As you frantically search the list of forwards on MLS Fantasy for an averaged-priced asset that could end up being one of the key cogs in your winning season, one name that has to jump out at you is the Philadelphia Union’s Conor Casey. At just $7.5 million, Casey is a big-name MLS veteran who has proven time and time against that he’s a goal scorer who is also at a very reasonable price. If you’re wanting to spend a large chunk of your $120 million on midfielders or big-name strikers, it’s hard to ignore this buy.
However, his low price tag and his previous numbers can be deceiving. This offseason, the Union added a lot of talented midfielders to help Sebastien Le Toux get balls to the forwards, including Maurice Edu, Vincent Nogueira and Cristian “Chaco” Maidana. However, based on style of play, these players are going to make Jack McInerney into an elite MLS striker rather than spread the success around to Casey.
I’m not saying that Casey is going to have a bad MLS season. I actually think that he’s going to help Philadelphia to a No. 1 or 2 seed in the MLS playoffs and be a major part of their success. However, I don’t think he’ll be the one to score goals with the talent that is around him and the potential of McInerney up top.
Casey will score a couple goals this season and maybe have an assist or two, but he’s going to be much more of a player of positive intangibles for the team – a role player, not a goal scorer. Don’t let the allure of the low $7.5 million price tag on a talented MLS veteran like Casey deceive you into choosing him for your MLS Fantasy squad; there are plenty of other solid, consistent players for $7.5 million or less.