Alejandro Pozuelo - Toronto FC - 2020 Fantasy

If you had been hoping that an investment in your defense would bring a high score, then Week 4 of MLS Fantasy was NOT your friend. The goal scoring flood gates opened and we saw multiple games with four or more goals (sometimes for each side!). Week 5 once again presents managers with a quick turnaround, with games starting on Tuesday when Toronto FC host the Montreal Impact (8 pm ET | TSN4, TVAS in Canada; MLS LIVE on ESPN+ in US). We also again get the opportunity to take advantage of the new double game week rule in Week 5 so you’ll have the opportunity to put into practice what you learned in Week 3. Here’s a list of some my top fantasy targets.


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Goalkeepers


Toronto FC goalkeeper Quentin Westberg continues to lead the pack thanks to his second clean sheet since the regular season resumed. His early game on Tuesday makes him ideal for a keeperoo and he could double his clean sheet total as the Montreal Impact and Vancouver Whitecaps are the last in the league in generating shots on goal.

Rank
Player
Team
Opponent
Price
1 
Quentin Westberg
TOR
vs. MTL, at VAN
$8.2
2 
Eloy Room
CLB
vs. PHI, vs. CIN
$8.5
3 
Pedro Gallese
ORL
at NSH, vs. ATL
$6.0
4 
Andre Blake
PHI
at CLB, at RBNY
$8.9
5 
Sean Johnson
NYC
at NE, at DC
$9.1

Value Goalkeepers

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Rank
Player
Team
Opponent
Price
1 
Marko Maric
HOU
vs. MIN, vs. SKC
$5.5
2
Connor Sparrow
CHI
at CIN, vs. NE
$4.7
3
Joe Willis
NSH
vs. ORL, at MIA
$4.1

Defenders

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Toronto FC fullback Chris Mavinga is good value for both his defending and attacking ability| USA Today Sports Images


Toronto FC’s clean sheet success makes all of their defenders top targets for Week 5 and it’s Chris Mavinga’s ability to generate bonus points that earns him my top pick. Over his last two games, Mavinga has generated eight bonus points from his defensive actions and passing. This ability gives him a high point floor and almost guarantees a double-digit score if Toronto comes away with another clean sheet.

Rank
Player
Team
Opponent
Price
1
Chris Mavinga
TOR
vs. MTL, at VAN
$8.4
2
Harrison Afful
CLB
vs. PHI, vs. CIN
$8.5
3
Anton Tinnerholm
NYC
at NE, at DC
$7.2
4
Auro
TOR
vs. MTL, at VAN
$6.7
5
Joao Moutinho
ORL
at NSH, vs. ATL
$8.2
6
Jonathan Mensah
CLB
vs. PHI, vs. CIN
$9.5
7
Jack Elliott
PHI
at CLB, at RBNY
$6.4
8
Alexander Buttner
NE
va. NYC, at CHI
$7.0
9
Kelvin Leerdam
SEA
at RSL, vs. POR
$9.5
10
Eddie Segura
LAFC
vs. SJ, at LAG
$8.5

Value Defenders

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Rank
Player
Team
Opponent
Price
1 
Dave Romney
NSH
vs. ORL, at MIA
$5.9
2
Maikel van der Werff
CIN
vs. CHI, at CLB
$5.2
3
Patrick Seagrist
RBNY
vs. DC, vs. PHI
$4.2

Midfielders


If you were thinking there was going to be a theme to this week you were tight. Alejandro Pozuelo has continued to be an offensive powerhouse for Toronto FC. He has earned a goal or an assist in almost every regular season match this year, is involved in most set pieces, and is one of the top attacking bonus point generators. This triple threat is exactly what you are looking for when a player faces two teams who are struggling to keep the ball out of the net.

Rank
Player
Team
Opponent
Price
1
Alejandro Pozuelo
TOR
vs. MTL, at VAN
$14.0
2
Nicolas Lodeiro
SEA
at RSL, vs. POR
$12.5
3
Sebastian Blanco
POR
vs. LA, at SEA
$9.1
4
Alexander Ring
NYC
at NE, at DC
$9.4
5
Pity Martinez
ATL
vs. MIA, at ORL
$11.3
6
Lucas Zelarayan
CLB
vs. PHI, vs. CIN
$8.9
7
Diego Valeri
POR
vs. LA, at SEA
$11.5
8
Chris Mueller
ORL
at NSH, vs. ATL
$8.9
9
Jonathan Osorio
TOR
vs. MTL, at VAN
$7.5
10
Latif Blessing
LAFC
vs. SJ, at LA
$9.0
11
Sebastian Lletget
LAG
at POR, vs. LAFC
$8.4
12
Nani
ORL
at NSH, vs. ATL
$9.2
13
Brenden Aaronson
PHI
at CLB, at RBNY
$8.7
14
Darwin Quintero
HOU
vs. MIN, vs. SKC
$8.6
15
Johnny Russell
SKC
vs. DAL, at HOU
$8.2
16
Joao Paulo
SEA
at RSL, vs. POR
$10.3
17
Rodolfo Pizarro
MIA
at ATL, vs NSH
$10.3
18
Damir Kreilach
RSL
vs. SEA, at MIN
$9.7
19
Vako
SJ
at LAFC, vs. COL
$9.8
20
Julian Gressel
DC
at RBNY, vs NYC
$10.4

Value Midfielders

Rank
Player
Team
Opponent
Price
1 
Memo Rodríguez
HOU
vs MIN, va SKC
$5.8
2
Omir Fernandez
RBNY
vs. DC, vs. PHI
$5.2
3
Alex Muyl
NSH
vs. ORL, at MIA
$4.1

Forwards

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Cristian Pavon has a goal and two assists in the LA Galaxy's last two games.| USA Today Sports Images


With Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez sidelined by a calf injury, the LA Galaxy have had to rely upon designated player Cristian Pavon to pick up the attacking slack and he has come through marvelously assisting both goals in a 2-0 win over LAFC in Week 3 and scoring the tying goal in their eventual 3-2 win over San Jose in Week 4. This week Pavon will face a Portland Timbers team that recently gave up four goals against Real Salt Lake and an El Trafico rematch. Both offer opportunities for more offensive points.

Rank
Player
Team
Opponent
Price
1
Cristian Pavon
LA
at POR, vs. LAFC
$11.6
2
Gustavo Bou
NE
vs. NYC, at CHI
$11.3
3
Raul Ruidiaz
SEA
at RSL, vs. POR
$12.4
4
Diego Rossi
LAFC
vs. SJ, at LA
$9.6
5
Alberth Elis
HOU
vs MIN, vs. SKC
$10.0
6
Heber
NYC
at NE, at DC
$7.3
7
Kacper Przybyłko
PHI
at CLB, at RBNY
$9.0
8
Gyasi Zardes
CLB
vs. PHI, vs. CIN
$8.4
9
Corey Baird
RSL
vs. SEA, at MIN
$7.4
10
Julian Carranza
MIA
at ATL, vs NSH
$10.3

Value Forwards

Rank
Player
Team
Opponent
Price
1 
Sergio Santos
PHI
vat CLB, at RBNY
$7.0
2
Daryl Dike
ORL
at NSH, vs. ATL
$7.0
3
Jeremy Ebobisse
POR
vs. LAG, at SEA
$5.4

Captain

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Rank
Player
Team
Opponent
Price
1 
Alejandro Pozuelo
TOR
vs. MTL, at VAN
$14.0
2
Nicolas Lodeiro
SEA
at RSL, vs. POR
$12.5
3
Cristian Pavon
LA
at POR, va. LAFC
$11.6

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