Wednesday May 10

MLS Fantasy 2017 - Round 11 Rapid-Fire Picks

We're fully in the midst of double-matchweek season in MLS Fantasy, as we enter the second of three straight rounds that will feature at least one midweek matchup!

Round 11 features a Wednesday Night fixture as Toronto visits Columbus in an Eastern Conference matchup! Many apologies for the abruptness of this post, as it comes to you directly from my iPad at 33,000 feet! So without further ado, here are our picks for Round 11!

Columbus Crew

Strong Candidates To Start Both Matches

• Zack Steffen
• Nicolai Naess
• Justin Meram
• Will Trapp
• Ola Kamara

High Upside, Potential Rotation Risk

• Frederico Higuain
• Niko Hansen

Zack Steffen and Nicolai Naess are really the only 'sure thing' when it comes to Columbus' defense at the moment - although they do face a tough task against Gio & Co. at home followed by a trip up north to Montreal over the weekend.

Further up the pitch, Ola Kamara and Justin Meram are two strong fantasy contributors who have a chance at producing strong numbers this week, and should be found on most lineups. Additionally, holding midfielder Will Trapp has a high floor as a consistent bonus-point earner thus far in 2017

In the High Upside group, Frederico Higuain is here because he is a bit of a rotation risk given his age - he may see limited time in one of this week's matches. Niko Hansen is also here as a value choice for the 5th midfield slot at 3.9m - he could see substantial minutes this week and potentially contribute as a switcheroo if he manages to find the scoresheet.


Toronto FC

Strong Candidates To Start Both Matches

• Clint Irwin
• Eriq Zavaleta
• Michael Bradley
• Sebastian Giovinco

High Upside, Potential Rotation Risk

• Justin Morrow
• Nick Hagglund
• Victor Vazquez
• Jozy Altidore


Drew Moor is slated to return this weekend, leaving the status of Justin Morrow (who played on the wing in Round 10) and Nick Hagglund (could be the odd man out) up in the air... which is why Clint Irwin and Eriq Zavaleta feel like the only sure-fire bets this weekend.

Further up the pitch, workhorse Michael Bradley should continue to see substantial time... and with Sebastian Giovinco getting a break over the weekend against Seattle, he will likely see time in both matches in Round 11. Jozy Altidore got a lot of playing time last week, so we wouldn't be surprised to see him get a break, which lands him in our 'high upside' section. Victor Vazquez is there as well - like Giovinco, he didn't play against Seattle, but his high work rate could mean he simply won't see much playing time in general during weeks where the team plays twice.


All Other Teams

Defense

The Orlando / Sporting KC has 0-0 written all over it, so we would fully support any defenders from either team to fill out the lineup. Additionally, San Jose defenders could see some fantasy success on the road against Colorado, although any team on the road to that stadium is always a bit of a gamble. Lastly, after being embarrassed twice last week, I could see the New York Red Bulls coming out angry at home against LA and put in a dominant performance.

Midfield & Forward

Tough to pick a third forward with Gio/Jozy/Ola available twice this week, but David Villa, Clint Dempsey, Bradley Wright-Phillips, and Chris Wondolowski could see some solid fantasy returns this week if you can spare the coin. For a cheaper third option, we're also considering Alberth Elis and Luis Solignac, especially if you wish to pair them in a switcheroo with a high-upside midfielder such as Alex Muyl or Jack Harrison.

In the midfield, Lee Nguyen has been phenomenal at home and could once again see strong returns against RSL. Along with Nguyen on the high end of the pay scale, we also favor Nicolas Lodeiro, Maxi Moralez, and Sacha Kljestan this weekend. If you're looking for some mid-ranged picks, we've got the aforementioned Muyl and Harrison on the list, with San Jose midfielders Jahmir Hyka and Anibal Godoy favored as well.

