Reid and Michael are joined by special Patreon guest Kyle Frankiewich to review all the biggest surprises and most important takeaways from Round 29 of the MLS Fantasy Season.
Seattle and Portland dominate the Live Chat group when asked about their most surprising moments, but the guys also take some time to focus on the number of clean sheets and the strong performance by New York Red Bulls players. Reid gives a quick overview of the the DGW teams and provides a FiveThirtyEight-powered update about who’s left in the playoff picture during the Housekeeping section before turning it over to Kyle, who shares with everyone why he is a Patreon supporter and what it means to be a part of the MLS Fantasy community. They wrap up with a discussion of player options and there is a difference in opinion as to which forwards are needed for this final DGW.



The finish line is in sight with just two weeks of MLS Fantasy to go. Week 30 brings us the final double-game week of the season, and it’s a big one! There are 12 teams playing twice, giving us one last chance to load up on players who could turn up with a big point haul over two games. Let’s take a deeper dive and get dialed in on this week’s positional rankings.


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Goalkeepers

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Nick Rimando is heading into a double game week and has kept clean sheets in three of his last four home games | USA Today Sports Images


With Real Salt Lake looking to punch their ticket to the Audi 2019 MLS Cup Playoffs this week, Nick Rimando is in a good spot with two home games in Week 30. The veteran goalkeeper holds the No. 1 spot in nearly all of MLS’s all-time goalkeeping records, and he’s kept a clean sheet in three of his last four games at Rio Tinto Stadium.

Rank
Player
Team
Opponent
Price
1
Nick Rimando
RSL
vs. LA, vs. HOU
$8.8
2
Vito Mannone
MIN
vs. SKC, vs. LAFC
$8.8
3
Daniel Vega
SJ
vs. PHI, vs. SEA
$6.1
4
Tyler Miller
LAFC
vs. HOU, at MIN
$7.0
5
David Bingham
LA
at RSL, vs. VAN
$6.8
6
Matt Turner
NE
at POR, vs. NYC
$7.1
7
Tim Melia
SKC
at MIN, vs. POR
$7.0
8
Sean Johnson
NYC
vs. ATL, at NE
$7.5
9
Steve Clark
POR
vs. NE, at SKC
$8.4
10
Brad Guzan
ATL
at NYC, at MTL
$7.8

Defenders

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Romain Metanire leads all defenders in crosses and chances created | USA Today Sports Images


Romain Metanire has seven assists on the season, and he leads all defenders in crosses and chances created. With two vital home games this week, he’s primed for another strong fantasy showing on both ends of the pitch.

Rank
Player
Team
Opponent
Price
1
Romain Metanire
MIN
vs. SKC, vs. LAFC
$9.2
2
Jorge Moreira
POR
vs. NE, at SKC
$9.7
3
Ike Opara
MIN
vs. SKC, vs. LAFC
$8.6
4
Florian Jungwirth
SJ
vs. PHI, vs. SEA
$7.7
5
Ronald Matarrita
NYC
vs. ATL, at NE
$5.8
6
Michael Boxall
MIN
vs. SKC, vs. LAFC
$8.7
7
Justen Glad
RSL
vs. LA, vs. HOU
$9.5
8
Walker Zimmerman
LAFC
vs. HOU, at MIN
$5.7
9
Aaron Herrera
RSL
vs. LA, vs. HOU
$7.8
10
Eddie Segura
LAFC
vs. HOU, at MIN
$7.0
11
Donny Toia
RSL
vs. LA, vs. HOU
$7.9
12
Larrys Mabiala
POR
vs. NE, at SKC
$8.4
13
Daniel Steres
LA
at RSL, vs. VAN
$5.0
14
Guram Kashia
SJ
vs. PHI, vs. SEA
$5.0
15
Rolf Feltscher
LA
at RSL, vs. VAN
$5.1
16
Steven Beitashour
LAFC
vs. HOU, at MIN
$5.6
17
Leandro Gonzalez Pirez
ATL
at NYC, at MTL
$5.2
18
Diego Polenta
LA
at RSL, vs. VAN
$6.6
19
Andrew Farrell
NE
at POR, vs. NYC
$6.9
20
Graham Zusi
SKC
at MIN, vs. POR
$7.2

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Midfielders

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Maxi Moralez is one away from the third 20-assist season in MLS history | USA Today Sports Images


Maxi Moralez notched his league-leading 19th assist of the season last week, and his 7.77 fantasy points per game average is the highest among all midfielders in the game. There’s no reason to think he slows down this week with New York City FC looking to lock up the No. 1 playoff seed in the Eastern Conference.

