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MLS Fantasy Player Picks, Week 33: Time to make a move in the penultimate game week

There are some very exciting fixtures this week as we head to the playoffs. Sporting Kansas City, Toronto FC, New York Red Bulls, Real Salt Lake and FC Dallas each enjoy double games. There are a lot of choices to make and my recommendation is to make them from the Double Gamers.

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It's another Wild Card week and 6 teams are playing twice. There are a lot of choices as we head down to the playoffs and a case can be made for going in a variety of ways. Typically, my strategy is always to load up on cheaper goalkeepers and defenders and spend the money on midfielders and attackers. Let's take a look at the players.


Tim Melia appears to be the best selection with the first game away at San Jose, playing without Chris Wondolowski, and the second game at home against hapless Colorado.

Jesse Gonzalez not only offers a bargain at 4.2, but plays at home against Vancouver before traveling to Real Salt Lake.

Luis Robles has played great for the New York Red Bulls and is guaranteed to start both matches. Nick Rimando plays two at home for the surging Real Salt Lake. These two will cost a bit more if you fancy either.


Kevin Ellis would be my number 1 selection among the defenders. Like Melia, he enjoys two outstanding fixtures and he's pretty much a locked down starter for both matches.

Justin Morrow of Toronto FC is also playing two games at home. Though Toronto has struggled on the defensive side, I'm picking one of their defenders and he is the budget option.

Aaron Maund has been outstanding for RSL, recently and has garnered 19 points in the last three home matches. As a central defender he has a greater chance for CBIs and the bonus factor. If you have some extra cash consider his partner Jámison Olave.

If you like Portland, who need a couple of wins to stay in the playoff hunt, my pick would be Jorge Villafana at 6.3.


Sebastian Giovinco is on International duty with Italy and will probably not play in Toronto's Wednesday match vs the Red Bulls. I still believe he is a must have for the second game against Columbus.

Benny Feilhaber has two fairly attractive fixtures and although he has been a hit or miss fantasy performer, recently, may be worth consideration as a captain.

Sacha Kljestan is another captain worthy option. He is on most of the free kicks and penalties. New York and Kljestan have both enjoyed strong showings recently. Lloyd Sam is on International duty and will not be available for the Wednesday match in Toronto.

Javier Morales is an exceptional choice, this week for Real Salt Lake. Like Portland, they are making a move for the 6th playoff position in the West. He always plays great at this time of year.

Diego Valeri is the man in Portland. Beware of his card risk, if he gets a yellow in the first, he will have to sit out the second. Darlington Nagbe should also a popular pick.


Krisztian Nemeth is my choice ahead of Dom Dwyer of the Sporting Kansas City forwards. Either are well worth a look. Again, I like Kansas City's schedule. Ordinarily, I prefer forwards who play out of a single forward set up.

Bradley Wright-Phillips has been inconsistent this year but may be a good choice this week.

Devon Sandoval is a good selection, if you are on a budget. He has delivered 24 fantasy points in his last 4 game weeks.

Kei Kamara is still a good option for Columbus, despite playing only one match. He should emerge as the season leader in goals scored.

This is going to be fun week with a lot of exciting variables. Sporting Kansas City, Real Salt Lake and maybe Toronto have the schedule working in their favor. The New York Red Bulls are making a move. Los Angeles and DC United both have very favorable fixtures at home, but I believe we are better off looking at the double game week teams.

I expect my squad to look like this: Melia, Ellis, Maund, Morrow, Giovinco, Feilhaber, Kljestan, J. Morales, BWP, Nemeth and either Grella or Ulloa (and I may combine them for a filler and Valeri). I expect to captain Feilhaber.

Anyway, best wishes per usual. Who do you like this week? Who will be your captain? Let us know in the comments!