Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Major League Soccer Fantasy Update

For any of you who haven't joined already sign up for the INFTH MLS Fantasy League.

ESPN soccernet's MLS fantasy game has reached the beginning of its second game play period.

New line-ups can be selected, though they must be completed before the midweek games kick off on Wednesday night.

Here are my picks for the second portion of the MLS fantasy season:

Faryd Mondragon- Major League Soccer's standout goalkeeper, Mondragon has been an integral part of a strong Philadelphia Union back line. A veteran player, Mondragon has brought calmness and experience to Philadelphia, a worthwhile member of any MLS fantasy team.

Roy Miller- A cheap option, yet a starting member of one of the league's finest back fours, Roy Milller is an obvious pick. The Red Bulls are always likely to keep a clean sheet, and Miller delivers the potential for assists as well, his runs down the flanks are a useful dimension to the NYRB attack.

Rafa Marquez- The Mexican maestro in the center of the Red Bulls' defense, Marquez is a must pick due to his set piece responsibilities. Assists from defenders are a precious commodity in any fantasy football game, and with Marquez in charge of every set piece, he's an easy pick.

Nat Borchers- The central defensive partnership between Borchers and Olave at RSL is part of the reason they are considered one of the best teams in MLS. A guaranteed starter and a goal threat, Borchers is worth the heavy price tag.

AJ DeLaGarza- Much like Roy Miller, DeLaGarza is a cheap member of a watertight defense. The LA Galaxy are one of the league's best defensive teams, and DeLaGarza is a much cheaper alternative to players like Omar Gonzalez.

Landon Donovan- The first man on my team sheet, Landon Donovan is the league's top fantasy point scorer. Though he is the most expensive player, leaving him out would be a terrible mistake, the man mints goals and assists.

Brad Davis- Brad Davis' ability to deliver from set pieces has been a boon to Houston this season, and that very skill is crucial to his success on the fantasy platform. The top assist maker in MLS, Davis is a reliable supplier of points, a no risk pick.

Jack Jewsbury- Pre-season this man was a million miles away from my fantasy team, but Portland's set piece exploits have forced him in. One of the Timbers' main free kick and corner takes, Jewsbury is another man with a penchant for providing assists, and he has even chipped in with two goals this year.

David Beckham- I know I'm starting to sound like a broken record, but this guy provides assists. He's got six this season, and with that kind of right foot, more will come.

Thierry Henry- After a less than impressive start to the season, Henry is on fire. With five goals so far, Henry is one of Major League Soccer's top scorers, a key part of a brilliant attack. The Frenchman is injury prone though, so make sure some transfers are saved up for the forward's niggles.

Teal Bunbury- After being rejected by Bob Bradley, Bunbury will have a point to prove as Kansas City finally open up Livestrong Park. Even on the road, and even losing, Sporting have scored goals this year, and I expect more to come as they start playing in their new arena.

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