This article is part of our DraftKings MLS series.
Lineup No. 1: Frugal Forwards
The way that DraftKings pricing has been working lately, it's quite difficult to build a roster with fewer than three value picks in the attack. Lineup construction is as important as ever, and oftentimes the decision on which position - midfield or forward - to save salary with is a critical one. It's no secret that the forward position is loaded with game changers like Sebastian Giovinco, David Villa and Kei Kamara, all of whom are capable of respectable point totals even without a goal. Otherwise, the midfield is the most consistent way to find points. If you can pick cheaper forwards that score a goal, and then load up on an expensive midfield, then success is imminent. I'm assuming Giovinco doesn't put up another 56 points, of course.
Four forwards jump out as potential goal threats in the low $4,000 range this week: Juan Agudelo, Tesho Akindele, Ola Kamara, and Herculez Gomez. My pick of the litter is Agudelo, who now plays alongside Kamara, or rather in his shadow, but he remains an attacker with more potential than almost any young forward in the league. He's made just six starts on the year, but has two goals and two assists. In a blossoming attack, with defenses and our opponents focusing on Kamara, Agudelo could be a great value.
I considered the other three forwards, but ultimately reached a little higher for the second spot. Khiry Shelton at $4,600 had some appeal in the Hudson