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Daily Fantasy Soccer 2015: DraftKings Top MLS Player Picks for June 20

Steven Cook@@stevencookinFeatured Columnist IVJune 20, 2015

Philadelphia Union goalie Brian Sylvestre celebrates at the end of an MLS soccer match against the Columbus Crew, Wednesday, June 3, 2015, 2015, in Chester, Pa. The Union beat the Crew 3-0. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)
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Week 18 of the MLS season continues forward into Saturday's six-match slate, which boasts a wealth of opportunities on DraftKings for daily fantasy aficionados to target.

The 12 clubs taking to the pitch Saturday will hope to build some momentum over the weekend with a tricky midweek matchday looming for Wednesday of next week. Some key absences on certain squads have opened up opportunities for lesser-valued players to make an impact, which you can find some examples of below mixed in with some can't-miss selections.

Top MLS Player Picks for Saturday, June 20
Pos.PlayerOpp.FPPGSalary
FJozy AltidoreNYCFC5.6$8,400
FChad BarrettSan Jose5.9$6,000
MFelipe MartinsVancouver9.7$6,400
MRodney WallaceHouston6.8$5,900
DTyrone MearsSan Jose8.0$5,700
DFabinhoLos Angeles6.3$4,600
GBrian SylvestreLos Angeles10.1$3,700
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F: Jozy Altidore, Toronto FC ($8,400) and Chad Barrett, Seattle Sounders ($6,000)

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Jozy Altidore looks set to make his triumphant return to the starting lineup as told by Toronto FC's provisional starting 11, and he should pick up right where he left off. With three goals in his last four DK appearances and two braces on the season, Altidore should wreak havoc against a New York City FC side that has conceded 13 in its last eight games.

Clint Dempsey and Obafemi Martins have all but opened the door for Chad Barrett, as Dempsey was banned three games for a red card, and Martins is out at least three weeks. The Sounders' second-team striker dazzled in his last outing with a goal against New York Red Bulls, and his second-to-last start yielded a brace.

M: Felipe Martins, New York Red Bulls ($6,400) and Rodney Wallace, Portland Timbers ($5,900)

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Consistent performers have been elusive for the Red Bulls, but Felipe Martins is giving them just that in the midfield. He's averaging double-digit fantasy points on the season and should give New York plenty of service from crosses as they search for an offensive identity.

Speaking of consistency, Rodney Wallace has provided the same for Portland and is peaking after notching an assist on 10 DK points the last time out against Colorado. His Timbers squad faces a Houston side that has given up 15 goals in the last eight matches, good for second-worst in the league during that span.

D: Tyrone Mears, Seattle Sounders ($5,700) and Fabinho, Philadelphia Union ($4,600)

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He's the most expensive defender on Saturday's slate for a reason—Tyrone Mears has a forward's output, at least in terms of DK points. Mears has eclipsed the double-digit plateau three times in his last five outings and should take on an even larger offensive role with Dempsey and Martins sidelined.

Fabinho has evolved offensively for a Philadelphia Union club with goals in its last four league games, assisting twice in his last four appearances. He'll also be good for a clean sheet against a L.A. Galaxy side with one goal in its last two combined games.

G: Brian Sylvestre, Philadelphia Union ($3,700)

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The 22-year-old goalkeeper is on loan from a North American Soccer League team, but Brian Sylvestre is making a name for himself as a high-value DK goalie as well as a first-team choice for the Union. His last four DK appearances have yielded double-digit totals three times, and he faces a Galaxy team with just six goals in its last eight outings.


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