MLS Fantasy 2014: Picking Up Steve Neumann Is A Smart, Low-Risk Midfield Option

Steve Neumann MLS Fantasy

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“With the fourth pick of the 2014 MLS SuperDraft, the New England Revolution select Georgetown midfielder Steve Neumann.”

Those words echoed throughout the Philadelphia Convention Center and shocked reporters sitting in their seats. They were taken back that Neumann was drafted over Patrick Mullins. New England was able to steal the aforementioned Mullins with the 11th pick.

Looking ahead to the 2014 MLS Season, Neumann is one of the MLS rookies to keep an eye on this season. The main reason for this is because his tenure with USL-PDL side Reading United AC that has effectively developed and helped college soccer players transition from their NCAA playing days to MLS. As a result, Neumann’s transition should be no different, so you will want to add him to your 2014 MLS Fantasy squad.

With $120 million to fill an 18-man squad, fantasy users have to make tough decisions, such as where to spend the core of their budget or where to be frugal. One way to make a low-risk, cheaper option is by choosing Neumann. While it is unclear whether or not Neumann will make the Revolution’s starting XI at this point, Neumann’s Reading United experience gives him a one-up on Mullins.

Should Neumann start, he could earn rave reviews and be among MLS Rookie of the Year throughout the season. Additionally, he should be paying behind newly acquired and starting forward Teal Bunbury. While forward Bunbury’s fantasy stock seems to be high with New England’s dangerous midfield, the same can be said for Neumann.

According to MLS Fantasy rules, goals scored by midfielders are worth five points. Additionally, assists are worth three points. For fantasy purposes, mlssoccer.com further explains assist points, “Assists are awarded when a pass or cross leads to a goal scored (no defender touch can interfere with the pass).” In 2014, secondary assists will be given assist points as well.

Another reason to pick up Neumann is his ability to create scoring opportunities for himself and teammates. A point for every three crosses, a point for every three key passes (A key pass is one that leads to a shot at goal), and lastly, a point for every big chance created (a big chance is one in which the Opta analyst determines the player should score). MLS rookie Neumann did all three of those with both Georgetown and Reading United, so there’s a great chance it continues with New England.

The potential is there for Neumann to put up big fantasy points this season. Financially, his $5 million price tag is definitely enticing. If you decide to select Neumann, you will not break the bank and will have more than enough money for your other 17 players. Moreover, if Neumann becomes a rookie sensation and goal scoring, chance creating machine, then you will look like a genius having him already on your MLS Fantasy team and in your Starting XI. On the other hand, should Neumann not play well, then you won’t lose much having him and releasing him down the road.

All in all, you would be a fool to not give Neumann a chance on your roster. If you want proven fantasy point getters in MLS veterans, then you will need cheaper options to compensate and keep you under the $120 million budget. Neumann’s cheap cost is a smart, low-risk option that could lead you to winning one of mlssoccer.com’s $10,000 worth of MLS fantasy prizes.

Keep checking back at Rant Sports as we give you more fantasy advice leading up to and throughout the 2014 MLS season.

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