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Fantasy: Week 12 positional rankings

Reid, Mike and Blayne sit down to break down all the unexpected results from last week’s big double-game week and touch on two of the biggest recent announcements in MLS: Gambling and Rooney. After that they break down the best DGW players to load up on, tip which SGW teams are worth investing in and list their current target players.


Week 12 features two teams playing twice, with the Vancouver Whitecaps and San Jose Earthquakes the teams to target if you're looking to double down on points. With several individual matchups worth targeting as well, finding the right mix of double and single-game players will be key.

Goalkeepers

Sean Johnson is a solid single game week choice | USA Today Sports Images

Andrew Tarbell and Brian Rowe are the DGW goalkeepers to target for two shots at a clean sheet, with Sean Johnson and Jimmy Maurer both checking in as strong single game week 'keepers.

Rank Player Team Matchup Price
1 Andrew Tarbell SJ at VAN, vs. DC $6.0
2 Brian Rowe VAN vs. SJ, at DAL $4.4
3 Sean Johnson NYC vs. COL $6.2
4 Jimmy Maurer DAL vs. VAN $7.7
5 Andre Blake PHI vs. RSL $6.6
6 Alex Bono TOR vs. ORL $7.2
7 Matt Turner NE vs. CLB $8.0
8 Brad Guzan ATL vs. RBNY $7.4
9 Richard Sanchez CHI vs. HOU $6.8
10 Evan Bush MTL vs. LA $8.6

Defenders

Even though Kendall Waston is nearing a yellow card suspension, he's still worth the risk. | USA Today Images

Full disclosure: Kendall Waston is one yellow card away from suspension, so if he goes into the book on Wednesday we're only getting one game out of him. Despite the risk, he comes with a high ceiling given his knack for getting forward. He flashed his attacking upside in Week 11, scoring a goal on five shots and adding an assist en route to a 13-point round. It's a risky venture, but with just six weeks to go it could be one worth taking to make up some ground in the standings.

Rank Player Team Matchup Price
1 Kendall Waston VAN vs. SJ, at DAL $5.1
2 Graham Zusi SKC at MIN $10.5
3 Harold Cummings SJ at VAN, vs. DC $4.7
4 Jose Aja VAN vs. SJ, at DAL $6.7
5 Nick Lima SJ at VAN, vs. DC $4.8
6 Marcel de Jong VAN vs. SJ, at DAL $4.3
7 Shea Salinas SJ at VAN, vs. DC $4.0
8 Sean Franklin VAN vs. SJ, at DAL $5.3
9 Auro TOR vs. ORL $5.0
10 Alexander Callens NYC vs. COL $6.7
11 Matt Hedges DAL vs. VAN $8.4
12 Ike Opara SKC at MIN $8.1
13 Anton Tinnerholm NYC vs. COL $6.3
14 Gregory van der Wiel TOR vs. ORL $6.1
15 Ben Sweat NYC vs. COL $6.5
16 Leandro Gonzalez Pirez ATL vs. RBNY $6.2
17 Laurent Ciman LAFC at POR $9.8
18 Anton Nedyalkov DAL vs. VAN $8.5
19 Harrison Afful CLB at NE $6.8
20 Kevin Ellis CHI vs. HOU $5.7

Midfielders

A double-game week that includes a visit Saturday from struggling D.C. United makes Earthquakes talisman Vako a strong play | USA Today Sports Images

There's no clear cut No.1 this week, but it's the San Jose midfielders that stick out as the ones to target with a winnable game at Vancouver and a good matchup at home versus D.C. A case could be made for either of them to top double figures in Week 12, with set-piece duty bumping Magnus Eriksson and Vako slightly ahead of the pack.

Rank Player Team Matchup Price
1 Magnus Eriksson SJ at VAN, vs. DC $9.6
2 Vako SJ at VAN, vs. DC $8.7
3 Danny Hoesen SJ at VAN, vs. DC $7.9
4 Florian Jungwirth SJ at VAN, vs. DC $8.7
5 Felipe VAN vs. SJ, at DAL $7.2
6 Anibal Godoy SJ at VAN, vs. DC $7.7
7 Alphonso Davies VAN vs. SJ, at DAL $5.9
8 Miguel Almiron ATL vs. RBNY $14.3
9 Ignacio Piatti MTL vs. LA $13.2
10 Maximiliano Moralez NYC vs. COL $11.1
11 Mauro Díaz DAL vs. VAN $10.4
12 Victor Vazquez TOR vs. ORL $9.9
13 Diego Valeri POR vs. LAFC $11.0
14 Romain Alessandrini LA at MTL $8.2
15 Johnny Russell SKC at MIN $10.5
16 Jonathan Osorio TOR vs. ORL $7.9
17 Kaku RBNY at ATL $10.3
18 Federico Higuain CLB at NE $9.7
19 Aleksandar Katai CHI vs. HOU $7.3
20 Alexander Ring NYC vs. COL $10.0
21 Ezequiel Barco ATL vs. RBNY $8.3
22 Ager Aketxe TOR vs. ORL $6.7
23 Yangel Herrera NYC vs. COL $7.6
24 Saphir Taider MTL vs. LA $7.3
25 Daniel Salloi SKC at MIN $9.0
26 Haris Medunjanin PHI vs. RSL $8.6
27 Albert Rusnak RSL at PHI $10.5
28 Roland Lamah DAL vs. VAN $10.3
29 Sacha Kljestan ORL at TOR $11.0
30 Teal Bunbury NE vs. CLB $8.7

Forwards

Kei Kamara has shown signs of breaking through for the first time since March and is also on a double game week | USA Today Images

Kei Kamara and Chris Wondolowski are the two DGW forwards that can realistically be given consideration in Week 12, with several single-game forwards boasting good matchups to target as well. Kamara has has taken four shots in each of his last two games and has a goal or an assist in five of the six games he has started this season.

Rank Player Team Matchup Price
1 Kei Kamara VAN vs. SJ, at DAL $9.1
2 David Villa NYC vs. COL $10.3
3 Carlos Vela LAFC at POR $13.2
4 Josef Martinez ATL vs. RBNY $9.7
5 Chris Wondolowski SJ at VAN, vs. DC $5.7
6 Maximiliano Urruti DAL vs. VAN $8.1
7 Nemanja Nikolic CHI vs. HOU $11.5
8 Darwin Quintero MIN vs. SKC $9.7
9 Bradley Wright-Phillips RBNY at ATL $11.9
10 Diego Rossi LAFC at POR $11.5
11 Cristian Penilla NE vs. CLB $9.7
12 Anthony Blondell VAN vs. SJ, VAN at DAL $4.7
13 Ismael Tajouri-Shradi NYC vs. COL $8.0
14 Alberth Elis HOU at CHI $10.4
15 Zlatan Ibrahimovic LA at MTL $9.2
16 Gyasi Zardes CLB at NE $8.3
17 Jo Inge Berget NYC vs. COL $5.5
18 Jordan Hamilton TOR vs. ORL $5.3
19 Dom Dwyer ORL at TOR $11.0
20 Fanendo Adi POR vs. LAFC $7.7
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