Ranking the players you should have on your team in MLS Fantasy Soccer Manager

Here we are. It’s T-minus 2 days until the start of the MLS Fantasy season. You’ve made your team, joined your leagues, reworked our team, read the latest advice, reworked your team again, and now you’re thinking about changing your team…again. That’s where I come in. To help make your life easier, I’ve assembled a list of my top player prospects at each position.

How did I decide on these players? I took a look at their revised 2015 point totals, considered their new potential Points Per 90 production, and finally, Price was a big factor.

Goalkeepers

With overall 'keeper scores always being very close to each other, there is no need to spend too much time with this position. My best advice is to just run with one keeper and use a free trade during a double game week to make adjustments as needed.

Rank Player Team Price (in millions)
1 Gonzalez DAL $6.0
2 Kennedy LA $5.5
3 Ousted VAN $6.0
4 Bingham SJ $6.0
5 Frei SEA $6.0
6 Kwarasey POR $6.0
7 Melia SKC $5.5
8 Bush MTL $5.5
9 Irwin TOR $5.5
10 Saunders NYC $5.0

Defenders

The first thing you may notice about this list is no player over $8.0 million was included. I know a lot of people are big fans of some of the premium defenders, but I found it hard to justify them when so many more points are available from attacking players and many of the cheaper options have comparable point production potential.

Rank Player Team Price (in millions)
1 Vincent CHI $5.0
2 Goodson SJ $7.5
3 Loyd DAL $7.5
4 Powell POR $7.5
5 Collin ORL $8.0
6 Evans SEA $7.5
7 Boswell DC $8.0
8 Fabinho PHI $6.5
9 Agus HOU $7.0
10 Sjoberg COL $5.5
11 Baah NY $8.0
12 Kappelhof CHI $7.5
13 Burling COL $6.0
14 Francis SJ $6.0
15 Toia MTL $7.0
16 Parker VAN $6.5
17 Wynne SJ $7.0
18 Hernandez NYC $6.5
19 Zizzo NY $6.5
20 Woodberry NE $5.0

Midfielders

When I started this list, I expected more defensive midfielders to make the cut. While I’m very happy with the attention they have received over the offseason, the raw point production power of the attacking players, and the higher prices of many d-mids, still puts this at a slight disadvantage.

Rank Player Team Price (in millions)
1 Valeri POR $10.0
2 Kljestan NY $11.0
3 J. Morales RSL $10.5
4 Ivanschitz SEA $7.5
5 Diaz DAL $10.0
6 Kaká ORL $10.5
7 Feilhaber SKC $11.0
8 Accam CHI $9.0
9 Maidana HOU $9.0
10 Finlay CLB $10.5
11 Piatti MTL $10.0
12 Lletget LA $8.0
13 Bradley TOR $10.0
14 Higuain CLB $10.0
15 Higuita ORL $7.0
16 Trapp CLB $7.0
17 Nagbe POR $9.0
18 McCarty NY $9.0
19 Rolfe DC $9.0
20 Perez Garcia SJ $8.0

Forwards

The smaller team size and new shot stat should give many managers a reason to load up with at least two top forwards. However, if you want a cheaper third option, you may need to redefine how you think of value until some cheaper options prove their worth.

Rank Player Team Price (in millions)
1 Giovinco TOR $11.5
2 Keane LA $11.5
3 Villa NYC $11.0
4 Dempsey SEA $11.0
5 Drogba MTL $11.5
6 Kamara CLB $11.0
7 B. Wright-Phillips NY $11.0
8 Adi POR $10.0
9 Larin ORL $9.0
10 Wondolowski SJ $10.5
11 Gilberto CHI $9.0
12 Bruin HOU $9.0
13 Espindola DC $10.0
14 Movsisyan RSL $9.0
15 Rivero VAN $8.5
16 Dwyer SKC $10.0
17 Sapong PHI $8.0
18 Amarikwa SJ $7.5