The deadline for round one is tonight! If you’re like me and still haven’t tinkered with your team enough, let’s go over some good forward options. There are a ton of great choices out there, so we’ll target some no-brainers, and we can look at a couple budget and differential picks as well.
Sebastian Giovinco – Toronto – $12.0m
Total points: 255
Points per 90 minutes: 9.5
DUH. Gio really needs no explanation. The top scorer in the whole game last season with 255 points, and part of the MLS Cup runners-up squad. He was even out with injury for a while last year, which makes his numbers all that more impressive. He is an absolute must-have, and it looks like 41.8% of fantasy managers everywhere would agree with that as well.
David Accam – Chicago – $9.5m
Total points: 130
Points per 90 minutes: 6
You know, I think a lot of people might disagree with this, but I’d put a lot of faith in Accam this year. He was in and out of play with injuries in 2016, but a healthy Accam with the new-look Chicago Fire has the potential to do some damage this year. With key additions in Dax McCarty and Juninho, they’ve turned their midfield up to 11 in my book. Not to mention other attacking options in Luis Solignac and Michael de Leeuw, the Fire could be a great team this year and you know Accam is going to share in some of that glory. Only selected by 1.3%, he’s a great differential pick, too.
Side note: if you’re looking for a budget pick in the same vein, Luis Solignac would also be a decent player, and will only cost you $6m.
Ola Kamara – Columbus – $10.0m
Total points: 153
Points per 90 minutes: 7.4
There’s been some chatter going around about Ola Kamara being picked as the dark horse to win the Golden Boot this year, and I can’t say I disagree. With a full year ahead of him as being the lone Kamara on the squad, I think he’s got more than 16 to put away throughout the course of a full season. He’s a little expensive, but could be worth it if he comes out of the gate with a hot foot. Again, another good differential pick as he’s only selected by 4.3%.
Alan Gordon – Colorado – $6.0m
Total points: 49
Points per 90 minutes: 6.1
Gordo — one half of the infamous Bash Brothers — landed at a new team who is desperately in need of some goals. Defense alone can’t get the Rapids through another season near the top, and they’re going to have to find a way to put some in the back of the net. Enter Alan Gordon, the 35-year-old notorious for coming off the bench and heading in late game-winners. He won’t be a starter, and won’t get you the automatic 2 points for playing 60+ minutes, but if you want a budget pick who has the very real potential to score a goal in any given game, he might be worth the gamble.