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Fantasy: Ranking the top 50 players overall as 2017 begins

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Over the past few days I’ve provided rankings for the top goalkeepers, defenders, midfielders and forwards. It’s been a lot of fun and I’ve enjoyed reading the feedback in the comments about other players to include.

Now it’s time to put it all together.

Below is my ranking of the top 50 fantasy players. This was the toughest ranking yet, so I’ve also provided a little explanation about some of my decisions and feedback to some of the past comments.

*All prices in millions

Overall Player Rankings

Player Position Team Price
Sebastian Giovinco FWD TOR $12
Nicolas Lodeiro MID SEA $11
Diego Valeri MID POR $10
Ignacio Piatti MID MTL $10
Mauro Diaz MID DAL $10
Kaka MID ORL $10
Sacha Kljestan MID NY $10
David Villa FWD NYC $10
Ola Kamara FWD CLB $10
Benny Feilhaber MID SKC $10
Giovani dos Santos FWD LA $10
B. Wright-Phillips FWD NY $10
Jozy Altidore FWD TOR $9.5
Arturo Alvarez MID CHI $7.5
Lloyd Sam MID DC $8.5
Maxi Moralez MID NYC $9
Osvaldo Alonso MID SEA $9.5
Kevin Molino MID MIN $9.5
Jack Harrison MID NYC $7.5
Michael Bradley MID TOR $9
Clint Dempsey FWD SEA $9.5
Cyle Larin FWD ORL $9
Patrick Mullins FWD DC $8.5
Matteo Mancosu FWD MTL $8
Joao Plata FWD RSL $9
Fanendo Adi FWD POR $9.5
Nemanja Nikolic FWD CHI $9.5
Dominique Badji FWD COL $6.5
Patrick Nyarko MID DC $8
Ethan Finlay MID CLB $9
Sebastian Lletget MID LA $7.5
Michael Barrios MID DAL $8
Sebastian Blanco MID POR $9
Justin Meram MID CLB $9.5
Federico Higuain MID CLB $9.5
Juninho MID CHI $7.5
Christian Bolanos MID VAN $8.5
Kei Kamara FWD NE $9.5
Chris Wondolowski FWD SJ $8.5
Lee Nguyen MID NE $9.5
Chris Pontius MID PHI $8.5
Tim Howard GK COL $6
Harrison Afful DEF CLB $6
Walker Zimmerman DEF DAL $6.5
Axel Sjoberg DEF COL $6.5
Justin Morrow DEF TOR $6
Brian Rowe GK LA $5.5
Ike Opara DEF SKC $5
RJ Allen DEF NYC $5.5
Daniel Steres DEF LA $6

Final Thoughts

Johan Venegas (MIN, $7.5): Minnesota had a great preseason, and Venegas played a large part in that success. He’s playing out of position as a forward and has built a good connection with Molino. It’s likely he could become a top 20 midfielder, but I hesitated to include him because I want to see how his numbers hold up against starting defensive units.

Columbus midfielders: These players were actually a huge headache for me. 2015 was a great year for the Crew, but 2016 left much to be desired. Is 2015 an outlier? Is 2016 a better representation of true expectations? I think the answer is somewhere in between, and that’s why Finlay, Meram and Higuain all fell in the middle of the pack.

Injured players: I went back and forth on whether I should include injured players in the rankings (mostly Diaz and Howard). I settled on yes, because I think many of them will quickly return to their expected fantasy point production.

These are my top players for the 2017 season. Do you agree? Let me know who you would add or remove in the comments below? If you want to get more player selection tips, listen to the most recent episode of the MLS Fantasy Insider podcast at the top of this page.

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