MLS Fantasy: Last chance for all the expert tips ahead of Conference Championship 2nd legs

PRIMER: MLS Conference Championships


The transfer deadline for the Conference Championship second-leg matchups is Saturday at 7:15 pm ET. Be sure to have your lineups set before then! For the latest advice from Jason Saghini and Andrew Wiebe, check out the fantasy video above.

Before I share the experts' predictions for both matches and give you a sneak peek at my final lineup, here's a look at the current top 10 most-added players for this round.

Team Player Position Selected Price Total Score Transfers IN
Real Salt Lake Robbie Findley FWD 4.9% $7.1 79 638
Real Salt Lake Javier Morales MID 17.6% $9.1 196 508
Sporting Kansas City Seth Sinovic DEF 7.8% $5.8 161 405
Portland Timbers Ryan Johnson FWD 15.7% $7.9 117 383
Real Salt Lake Nat Borchers DEF 8.7% $5.0 138 371
Sporting Kansas City Jimmy Nielsen GKP 14.9% $5.7 168 353
Sporting Kansas City Matt Besler DEF 16.3% $5.9 140 342
Portland Timbers Will Johnson MID 16.1% $8.1 174 339
Real Salt Lake Chris Schuler DEF 7.1% $5.1 105 331
Real Salt Lake Joao Plata FWD 6.2% $6.2 99 309

* See the complete list of Top Transfers here.

Forwards might be the hardest position to choose from this round, but you still have to put one out there. Robbie Findley is the clear No. 1 option after his breakout performance in the first leg, but I already explained why I won't be taking a flier on him in the second leg.

Ryan Johnson and Joao Plata are the Nos. 2 and 3 options at forward currently, but what you can't see in the table above is that Will Bruin is right behind Plata with more than 300 player adds.

Some might still be hoping Bruin overcomes his "questionable" status in time to suit up Saturday night, but regardless, the Dynamo have a backup plan in place if he can't.

Predictions

  • Me: Sporting KC 1-0, Draw 2-2
  • Jason Saghini: Sporting KC 1-0, Portland 3-2
  • Andrew Wiebe: Sporting KC 1-0, Portland 2-1

We’re all expecting a one-goal affair at Sporting Park as well as a clean sheet for the home team. But in the second match, we're all predicting different outcomes.

I agree with Andrew that the Timbers will get two goals, but I also agree with Jason that Real Salt Lake get two. What do you think about our predictions?

My Lineup

I can't share my full lineup because I advanced to the semifinals in a couple of head-to-head leagues and my opponents will likely be looking for any advantage they can get. But I will give you a couple formations to choose from and seven of the 11 starters I'm going with.

Formation: 4-5-1 or 3-5-2

  1. GK: Jimmy Nielsen
  2. DEF: Aurelien Collin
  3. DEF: Rodney Wallace
  4. MID: Javier Morales
  5. MID: Graham Zusi
  6. MID: Diego Valeri
  7. MID: Will Johnson

Who do you think is missing from my lineup and who are some of the "must-haves" I left out?

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