Wednesday October 17

MLS Fantasy 2018 - Round 34 Power Rankings

Hello and happy matchday to all of the MLS Fantasy managers out there! We've got a quick turnaround this week for the last time this season. Round 34 features the final set double matchweek fixtures in the fantasy season, which means we've got our last edition of the Power Rankings for you below!

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Tuesday October 16

MLS Fantasy 2018 - MLSFI Podcast, Round 34

Greetings MLS Fantasy managers and welcome to the FINAL double matchweek of the season! Round 34 is here, and it features a tidy seven teams on double-duty this week. Also, this is the final round in which we get to see RSL play, so try to tune in to at least one of their matches this round!

The team over at MLS Fantasy Insider invited me on for the last time during the regular season on Monday, where we covered the must-have players for Round 34. The podcast features a new format this week with a sharper focus on the most relevant fantasy teams and matchups for the week, so be sure to give it a listen and let us know what you think!

I've embedded the podcast below, but before you begin listening, here's where you can find the other hosts on Twitter - make sure to give them a follow to expand your MLS Fantasy landscape!

@MLSFantasyBoss

@riffbw

@MikeDatTiger

@MLSInjuryNews


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Friday October 12

MLS Fantasy 2018 - Round 33 Power Rankings

What’s up MLS Fantasy Managers? Round 33 is here, and we’ve got just four matches on the docket since we are smack dab in the middle of a FIFA international break. Typically reserve our Power Rankings for rounds featuring clubs on double-duty… but with such a small playing field, we felt it was best to break out our infamous Power Rankings tonight! Check ‘em out below after the jump:

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Friday October 5

MLS Fantasy 2018 - Round 32 Picks

Good afternoon, fellow MLS Fantasy managers, and welcome to Round 32! We've got a mere three weeks to make the climb into the Top 100, which means these final rounds will be the most exciting of the year! Fortune favors the bold, after all... so if you're thinking about making some high-upside or risky picks, now's your chance!

Here's who we're going with this weekend:

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Friday October 5

MLS Fantasy 2018 - Parsing The Percentages, Round 32

Hello to all the MLS Fantasy Managers out there, and happy October! As we get ready to dive into the weekend’s matches, we’re back once again with our Parsing the Percentages series to help managers target some optimal plays this weekend. Look to Soccer Captains for your MLS Fantasy advice and content. With that, here… we… go!


Atlanta FC (vs. New England)

FiveThirtyEight: 72% chance to win vs DC United

OddsShark: ATL Win -333 (vs NE)

OddsPortal: ATL Win -327 (vs NE)


When you think about potent offenses in the MLS you, of course, have to include Atlanta in that conversation. Josef Martinez (13.1m) and Miguel Almiron (12.5m) are two of the most prolific offensive weapons in all of MLS, and they are going up against a New England squad that should be overmatched on the road this weekend. If you can find a way to work both of these players into your lineup, please do, as we’re anticipating a productive day from both of them.

Julian Gressel (11.4m) is another solid option in the midfield – the German international is in very solid form with five assists and a goal in his last four matches, and he’s slightly cheaper than Almiron if your budget is tight. You could also pair him up with Hector Villalba (10.6m) for Atlanta attacking exposure in your lineup at a slightly discounted price.

Defensively, Leandro Gonzalez Pirez (8.7m) and Brad Guzan (6.4m) are your best bet for the Five Stripes defensive representation. With a 3:30pm EST start time, managers would have plenty of time to make adjustments if they were to deploy them on their bench in a switcheroo.


Toronto FC (vs. Vancouver)

FiveThirtyEight: 64% chance to win vs Portland

OddsShark: TOR Win -175 (vs VAN)

OddsPortal: TOR Win -172 (vs VAN)


Despite struggling through what has been a very disappointing MLS campaign in 2018, Toronto FC are still not yet mathematically eliminated from the playoffs. Moreover, they have won their previous two home matches and are hosting a Vancouver squad that is making a very long trip for a classic Canadian showdown.

Sebastian Giovinco (14m) though costly, could be the best play of the week. He’s been in red-hot form as of late, arguably keeping Toronto alive single-handedly, and is an absolute beast on the home pitch. Try your best to make some space in your lineup for him, as he will be one of the most popular captain picks this round.

