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!
1) Maxi Moralez, MID - Maxi is a bonus point machine with an engine that never slows down (seriously, look at his minutes – he hasn’t played less than 80 all season). NYC is at home twice, so the Argentinian should be a lock for your lineup, if not your captain’s armband, in Round 28.
2) David Villa, FWD - He’s starting, so we’re bumping him ahead of SeanJohn. Despite NYC’s recent struggles, Villa remains one of the all-time MLS greats, and he’s almost guaranteed to find the back of the net at least once this week.
3) Sean Johnson, GK - Guaranteed 180 minutes on his home pitch this week (barring injury, of course). He should definitely be on your roster this week, even if he’s paired off with a late-game switcheroo.
4) Anton Tinnerholm, DEF - The best option on the NYCFC back line, he offers both a decent shout at a clean sheet as well as quite a bit of attacking potential along the flanks. The Swedish national is the fantasy fantasy fullback option this week, enjoying some recent strong form as he’s picked up three assists in his last five matches.
5) Alex Ring, MID - When it comes to a double-matchweek, we almost always lock in a defensive midfielder with a strong bonus floor. However, Ring hasn’t been racking up the bonus points as much in recent weeks under Dom Torrent, and we already have solid defensive coverage with Tinnerholm and SeanJohn which is why he drops to 5th. However, if you are feeling very optimistic about NYCFC’s defense this week, bring Ring in as he should see a full 180 minutes this round.
6) Alex Callens, DEF - Tinnerholm is a superior option for sure, but if you’re feeling optimistic about a single- or double-shutout this week, Callens is the second-best option on the back line.
7) Ronald Matarrita, DEF - Adding the Costa Rican national here after lineup announcements as it looks like he’ll be patrolling the midfield on Wednesday. Given that he’s designated as a defender in fantasy, his positioning inherently produces higher expected returns as a result of increased attacking opportunities, even if he finds himself in a more defensive role in the midfield. Another good play if you are stacking your roster with three or four NYCFC defensive players this round.