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Fantasy: Week 2 positional rankings

Week 1 of MLS play is in the books. With what we learned about the new MLS season, here's a look at our MLS Fantasy player rankings ahead of Week 2.


Zack Steffen kept Sebastian Giovinco and company off the scoresheet in Week 1, so surely he can do the same at home against Montreal (1 pm ET; MLS LIVE in US | TSN4/5, TVAS in Canada). Isn’t that how this fantasy thing works?

Rank Player Team Opponent Price
1.  Zack Steffen CLB vs. MTL $6.0
2.  Joe Bendik ORL vs. MIN $5.5
3. Nick Rimando RSL vs. LAFC $5.5
4.  Luis Robles NY vs. POR $5.5
5.  Stefan Cleveland CHI vs. SKC $4.0
6 Sean Johnson NYC vs. LA $6.0
7. Brad Guzan ATL vs. DC  $5.9
8. Chris Seitz HOU vs. VAN $5.5
9.  Matt Turner NE vs. COL $4.2
10. Tim Melia SKC at CHI $5.9


Minnesota United saw two of their top attackers succumb to injuries in their season opener, putting Orlando City defenders firmly on the fantasy radar in Week 2 (7:30 pm ET; MLS LIVE in US | MLS LIVE on DAZN in Canada). Columbus Crew SC defenders will also be a popular add this week, after they came away from Toronto with a surprise clean sheet in their season opener.

Rank Player Team Opponent Price
1. Jonathan Spector ORL vs. MIN $5.8
2. Milton Valenzuela CLB vs. MTL $5.5
3. Graham Zusi SKC at CHI $6.2
4. Jonathan Mensah CLB vs. MTL $6.0
5. Alexander Callens NYC vs. LA $6.0
6. Johan Kappelhof CHI vs. SKC $5.5
7. Amro Tarek ORL vs. MIN $4.7
8. Harrison Afful CLB vs. MTL $5.5
9. Marlon Hairston COL at NE $6.0
10. Greg Garza ATL vs. DC $5.0
11. Lalas Abubakar CLB vs. MTL $5.0
12. Justen Glad RSL vs. LAFC $5.7
13. Aaron Long NY vs. POR $5.0
14. Philippe Senderos HOU vs. VAN $5.5
15. Gabriel Somi NE vs. COL $4.9
16. Scott Sutter ORL vs. MIN $5.5
17.  Ben Sweat NYC vs. LA $5.0
18. Mohamed El-Munir ORL vs. MIN $5.1
19. Ike Opara SKC at CHI $5.7
20. Brandon Vincent CHI vs. SKC $5.5


Miguel Almiron had a strong fantasy performance in Week 1 despite Atlanta's embarrassing loss | USA Today Images

Miguel Almiron managed six shots despite an embarrassing loss in the season opener and he tops the midfielder rankings for Week 2 as Atlanta United look to rebound in their home opener on Sunday against D.C. United (3 pm ET; ESPN, ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN in US | MLS LIVE on DAZN in Canada). Real Salt Lake and Orlando City each have several fantasy relevant players this round with arguably the best matchups on the board in LAFC and Minnesota United.

Rank Player Team Opponent Price
1. Miguel Almiron ATL vs. DC $10.0
2. Joao Plata RSL vs. LAFC $9.7
3. Justin Meram ORL vs. MIN $9.6
4. Federico Higuain CLB vs. MTL $10.5
5. Albert Rusnak RSL vs. LAFC $10.5
6. Yoshimar Yotun ORL vs. MIN $8.1
7. Maximiliano Moralez NYC vs. LA $9.7
8. Diego Valeri POR at NY $10.5
9. Ignacio Piatti MTL at CLB $10.4
10. Kaku NY vs. POR $9.0
11. Aleksandar Katai CHI vs. SKC $8.5
12. Jesus Medina NYC vs. LA $9.5
13. Daniel Royer NY vs. POR $9.0
14. Tomas Martinez HOU vs. VAN $9.0
15. Yamil Asad DC at ATL $8.4
16. Kelyn Rowe NE vs. COL $7.5
17. Pedro Santos CLB vs. MTL $7.5
18. Chris Mueller ORL vs. MIN $4.3
19. Diego Fagundez NE vs. COL $8.2
20 Kevin Molino MIN at ORL $9.5
21. Sebastian Blanco POR at NY $8.8
22. Luciano Acosta DC at ATL $8.5
23. Yordy Reyna VAN at HOU $9.0
24. Sean Davis NY vs. POR $6.0
25. Rodney Wallace NYC vs. LA $7.3
26. Andrew Wenger HOU vs. VAN $7.0
27. Alphonso Davies VAN at HOU $6.0
28. Teal Bunbury NE vs. COL $6.5
29. Alexander Ring NYC vs. LA $8.1
30. Bastian Schweinsteiger CHI vs. SKC $10.0


The top five forwards in Week 2 all have favorable matchups in their home openers and all are in a good spot to open their 2018 accounts. One value player I’m keying in on is Stefano Pinho, who scored on his debut, and if he makes his way into the Orlando starting lineup he frees up a sizable chunk of salary at $6.3 million.

Rank Player Team Opponent Price
1. David Villa NYC vs. LA $11.0
2. Josef Martinez ATL vs. DC $10.7
3. Nemanja Nikolic CHI vs. SKC $11.0
4. Jefferson Savarino RSL vs. LAFC $9.7
5. Alberth Elis HOU vs. VAN $9.5
6. Bradley Wright-Phillips NY vs. POR $9.5
7. Ola Kamara LA at NYC $9.7
8. Hector Villalba ATL vs. DC $9.0
9. Gyasi Zardes CLB vs. MTL $8.7
10. Mauro Manotas HOU vs. VAN $8.5
11. Carlos Vela LAFC at RSL $10.0
12. Luis Silva RSL vs. LAFC $7.3
13. Stefano Pinho ORL vs. MIN $6.3
14 Diego Rossi LAFC at RSL $9.7
15. Kei Kamara VAN at HOU $8.8
16. Fanendo Adi POR at NY $9.4
17. Juan Agudelo NE vs. COL $7.5
18. Dominique Badji COL at NE $8.0
19. Giovani dos Santos LA at NYC $8.7
20. Cristian Penilla NE vs. COL $7.6

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