MLS Fantasy 2014: Jeff Parke A Cheap Option For Success

By Phil Naegely
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During the 2014 MLS offseason, current DC United defender Jeff Parke was traded from the Philadelphia Union to the nation’s capital in exchange for defender Ethan White. While he will be a veteran defender that a young United squad needs, Parke can also anchor your 2014 MLS Fantasy roster to winning ways. He won’t break your $120 million budget while racking up a significant amount of points each game.

At $7.0 million, Parke is a steal in this year’s MLS fantasy leagues. While he is $3 million cheaper than the most expensive defender, he also brings in a solid point total as well. In 2013, he ranked 16th among defenders with 147 points. Drew Moor was the only other defender worth $7.0 million to beat out Parke in total score.

As a result, Parke is a good value pick for your fantasy team this year. There are plenty more expensive defenders this year who collected fewer points than Parke in 2013. Don’t waster your money and time trying to go big  by selecting a more expensive defender that will fail you game in and game out. Instead, United’s center-back Parke will not only save you money to spend on other players, but also show his worth in 2014.

The way Parke earns as many points as he does is through CBI — clearances, blocks and interceptions. In 2014, players receive one point for every six CBIs. Within the defensive third and inside the 18-yard box, Parke’s physical, veteran presence does not allow opposing teams easy chances on frame. As a result, this helped the Union secure 12 shutouts last year. With United having a similar skill set in the pipes as Philadelphia, Parke’s fantasy points production should not dwindle.

Overall, Parke is not going to be the heavy point-getter each game. However, for $7.0 million, you receive a quality player who will earn you consistent points game in and game out. Select Parke now before his price increases as his fantasy demand goes up throughout the 2014 MLS season.

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