Tuesday July 18

MLS Fantasy 2017 - Round 20 DGW Extravaganza!

At long last, MLS Fantasy is back, and it has returned with a bang! Round 20 features a staggering FOURTEEN teams with two matches, which means there are going to be quite a few fantasy squads that will score well into the triple digits this round.

That being said, we’ve got a few ideas of how we can get your fantasy team to see plenty of green arrows this week. So, without further ado, here is how we're lining up this round, along with some thoughts behind this week’s setup:

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Thursday June 29

MLS Fantasy 2017 - Round 18 Midweek Matchup Summary

Hey everyone, just wanted to make a quick post today and give a quick shout-out to the crew over at Reddit and the MLS Fantasy Subreddit. We've got an active, inclusive, and quickly growing community over there; the discussions, banter, and analysis generated by the community have super helpful for managers across the globe, and I highly recommend you check it out!

Lastly, I just wanted to highlight a quick post I made over there which should be very helpful for managers looking to firm up their lineups before Thursday night's match. I compiled the lineups and substitutions for every match that MLS teams (who are participating in Round 18) played midweek between the US Open Cup and Canada Cup. Link is below!

Midweek Match Summary

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Tuesday June 27

MLS Fantasy 2017 - MLSFI Podcast, Round 18

Hey everyone, just wanted to take a quick second to share this week's edition of the MLS Fantasy Insider podcast! The team had me on as a guest host this week, and we covered Round 17 results and the upcoming round 18 matches! Some really great stuff on here this week between the Hudson River Derby and Harry Potter quotes - be sure to give it a listen! One fair warning though - this was recorded before the midweek USOC matches, so make sure to factor those in when picking your lineups this week!

Lastly, here are the other hosts from the pod - make sure to give them a follow as well!

@MLSFantasyBoss

@MikeDatTiger

@TKelly19

@MLSInjuryNews


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Tuesday June 20

MLS Fantasy 2017 - Round 17 Power Rankings

After a brief respite, MLS Fantasy is back with another set of midweek matches as eight teams have drawn double-duty in Round 17.

We'll have our individual positional power rankings shortly, but first here is where we are ranking each team this week:



Additionally, please keep in mind that we will see the DCU/ATL and MIN/POR lineups by 7pm EST tonight, with DCU/ATL kicking off at 7:30pm EST. We will be sure to provide one final update to our rankings after they come out, so be sure to keep track of our Twitter feed tonight, as we will be posting our update there as soon as possible!

UPDATE: DCU/ATL and MIN/POR lineups are out - Josef Martinez is on the bench for Atlanta while Hector Villalba gets the start up top. Rankings updated below!

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Friday June 9

MLS Fantasy 2017 - Round 15 Picks

After several weeks of fantasy mayhem, MLS Fantasy managers get a bit of a reprieve; Round 15 features a mere three matches as we are in the midst of a FIFA international window.

With so few fixtures, we've decided to show you exactly how we're lining up this weekend, as week as our thoughts on a few other players that were in our thoughts but ultimately didn't make the cut. Our round 15 breakdown can be found below!

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Tuesday May 30

MLS Fantasy 2017 - Round 14 Preview

We've got another busy week on the horizon as MLS Fantasy Round 14 features eight teams on double duty. This week, however, we've got a special treat for you, as the crew over at the MLS Fantasy Insider podcast invited me on to preview the upcoming round! Be sure to give it a listen below as we've got some great tips for the upcoming round - and be sure to give everyone on the podcast a follow on Twitter as well!

@MLSFantasyBoss (also found at www.MLSFantasyBoss.com)

@JayMLSFI

@MikeDatTiger

@MLSInjuryNews


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Thursday May 25

MLS Fantasy 2017 - Round 13 Picks

Another week, another early start for MLS Fantasy managers! Round 13 is the fourth straight round to feature a midweek start. Fortunately for managers, we get a bit of a respite from the mayhem of several teams with double-duty; there's a lot of second-guessing that happens when you have players who are rotation risks! This round features only one team playing twice (FC Dallas), with another team on bye (Montreal Impact).

This week we will rank our top picks for FC Dallas, followed by the rest of the league - check it out after the jump!


**MAJOR UPDATE - FC DALLAS' LINEUP HAS BEEN ANNOUNCED AND HAS SOME MAJOR CHANGES! ACOSTA, URRUTI, ZIMMERMAN, GONZALEZ ALL NOT INCLUDED IN THE 18-MAN ROSTER! PLEASE IGNORE OUR FC DALLAS SECTION BELOW AND SEE OUR REVISED PICKS BELOW (HINT: PLENTY OF CHICAGO PLAYERS!!)


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Tuesday May 16

MLS Fantasy 2017 - Round 12 DGW Power Rankings

Another week, another quick turnaround as MLS Fantasy returns on a Wednesday once again! Round 12 is special, though, as this week features TEN teams playing twice! We will be getting to our individual positional power rankings in a bit; first, here is an under-explained list of how we are ranking each team playing twice in Round 12


1) Philadelphia Union: HOU, COL
2) Chicago Fire: COL, @dcu
3b) Orlando City SC: @sje, NYC
3a) New York City FC: @rsl, @orl
5) Sporting KC: SEA, @van
6) Seattle Sounders: @skc, RSL
7) Real Salt Lake: NYC, @sea
8) San Jose Earthquakes: ORL, @fcd
9) Houston Dynamo: @phi, @atl
10) Colorado Rapids: @chi, @phi


With this many teams playing, managers really shouldn't have any players in their starting XI playing only one game. The only real exception I can think of is with a high-upside, high-rotation-risk player in a switcheroo with a solid single-match player. (We are actually utilizing this, with a Luis Solignac/Matt Hedges switcheroo).

Now, before we jump ahead into the Power Rankings, I just want to make one quick note for how we compiled these. Long story short, we are emphasizing players who are most likely to play a full (or close to) 180 minutes in Round 12. We will mark those players who are rotation risks with a diamond. With that behind us - onward to the rankings!

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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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