The 2014 MLS season is less than two weeks away, and it is about time. Preseason soccer has been full of action, but not nearly to the level of excitement that fans are used to during the regular season. As fantasy owners beginning to finalize their rosters for the up-coming season, two players must be on each owner’s radar, Patrick Mullins and Steve Neumann of the New England Revolution.
Each player brings a significant amount of talent to the team and has tremendous amounts of experience and goal-scoring capabilities. Unfortunately for fantasy owners, when having only $120 million with which to buy 18 players, money sure goes quickly. Especially when buying major stars like Graham Zusi, Omar Gonzalez or Thierry Henry. With so many experienced and valuable players on the market, is it really worth your time to pick a rookie? Or for that matter two rookies from the same team? Allow me to explain your options, dear fantasy owner.
For New England in 2014, both their midfield and forward positions are very well-stocked with talent, making the chance of a rookie getting into the starting line-up rather slim. Traditionally, the Revolution have played a 4-3-3 formation, making the chances for Neumann a lot less slim then for Mullins. The midfield is crowded with rising stars like Lee Nguyen and Kelyn Rowe or even the return of veteran Shalrie Joseph, although Joseph has yet to be officially resigned. Moving up to the forward spot, the Revolution currently have seven players fighting for three starting spots. Mullins is sitting in a good place right now, because Fagundez will occupy one of the two outside forward spots while newly acquired Teal Bunbury will more than likely take one of the other two spots, leaving room for Mullins to sneak into the starting line-up.
Fantasy soccer is a tough game to play to begin with, especially with all of the players available for managers to choose from. Neumann and Mullins are both players who could see a fair amount of playing time this season, but at the end of the day, choosing both players for your fantasy team would not be the worst idea. Combined, both players equal $10 million at $5 million each. With the chance of grabbing both of these players for your team, it would be safe to assume that each would be a good second-string fantasy player to have in your back pocket. New England will come out trying several different line-ups to start their season, so Mullins and Neumann will see playing time jump and drop within the course of a few games.
Overall, Neumann and Mullins are valuable, low-risk options when it comes to building your 2014 fantasy team. You may not see a lot of minutes right away from them but with how talented both players are, it could only take a few games for them to break in as consistent starters for the young and talented Revolution offense.