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Tuesday May 2

MLS Fantasy 2017 - Round 10 Musings & Picks

It was a mere two weeks ago that we were subjected to a quick turnaround in MLS Fantasy due to teams with two matches in a week, but here we are again! Round 10 features four clubs with doubles this week:

• New York Red Bulls
• Orlando City SC
• Sporting KC
• Toronto FC

Now, much like our Round 8 post, we're going to operate under the assumption that your teams will be primarily made up of players on the above four teams. Therefore, in the first half of the piece we will cover the players on teams with doubles who we feel will earn significant minutes. The second half will cover the players from teams playing just one match this round who we feel could provide big-time production and fill out those rosters.

Lastly, we recommend you check out our post on r/FantasyMLS regarding the New York Red Bulls upcoming matches. We analyze the news coming out of the organization, sort out the depth chart, and review how the club lined up for Wednesday league matches in 2016 - definitely a good read for fantasy managers looking for insight ahead of tomorrow's matches!

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Friday April 28

MLS Fantasy 2017 - High-Speed Round 9 Picks

Happy Friday everyone! Apologies for the delay; it's been a busy week at work with plenty of travel, and I'm currently writing this piece from my phone while in transit! (RIP Chromebook)

However, despite the less-than-ideal circumstances, as they say on Broadway: "The Show Must Go On!" - and MLS Fantasy is no different! Round 9 kicks off tonight with Houston traveling north of the border to take on Toronto FC at 7:30pm EST - make sure you get those picks locked in before then! And speaking of picks... we've got ours below! (Albeit somewhat abbreviated)

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Tuesday April 18

MLS Fantasy 2017 - Round 8 Musings & Picks

MLS Fantasy has a very short turnaround before Round 8 this week, as it's the first round of the 2017 to feature a double gameweek! New England vs. San Jose kicks off at 7:30pm EST on Wednesday, April 19th, so make sure you've got your transfers in and lineups ready ahead of that first match!

Being that it's the first double gameweek of the season, we're going to change it up a little bit this week on our side. We're going to list out the players from New England and San Jose that we believe are either high-floor or high-upside. After that, we'll include the players we think should be strongly considered to fill out the rest of your rosters. Our picks can be found after the jump!

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Thursday April 13

MLS Fantasy 2017 - Round 7 Musings & Picks

MLS Fantasy is back once again on what is shaping up to be a lovely Easter weekend! We've got our Round 7 picks for you below - best of luck to everyone this weekend!

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Thursday April 6

MLS Fantasy 2017 - Round 6 Musings & Picks

MLS Fantasy returns on a Friday for the second straight week as Montreal travels to Los Angeles for a classic MLS 10:30pm EST kickoff!

As usual, we've split our Round 6 selections into two groups: the high-selection players that we think will live up to the hype this week, and players we've highlighted who may come into the weekend a bit underrated but could have strong outings:

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Friday March 31

Captain's Quarters 2017: Hass' FPL Gameweek 30 Picks & Punts

Back from the wilderness of the international break, we’re taking a look at all of the options ahead of Gameweek 30 and the return of the Premier League this weekend.

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Saturday March 25

MLS Fantasy 2017 - Round 4 Musings & Picks

With only three teams playing this week, building your lineups this week should be akin to putting together a jigsaw puzzle!

For our picks this week, I'd like to direct you to the MLSFI podcast, where yours truly was the featured guest!



The key to this week, in my opinion, is picking the teams that will win, and loading up on their players; I have a gut feeling that there may not be many clean sheets this week! Therefore, I've posted my lineup for this week down below, along with players I prefer from each club in Round 4!

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Saturday March 18

MLS Fantasy 2017 - Round 3 Musings & Picks

Good morning and happy matchday to you all! We're a bit later than usual this week - but make sure to check out our picks before finalizing those lineups today!

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Thursday March 16

Captain's Quarters 2017: Hass' FPL Gameweek 29 Picks & Punts

It’s back to a full schedule in the Premier this week as we assess the best options for the Captain’s armband ahead of Gameweek 29.

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