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Friday October 5

MLS Fantasy 2018 - Round 32 Picks

Good afternoon, fellow MLS Fantasy managers, and welcome to Round 32! We've got a mere three weeks to make the climb into the Top 100, which means these final rounds will be the most exciting of the year! Fortune favors the bold, after all... so if you're thinking about making some high-upside or risky picks, now's your chance!

Here's who we're going with this weekend:

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Friday October 5

MLS Fantasy 2018 - Parsing The Percentages, Round 32

Hello to all the MLS Fantasy Managers out there, and happy October! As we get ready to dive into the weekend’s matches, we’re back once again with our Parsing the Percentages series to help managers target some optimal plays this weekend. Look to Soccer Captains for your MLS Fantasy advice and content. With that, here… we… go!


Atlanta FC (vs. New England)

FiveThirtyEight: 72% chance to win vs DC United

OddsShark: ATL Win -333 (vs NE)

OddsPortal: ATL Win -327 (vs NE)


When you think about potent offenses in the MLS you, of course, have to include Atlanta in that conversation. Josef Martinez (13.1m) and Miguel Almiron (12.5m) are two of the most prolific offensive weapons in all of MLS, and they are going up against a New England squad that should be overmatched on the road this weekend. If you can find a way to work both of these players into your lineup, please do, as we’re anticipating a productive day from both of them.

Julian Gressel (11.4m) is another solid option in the midfield – the German international is in very solid form with five assists and a goal in his last four matches, and he’s slightly cheaper than Almiron if your budget is tight. You could also pair him up with Hector Villalba (10.6m) for Atlanta attacking exposure in your lineup at a slightly discounted price.

Defensively, Leandro Gonzalez Pirez (8.7m) and Brad Guzan (6.4m) are your best bet for the Five Stripes defensive representation. With a 3:30pm EST start time, managers would have plenty of time to make adjustments if they were to deploy them on their bench in a switcheroo.


Toronto FC (vs. Vancouver)

FiveThirtyEight: 64% chance to win vs Portland

OddsShark: TOR Win -175 (vs VAN)

OddsPortal: TOR Win -172 (vs VAN)


Despite struggling through what has been a very disappointing MLS campaign in 2018, Toronto FC are still not yet mathematically eliminated from the playoffs. Moreover, they have won their previous two home matches and are hosting a Vancouver squad that is making a very long trip for a classic Canadian showdown.

Sebastian Giovinco (14m) though costly, could be the best play of the week. He’s been in red-hot form as of late, arguably keeping Toronto alive single-handedly, and is an absolute beast on the home pitch. Try your best to make some space in your lineup for him, as he will be one of the most popular captain picks this round.

Almost equally as strong in form is midfielder Victor Vazquez (8.9m), who has found the scoresheet in each of Toronto’s last two home wins. At just 8.9m, he could help offset some of the cost of bringing in Seba, as he’s very reasonably priced compared to other midfielders of his caliber in MLS Fantasy. We also rate Jonathan Osorio’s (11.3m) expected returns to be roughly the same as Vazquez’s, although if managers are looking to save a few bucks it might make more sense to go with V-Squared.

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Wednesday September 26

MLS Fantasy 2018 - Round 31 Power Rankings: NYCFC, Chicago

What’s up MLS Fantasy managers? We’re rapidly approaching the grand finale of the 2018 season, which means we’ve just got a few weeks to make that final push to the top of our mini leagues!

Round 31 of the fantasy season here features a mere two teams on double-duty, as Chicago travels to face NYCFC on Wednesday night at 7pm EST. With the rest of the league playing on Saturday and Sunday this week, our picks for the single-match teams are coming later in the week… but as is tradition, we’ve prepared a set of Double Matchweek Power Rankings to help you put together those fantasy squads for tonight’s matches!

