The Under-20 World Cup and various international friendlies have stripped down many of MLS teams' rosters for Week 15, but DraftKings action for Saturday's slate is still ripe with options destined for big outings.
While players absent on international duty will leave holes across many lineups and throw a wrench into the sometimes predictable nature of who's going to start, it can also allow others to have more of the ball and produce fantasy points. With seven matches on tap, let's break down a few lineup picks for each position.
|Top MLS Value Picks for Saturday, June 6|
F: Jack McInerney, Montreal Impact ($6,100) and Luke Moore, Toronto FC ($4,900)
It feels weird to say, but the Montreal Impact have scored double-digit goals in three of their last four contests following Wednesday's win over Vancouver. Jack McInerney has netted goals in two of them. Expect him and Montreal to continue pressuring the target against Columbus Crew, who conceded three goals in a midweek loss to Philadelphia Union.
Somebody has to aid Sebastian Giovinco in generating Toronto FC's offense with Michael Bradley and Jonathan Osorio, among others, absent. Luke Moore appears to have got the nod up top in the club's projected starting lineup and is coming off a goal-and-assist performance for 20 DK points last time out.
M: Mehdi Ballouchy, NYC FC ($6,400) and Baggio Husidic, L.A. Galaxy ($6,200)
Veteran New York City FC midfielder Mehdi Ballouchy has struggled with just six DK points in his last 150-plus minutes, but he preceded that with goals in two of three outings. That included an 18-point performance against Philadelphia, which happens to be NYC's opponent on Saturday. The Union's porous defence will see Ballouchy and others push up for attacking chances.
The Galaxy continue to be depleted up top, with Gyasi Zardes on international duty and Robbie Keane still hobbled, but Baggio Husidic and company look poised to take on the scoring load from midfield. Husidic normally stays at home in the central midfield, but he'll likely be asked to attack like he did during the recent visit to New England—where he notched an assist.
D: Jalil Anibaba, Sporting K.C. ($5,100) and Laurent Ciman, Montreal Impact ($4,100)
Sporting Kansas City defender Jalil Anibaba has been generating offense over his last couple of starts, notching assists in two of his last three matches. A nine-point average is more than you can ask for on the back line, and he has decent value, even in a tough matchup with Seattle.
Much less of an attacking threat, Montreal's Laurent Ciman can perform above his value if the Impact are able to keep the score down against Columbus. It doesn't hurt that he averages more than a shot per contest.
GK: Bill Hamid, D.C. United ($5,700)
After picking up another Team of the Week honor in Week 13, D.C. United goalkeeper Bill Hamid got his third rest of the season on Wednesday against Chicago. He's gone from being among the best-value 'keepers into one of the highest-priced goalies, but it will pay off to select him for Saturday, as he will be facing a Toronto FC unit without Jozy Altidore, Michael Bradley, Jonathan Osorio and Ashtone Morgan.
DraftKings is hosting one-day MLS and Champions League contests with thousands in prizes. Click here to make a first-time deposit and claim your free entry!