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@dfsMLS. MATCHES (ET) Friday, 8:00 pm: Toronto FC vs. New York City FC Saturday, 1:00 pm: Chicago Fire vs. New York Red Bulls Saturday, 2:00 pm: New England Revolution vs. Minnesota United Saturday, 3:00 pm: Sporting Kansas City vs. Montreal Impact Saturday, 3:30 pm: San Jose Earthquakes vs. Los Angeles Football Club Saturday, 7:30 pm: Columbus Crew vs. Atlanta United Saturday, 7:30 pm: FC Cincinnati vs. Philadelphia Union Saturday, 9:00 pm: Colorado Rapids vs. Houston Dynamo Saturday, 9:00 pm: Real Salt Lake vs. FC Dallas Saturday, 10:00 pm: Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. Seattle Sounders FC Sunday, 6:30 pm: Orlando City SC vs. D.C. United Sunday, 9:00 pm: Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Portland Timbers
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MLS Fantasy: Week 5 Cheat Sheet.
Forwards Rank Player Matchup Price Notes 1 Carlos Vela LAFC at SJ 12.3 The only small knock to Vela is that Almeyda should know him relatively well and isn't afraid to devise an extreme gameplan to try and contain him. 2 Carlos Darwin Quintero MIN at NE 12.5 Quintero creates enough offense for an entire 4 or 5 man unit. Considering his 33 points through three road games so far, don't be too concerned about a trip to Gillette Stadium. 3 Wayne Rooney DCU at ORL 11.0 Orlando already have been starting a fairly unconvincing back line, but now Alex De John is out for a few weeks. DC are rested and in form. 4 Alexandru Mitrita NYC at TOR 10.2 He has taken 19 shots (!) in just three games. There's another fantasy level still to be seen here, especially when Heber arrives! 5 Raul Ruidiaz SEA at VAN 11.2 A bonafide goalscorer sitting atop one of the league's best attacks. 6 Josef Martinez ATL at CLB 10.1 There's definitely a drop off in confidence levels from Ruidiaz at 5 to this spot. 7 Zlatan Ibrahimovic LA v. POR 11.2 Achilles injuries aren't really something I want a 37-year old racing back from. I wouldn't be surprised if Zlatan subs on instead of starts this week. 8 Krisztian Nemeth SKC v. MTL 6.7 I'm always a little weary of a player coming back from international duty, but it's helpful that this match is relatively early and we can always pivot to Gerso who I also like this week. 9 Mauro Manotas HOU at COL 10.1 A goal or assist in every match so far, not to mention his CCL production. Manotas remains one of the league's most underrated players. 10 Jordan Morris SEA at VAN 9.3 11 Diego Rossi LAFC at SJ 9.0 12 Alberth Elis HOU at COL 9.2 Cheaper than Manotas and probably can approximate the production. 13 Gerso Fernandes SKC v. MTL 6.4 14 Gyasi Zardes CLB v. ATL 9.8 15 Jozy Altidore TOR v. NYC 9.6 Pozuelo is likely starting. Bradley is clicking. Jozy nearing full health. Toronto could continue or even elevate their hot start to the MLS season. 16 Bradley Wright-Phillips NYRB at CHI 10.3 17 Adama Diomande LAFC at SJ 9.3 As always, this could be Christian Ramirez instead. 18 Kei Kamara COL v. HOU 8.8 19 Cristian Penilla NE v. MIN 8.0 20 Fredy Montero SEA at VAN 8.7
Midfielders Rank Player Matchup Price Notes 1 Nicolas Lodeiro SEA at VAN 12.3 With a vast majority of the better teams on the road, and the Sounders looking to make MLS history with their fast start, Lodeiro gets the nod as my #1 midfielder. 2 Luciano Acosta DCU at ORL 11.4 Is a match at Orlando truly a road game? 3 Marco Fabian PHI at FCC 9.0 Extremely well rested after a two game suspension, and heavily relied upon. Fabian is a price drop risk, but I think the points will be there to prevent it. 4 Victor Rodriguez SEA at VAN 9.5 Nearly three million cheaper than Lodeiro and it's a week where I will consider that discount. 5 Federico Higuain CLB v. ATL 9.0 6 Maximiliano Moralez NYC at TOR 10.2 7 Kenny Saief FCC v. PHI 8.1 Big fan of the player and the price, but people are warming up to FCC too quickly for my liking AND souring on Philly too quickly. 