Fantasy: Week 9 positional rankings ahead of busy weekend of matches

Reid, Mike and Blayne are joined by Phil Luetchford to talk about his recent trip to England and the upcoming MLS Fantasy round. They start things out touching on some of the most important fantasy moments from Round 8 and Mike is sure to get a few digs in on the Red Bulls. After that, they answer a few Reddit questions about modifications to the price change system and preference for Autoroo and Transfer players. They wrap everything up with a game by game preview of Round 9 and a THUNDERDOME bestrewn Mike and Phil over the NYCFC-FC Dallas match.


Week 9 of MLS Fantasy features several games with big fantasy point potential. Let’s take a closer look at which players to target in this week’s positional rankings.

Goalkeepers

Brad Guzan has three clean sheets over the last four weeks and now he’s back home facing a Montreal attack (Saturday, 1 pm ET | TVAS — Full TV & streaming info) that has scored one goal over their last two road games.

Rank Player Team Opponent Price
Brad Guzan ATL vs. MTL $7.2
Andre Blake PHI vs. DC $6.9
3 Sean Johnson NYC vs. DAL $7.7
Alex Bono TOR vs. CHI $5.8
Zack Steffen CLB vs. SJ $5.8
6 Tyler Miller LAFC vs. SEA $6.8
7 Stefan Marinovic VAN vs. RSL $7.2
8 Matt Turner NE vs. SKC $7.2
David Bingham LA vs. ATL $6.4
10 Tim Melia SKC at NE $6.3

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 continues to deliver the fantasy points, with an assist and 16 points in Week 8. His 65 points are good for third-best overall, and while he’s on the road this week against New England Saturday (7:30 pm ET | Full TV & streaming info), he still has arguably the biggest upside of any defender in fantasy given his involvement in the attack.

Rank Player Team Opponent Price
1 Graham Zusi SKC at NE $9.0
2 Leandro Gonzalez Pirez ATL vs. MTL $4.8
3 Alexander Callens NYC vs. DAL $7.5
4 Laurent Ciman LAFC vs. SEA $8.3
5 Ronald Matarrita NYC vs. DAL $4.7
6 Jonathan Mensah CLB vs. SJ $7.6
7 Greg Garza ATL vs. MTL $6.5
8 Milton Valenzuela CLB vs. SJ $6.7
9 Michael Parkhurst  ATL vs. MTL $6.8
10 Kendall Waston VAN vs. RSL $4.0
11 Maxime Chanot NYC vs. DAL  $7.7
12 Gregory van der Wiel TOR vs. CHI $5.1
13 Harrison Afful CLB vs. SJ $5.8
14 Anton Tinnerholm NYC vs. DAL $7.5
15 Keegan Rosenberry PHI vs. DC $6.9
16 Auro TOR vs. CHI $4.0
17 Tommy Smith COL vs. ORL $7.1
18 Steven Beitashour LAFC vs. SEA $8.0
19 Edgar Castillo COL vs. ORL $7.2
20 Brek Shea VAN vs. RSL $5.3

Midfielders

Miguel Almiron has a combined 44 points over the last three game weeks and is pretty much a lock-and-load. He’s been phenomenal and with Ezequiel Barco integrating himself into the attack we have two elite fantasy options out of the Atlanta midfield this week.

Rank Player Team Opponent Price
1 Miguel Almiron ATL vs. MTL $12.8
2 Nicolas Lodeiro SEA at LAFC $12.5
3 Federico Higuain CLB vs. SJ $9.8
4 Ezequiel Barco ATL vs. MTL $8.5
5 Romain Alessandrini LA vs. RBNY $9.7
6 Maxi Moralez NYC vs. DAL $12.2
7 Johnny Russell  SKC at NE $9.3
8 Benny Feilhaber LAFC vs. SEA $10.0
9 Ignacio Piatti MTL at ATL $11.7
10 Diego Fagundez NE vs. SKC $9.7
11 Sacha Kljestan ORL at COL $11.2
12 David Accam PHI vs. DC $7.3
13 Joao Plata RSL at VAN $10.9
14 Albert Rusnak RSL at VAN $9.5
15 Kaku RBNY at LA $8.8
16 Pedro Santos CLB vs. SJ $7.9
17 Borek Dockal PHI vs. DC $6.5
18 Julian Gressel ATL vs. MTL $9.2
19 Teal Bunbury NE vs. SKC $7.2
20 Alphonso Davies VAN vs. RSL $6.6
21 Jack Price COL vs. PHI $8.4
22 Jesus Medina NYC vs. DAL $8.4
23 Cristian Roldan SEA at LAFC $8.8
24 Magnus Eriksson SJ at CLB $10.4
25 Tomas Martinez HOU at MIN $8.4
26 Wilfried Zahibo NE vs. SKC $9.2
27 Luciano Acosta DC at PHI $8.0
28 Alexander Ring NYC vs. DAL $9.6
29 Fafa Picault PHI vs. DC $6.6
30 Yohan Croizet SKC at NE $5.7

Forwards

ATLUTD's Josef Martinez could have a big day against a struggling Impact defense | USA Today Sports Images

Carlos Vela leads all forwards with 61 fantasy points and it would be no surprise to see him score the first goal in Banc of California Stadium history as LAFC christen their new digs against Seattle on Sunday (9 pm ET | FS1 — Full TV & streaming info).

Rank Player Team Opponent Price
1 Carlos Vela LAFC vs. SEA $12.5
2 Josef Martinez ATL vs. MTL $11.0
3 Sebastian Giovinco TOR vs. CHI $9.5
4 Carlos Quintero MIN vs. HOU $10.0
5 David Villa NYC vs. DAL $10.6
6 Alberth Elis  HOU at MIN $11.3
7 Diego Rossi LAFC vs. SEA $12.2
8 Zlatan Ibrahimovic LA vs. RBNY $9.5
9 Bradley Wright-Phillips RBNY at LA $10.4
10 Nemanja Nikolic CHI at TOR $9.9
11 Gyasi Zardes CLB vs. SJ $8.4
12 Cristian Penilla NE vs. SKC $9.8
13 CJ Sapong PHI vs. DC $8.4
14 Marco Ureña LAFC vs. SEA $9.2
15 Dominique Badji COL vs. ORL $9.6
16 Dom Dwyer ORL at COL $11.0
17 Christian Ramirez MIN vs. HOU $6.0
18 Ola Kamara LA vs. RBNY $7.3
19 Mauro Manotas HOU at MIN $9.5
20 Anthony Blondell VAN vs. RSL $5.0
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