Reid, Michael, and Blayne are joined by stats guru Andrew Crollard to review the most important takeaways from the massive Round 9 double-game week. After the review they take a moment to reflect on what we know about team value building after 9 rounds and the important tactics to take into the upcoming Fall season.




The Philadelphia Union and FC Cincinnati take center stage as the only teams that play twice in Week 10, but there are several single-game week players with attractive matchups, too. Here are this week’s MLS Fantasy positional rankings, with an emphasis on double game week players that could earn points from two games.


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Goalkeepers

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Matt Freese figures to get two starts in goal for the Union this week | USA Today Sports Images


Matt Freese
filled in for an injured
Andre Blake
in Week 9 and, with no clear timetable on Blake’s return, Freese could provide some salary relief at the goalkeeper position. It’s no given that he plays – both with the possibility of Blake returning and 
Carlos Miguel Coronel
splitting time. But if Freese starts on Wednesday, he’s in a good spot for a clean sheet against an
FC Cincinnati
attack that's stuck in a 341-minute goal-scoring drought (7:30 pm ET —
TV & streaming info
).

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Rank
Player
Team
Opponent
Price
1 
Matt Freese
PHI
vs. CIN, vs. NE
$4.0
2 
Przemyslaw Tyton
CIN
at PHI, at SJ
$5.0
3
Tyler Miller
LAFC
vs. CHI
$6.6
4 
Daniel Vega
SJ
vs. CIN
$5.5
5 
Bill Hamid
DC
vs. CLB
$8.2
6
Evan Bush
MTL
vs. NYC
$6.9
7
Vito Mannone
MIN
vs. SEA
$6.9
8
Joe Willis
HOU
vs. DAL
$5.9
9
Luis Robles
RBNY
vs. LA
$5.7
10
Sean Johnson
NYC
at MTL
$7.2

Defenders

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Jack Elliott has the highest average among Union defenders | USA Today Sports Images


Jack Elliott has been a rock for a Union defense that has kept a clean sheet in two of their last three home games, and he’s a safe bet to feature in both games this week. Up first is a sputtering FC Cincinnati attack that’s been shut out in three straight games before rounding the week out at home on Saturday against a New England Revolution unit that’s been held scoreless five times in 2019 (7:30 pm ET — TV & streaming info).

Rank
Player
Team
Opponent
Price
1
Jack Elliott
PHI
vs. CIN, vs. NE
$7.2
<s>2</s>
<s>Kai Wagner</s>
<s>PHI</s>
<s>vs. CIN, vs. NE</s>
<s>$6.6</s>
3
Auston Trusty
PHI
vs. CIN, vs. NE
$6.3
4
Ray Gaddis
PHI
vs. CIN, vs. NE
$6.3
5
Kendall Waston
CIN
at PHI, at SJ
$6.0
6
Nick Hagglund
CIN
at PHI, at SJ
$6.3
7
Mathieu Deplagne
CIN
at PHI, at SJ
$5.8
8
Shea Salinas
SJ
vs. CIN
$5.9
9
Walker Zimmerman
LAFC
vs. CHI
$9.2
10
Romain Metanire
MIN
vs. SEA
$7.9
11
Steve Birnbaum
DC
vs. CLB
$8.6
12
Ali Adnan
VAN
at COL
$6.2
13
Graham Zusi
SKC
vs. ATL
$7.5
14
Harold Cummings
SJ
vs. CIN
$7.5
15
Eddie Segura
LAFC
vs. CHI
$7.3
16
Zakaria Diallo
MTL
vs. NYC
$7.6
17
Reto Ziegler
DAL
at HOU
$9.0
18
Daniel Lovitz
MTL
vs. NYC
$7.1
19
Jordan Harvey
LAFC
vs. CHI
$6.9
20
Florian Jungwirth
SJ
vs. CIN
$6.7

Midfielders

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Marco Fabian could return from injury this week | USA Today Sports Images


Marco Fabian is back in full training after missing the last two games through injury. Should he return to the starting lineup on Wednesday, he offers an elite attacking option at a discount. The Mexican international's production has been all over the place due to injuries and suspension, but he gave us a glimpse of his attacking upside in Week 5 with a goal and 10 points against Philadelphia’s first Week 10 opponent, FC Cincinnati.

