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:


Goalkeeper

1) Tyler Miller (LAFC)
2) Bill Hamid (DCU)
3) Brad Knighton (NER)


We’re not expecting a lot of points out of the goalkeeper position this weekend. Each of the home teams in Round 33 has their fair share of defensive issues, and we wouldn’t be surprised to see zero shutouts by the time the final whistle blows. That being said, LAFC’s Tyler Miller has the advantage of playing on Friday night, which means he’s a very solid switcheroo candidate despite his somewhat-high price tag – he pairs nicely with Brad Knighton on Sunday, whose club goes up against an Orlando team that has been out of contention for months now. We also don’t hate Bill Hamid’s prospects, since we might see Dallas come out a bit more defensively on the road against the duo of Rooney/Acosta.


Defender

1) Walker Zimmermann (LAFC)
2) Michael Mancienne (NER)
3) Frederic Brilliant (DCU)
4) Reto Ziegler (FCD)
5) Michael Boxall (MNU)


Similar to the goalkeeper position, we’re not expecting a ton of clean sheet points from defenders this round. Walker Zimmerman has the benefit of playing on Friday night at home, so we rate him as the best overall value for defenders this weekend. Unfortunately, LAFC’s offensive prospects are too strong that it becomes difficult to bring on more than one LA back-liner. Michael Mancienne is second on our list, however we would advocate for multiple New England defenders this round. They’re cheap, and they have decent shutout prospects – the only tricky part is we won’t know until lineups are announced as to who exactly will be playing! The rest of the list is rounded out by players with solid bonus floors from DC, Dallas, and Minnesota, in order of expected clean sheet chances (which are all pretty low to begin with, honestly).


Midfielder

1) Luciano Acosta (DCU)
2) Lee Nguyen (LAFC)
3) Yamil Asad (DCU)
4) Benny Feilhaber (LAFC)
5) Miguel Ibarra (MNU)
6) Rasmus Schuller (MNU)
7) Diego Fagundez (NER) if he starts


Unlike most rounds, the midfield is actually a bit of a wild card this week. You have your usual handful of players missing due to international duty, but we’ve also got a few clubs this week that have been experimenting in the midfield and rotating quite a few players out who were mainstays for most of the season. Therefore, our focus is primarily on players who we believe will pick up a full shift this weekend.

A scorching-hot Lucha Acosta is the clear top dog here, as a surging DC United look to sneak into the playoffs during these final three weeks of the season. His attacking partner Yamil Asad comes in at number 3, with LAFC’s Lee Nguyen sandwiched between them at 2 and Benny Feilhaber behind them all in the fourth slot. We anticipate some goals from both clubs this weekend, which is why they’re slotted in on top.

Minnesota’s Miguel Ibarra and Rasmus Schuller also make the list this week. Schuller is a high-floor players, and would be a good fit for managers looking to add some bonus points to their output this week. Ibarra is much more of a boom-or-bust player here, perfect for managers looking for a high upside play and/or an auto-roo midfielder. Diego Fagundez also falls in this category, provided that he actually cracks the starting lineup on Saturday.


Forward

1) Darwin Quintero (MNU)
2) Carlos Vela (LAFC)
3) Wayne Rooney (DCU)


It’s a Who’s Who of MLS star forwards in this section of our Power Rankings this round. These three superstars are all candidates for the captains armband this weekend, and at a minimum are no-brainers for inclusion in your lineups this weekend; we encourage managers to try their best to find a way to bring them all on board for Round 33, despite the high price tags.

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