What’s up MLS Fantasy managers?! Round 5 kicks off in just under an hour with some Friday Night Football! NYCFC is traveling north of the border to visit Toronto in the only matchup of the night, which presents some very intriguing fantasy opportunities.
If you’ve been following us for a while now, you’re well aware of the MLS Fantasy Switcheroo and the advantages that rolling lineups presents. For situations such as this one where you have one or two matches taking place one day before the rest of the league, we highly recommend including adding a couple players from those clubs to your bench. This way, if they have fantastic performances, you are free to throw up to four minimum-priced players who are guaranteed to not play into your starting lineup, thereby maximizing the amount you have to spend on the rest of your squad.
Now that you’re ready to implement tonight’s strategy, there’s only one thing left to do: pick those bench players! We have just the thing to help you make those picks too… here are our Power Rankings for both Toronto FC and NYCFC players who will feature in tonight’s match!
1) Jozy Altidore – FWD, TFC - Decently priced, playing at home, and Alejandro Pozuelo is in the starting lineup tonight. Could have a big night if Poz clicks right away.
2) Alex Mitrita – FWD, NYCFC - Incredibly talented player. However, no Maxi Moralez for NYCFC, so he'll be lacking some support today... but he will also be on PKs and every free kick. High-upside pick here on night where we expect goals to be scored, albeit an expensive one.
3) Nick DeLeon – DEF, TFC - Second-highest form rating on the team at the moment at a pretty attractive price, so even if TFC don't pull a clean sheet he has a decent shot at a price rise nonetheless.
4) Alejandro Pozuelo – MID, TFC - Exciting debut tonight for TFC's big offseason signing. Admittedly, we've seen MLS debuts for big name players go both ways, so there's definitely some risk here.
5) Alex Bono – GK, TFC - I have a feeling this is going to be a higher-scoring game, with NYCFC having a decent shot at scoring given the talent they have up front (even if they lack a true #9 and Maxi Moralez). Nevertheless, you could do worse when it comes to a goalkeeper switcheroo.
6) Alex Ring – MID, NYCFC - Ring has been an absolute revelation for NYCFC in a more advanced role on the attacking end in 2019. He's still talented enough and willing to put in the work on the defensive end to have a decent bonus point floor, especially if NYCFC pick up an early goal and decide to sit back a bit.
7) Drew Moor – DEF, TFC - Moor might not be a guaranteed price increase like DeLeon, but he's priced below 5.0m and offers managers cheap defensive exposure for TFC should they desire it.
8) Michael Bradley – MID, TFC - He's been playing some of the best soccer of his career to start the 2019 season, but not only is he extremely high-priced for a defensive midfielder, but he's also coming off of international duty. We're not very high on him this week.
9) James Sands – MID, NYCFC - The 18-year-old earns another start tonight, and should have a busy shift in the defensive midfield on the road. Not a bad pick if you're looking for cheap defensive bonus points.