ESPN MLS Fantasy Guide: Week 14

Posted In Fantasy MLS - By Andrew Crollard On Wednesday, June 15th, 2011 With 0 Comments

We have two teams with doubles this week. But I don’t want to spend much time writing about either. New England is the team to invest in, and your best options are Shalrie Joseph and Matt Reis. Toronto is the other team with a double, but I wouldn’t put a single player in my side.

Alright, with that out of the way, I want to present some differentials who are under-owned for what they can produce for us in fantasy terms.

Eric Hassli 1.3% owned and priced at $5.0– I actually created this list before the games this weekend, so I’m not just jumping in on that phenomenal strike. He has showed great skill all season long… when he’s been on the field anyway. He’s on PK duties and just seems to have a composure with the ball not often found in the MLS.

Conor Casey 3.1% owned and priced at $5.4 – His ownership has been dragged down by his early-season injury. However, now he’s back in playing shape and has 2 goals already for this 10-week session.

Omar Bravo 1.9% owned and priced at $6.2 – Bravo, like Casey, has been fighting injuries this season and his fantasy ownership has been hurt by that. Sporting KC have finally opened their new stadium and should continue to score plenty of goals with their boatloads of offensive talent. However, he is a rotation risk with so many serviceable attacking options in KC.

Steven Lenhart 1.3% owned and priced at $6.1 – Like Bravo and Casy, Lenhart’s ownership has been hampered by his early-season injury. He’s back in the squad and has scored 4 goals and an assist in the last 2 games. I’m not sure if his role will remain the same when Wondo comes back, but it’s a fair bet that he will still be on the field.

Andy Najar 0.8% owned and priced at $5.5 – He’s had several games in the starting line-up and has produced a goal and an assist over the last two games. Results like that should lock down his role as a starter. After last season with him being one of the only bright spots in DC, I was surprised to see him on the bench so much this season. That looks to have changed now.

Diego Chara 0.3% owned and priced at $5.1 – I’ll be honest, I have only seen him play once since coming to Portland. However, he is putting in the minutes and should be starting to gel with the rest of the team.

Mike Fucito 0.3% owned and priced at $5.2 – I am hesitant to put Fucito on this list. Seattle’s forward situation is tentative at best, with none of them with much production this season. I think Fucito’s hustle will keep him in the starting line-up, but he might be asked to play outside mid instead of the forward position he has been in. I fully expect Seattle to sign a target forward, and Fucito will likely be the one dropped to the bench, so his future may be limited.

Davy Arnaud 0.7% owned and priced at $5.7 – I mentioned him in last week’s article and he came through with an assist. Given his last couple of seasons, I still have faith in him and expect him to start producing fantasy returns, especially now that he gets to play in front of the team’s home fans.

Predicted goals scored:

New England 3.3
Salt Lake 3.0
Houston 2.8
Kansas City 2.3
Toronto 1.9
Philly 1.9
Vancouver 1.8
San Jose 1.8
Seattle 1.6
New York 1.5
Colorado 1.4
Portland 1.4
Chivas 1.3
Chicago 1.1
Dallas 1.0
LA 0.9
DC 0.8
Columbus 0.6

Predicted goals allowed:

Houston 0.6
Salt Lake 0.8
New England 0.8 1.1
Colorado 0.9
Chivas 1.0
Seattle 1.1
Dallas 1.3
LA 1.4
New York 1.4
Chicago 1.5
Portland 1.5
Toronto 1.6 1.8
Kansas City 1.8
Philly 1.8
Vancouver 1.9
San Jose 2.3
Columbus 2.8
DC 3.0

Team of the week:


Freeman, Borchers, Kimura, Soares

Joseph, Davis, Arnaud, Chiumiento

Espindola, Weaver

Subs: Rimando, John, Fucito, Bravo

Captain picks:

Reis: Two home games gives a good shot at holding at least one clean sheet. Both games predict just about 1 goal conceded. However,  with games against inconsistent Toronto and Chicago offenses, I think the odds on a cleanie are good.

Joseph: He’s been the man in New England for years and continues to be their best attacking option. Chicago has suddenly found some defensive cohesion and kept 3 clean sheets in a row, but that trend has to end sometime. Plus they get Toronto, who we all know are not solid in the back.

Davis: Brad Davis has been racking up the assists this season. With Houston predicted to score almost 3 goals this weekend, he’s the most consistent piece of the Houston attack.

Espindola: Salt Lake are predicted to score 3, but have struggled greatly on the attack without Morales. Espindola is the only attacking player left in Utah that I would put any confidence in.

Arnaud: I picked him last week and he responded with an assist. Its another home game for Kansas City, so I’ll stick with this pick as he continues to go under the fantasy radar.

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