MLS Fantasy 2014: Thierry Henry's Price Tag Not Worth Risk

By Phil Naegely
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The 2014 MLS preseason is well underway and the regular season kicks off on March 8. One player many fans are considering is New York Red Bulls forward Thierry Henry. While he is arguably a top-five MLS striker, he is not worth picking up on your fantasy team due to his high $11.0 million price tag.

Out of the $120 million budget, Henry’s cost would take up approximately 9 percent of your budget. The only other MLS player with a $11.0 million price tag is last year’s top-three MVP finalist and L.A. Galaxy midfielder Robbie Keane. If anything, choosing Keane would be more worthwhile.

Another reason Henry is not worth picking is due to his fantasy points decline between 2012 and 2013. Two years ago, Henry scored 175 points over 2288 minutes of play, scoring 15 goals and assisting 12 others. In 2013, Henry played 2729, scored 10 goals and assisted on nine goals.

While Henry played more minutes last year, he is only getting older and Kenny Cooper is no longer on the Red Bulls roster. As a result,  Henry is the sole offensive threat, which is a mixed bag. Yes, he should take more shots, yet defenses will guard the designated player more tightly. Lastly, it looks like the trend between 2012 to 2013 will hold true through the 2014 season.

Because of this, Henry is too big of a risk to take with the $11.0 million price tag. You will not do well with Henry on your roster, and you are better off buying two players for his hefty price tag.

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