Michael Barrios (DK: $6,600): Our first Must-Have is the Dallas attacker who has started to turn his talent into more consistent performances over recent weeks. He has always flashed occasional glimpses of his skill but he’s been unable to string together a succession of good games. However, the absence of Acosta to the Gold Cup and Diaz’s struggle to come back from long term injury has forced more responsibility onto his shoulders. Some players would wilt under this, but he has seemed to embrace it, despite many of his teammates doing the opposite. Dallas has suffered back to back losses with a 4-0 defeat at home against Vancouver and a 3-1 reversal in Philadelphia last weekend. They will be desperate to return to winning ways here and have a good spot at home against a Colorado team which has just picked up one point in nine road games and sits bottom of the West with just 21 points. Despite Dallas’ struggles in the last two games, Barrios has accrued 28.5 DK points with a goal, six shots and 14 crosses. The biggest upside for Barrios is that he has picked up a good share of corners over recent weeks, taking 11 of his team’s 27 corners with five coming in the last game. This only helps his floor, and with the upside of his strong form and the opponent’s road struggles, he should be in a perfect spot to gain a great return. His price is still only $6,600 which is a very moderate amount and leaves plenty of space for other strong attacking options. You also gain access to a Dallas team who, on paper, should be one of the highest scorers on the slate being the biggest favorites in all of the MLS games on Saturday. We think that by picking Barrios you are locking in a player who has a fantastic shot at reaching double value with the potential to get more. His pace and trickery should cause constant issues for the Rapids backline and he has shown he can produce even when those around him do not. The prospects in a strong Dallas performance are very favorable.
Lee Nguyen (DK: $8,900): Our other Must-Have for the slate is another dual-eligibility player who has been on a fantastic run of performances. Nguyen is the key player for the Revs this season and his box score is littered with double digit performances. He has only failed to reach 10 DK points in one of his last 10 games, and over the last four matches he has averaged around 20 DK points a game. The downside to his strong showings is that has price has now risen to $8,900, but if he matches his recent average again here, you will still get a return of double value. By using him you also have the added benefit of locking up a forward spot with a player who is not reliant on goals to produce, which is especially crucial for cash games. Nguyen gives us the boost of corners, free kicks and penalties, so all these things only enhance his floor as evidenced by his strong run of consistency. The Revs have a home game against Vancouver and they have been a pretty potent force at Gillette Stadium, scoring 19 goals in their last seven fixtures. Nguyen is also benefitting from Kei Kamara’s upsurge in form, with an assist to him in the last game and defenses having to pay more attention to the veteran forward, leaving more space for the other Revs attackers to exploit. Vancouver has struggled somewhat defensively, conceding at least two goals in five of their last seven games including two each against strugglers Minnesota and Colorado. New England are the second-biggest favorites on the main slate, and Nguyen will be an integral player for them here, as they are getting desperate for wins to stay in the race for a playoff slate in the East. We expect Nguyen to have a big game here and be at the center of the Revs attacking efforts. We fully expect him to reach at least mid teens in DK points and he has a definite pathway to getting double value return or more.