Welcome to the first edition of Dirty South Soccer's weekly 'expert' fantasy tips. Each Friday, we will be discussing the hottest players in MLS to add your fantasy lineups and who you should get rid off. Feel free to leave your picks in the comments. Side note: make sure you get your team set by 7:00 EST tonight before the Orlando game starts.
Here are the standings in our Fantasy league after Week 1
- Cyle Larin: A lot of you have Larin in your lineups already, but for those who don't or are thinking about dropping him for someone else, I would definitely keep him. Orlando are at home against Chicago Fire who let in 4 goals last week against NYCFC. Last week, Orlando scored two goals in stoppage time to tie the game at 2-2, one of which was scored by Larin. Tonight would be a perfect opportunity for Larin to keep up the momentum and put his name on the score sheet a couple times. It wouldn't be a terrible decision to captain him either.
- Diego Fagundez: Fagundez scored a goal and had 2 assists in the 3-3 draw in Houston. This week, New England will host DC United who allowed 4 goals against LA Galaxy. Also, Fagundez was named to the Team of the Week and would be a safe bet against DC.
- Walker Zimmerman: Zimmerman surprised some of us and received the start against Philadelphia in the opening week. However, he put in a shift and earned a spot on the team of the week. Zimmerman will likely keep his spot and contribute even more as the season gets going. This week, FC Dallas travel to face their in-state rivals, Houston Dynamo.
- Harry Shipp: Shipp had one assist last week in the 3-2 win over a solid Vancouver Whitecaps side. He will feature alongside Ignacio Piatti who scored two goals and notched one assist last week. Also Dominic Oduro could latch on to some of Shipp's passes for a goal.
- Kaka: Kaka was out last week against against Real Salt Lake due to injury and will unfortunately remain sidelined against Chicago. Antonio Nocerino could make his debut in his absence but it is not guaranteed.
- Zach Loyd: Naturally, as Zimmerman is getting the starts, someone has to stay on the bench. Center-backs Matt Hedges got the shutout alongside Zimmerman last week, leaving head coach Oscar Pareja nothing to change in the backline.
- Andrea Pirlo: Pirlo was typical Pirlo last week being part of the side that conceded three goals to Chicago. Though an offensive threat, opponents easily waltz through the NYCFC midfield who are missing a ball-winner to protect their back line. With Poku (hopefully) destined to get some minutes, Pirlo doesn't look a promising option.