Almost equally as strong in form is midfielder Victor Vazquez (8.9m), who has found the scoresheet in each of Toronto’s last two home wins. At just 8.9m, he could help offset some of the cost of bringing in Seba, as he’s very reasonably priced compared to other midfielders of his caliber in MLS Fantasy. We also rate Jonathan Osorio’s (11.3m) expected returns to be roughly the same as Vazquez’s, although if managers are looking to save a few bucks it might make more sense to go with V-Squared.

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Wednesday September 26

MLS Fantasy 2018 - Round 31 Power Rankings: NYCFC, Chicago

What’s up MLS Fantasy managers? We’re rapidly approaching the grand finale of the 2018 season, which means we’ve just got a few weeks to make that final push to the top of our mini leagues!

Round 31 of the fantasy season here features a mere two teams on double-duty, as Chicago travels to face NYCFC on Wednesday night at 7pm EST. With the rest of the league playing on Saturday and Sunday this week, our picks for the single-match teams are coming later in the week… but as is tradition, we’ve prepared a set of Double Matchweek Power Rankings to help you put together those fantasy squads for tonight’s matches!

Before we dive in, one final note here: the bench for our squad this round will heavily feature midweek players in switcheroo roles. NYCFC are in pretty poor form at the moment, and Chicago aren’t much better, so we’re going to be more cautious here and hope for some strong production to swap in. With that being said, let’s hop on in!

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Tuesday September 18

MLS Fantasy 2018 - MLSFI Podcast, Round 30

Hello MLS Fantasy managers, and welcome to The Final Countdown! Round 30 is upon us, which means we've got a mere five sessions to climb as high as we can this MLS season. The squad over at MLS Fantasy Insider were kind enough to bring me on once again this week, where we break down the top fantasy options for what could be the final double matchweek of the season featuring a full complement of MLS teams.

We've embedded the podcast below, but before you begin listening, here's where you can find the other hosts on Twitter - make sure to give them a follow to expand your MLS Fantasy landscape!

@MLSFantasyBoss

@riffbw

@MikeDatTiger

@MLSInjuryNews


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Wednesday September 12

MLS Fantasy 2018 - Round 29 Power Rankings: DC, Minnesota

What’s up MLS Fantasy managers? With the September international break coming to a close, we’re back to a full slate of lineups here during Round 29! Both DC and Minnesota are on double-duty this week (along with NYCFC on bye), which means that we’ve got another set of Power Rankings in store for you!

As always, be sure to check out the lineups before kickoff tonight. Also, the below rankings take into account the current weather forecast for Hurricane Florence, which has the storm moving further south (which would mean that DC is likely to play this weekend).

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Wednesday September 5

MLS Fantasy 2018 - Round 28 NYCFC Power Rankings

What’s up MLS Fantasy managers?! We’re officially headed down the home stretch here in Round 28 with 80% of the season now behind us. The fantasy soccer gods have rewarded us with a bit of a reprieve as the September FIFA International Break is here, so there will only be seven MLS teams playing this week. As luck would have it, Eastern Conference playoff contenders NYCFC are on double-duty and will play at home twice, which means that we’ve gone ahead and prepared our usual Double Matchweek Power Rankings for you!

As always, be sure to check out lineups on Wednesday night, as those will definitely influence our rankings. (UPDATE: NYCFC is fielding a full-strength lineup, so we’ve slightly tweaked our rankings accordingly, bumping up David Villa) So without further ado, let’s jump in to the picks below!

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Wednesday August 29

MLS Fantasy 2018 - Round 27 DGW Power Rankings

What's up MLS Fantasy managers! We've got another quick turnaround this week with eight teams on double-duty, so as always we've got some Round 27 Power Rankings coming your way!

Couple of things to note before we dive in:

• The New York Red Bulls are playing their fourth match in 12 days, so we're likely to see some rotation. Therefore, the below rankings are contingent upon the starting lineups, which will be announced at 7pm EST

• We've split out the Midfielder section into two categories: Defensive and Attacking. We're big proponents of including at least one defensive midfielder during rounds which have several teams playing twice, as their bonus potential offers a very solid floor at prices that are often quite affordable.

So without further ado, let's jump on in!

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