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Another quick turnaround brings us a COLOSSAL Week 8 of MLS Fantasy, with all 26 teams playing twice. Be sure to set your squad before Wednesday night as ALL players will lock midweek this round and salary constraints could render multiple teams over budget. With that said, let’s get into the top fantasy plays at each position this week!


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Goalkeepers


Sean Johnson leads all goalkeepers with 55 fantasy points and he’s one of a handful of ‘keepers with two home games this week. The league-leading shot stopper could be put to the test against Toronto FC on Wednesday, but he rounds the week out with a good shot at clean sheet points against a sputtering FC Cincinnati attack on Saturday.

Rank
Player
Team
Opponent
Price
1 
Sean Johnson
NYC
vs. TOR, vs. CIN
$10.9
2 
William Yarbrough
COL
vs. SJ, vs. SKC
$6.7
3 
Andre Blake
PHI
at CIN, vs. MIA
$8.4
4 
Matt Turner
NE
vs. MTL, at DC
$8.1
5 
Eloy Room
CLB
vs. MIN, at TOR
$10.0

Value Goalkeepers

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Rank
Player
Team
Opponent
Price
1 
Pablo Sisniega
LAFC
vs. VAN, vs. SJ
$4.3
2
Steve Clark
POR
vs. SEA, at VAN
$4.8
3
Joe Willis
NSH
vs. DC, vs. HOU
$5.4

Defenders

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FC Dallas' Reto Ziegler (right) is a strong choice for both his defense and set-piece skills. | Denny Medley-USA Today Sports Images


Reto Ziegler rewarded his faithful fantasy managers with an assist off a corner kick in Week 7, underscoring his upside as a defender with a big role on set pieces. The addition of Andres Ricuarte could eat into Ziegler’s share of corner kicks, but on a double game week it’s back to the well with the FC Dallas captain until it’s clear that he’s off of set pieces and penalty kicks.


Rank
Player
Team
Opponent
Price
1
Reto Ziegler
DAL
at ATL, vs. ORL
$10.7
2
Lalas Abubakar
COL
vs. SJ, vs. SKC
$7.2
3
Anton Tinnerholm
NYC
vs. TOR, vs. CIN
$9.0
4
Jonathan Mensah
CLB
vs. MIN, at TOR
$11.6
5
Kelvin Leerdam
SEA
at POR, at LA
$11.1
6
Alexander Buttner
NE
vs. MTL, at DC
$8.5
7
Aaron Long
RBNY
at MIA, vs. MTL
$9.5
8
Keegan Rosenberry
COL
vs. SJ, vs. SKC
$7.3
9
Joevin Jones
SEA
at POR, at LA
$8.9
10
Walker Zimmerman
NSH
vs. DC, vs. HOU
$8.1

Value Defenders

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Rank
Player
Team
Opponent
Price
1 
Eddie Segura
LAFC
vs. VAN, vs. SJ
$6.0
2
Diego Palacios
LAFC
vs. VAN, vs. SJ
$5.4
3
Sam Vines
COL
vs. SJ, vs. SKC
$6.0

Midfielders


Diego Valeri ran roughshod over San Jose in Week 7, turning in a vintage performance to lead all players with 19 fantasy points. With the potential for two swipes at another big score in Round 8, including a juicy matchup with Vancouver on Sunday, look for Valeri to be a popular fixture across multiple fantasy lineups this week.

Rank
Player
Team
Opponent
Price
1
Diego Valeri
POR
vs. SEA, at VAN
$12.4
2
Nicolas Lodeiro
SEA
at POR, at LAG
$13.7
3
Alejandro Pozuelo
TOR
at NYC, vs. CLB
$14.5
4
Pedro Santos
CLB
vs. MIN, at TOR
$9.2
5
Johnny Russell
SKC
vs. ORL, at COL
$9.4
6
Darwin Quintero
HOU
at CHI, at NSH
$8.2
7
Kevin Molino
MIN
at CLB, vs. RSL
$11.6
8
Alvaro Medran
CHI
vs. HOU, vs. ATL
$10.3
9
Jamiro Monteiro
PHI
at CIN, vs. MIA
$8.4
10
Chris Mueller
ORL
at SKC, at DAL
$9.7
11
Lewis Morgan
MIA
vs. RBNY, at PHI
$10.5
12
Pablo Piatti
TOR
at NYC, vs. CLB
$10.4
13
Jack Price
COL
vs. SJ, vs. SKC
$9.6
14
Joao Paulo
SEA
at POR, at LA
$10.7
15
Gadi Kinda
SKC
vs. ORL, at COL
$8.6
16
Rodolfo Pizarro
MIA
vs. RBNY, at PHI
$9.4
17
Albert Rusnak
RSL
vs. LA, at MIN
$8.1
18
Kaku
RBNY
at MIA, vs. MTL
$9.0
19
Nani
ORL
at SKC, at DAL
$8.5
20
Cole Bassett
COL
vs. SJ, vs. SKC
$9.0

Value Midfielders

Rank
Player
Team
Opponent
Price
1 
Jose Cifuentes
LAFC
vs. VAN, vs. SJ
$6.7
2
Emanuel Reynoso
MIN
at CLB, vs. RSL
$7.4
3
Alexandru Mitrita
NYC
vs. TOR, vs. CIN
$5.0

Forwards

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Diego Rossi and Brian Rodriguez are both strong choices in the forward department — as well as for your captaincy. | Kirby Leefant-USA Today Sports Images


Golden Boot frontrunner Diego Rossi gets pair of favorable home matchups in Week 8. He’ll look to add to his league-leading goal haul against an overmatched Vancouver side before facing a San Jose defense that’s shipped a whopping 14 goals over their last four matches.

Rank
Player
Team
Opponent
Price
1
Diego Rossi
LAFC
vs. VAN, vs. SJ
$9.1
2
Brian Rodriguez
LAFC
vs. VAN, vs. SJ
$9.2
3
Kacper Przybylko
PHI
at CIN, vs. MIA
$12.0
4
Franco Jara
DAL
at ATL, vs. ORL
$9.8
5
Raul Ruidiaz
SEA
at POR, vs. LA
$14.0
6
Robert Beric
CHI
vs. HOU, vs. ATL
$9.4
7
Gyasi Zardes
CLB
vs. MIN, at TOR
$11.4
8
Gustavo Bou
NE
vs. MTL, at DC
$8.9
9
Bradley Wright-Phillips
LAFC
vs. VAN, vs. SJ
$7.6
10
Cristian Pavon
LA
at RSL, vs. SEA
$11.3

Value Forwards

Rank
Player
Team
Opponent
Price
1 
Heber
NYC
vs.TOR, vs. CIN
$5.2
2
Dominique Badji
NSH
vs. DC, vs. HOU
$5.4
3
Fredy Montero
VAN
at LAFC, vs. POR
$5.0

Captain

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Rank
Player
Team
Opponent
Price
1 
Diego Rossi
LAFC
vs. VAN, vs. SJ
$9.1
2
Brian Rodriguez
LAFC
vs. VAN, vs. SJ
$9.2
3
Diego Valeri
POR
vs. SEA, at VAN
$12.4

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