Before we dive in, one final note here: the bench for our squad this round will heavily feature midweek players in switcheroo roles. NYCFC are in pretty poor form at the moment, and Chicago aren’t much better, so we’re going to be more cautious here and hope for some strong production to swap in. With that being said, let’s hop on in!

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Tuesday September 18

MLS Fantasy 2018 - MLSFI Podcast, Round 30

Hello MLS Fantasy managers, and welcome to The Final Countdown! Round 30 is upon us, which means we've got a mere five sessions to climb as high as we can this MLS season. The squad over at MLS Fantasy Insider were kind enough to bring me on once again this week, where we break down the top fantasy options for what could be the final double matchweek of the season featuring a full complement of MLS teams.

We've embedded the podcast below, but before you begin listening, here's where you can find the other hosts on Twitter - make sure to give them a follow to expand your MLS Fantasy landscape!

@MLSFantasyBoss

@riffbw

@MikeDatTiger

@MLSInjuryNews


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Wednesday August 29

MLS Fantasy 2018 - Parsing The Percentages, Round 27

Hello and happy matchday to all the Fantasy MLS Managers out there. Round 27 features a total of EIGHT teams on double-duty while Colorado and Chicago are both on bye, which means we’ve got plenty of switcheroo options out there this round. Let’s jump right in!

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Thursday August 23

MLS Fantasy 2018 - Parsing The Percentages, Round 26

Good evening all and happy Thursday to all the MLS Fanatsy managers! K-Manner back at ya as always with our weekly Parsing the Percentages piece! I’ve scanned the betting landscape to come up with the picks to help you optimize your lineups coming into the Round 26 weekend.


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Wednesday August 22

MLS Fantasy 2018 - Round 26 RBNY Power Rankings

Happy Matchday to all the MLS Fantasy managers out there! Starting lineups have been announced for Wednesday night's Hudson River Derby, which means that many of you will be changing your lineups over the next hour before kickoff. Good news is for you is that as huge RBNY fans, we're pretty well-positioned to provide some solid color on which players you should have during a round featuring two rivalry matchups. That being said, let's not waste any more time - here's our New York Red Bulls Round 26 Power Rankings!

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Tuesday August 21

MLS Fantasy 2018 - MLSFI Podcast, Round 26

What's up MLS Fantasy managers! It's a pretty exciting week in the world of Major League Soccer, as Rivalry Week is upon us! The crew over at the MLSFI podcast were kind enough to invite me back on to the pod once again, and boy was it a wild one! We cover the New York Red Bulls on Double Derby Duty, which single-week teams have the best matchup, and the over/under on how many yellow cards we'll see in the Orlando/Atlanta matchup. Be sure to stick around for all the professional wrestling comparisons and our lineup picks at the end of the pod!

We've embedded the podcast below, but before you begin listening, here's where you can find the other hosts on Twitter - make sure to give them a follow to expand your MLS Fantasy landscape!

@MLSFantasyBoss

@MikeDatTiger

@MLSInjuryNews


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Saturday August 11

MLS Fantasy 2018 - Round 24 Picks

Hello MLS Fantasy managers, and happy match day! It's been a soccer-filled Saturday, and I'm sure many of you have been enjoying the first weekend of Premiere League action, but that's just a mere appetizer to the Major League Soccer action we've got going on this weekend! Plenty of teams are jockeying for positioning in the playoff hunt, which means all of the big names should be on the pitch this weekend and in consideration for your fantasy lineups.

With salaries having been reset to $100m last week, it's been quite the challenge to puzzle together a competitive team while remaining under the salary cap. Nonetheless, we feel as though we've pieced together a very competitive team this weekend - check out our picks below!

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Thursday August 9

MLS Fantasy 2018 - Parsing The Percentages, Round 24

Hello there Fantasy MLS Managers and welcome back to our weekly Parsing the Percentages series! With one of our regular teams on bye this week (Atlanta), we’ve decided to head out west for our picks this week – so without further adieu, let's get it going!

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