When looking for an averaged value forward for your 2014 MLS Fantasy team, at just $8 million Sporting Kansas City’s Dom Dwyer immediately stands out. Unfortunately, you should be cautious when thinking of adding him to your team as a featured striker.
This season, the competition in the Eastern Conference has gone up for Kansas City as multiple members of the Eastern Conference have reached for talented DPs and former U.S. Men’s National Team members, which means that it’s going to be more difficult for team unless they can start scoring more goals. Only one player on the team last season reached 10 goals, Claudio Bieler.
Last season, all Dwyer did was score three goals and produce two assists; he finished the 2013 MLS Fantasy season with just 53 total Fantasy points. Those are terrible stats for a Fantasy striker, especially when he costs $8 million this season.
However, Dwyer should have a good season in 2014. He’s got a good team around him, and SKC doesn’t really have an elite goal scorer on the field. With an elite passer like Graham Zusi on the same field as he is, he’s bound to score a couple goals. Unfortunately, I think that Sporting Kansas City is far too balanced of a team to allow one player to score 15+ goals. Their game is more about playing defense and stealing games 1 – 0. Dwyer will be hindered by that.
If you want to draft Dwyer, the bench is the best place to keep him. There are plenty of other strikers available that should have much better Fantasy seasons for around the same price. I like his actually value in real life soccer, but in MLS Fantasy he’s probably a player that you should add to your watch list and not spend the initial $8 million on.