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MLS Fantasy player picks: round 7

While we’re knocking on the door of round seven, there are plenty of great match-ups to keep an eye on this weekend.  Some of us are a little let down by our lineups in round six, but we’re determined to make the right calls this week.

Last week’s top player picks went 0-for-4 based on actual performance, so in our round seven wrap-up early next week we’ll look at how we did with these new picks in each position.

Goalkeeper

Alec Kann – Atlanta United FC – $4.8m

Total points: 30 (5 last round)
Clean sheets: 2
Points per game: 6.0
Points per minute: 0.067 (@450mins)
Saves: 20
Bonus points: 7 (7 defending, 0 attacking)

Selected by: 12.4% (trending 2.8%)
Round 7 projection: 7 pts

Ok, so Kann only has two clean sheets on the season, and even though ATL’s next opponent Montreal has only been shut out twice all season, I can’t go against my gut and pick anyone but Kann to finish at the top.  With 20 saves and 7 bonus points, he’s near the top of the list overall for goalkeepers this season.  Plus with how much Montreal has been struggling lately, I wouldn’t be surprised if they don’t get one past him at all.  I can’t in good conscience guarantee a clean sheet for Atlanta, but you know Kann’s going to be standing on his head as he’s shown he can do so far this year.

Did I mention he’s cheap?  Of the 22 starting goalkeepers, he’s almost at the bottom of the price range at $4.8m, and a no-brainer in my book.

Round 7 opponent: Montreal Impact (A)

Notable bench options: Tyler Deric ($4.9m), Jake Gleeson ($5.6m), Joe Bendik ($5.1m)

 

Defender

Leandro Gonzalez Pirez – Atlanta United FC – $6.4m

Total points: 38 (8 last round)
Clean sheets: 2
Points per game: 7.6
Points per minute: 0.086 (@440mins)
Assists: 1
Bonus points: 14 (12 defending, 2 attacking)
Selected by: 5.6% (trending 3.5%)
Round 7 projection: 9 pts

I know he’s a little expensive as far as defenders go, but LGP seems to be the real deal.  I mean, just look at those bonus points.  12 defending?! Get outta here.  He’s yet to score less than five points in a round (back in round two), and has scored 10, 8, and 8 since then.  Again, with a favorable match-up against a struggling Montreal (who’s likely still without Nacho Piatti, and definitely missing Marco Donadel to red card), LGP should be on everyone’s mind.  Montreal’s only other real scoring options are Matteo Mancosu (2 goals) and Dominic Oduro (1 goal), but without Piatti in the midfield they’ve been really struggling.

Round 7 opponent: Montreal Impact (A)

Other notable options: Walker Zimmerman ($6.7m), Joevin Jones ($5.1m), Alex Crognale ($4.8m), Seth Sinovic ($5.3m)

 

Midfielder

Albert Rusnak – Real Salt Lake – $9.2m

Total points: 32 (16 last round)
Goals: 1
Assists: 3
Points per game: 6.4
Points per minute: 0.071 (@450mins)
Bonus points: 5 (2 defending, 3 attacking)
Selected by: 1.8% (trending 0.4%)
Round 7 projection: 6 pts

All aboard the Rusnak train!  Ok, last week I was on board the Cubo train, and look where that got us.  But the situation this week with Albert is too tempting not to pick him up.  After having a breakout week and scoring his first goal (16 points, one goal, two assists), this could be the emergence of the Slovakian international that fantasy owners have been waiting for.

Between his performance last week, playing for a new coach, and traveling to face a Colorado team who’s all but crumbling without Sam Cronin and Marc Burch, Rusnak sits at the top of my list this week.  Not to mention he’s a pretty great differential pick, with only 1.8% selection at the time of this article.

Round 7 opponent: Colorado Rapids (A)

Other notable options: Romain Alessandrini ($9.5m), Diego Valeri (duh) ($10.4m), Jack Harrison ($7.6m-budget pick), Luke Mulholland ($6.5m-super budget pick)

 

Forward

Fanendo Adi – Portland Timbers – $9.7m

Total points: 47 (7 last round)
Goals: 5
Assists: 1
Points per game: 7.8
Points per minute: 0.087 (@540mins)
Bonus points: 1 (0 defending, 1 attacking)
Selected by: 32.1% (trending 1.3%)
Round 7 projection: 7 pts

Adi isn’t much of a differential pick, but he’s consistent and a known commodity, scoring in four of the Timbers’ six games so far this year — and he hasn’t missed a minute yet.  With a match-up against a strong Sporting Kansas City, he’s not guaranteed a goal, but if anyone scores for Portland it’ll most likely be him.  SKC hasn’t given up a goal on the road yet this season, but Portland is 4-1-1 overall, has scored 16 goals, and hasn’t been kept to a shutout on the season yet, so SKC’s job is going to be extremely tough, especially doing it at Providence Park in front of the Timbers Army.

Although he’s on the expensive side, Adi is a safe bet, and is by far my top forward pick for round seven.

Round 7 opponent: Sporting Kansas City (H)

Other notable options: Hector Villalba ($9.7m), Maxi Urruti ($8.6m), Cubo Torres ($8.6m), Yura Movsisyan ($7.4m), Kei Kamara ($9.3m)


How does this compare to your personal top picks for round seven?  Let us know if you agree or disagree with any of the names mentioned, or if we happened to miss someone you feel is a pretty obvious choice.

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