8 Carles Gil NE v. MIN 9.9 Most managers will be off of Gil after last week's dud and the Revs' disfunction but I think this is still a good spot for him. 9 Albert Rusnak RSL v. DAL 11.2 10 Johnny Russell SKC v. MTL 9.3 Would be higher if not for his return from international duty and upcoming CCL match. Likelier than not that he plays a full shift, but more uncertainty than some above him. 11 Diego Valeri POR v. LA 11.6 12 Marc Rzatkowski NYRB at CHI 8.0 13 Sebastian Blanco POR v. LA 10.3 14 Jan Gregus MIN at NE 8.2 Racks up bonus points, has a cannon from distance, and is playing what appears to be the league's worst team. 15 Alejandro Pozuelo TOR v. NYC 10.0 He'll be very good but NYCFC is a tough opponent for his debut. Let's wait a week considering the price tag. 16 Romain Alessandrini LA v. POR 10.1 Like Zlatan, I don't think they rush Alessandrini back. 17 Daniel Royer NYRB at CHI 8.3 18 Jonathan dos Santos LA v. POR 9.4 These last three plus Alexander Ring are in a similar mold...a little too expensive but very safe. Ilie's penalty duties are a wrinkle to think about, but we may want to use our three SKC spots elsewhere. 19 Michael Bradley TOR v. NYC 10.0 20 Ilie Sanchez SKC v. MTL 9.1
Defenders Rank Player Matchup Price Notes 1 Graham Zusi SKC v. MTL 7.6 With Piatti and potentially Taider missing this match for Montreal, Zusi is the clear cut number one defender this week. If Russell rests, Zusi may even see some added set piece action. 2 Matt Besler SKC v. MTL 7.9 3 Harrison Afful CLB v. ATL 8.1 One of the few other defenders this week that checks most boxes I look for. Home, good defensive team, joins attack. 4 Walker Zimmerman LAFC at SJ 7.8 Seems like a lock for 2-3 bonus pts and then add the potential clean sheet and that he's one of the better set piece threats in the league. 5 Greg Garza FCC v. PHI 5.5 Garza's price may be too good to ignore. We will have to see how FCC line up. 6 Kelvin Leerdam SEA at VAN 6.5 Smith for daily fantasy, but Leerdam sneaking into the box from the opposite wing for FMLS. 7 Francisco Calvo MIN at NE 7.5 New England are dysfunctional so grabbing a few Loons seems prudent. 8 Brad Smith SEA at VAN 6.3 9 Romain Metanire MIN at NE 6.2 10 Gaston Sauro CLB v. ATL 6.5 Hype train is too full for my liking. Sauro is a good choice if you're near the top of the standings and just want to get the price rise and use the same player as many behind you will pick. 11 Andreu Fontas SKC v. MTL 5.5 Barath will likely be relegated back to the bench with Fontas' health returning. Make sure when lineups are released though! 12 Michael Amir Murillo NYRB at CHI 7.7 13 Leonardo Jara DCU at ORL 7.5 Orlando aren't a good attacking side yet and United have dominated defensively thus far. 14 Joseph Mora DCU at ORL 6.5 15 Seth Sinovic SKC v. MTL 6.3 16 Reto Ziegler DAL at RSL 7.2 When you have a defender that takes penalties, you rank him in all but the worst matchups. 17 Frederic Brillant DCU at ORL 7.0 18 Justin Morrow TOR v. NYC 6.7 19 Ike Opara MIN at NE 7.7 20 Ryan Hollingshead DAL at RSL 6.3
Value Rankings (forwards and midfielders under $7.5, defenders under $6.0; not ranked above) Rank Player Matchup Price Notes 1 Fafa Picault PHI at FCC 6.8 I'm not ready to stop targeting Cincy. They're capable but still below average. 2 David Accam PHI at FCC 5.8 3 Paxton Pomykal DAL at RSL 7.2 Probably good for another price rise, too. 4 Djordje Mihailovic CHI v. NYRB 7.0 Djordje will want to put on a show before Gaitan joins the squad. 5 Kyle Duncan NYRB at CHI 5.4 6 Memo Rodriguez HOU at COL 5.6 Not a lock to start as far as I'm aware, but he's another guaranteed price rise with upside in a good matchup. 7 Alex Muyl NYRB at CHI 7.0 8 Rolf Feltscher LA v. POR 5.2 9 Eduard Atuesta LAFC at SJ 7.2 With six bonus points last week, including a whopping three from passing (110), he'sa consideration against a struggling San Jose side. 10 Sebastian Lletget LA v. POR 6.9
Captain Rankings Rank Player Matchup Price Notes 1 Carlos Vela LAFC at SJ 12.3 In a week where captain picks could be all over the place, there's some merit to sticking with the best combination of safety and upside. 2 Nicolas Lodeiro SEA at VAN 12.3 Short road trip to a bad team, just like Vela. Nearly a coin flip. 3 Carlos Darwin Quintero MIN at NE 12.5 Trying to time when New England is going to snap out of it is futile. The better play is just continuing to assume they're really bad until they burn us with a good match or two. 4 Luciano Acosta DCU at ORL 11.4 DC are one of the league's best sides at the moment and Orlando's fluke clean sheet isn't going to scare me off of some good attackers here. 5 Wayne Rooney DCU at ORL 11.0