Rank
Player
Team
Opponent
Price
1
Marco Fabian
PHI
vs. CIN, vs. NE
$8.1
2
Haris Medunjanin
PHI
vs. CIN, vs. NE
$8.8
3
Jamiro Monteiro
PHI
vs. CIN, vs. NE
$6.5
4
Alejandro Bedoya
PHI
vs. CIN, vs. NE
$8.0
5
Ilsinho
PHI
vs. CIN, vs. NE
$8.9
6
Kenny Saief
CIN
at PHI, at SJ
$7.5
7
Brenden Aaronson
PHI
vs. CIN, vs. NE
$5.9
8
Roland Lamah
CIN
at PHI, at SJ
$5.9
9
Alejandro Pozuelo
TOR
at ORL
$12.5
10
Victor Ulloa
CIN
at PHI, at SJ
$5.7
11
Leonardo Bertone
CIN
at PHI, at SJ
$5.6
12
Allan Cruz
CIN
at PHI, at SJ
$6.1
13
Eduard Atuesta
LAFC
vs. CHI
$9.7
14
Nani
ORL
vs. TOR
$10.8
15
Nicolas Lodeiro
SEA
at MIN
$11.3
16
Albert Rusnak
RSL
vs. POR
$10.7
17
Mark-Anthony Kaye
LAFC
vs. CHI
$10.3
18
Johnny Russell
SKC
vs. ATL
$10.4
19
Diego Valeri
POR
at RSL
$10.4
20
Magnus Eriksson
SJ
vs. CIN
$7.7
21
Luciano Acosta
DC
vs. CLB
$9.9
22
Maximiliano Moralez
NYC
at MTL
$9.8
23
Memo Rodriguez
HOU
vs. DAL
$6.3
24
Felipe Gutierrez
SKC
vs. ATL
$9.1
25
Daniel Royer
RBNY
vs. LA
$9.2
26
Jonathan Dos Santos
LA
at RBNY
$10.9
27
Carles Gil
NE
at PHI
$10.2
28
Tomas Martinez
HOU
vs. DAL
$9.2
29
Sebastian Blanco
POR
at RSL
$10.2
30
Ezequiel Barco
ATL
at SKC
$8.4

Forwards

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Carlos Vela has been the top MLS Fantasy player so far this year | USA Today Sports Images


With a lack of reliable double game week options, Carlos Vela sticks out as the top forward with a favorable matchup at home versus the Chicago Fire. He’s averaging 11 fantasy points per game at home, and it’s hard to imagine Vela slowing down against a Fire team that has lost three of four games on the road.

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Rank
Player
Team
Opponent
Price
1
Carlos Vela
LAFC
vs. CHI
$14.8
2
David Accam
PHI
vs. CIN, NE
$6.7
3
Kacper Przybylko
PHI
vs. CIN, NE
$5.2
4
Cory Burke
PHI
vs. CIN, NE
$6.8
5
Darren Mattocks
CIN
at PHI, at SJ
$6.3
6
Kekuta Manneh
CIN
at PHI, at SJ
$5.2
7
Fanendo Adi
CIN
at PHI, at SJ
$7.8
8
Alberth Elis
HOU
vs. DAL
$11.2
9
Zlatan Ibrahimovic
LA
at RBNY
$13.0
10
Wayne Rooney
DC
vs. CLB
$10.4
11
Diego Rossi
LAFC
vs. CHI
$10.1
12
Latif Blessing
LAFC
vs. CHI
$8.5
13
Mauro Manotas
HOU
vs. DAL
$10.7
14
Krisztian Nemeth
SKC
vs. ATL
$8.4
15
Cristian Espinoza
SJ
vs. CIN
$8.9
16
Fafa Picault
PHI
vs. CIN, vs. NE
$4.9
17
Angelo Rodriguez
MIN
vs. SEA
$8.5
18
Danny Hoesen
SJ
vs. CIN
$6.9
19
Josef Martinez
ATL
at SKC
$9.2
20
Kei Kamara
COL
vs. VAN
$9.4

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