MLS Fantasy 2020 - Carlos Vela - LAFC

Week 1 of MLS Fantasy provided a glimpse of which players could have a big impact in 2020. Some of the regular contributors delivered as expected, but we also saw some new faces and players in new places getting acclimated to their new environments. With a small, yet useful, sample size to build off, let’s take a closer look at the top fantasy players at each position this week.


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Goalkeepers


Jesse Gonzalez posted a clean sheet in his 2020 opener, racking up nine fantasy points in the process. He’s in a good spot to follow that up with another strong showing, especially if Montreal rest some of their key contributors with one eye on their CCL game Tuesday.

Rank
Player
Team
Opponent
Price
1 
Jesse Gonzalez
DAL
vs. MTL
$7.0
2 
Kenneth Vermeer
LAFC
vs. PHI
$7.0
3 
Clint Irwin
COL
vs. ORL
$6.0
4 
Brad Guzan
ATL
vs. CIN
$6.3
5 
David Bingham
LA
vs. VAN
$7.0

Value Goalkeepers

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Rank
Player
Team
Opponent
Price
1 
Matt Turner
NE
vs. CHI
$5.3
2
Steve Clark
POR
vs. NSH
$5.3
3
David Jensen
RBNY
at RSL
$5.0

Defenders

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Reto Ziegler celebrates a goal for FC Dallas | USA Today Sports Images


Reto Ziegler comes with immense upside given his role on set pieces. He stood over all three corner kicks in Week 1, and if last season is any indication, he’s the preferred penalty kick taker for FC Dallas, as well. That makes for a high ceiling given his ability to also earn shutout and defensive bonus points.

Rank
Player
Team
Opponent
Price
1
Reto Ziegler
DAL
vs. MTL
$7.0
2
Eddie Segura
LAFC
vs. PHI
$7.0
3
Oswaldo Alanis
SJ
vs. MIN
$7.0
4
Ryan Hollingshead
DAL
vs. MTL
$7.0
5
Matt Hedges
DAL
vs. MTL
$7.0
6
Kelvin Leerdam
SEA
vs. CLB
$6.5
7
Keegan Rosenberry
COL
vs. ORL
$6.5
8
Larrys Mabiala
POR
vs. NSH
$6.0
9
Emiliano Insua
LA
vs. VAN
$5.9
10
Graham Zusi
SKC
vs. HOU
$6.3

Value Defenders

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Rank
Player
Team
Opponent
Price
1 
Drew Moor
COL
vs. ORL
$4.7
2
Steve Birnbaum
DC
vs. MIA
$5.4
3
Jorge Moreira
POR
vs. NSH
$5.3

Midfielders

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Alejandro Pozuelo and Toronto FC take on NYCFC Saturday | USA Today Sports Images


Alejandro Pozuelo delivered a goal in Toronto’s season opener, and up next is a New York City FC side that will be without one of their key center backs. Additionally, NYCFC could field a weakened lineup with the focus on Wednesday’s CCL quarterfinal, which would in turn open up even more opportunities for Pozuelo to do some damage.

Rank
Player
Team
Opponent
Price
1
Alejandro Pozuelo
TOR
vs. NYC
$12.0
2
Diego Valeri
POR
vs. NSH
$10.4
3
Joao Paulo
SEA
vs. CLB
$9.5
4
Pity Martinez
ATL
vs. CIN
$8.3
5
Eduard Atuesta
LAFC
vs. PHI
$9.8
6
Edison Flores
DC
vs. MIA
$9.3
7
Ezequiel Barco
ATL
vs. CIN
$9.5
8
Julian Gressel
DC
vs. MIA
$11.0
9
Jack Price
COL
vs. ORL
$9.5
10
Latif Blessing
LAFC
vs. PHI
$10.6
11
Maxi Moralez
NYC
at TOR
$10.3
12
Sebastian Blanco
POR
vs. NSH
$9.8
13
Johnny Russell
SKC
vs. HOU
$8.8
14
Daniel Royer
RBNY
at RSL
$9.5
15
Lucas Zelarayan
CLB
at SEA
$10.5
16
Rodolfo Pizarro
MIA
at DC
$9.3
17
Cristian Espinoza
SJ
vs. MIN
$10.0
18
Cristian Roldan
SEA
vs. CLB
$10.5
19
Gadi Kinda
SKC
vs. HOU
$8.0
20
Nico Lodeiro
SEA
vs. CLB
$12.0

Value Midfielders

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Rank
Player
Team
Opponent
Price
1 
Memo Rodriguez
HOU
at SKC
$5.7
2
Chris Mueller
ORL
at COL
$5.9
3
Tanner Tessmann
DAL
vs. MTL
$5.5

Forwards


Carlos Vela picked up where he left off after last season’s record-breaking campaign, scoring a stunning goal to lead LAFC to victory in Week 1. There’s reason for hesitation considering LAFC play in the last game of the week and have a CCL quarterfinal to play on Thursday, but his potential is worth the risk to ensure you’re not left without him if he delivers a massive point haul.

Rank
Player
Team
Opponent
Price
1
Carlos Vela
LAFC
vs. PHI
$13.8
2
Cristian Pavon
LA
vs. VAN
$12.0
3
Chicharito
LA
vs. VAN
$10.8
4
Gustavo Bou
NE
vs. CHI
$11.5
5
Alan Pulido
SKC
vs. HOU
$11.0
6
Diego Rossi
LAFC
vs. PHI
$10.3
7
Raul Ruidiaz
SEA
vs. CLB
$10.3
8
Ola Kamara
DC
vs. MIA
$8.8
9
Jozy Altidore
TOR
vs. NYC
$9.8
10
Zdenek Ondrasek
DAL
vs. MTL
$9.0

Value Forwards

Rank
Player
Team
Opponent
Price
1 
Adam Buksa
NE
vs. CHI
$7.3
2
Fafa Picault
DAL
vs. MTL
$7.5
3
Adam Jahn
ATL
vs. CIN
$4.8

Captain


RankPlayerTeamOpponentPrice
1Carlos VelaLAFCvs. PHI$13.8
2Cristian PavonLAvs. VAN$12.0
3Alejandro PozueloTORvs. NYC$12.0

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