Fantasy: Week 8 positional rankings ahead of a full weekend of matches

Reid and Mike are joined by Tim who is back from his recent trip to Aruba and ready to review the first DGW of the season and all the fantasy winners from Round 7. After Mike treats everyone to a welcomed short injury list the guys answer a couple of Reddit questions and discuss the best way to deal with the rising costs of defenders and keepers. They wrap everything up with with a game-by-game review of the upcoming Round 8 and reveal which teams are worth picking up 4 players from. Oh and Tim gets a little slap happy with his 3-0 predictions.


Week 8 features several exploitable matches worth targeting for MLS Fantasy purposes. Let’s take a closer look at which ones to focus on in the Week 8 positional rankings.

Goalkeepers

Both of my top two goalkeepers this week are facing weakened attacks, with Vancouver losing Kei Kamara to injury and Toronto likely to give several of their big name players a breather ahead of the second leg of the CCL final at Chivas de Guadalajara next Wednesday. Considering Tim Melia plays in the first game of the week on Friday night, we can put him on our bench as part of a “keeperoo” and if we’re not happy with his score, plug in Chris Seitz for two shots at a clean sheet.

Rank Player Team Opponent Price
Tim Melia SKC vs. VAN $5.8
Chris Seitz HOU vs. TOR $5.6
3 Luis Robles RBNY vs. CHI $7.0
Jimmy Maurer DAL vs. PHI $6.5
Stefan Frei SEA vs. MIN $6.2
6 Zack Steffen CLB vs. NE $6.2
7 Nick Rimando RSL vs. ATL $7.5
8 Joe Bendik ORL vs. SJ $5.3
David Bingham LA vs. ATL $6.4
10 Evan Bush MTL vs. LAFC $6.9

Defenders

Kansas City's Graham Zusi could easily be a difference maker on both ends of the field this week. | USA Today Sports Images

Graham Zusi bagged his second goal of the season in Week 7 and he should have multiple opportunities to collect both attacking and defensive fantasy points versus Vancouver on Friday (9 pm ET; TSN — Full TV & streaming info).

Rank Player Team Opponent Price
1 Graham Zusi SKC vs. VAN $8.5
2 Victor Cabrera MTL vs. LAFC $7.7
3 Ike Opara SKC vs. VAN $6.6
4 Milton Valenzeula CLB vs. NE $7.0
5 Anton Nedyalkov DAL vs. PHI $7.5
6 Matt Besler SKC vs. VAN $6.7
7 Tim Parker RBNY vs. CHI $6.6
8 Chad Marshall SEA vs. MIN $5.6
9 Matt Hedges DAL vs. PHI $7.0
10 Jonathan Mensah CLB vs. NE $7.9
11 Justen Glad RSL vs. COL $6.8
12 Nouhou Tolo SEA vs. MIN  $4.3
13 Reto Ziegler DAL vs. PHI $7.3
14 Michael Murillo RBNY vs. CHI $5.5
15 Adolfo Machado HOU vs. TOR $6.1
16 Lamine Sane ORL vs. SJ $4.8
17 Aaron Long RBNY vs. CHI $6.1
18 Rolf Feltscher LA vs. ATL $6.7
19 Harrison Afful CLB vs. NE $6.3
20 Reggie Cannon DAL vs. PHI $7.1

Midfielders

Despite notching just one assist through the first three games of the season, Nicolas Lodeiro is averaging over nine fantasy points per game. He gets it done through a combination of peripheral bonus points, and if he can get more involved on the scoresheet at home against Minnesota United on Sunday (4 pm ET; ESPN, TSN — Full TV & streaming info), Lodeiro boasts the potential to put up big fantasy points in Week 8.

Rank Player Team Opponent Price
1 Nicolas Lodeiro SEA vs. MIN $12.2
2 Romain Alessandrini LA vs. ATL $10.2
3 Miguel Almiron ATL at LA $12.3
4 Ignacio Piatti MTL vs. LAFC $11.2
5 Diego Valeri POR vs. NYC $9.5
6 Mauro Diaz DAL vs. PHI $10.2
7 Albert Rusnak RSL vs. COL $9.4
8 Sacha Kljestan ORL vs. SJ $10.8
9 Johnny Russell SKC vs. VAN $8.8
10 Federico Higuain CLB vs. NE $10.3
11 Alejandro Romero Gamarra RBNY vs. CHI $9.0
12 Tomas Martinez HOU vs. TOR $8.3
13 Maxi Moralez NYC at POR $11.8
14 Pedro Santos CLB vs. NE $7.8
15 Yoshi Yotun ORL vs. SJ $8.9
16 Joao Plata RSL vs. COL $10.4
17 Jeisson Vargas MTL vs. LAFC $8.0
18 Daniel Salloi SKC vs. VAN $7.0
19 Daniel Royer RBNY vs. CHI $7.5
20 Sebastian Blanco POR vs. NYC $9.6
21 Roland Lamah DAL vs. PHI $9.5
22 Diego Fagundez NE at CLB $9.4
23 Jesus Medina NYC at POR $8.9
24 Magnus Eriksson SJ at ORL $9.9
25 Michael Barrios DAL vs. PHI $7.4
26 Dax McCarty CHI at RBNY $8.6
27 Chris Mueller ORL vs. SJ $4.5
28 Saphir Taider MTL vs. LAFC $8.1
29 Florian Valot RBNY vs. CHI $6.0
30 Jacori Hayes DAL vs. PHI $6.8

Forwards

Along with Ibrahimovic, Bradley Wright-Phillips is also a smart play with his New York Red Bulls hosting the struggling Chicago Fire. | USA Today Images

Zlatan Ibrahimovic earned his first start and scored a goal at Chicago in Week 7, setting the stage for his first start at home in a high profile matchup versus Atlanta United on Saturday (10:30 pm ET; TV & streaming info). The opportunities will be there for Ibrahimovic to give both LA Galaxy fans and fantasy managers something to smile about, and given his penchant for scoring goals, another multi-goal game could be in order.

Rank Player Team Opponent Price
1 Zlatan Ibrahimovic LA vs. ATL $10.0
2 Bradley Wright-Phillips RBNY vs. CHI $9.9
3 Carlos Vela LAFC at MTL $12.0
4 David Villa NYC at POR $11.1
5 Alberth Elis HOU vs. TOR $11.5
6 Josef Martinez ATL at LA $11.5
7 Clint Dempsey SEA vs. MIN $9.0
8 Dom Dwyer ORL vs. SJ $10.5
9 Maxi Urruti DAL vs. PHI $7.7
10 Gyasi Zardes CLB vs. NE $8.3
11 Diego Rossi LAFC at MTL $11.7
12 Nemanja Nikolic CHI at RBNY $10.4
13 Ola Kamara LA vs. ATL $7.8
14 Darwin Quintero MIN at SEA $9.5
15 Jefferson Savarino RSL vs. COL $8.0
16 Mauro Manotas HOU vs. TOR $9.0
17 Will Bruin SEA vs. MIN $7.3
18 Fanendo Adi POR vs. NYC $7.4
19 Cristian Penilla NE at CLB $9.3
20 Cristian Colman DAL vs. PHI $5.5
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