Happy matchday and warm welcome to all MLS Fantasy Managers! Round 22 has arrived with yet another full slate of midweek action as we kick off on a Wednesday Night once again. With nine teams playing twice this round, we will focus on two teams amongst this group whom we feel will provide significant returns on both legs this week. We’ve actually got a bit of a ‘coastal elite’ theme going on this week as we’ve selected the New York Red Bulls and the LA Galaxy as our two clubs this week. So without further ado, let’s get right to it!
NY Red Bulls (@ DC United, vs CLB)
FiveThirtyEight: 43% chance to win vs DCU, 60% chance to win vs CLB
OddsShark: NYRB Win +127 vs DCU (weekend odds not yet released)
OddsPortal: NYRB Win +124 vs DCU (weekend odds not yet released)
Looking at the NY Red Bulls, Bradley Wright-Phillips (8.8m) is an obvious choice here. Unlike most players, the Englishman continues to improve as he ages, not unlike that of a fine wine. He remains one of the top forwards in MLS Fantasy, and is a fine option for your lineup this week. Additionally, partnering BWP with his star midfield counterpart, Kaku (10.4m), is highly recommended as well. The young No. 10 has struggled in brief spells since returning from international duty, but is more than capable of moments of brilliance like we saw against New England with a sublime ball to BWP for New York’s second goal.
Defensively, New York have a ton of options here. For managers looking for bonus points, Tim Parker and Aaron Long are your clear-cut choices at centerback. However, if you’re looking for potential attacking returns as well, Kemar Lawrence is always a good choice, and Michael Murillo has shown quite a bit of confidence going forward with some flashy runs through opposing defenses. We’d recommend a fullback and a centerback each among this crew.
Now, the only caveat here is that the weather is looking somewhat dicey in DC on Wednesday night, so we might see a bit of a weather delay to kick off the match. Therefore, we recommend caution, and managers may want consider New York players for switcheroo spots on the bench this week.
LA Galaxy (@ LAFC, vs ORL)
FiveThirtyEight: 29% chance to win vs LAFC, 62% chance to win vs ORL
OddsShark: LAG Win +283 vs LAFC (weekend odds not yet released)
OddsPortal: LAG Win +285 vs LAFC (weekend odds not yet released)
Two games, one word: Zlatan. With some serious offensive fire power from the Swedish striker coming to LA of late, a high profile matchup, and a plush home matchup for the backend of the DGW, Zlatan Ibrahimovic (10.2m) is a sure thing this week and will probably one of the most captained players in fantasy lineups. Managers can slot him into their lineups and hopefully watch the points rack up. For managers looking to double-dip in points this week, we like both of the dos Santos brothers to both play a major role in the success of the Galaxy; we’re also cautiously optimistic about Romain Alessandrini (10.6m) and his knack for making a big impact on matches, however Sigi Schmid’s hesitance to use him for at least 60 minutes twice a week limits him to a switcheroo role.