It’s that time of the week again for MLS Fantasy managers: Round 16 is kicking off in just a few hours, which means we’ve got our picks locked in and ready to go!
Switcheroo Picks - Bench
• GK - Alex Bono (TFC)
• DEF - Harrison Afful (CLB)
• DEF - Kemar Lawrence (RBNY)
• MID - Nacho Piatti (MTL)
Switcheroo Picks - Starting Lineup
• GK - Matt Turner (NER)
• DEF/plug - Ryan Hollingshead (DAL)
• MID/plug - Yordy Reyna (MNU)
The first four matches on Wednesday night kick off within 30 minutes of eachother, so we've opted for four separate players from each of those matches to occupy our bench slots as switcheroo options. Worst case scenario, they all blank and we're able to bring in some folks from the late-night SJ/NER matchup.
Kemar Lawrence and Alex Bono are our fourth players from RBNY and TFC, respectively. Including them on our bench allows us to double down on clean sheets points thanks to our inclusion of Toronto and New York defensive players in our starting XI.
Harrison Afful is our lone Columbus defensive player. At full strength, Atlanta is a very tough team to earn a clean sheet against, even at home. However, if Miguel Almiron misses tonight’s match due to injury, Afful’s prospects at a clean sheet are greatly improved. Not a bad choice given that our bench players are best-2-out-of-3 for switching in.
Lastly, Ignacio Piatti is our final switcheroo pick. Montreal is in shambles at the moment, true. However, a home match against Orlando could result in a 4-4 draw, so Piatti is a decent high-upside play here.
The Best Of The Rest
As you can see, the rest of our lineup is quite concentrated: 3 TFC, 3 RBNY, 2 CLB. For the most part, we’re going with the clear-cut top fantasy options at Forward and Midfielder from each club. The only standout pick here is Danny Royer, who is more of a boom-or-bust goal-scorer rather than a central, creative player with a high floor. For managers looking for a bit more stability, Sean Davis is a locked-in starter and should provide bonus points on both ends of the pitch.
The two final slots on the back line are occupied by Aaron Long and Greg van der Weil. Tim Parker (if he plays) and Auro are also very strong options, with the latter having more attacking potential for those managers looking at defenders that have influence higher up the pitch.