moralez was a strong contender for our lineup this week. However, with Villa’s adductor strain this weekend and the potential for rotation, we felt it was too much of a risk compared to the other midfielders featuring in our lineup. (Not to mention, having a lineup featuring both Giovinco and Lodeiro also soaked up quite a bit of our salary.)
Miguel Almiron was another midfielder that found himself in quite a few of our preliminary lineups this week – Dallas has been playing pretty poorly as of late, and Atlanta’s attack showed signs of life against Philly last week after scoring a mere three goals in its previous four matches. However, their remaining home games will be played at their new stadium on an artificial surface, which is a significant departure from the grass surface at Bobby Dodd stadium. Ultimately, it ended up being too much of a wildcard for our lineup, but we still think he has considerable upside this weekend.
Cubo Torres was the final name taken out of our starting lineup this week. Initially, the plan was to run with Torres and Kamara up top, along with five 9.0m+ midfielders. However, the temptation to bring on Sebastian Giovinco at home against San Jose was too great, even if it meant losing Cubo and swapping Maxi for Marky Delgado to free up funds for him.