MLS Fantasy 2014: Grab Philadelphia Union Zac MacMath As Starting GK

By Phil Naegely
Zac MacMath MLS Fantasy 2014
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The 2014 MLS season is less than a month away. With $120 million budget and a 18-man roster, fans have a chance to win more than $10,000 worth of prizes playing MLS fantasy 2014 on One way to make sure you are on your way to winning one of those prizes is by picking up Philadelphia Union GK Zac MacMath.


In the last two years, MacMath has started in all but two games for the Union. During the 2012 season, MacMath played in 32 of 34 games, while playing in all 34 Union games in 2013. In those two years, MacMath has grown as a player on and off the field. There were many times in 2013 when his instincts and clutch saves rescued the Union.

Oh, he led the league with 12 shutouts and made 101 saves. As a result, MacMath scored 167 fantasy points, which ranked him fifth-highest amongst MLS goalies.

Andre Blake and Defensive Chemistry

While it is very likely MacMath will continue to be the Union’s starting goalie, No. 1 2014 MLS SuperDraft pick GK Andre Blake being the back-up does not allow him any room to let his guard down. In 2013 MacMath did not have a very talented goalie like Blake ready to take his job.

Also, minus Jeff Parke‘s departure to DC United and additions of Ethan White and third-round draft pick Richard Marquez, the Union’s back line is intact. Sheanon Williams, Amobi Okugo, Fabinho, and Ray Gaddis were critical to the Union’s back line last season, and the same can be said in 2014. The chemistry between MacMath and his back-line defense will be key to both the Union’s and MacMath’s fantasy success.

Fantasy Value

Unlike conventional fantasy leagues for the major sports with drafts, MLS Fantasy has a $120 million budget. Fantasy fanatics need to pick their 18-man roster with that $120 million budget in mind. It would be great to have the best MLS XI, but that would break the bank before picking 11 players.

MacMath ranked fifth among all goalies in overall points last season. At $5.0 million, MacMath is the same price as goalies like Chicago Fire‘s Sean Johnson and DC United‘s Bill Hamid. However, I personally think MacMath’s 2014 talent and fantasy potential is much higher than those of both Johnson and Hamid.

MacMath had 167 points, Johnson had 125 and Hamid’s total score was 112. Among the many other goalkeepers available at $5.0 million is Colorado RapidsClint Irwin, who had 151 points in 2013. Of all the the keepers available at $5.0 million, MacMath is your best option. Yes, the Union start off with a tough game against the Portland Timbers, but I think MacMath can handle their offensive onslaught just fine.

Why not pick up a goalie like Houston Dynamo’s Tally Hall or Portland Timbers‘ Dominic Ricketts? Well, I think that $1 million could be spent in other areas like on a striker or midfielder. Hall did rack up an impressive 205 points in 2013, but Ricketts only had eight more points than MacMath at 175 points.


Overall, don’t break your bank on your goalie. Stick with a solid option by picking up MacMath to be your starting MLS Fantasy goalie in 2014, and you should do just fine. It might not be the most popular move with only about 10 percent of fantasy owner having him, but that’s why 90 percent of players don’t end up win prizes.

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