MLS Fantasy 2014: Clint Dempsey Should Not Be In Your Squad

By Matthew Evans
Clint Dempsey 2014 MLS Fantasy Soccer
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There is a dilemma facing Fantasy Soccer owners out there — is Clint Dempsey worth the price set forth for his services?

The value for Dempsey as it stands now in the preseason mode is set at $10 million. It seems like a pretty high value considering Dempsey struggled early on during his season with Seattle Sounders FC and has continued to lack proper form while on loan with Fulham in the English Premier League.

In the MLS soccer fantasy setup, where the user is allowed a budget of $120 million to field a team of 18, Dempsey is a very high-risk, high-reward type player. His price represents 8.3 percent of the total budget allowed and that would be for a player who has not spent a single training session with his club to this point in the year.

This preseason was needed for Dempsey to gel with all of the new faces in Seattle. Sure, he has chemistry from 2013 with Obafemi Martins, Brad Evans and Osvaldo Alonso, but now that Kenny Cooper partners with Martins at forward, he’s a completely different animal than Eddie Johnson. Now, Marco Pappa is the man running the left wing for Seattle with Mauro Rosales at Chivas USA. There are two new faces in the defense as well, in Chad Marshall and Jalil Anibaba, that Dempsey will need to get familiar with on corner defending.

Dempsey will be extra motivated to prove himself early with the Sounders after the disappointment of last season, as well as the inconsistent minutes on loan with Fulham, but his price tag is just too high. What else needs to be factored in is that Dempsey will be playing at the FIFA World Cup in Brazil with Jurgen Klinsmann and the United States Men’s National Team, meaning that he will miss multiple matches due to this commitment. Looking at the schedule, it seems likely that he will miss between three and six matches depending on the success of the USMNT in Brazil.

This is where the high-risk factor comes into play, as you will need to have quality depth in order to cover for the absence of Dempsey in late May and June. But spending so much on him to start the season will limit what depth you can have on your squad. There are so many better options at midfield that are cheaper as well, like Dillon Powers and Diego Fagundez ($8 million each), or Rosales and Diego Chara ($7.5 million each). The point is, you should join 94.7 percent of other Fantasy Soccer owners and pass on Dempsey.

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