Happy Matchday to all the MLS Fantasy managers out there! Starting lineups have been announced for Wednesday night’s Hudson River Derby, which means that many of you will be changing your lineups over the next hour before kickoff. Good news is for you is that as huge RBNY fans, we’re pretty well-positioned to provide some solid color on which players you should have during a round featuring two rivalry matchups. That being said, let’s not waste any more time – here’s our New York Red Bulls Round 26 Power Rankings!
1) Bradley Wright-Phillips (FWD) - BWP is an assassin when it comes to rivalry matchups, and always manages to find that extra gear when it comes to DC or NYC. As luck would have it, he gets to play both this week. He's a bit of a rotation risk, but we can't seem him playing any fewer than 150 minutes this round, given the circumstances.
2) Tyler Adams (MID) - Defensive midfielders with solid floors during double gameweeks are typically strong plays. Adams has an incredible engine and is pretty much guaranteed two full shifts this week. He's also got an outside shot at producing attacking returns, especially if he finds himself out on the wing at any point this week.
2a) Sean Davis (MID) - Davis is Tyler Adams' counterpart in the defensive midfield, and has an equally-high bonus point floor. He's also on free-kicks which is a plus, however his attacking potential in open play is somewhat more limited than Adams'. Nevertheless, he provides great value at 6.8m, and could feasibly see higher defensive BPS if Adams is tasked with locking down a specific player who doesn't see the ball for the entire match as a result.
3) Luis Robles (GK) - Decent shot at a clean sheet in both matches, with a decent 5-6 point floor if RBNY doesn't. Combining him with a 4.0m plug is still cheaper than most other keeperoo plays this round.
4) Aaron Long BAYBAY (DEF) - Solid bonus point floor, pretty much a lock for a full 180 minutes this week, barring a situation where Armas rotates the entire lineup in one of these matches.
5) Danny Royer (MID) - Given his work rate on the wing, he probably has the highest risk of rotation this week of all RBNY midfielders, even ahead of Kaku. That being said, he's really found his groove in recent weeks; even if he only manages 120 minutes, that's plenty of time for the Austrian to produce some outsized attacking returns. He's a fantastic switcheroo bench option this week.
6) Kaku (MID) - Probably the second-highest likelihood for rotation after Danny Royer. He should be able to put up some solid returns this week, but he's all-but-guaranteed to be a -0.5 drop this round. Given how limited MLS Fantasy managers are in terms of finances, it's tough to recommend unless you're absolutely certain your Total Value can handle the hit.
7) Marc Rzatkowski (MID) - After several false starts under Jesse Marsch, the German international has gotten into a groove under Chris Armas. He supposedly missed the trip to Vancouver as more of a precautionary measure in order to ensure he was fully rested for this week's matchups. That being said, given that he's coming off of an injury, it's possible that he might only play in one of two matches this round, given the depth RBNY has in the midfield.