Rank
Player
Team
Opponent
Price
1
Maxi Moralez
NYC
vs. ATL, at NE
$11.8
2
Diego Valeri
POR
vs. NE, at SKC
$13.0
3
Albert Rusnak
RSL
vs. LA, vs. HOU
$11.0
4
Magnus Eriksson
SJ
vs. PHI, vs. SEA
$10.8
5
Carles Gil
NE
at POR, vs. NYC
$13.1
6
Cristian Pavon
LA
at RSL, vs. VAN
$11.0
7
Vako
SJ
vs. PHI, vs. SEA
$9.4
8
Jefferson Savarino
RSL
vs. LA, vs. HOU
$10.7
9
Jan Gregus
MIN
vs. SKC, vs. LAFC
$9.9
10
Eduard Atuesta
LAFC
vs. HOU, at MIN
$10.8
11
Jonathan dos Santos
LA
at RSL, vs. VAN
$9.0
12
Sebastian Blanco
POR
vs. NE, at SKC
$9.9
13
Damir Kreilach
RSL
vs. LA, vs. HOU
$8.5
14
Pity Martinez
ATL
at NYC, at MTL
$9.9
15
Latif Blessing
LAFC
vs. HOU, at MIN
$9.1
16
Jamiro Monteiro
PHI
at SJ, at CLB
$8.9
17
Kevin Molino
MIN
vs. SKC, vs. LAFC
$8.1
18
Haris Medunjanin
PHI
at SJ, at CLB
$9.6
19
Diego Chara
POR
vs. NE, at SKC
$9.0
20
Uriel Antuna
LA
at RSL, vs. VAN
$6.3
21
Ismael Tajouri-Shradi
NYC
vs. ATL, at NE
$6.5
22
Sebastian Lletget
LA
at RSL, vs. VAN
$7.3
23
Julian Gressel
ATL
at NYC, at MTL
$9.2
24
Gerso Fernandes
SKC
at MIN, vs. POR
$7.0
25
Osvaldo Alonso
MIN
vs. SKC, vs. LAFC
$7.5
26
Joe Corona
LA
at RSL, vs. VAN
$7.7
27
Alexander Ring
NYC
vs. ATL, at NE
$8.3
28
Darlington Nagbe
ATL
at NYC, at MTL
$8.7
29
Jackson Yueill
SJ
vs. PHI, vs. SEA
$8.6
30
Cristhian Paredes
POR
vs. NE, at SKC
$6.6

Forwards

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Carlos Vela still leads MLS, now with 29 goals, and is within two of Josef Martinez's single-season MLS record. | USA Today Sports Images


Carlos Vela picked up right where he left after missing Weeks 26 and 27, scoring goals in back-to-back games and making it 10 of his last 11 appearances with a goal or more. His $15.7 million salary is a tough pill to swallow, but one that would well worth it if he continues to post eye-popping numbers on a double-game week.

Rank
Player
Team
Opponent
Price
1
Carlos Vela
LAFC
vs. HOU, at MIN
$15.7
2
Zlatan Ibrahimovic
LA
at RSL, vs. VAN
$13.3
3
Gustavo Bou
NE
at POR, vs. NYC
$10.3
4
Darwin Quintero
MIN
vs. SKC, vs. LAFC
$9.0
5
Brian Fernandez
POR
vs. NE, at SKC
$9.1
6
Diego Rossi
LAFC
vs. HOU, at MIN
$8.9
7
Brian Rodriguez
LAFC
vs. NE, at SKC
$9.0
8
Valentin Castellanos
NYC
vs. ATL, at NE
$6.9
9
Kacper Przybylko
PHI
at SJ, at CLB
$9.9
10
Mauro Manotas
HOU
at LAFC, at RSL
$10.1
11
Alexandru Mitrita
NYC
vs. ATL, at NE
$9.1
12
Alberth Elis
HOU
at LAFC, at RSL
$8.1
13
Mason Toye
MIN
vs. SKC, vs. LAFC
$5.4
14
Christian Ramirez
HOU
at LAFC, at RSL
$7.5
15
Sam Johnson
RSL
vs. LA, vs. HOU
$5.8
16
Jeremy Ebobisse
POR
vs. NE, at SKC
$5.6
17
Corey Baird
RSL
vs. LA, vs. HOU
$4.9
18
Teal Bunbury
NE
at POR, vs. NYC
$5.6
19
Danny Hoesen
SJ
vs. PHI, vs. SEA
$4.5
20
Krisztian Nemeth
SKC
at MIN, vs. POR
$5.0

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