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).
DGW Power Rankings
1) Luciano Acosta – MID, DCU - Lucho has stumbled a bit in recent weeks after going on an absolute tear for the better portion of late-July/early-August. Nevertheless, we still expect him to play a full shift in both matches this week, and he should feast against Minnesota midweek.
2) Russell Canouse - MID, DCU - You know we love ourselves those defensive midfielders on double-matchweeks, both for the bonus point floor and the (usually) affordable price-points. Canouse is the best of the bunch this round – just make sure to check Wednesday night’s lineup.
3) Wayne Rooney – FWD, DCU - Rooney has logged a ton of minutes in a very condensed DC schedule, but we still expect Ben Olsen to have him out there for at least 60 minutes in both matches this week. RBNY are a tough matchup during the weekend, but he could feast against a struggling Minnesota squad with even more players missing than usual.
4) Darwin Quintero - FWD, MNU - The Colombian superstar should return from injury this week, and he has a chance at putting up monster numbers even if he earns limited minutes. He’s a bit pricey for a switcheroo, but we really like his upside here.
5) Bill Hamid – GK, DCU - We wouldn’t be surprised to see DC give up goals in both matches this week. Nevertheless, it makes sense to play the numbers here and give your team two shots at one, and we like DC’s chances at a shutout this week moreso than Minnesota’s this week.
6) Steve Birnbaum – DEF, DCU - High chance of earning two full shifts this week, and probably the best floor for bonus points amongst DC defenders. Not a terrible switcheroo selection.
7) Brent Kallman - DEF, MNU - Most likely to earn bonus points and a full 180 on that back line. However, we’re not anticipating any clean sheets for Minnesota this week.
8) Ibson - MID, MNU - Schuller likely won’t play both matches, so Ibson is your best bet for defensive midfielder coverage. We’re not too optimistic about his bonus point floor, though.