MLS Fantasy Cheatsheet Round 6 player picks

MLS Fantasy player picks: round six

Round six is right around the corner (deadline is Friday at 10:30pm ET), and we’re gonna look at some top player picks for anyone who’s still struggling to fill out that solid lineup.

Goalkeepers


Tim Melia
– Sporting Kansas City – $5.7m

Total points: 34 (8 last round)
Clean sheets: 3
Points per game: 8.5
Points per minute: 0.094 (@360mins)
Saves: 13
Selected by: 18.8% (trending 5.4%)

Melia, with a favorable home match-up against the Colorado Rapids this weekend, is my first choice for goalkeepers in round six.  The guy has played four games and has three clean sheets.  THREE!  Colorado isn’t the team they were last year, and even if they were, they’d be the kings of grinding out draws.  That looks to be SKC’s role this season, as all three of their clean sheets have been 0-0 draws.  Melia has only let in one goal all season, and has increased by $0.2m overall.

Next opponent: Colorado Rapids (H)

Notable bench options: Alec Kann ($4.8m), Alex Bono ($4.7m)

Defenders


Jimmy Medranda
– Sporting Kansas City – $5.2m

Total points: 33 (8 last round)
Clean sheets: 4
Points per game: 8.3
Points per minute: 0.111 (@297mins)
Bonus Points: 4 (1 attacking/3 defending)
Selected by: 22.7% (trending 6.5%)

I swear I’m not SKC-biased, but they genuinely have the best defending options this week in my opinion.  Sure, there are other defenders I might normally pick over Medranda, but those guys all have iffy away matches, and I feel pretty solid about SKC grabbing a clean sheet at home against the Rapids.  Also, how’s this for a fun fact — Sporting Kansas City hasn’t allowed a single goal while Medranda’s been on the field this season!  In their 2-1 win over San Jose, Medranda played 77 minutes and the ‘Quakes scored a late-game goal after he was subbed off, so Medranda was credited with a clean sheet.

He’s cheap, his stock is rising ($0.2m increase overall), and he’s really a no-brainer at this point.

Next opponent: Colorado Rapids (H)

Other notable options: Drew Moor ($6.2m), Matt Hedges ($6.6m), Nick Lima ($4.6m)

Midfielders


Romain Alessandrini
– LA Galaxy – $9.4m

Total points: 34 (16 last round)
Goals: 2
Assists: 2

Points per game: 8.5
Points per minute: 0.096 (@355mins)
Bonus Points: 5 (1 attacking/4 defending)
Selected by: 7.1% (trending 4.7%)

Despite LA taking a beating last week at the hands of Vancouver, Alessandrini managed to put away two goals and score 16 total points, nearly doubling his season total thus far.  It’s no wonder that he’s trending upwards at 4.7%, but at a total selection of only 7.1% he’s still a great differential pick this week.  He scored 10 points in round three, making him an obvious candidate for your lineup in midfield.

The Galaxy host the winless Montreal Impact in what looks to be a favorable match-up for the home side.  Look for Alessandrini to feed the ball up top to Giovani dos Santos and, barring any tragedies, Gyasi Zardes who’s coming off that nasty injury that kept him out for so long.

Next opponent: Montreal Impact (H)

Other notable options: Kevin Molino ($9.9m), Diego Valeri ($10.3m), Justin Meram ($9.7m), Alex ($7.7m-budget pick!)

Forwards


Erick “Cubo” Torres
– Houston Dynamo – $8.7m

Total points: 37 (16 last round)
Goals: 6
Points per game: 9.3
Points per minute: 0.108 (@343mins)
Bonus Points: 1 (1 attacking/0 defending)
Selected by: 12.6% (trending 6.6%)

All aboard the Cubo train!!  7, 7, 7, 16 — do these numbers mean anything to you?  They certainly mean something to the Dynamo striker, since those are his fantasy points scored in each of his first four games of the season.  Ridiculously awesome.  If you haven’t picked him up yet, now is the time to follow suit and put him in your lineup.  His selection has more than doubled since his hat trick he scored last round, and now that Houston is making the trip to visit a somewhat weak (sorry, Revs fans) New England defense, he’s primed to put more in the back of the net.

Cubo has yet to go goalless this season, as he’s scored in every single game he’s played so far.  His value has increased by $0.2m over the season, and at a total price of $8.7m right now, he’s an absolute must-have.

Next opponent: New England Revolution (A)

Other notable options: David Villa ($10.3m), Cyle Larin ($9.2m), Ola Kamara ($10.3m), Christian Ramirez ($8.1m)


How does this list stack up to your lineup so far for this round?  Let us know if we missed anyone worth mentioning!

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