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MLS Fantasy Insider: Player to Add, Drop and Watch Week 5

With DC United, Chicago Fire and Columbus Crew all on bye weeks we take a look at how to rework your team to keep moving up the Fantasy MLS table.

Will he or won't he start this weekend?
Will he or won't he start this weekend?
Kevork Djansezian

The Round 5 transfer window closes at 1:45pm ET this Saturday so be sure to get your transfers done before then. This round I've tried to give you some help earlier in the week, but official injury reports will not be finalized until Friday. If you like to wait until later in the week to make your transfers, follow @MLSFantasy. There, MLS will update key injuries and other significant information on a daily basis.

DC United, Chicago Fire and the Columbus Crew all have byes this round. You'll also want to be aware that due to CONCACAF Champions semifinal second-legs for the Seattle Sounders and LA Galaxy, each of their Round 6 match-ups have been rescheduled for a later date.

The Round 5 Dream Team features players from FC Dallas, Chivas USA and the New England Revolution to name a few. Do you have any players on these teams? There are several lesser-known players putting up solid numbers this season so get focused and try to lock in those bargains sooner rather than later.

Here are my players to add, drop and watch for Round 5. Good luck everyone!

Player to ADD -> Jose Villarreal ($5.5m), Midfielder - LA Galaxy

Robbie Keane ($10.5m) missed last weeks' game due to international duty, but this weeks' game is a different story. Apparently the Designated Player for LA suffered a calf injury in Ireland's scoreless match against Sweden last Friday which could end up forcing him to miss his Round 5 matchup against Toronto FC. Last weekend Villarreal and Jack McBean ($6.0m) paired up top together and caused a lot of trouble for the Colorado Rapids. Villarreal did get lesser minutes of the two, but the amount of time he spends within close proximity of the opponent's goal did not go unnoticed. He's a great sub to use this week and a nice prospect worth holding onto as the season continues.

Player to DROP -> Nick DeLeon ($7.8m), Midfielder - DC United

DeLeon's early season struggles hit a boiling point this past weekend when the sophomore midfielder for DC United exited their match against the Columbus Crew in the 28th minute with what has been diagnosed as a "strained right hamstring". Initial reports are expecting the youngster to miss six weeks. Kyle Porter ($4.9m) replaced DeLeon, but we could also see Lewis Neal ($5.3m) start in his place when DC return from their bye next weekend. For the 5.6 percent - or 1,100+ managers who own DeLeon - here are the top three replacements: Jackson ($7.6m), Davy Arnaud ($7.4m), Edgar Mejia ($7.0m).

Player to WATCH -> Edgar Mejia ($7.0m), Midfielder - Chivas USA

With all the roster changes and controversy surrounding Chivas USA, very few seemed shocked at the way they're getting results. It looks as if most of the lineup is set in stone except for a few key spots - left midfield and the second spot up top next to Juan Agudelo ($8.2m) - Watch his amazing goal that helped him secure Player of the Week honors this past week. The Goats are on a bye in Round 6 because Seattle's CCL semifinal second-leg against Monterrey caused MLS to reschedule the match. I'd take a close look at Chivas against the Vancouver Whitecaps this weekend and see how well Mejia orchestrates their attack. He's usually the No. 1 option of most set-pieces and corner kicks. He leads the team in assists and crosses, and is amongst the leaders in recoveries and key passes as well.