Thursday April 13
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!
Thursday April 6
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:
Friday March 31
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.
Saturday March 25
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!
Thursday March 16
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.
Friday March 10
The inaugural weekend of the 2017 MLS Fantasy season got off to a scorching-hot start as Portland absolutely shellacked an expansion Minnesota United FC side with a lopsided 5-1 victory. Unfortunately for fantasy managers who favored the attack-heavy 3-4-3 formation, that was the only match of the weekend that saw more than 3 combined goals; the remaining ten matches during the weekend saw 9 clean sheets, 8 teams with a mere 1 goal, and 4 teams scoring 2 goals.
Needless to say, the 20 goals scored in 11 matches on opening weekend this season is a stark contrast compared to the 2016 opening matches, where we had 36 goals scored in only 10 matches. Granted, this season has seen quite a few more teams attempt to emulate RBNY's success over the last two years by featuring high press tactics (as noted by MLS Analyst Matthew Doyle). If this is in fact the case, we may continue to see strong early-season defensive fantasy production while teams figure out how to adapt their attacks to this new competitive environment.
One additional note: NEW ENGLAND's home match against ORLANDO CITY has been postponed due to weather - make sure you update those squads before Saturday's matches!
Now, for Round 2, here are some popular picks that we're seeing out there and agree that they deserve a spot on your squad:
Thursday March 9
With the FA cup quarter finals taking place across the weekend, Gameweek 28 sees a mere eight teams face off in the Premier League. With most squads struggling to field a full XI, the Captaincy decision could prove vital to a successful Gameweek score.
Friday March 3
At long last, the MLS Fantasy season is here! Preseason camps have wrapped up, lineups are beginning to solidify, and fantasy managers are rejoicing!
Now, typically, we would put out our standard Power Rankings a day or two before the matches. However, the 2017 MLS Fantasy rotisserie format features unlimited transfers; therefore, the importance of analyzing the upcoming 4-6 rounds is greatly reduced this season, and player/club form should be weighted much higher in decision-making. When you consider the fact that most MLS teams have yet to play in a non-friendly match in 2017, it's tough to produce a set of Power Rankings that will actually add value for fantasy managers.
Therefore, in lieu of that, we've decided to just go ahead and provide fantasy managers with some picks and thoughts for the first couple of weeks. Once teams begin to build a track record, we should have sufficient data to put together some Power Rankings.
Now, in terms of Round 1, I'm going to be blunt and say there are going to be a few players that are going to be found on A LOT of teams:
Thursday March 2
The first double Gameweek of the season is upon as both Manchester City and Stoke play twice in Gameweek 27. With that in mind, here are our picks for the Captain’s armband this week.
Sergio Aguero – (@sun, STO)
Sergio Aguero tops the billing this week by virtue of returning to the Man City first XI ahead of their two fixtures against Sunderland and Stoke. Having recorded a double against Monaco in the Champions League, Aguero found the net of two occasions once more as City swept aside Huddersfield in their FA cup replay. This goal scoring form makes him the obvious candidate to hand the armband to as City take on two obliging defences in Stoke and Sunderland.
Raheem Sterling – (@sun, STO)
With two goals and eight assists in his last ten Premier League appearances, Raheem Sterling has provided an unerring level of consistency in the Manchester City attack of late. The winger has relished his role in Pep Guardiola’s system and is likely to add to his tally over the course of the two fixtures in Gameweek 27, meaning that he is certainly a viable captaincy candidate for our FPL squads.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic – (BOU)
Having almost single-handedly led Man Utd to EFL Cup glory last weekend, Zlatan Ibrahimovic completes our Captain’s picks ahead of a Gameweek 27 fixture against a freefalling Bournemouth side. The Cherries have failed to keep a clean sheet in seven attempts and face a Man United side that are unbeaten in 16 Premier league outings.
Harry Kane – (EVE)
Netting his third hat-trick in nine fixtures sees Harry Kane remain high in our thoughts for Gameweek 27. The Spurs forward was in scintillating form as they demolished Stoke last time around, and he has fired his way back into the race for the Premier League golden boot in which he now sits level at the summit with 17 goals.
Gylfi Sigurdsson – (BUR)
Swansea’s talisman earns our backing once again as they host Burnley at the Liberty Stadium in Gameweek 27. The Icelandic midfielder has registered a very impressive three goals and three assists in his last five fixtures, which included trips to Liverpool, Man City and Chelsea. That level of consistency, regardless of the opposition, earns him a spot as one of our Captain’s punts against a Burnley side that are yet to record a victory away from home this season.
Manolo Gabbiadini – (@wat)
With five goals in his first three starts for Southampton, Manolo Gabbiadini has taken no time at all to settle into life in English football. The Saints travel to Watford in Gameweek 27, a side that have only managed two clean sheets at home all season.
Jamie Vardy – (HUL)
Leicester City’s performance against Liverpool in Gameweek 26 reminded me of how they won the Premier League last season. Pumping the ball up to Jamie Vardy to chase seemed to revive the ailing forward, who scored his first two goals in the Premier League since his Gameweek 15 hat-trick against Man City. The Champions will host Hull this week, and if they can replicate the performance against Liverpool, Vardy is sure to be amongst the goals once again.