Fantasy: Week 3 positional rankings

Reid, Mike and Blayne are joined by special guest, Matt Pollard from Last Word on Soccer to review the top fantasy takeaways from Round 2 and preview the games and top player options for Round 3. This episode also includes an exciting new announcement near the top of the show and a new Fan Poll request during the preview section that will determine how Reid builds his Round 3 team.


After just one clean sheet on opening weekend, Week 2 of MLS Fantasy proved just how vital keying in on the right defenders can be in shooting your fantasy team up the standings. With slightly more data at our disposal heading into Week 3, here are my top players at each position based on recent performance and matchups.

Goalkeepers

Luis Robles led the league with 14 shutouts last season, and a home opener Saturday (3:30 pm ET | Univision, Twitter — Full TV & streaming info) against a disjointed San Jose Earthquakes attack has him in a favorable spot to collect his first clean sheet of 2019.

Rank Player Team Opponent Price
Luis Robles RBNY vs. SJ $6.0
Zack Steffen CLB vs. DAL $6.7
3 Bill Hamid DC vs. RSL $6.9
Brad Guzan ATL vs. PHI $5.6
Alex Bono TOR vs. NE $5.6
6 Joe Willis HOU vs. VAN $5.2
7 Brian Rowe ORL vs. MTL $4.6
8 David Bingham LA vs. MIN $5.5
9 Sean Johnson NYC vs. LAFC $6.4
10 Spencer Richey CIN vs. POR $4.8

Defenders

Nick DeLeon flashed his fantasy upside in Week 1, scoring 13 points by way of a goal and an assist, along with a dusting of bonus points. He should continue to feature as a winger in the attack, which is a nice bonus anytime we can roster an attacker on our backline with the potential to rack up points on both ends of the field. Toronto FC and DeLeon play the New England Revolution on Sunday (7:30 pm ET | TSN4,5 — Full TV & streaming info). 

Rank Player Team Opponent Price
1 Nick DeLeon TOR vs. NE $5.5
2 Aaron Long RBNY vs. SJ $6.7
3 Michael Murillo RBNY vs. SJ $7.2
4 Kemar Lawrence RBNY vs. SJ $6.5
5 Tim Parker RBNY vs. SJ $6.7
6 Harrison Afful CLB vs. DAL $7.2
7 Frederic Brillant DC vs. RSL $6.5
8 Gaston Sauro CLB vs. DAL $5.5
9 Justin Morrow TOR vs. NE $6.2
10 Auro TOR vs. NE $5.8
11 Steve Birnbaum DC vs. RSL $6.0
12 Laurent Ciman TOR vs. NE $6.1
13 Miles Robinson ATL vs. PHI $5.6
14 Drew Moor TOR vs. NE $5.0
15 Maynor Figueroa HOU vs. VAN $5.5
16 Daniel Steres LA vs. MIN $5.8
17 Kendall Waston CIN vs. POR $5.7
18 Francisco Calvo MIN at LA $7.0
19 Reto Ziegler DAL at CLB $6.2
20 Kelvin Leerdam SEA at CHI $6.0

Midfielders

Lucho will look to rebound from a tough week in the Bronx | USA Today Sports Images

Luciano Acosta had a dream start to the season with 15 points in D.C. United's home opener, and he was a clutch Sean Johnson save away from following that up with another goal in Week 2. He’s playing with a chip on his shoulder and should continue to cause chaos at home Saturday (8 pm ET | TV & streaming info) against Real Salt Lake.

Rank Player Team Opponent Price
1 Luciano Acosta DC vs. RSL $11.4
2 Nicolas Lodeiro SEA at CHI $11.8
3 Diego Valeri POR at CIN $11.5
4 Kaku RBNY vs. SJ $9.0
5 Maxi Moralez NYC vs. LAFC $10.3
6 Pity Martinez ATL vs. PHI $9.8
7 Saphir Taider MTL at ORL $11.5
8 Nani ORL vs. MTL $9.4
9 Ignacio Piatti MTL at ORL $11.0
10 Tomas Martinez HOU vs. VAN $8.4
11 Federico Higuain CLB vs. DAL $9.3
12 Florian Valot RBNY vs. SJ $7.8
13 Jonathan Osorio TOR vs. NE $9.2
14 Sebastian Blanco POR at CIN $10.7
15 Daniel Royer RBNY vs. SJ $7.5
16 Johnny Russell SKC at COL $9.1
17 Albert Rusnak RSL at DC $11.0
18 Julian Gressel ATL vs. PHI $8.5
19 Michael Bradley TOR vs. NE $9.5
20 Carles Gil NE at TOR $9.2
21 Kenny Saief CIN vs. POR $7.6
22 Benny Feilhaber COL vs. SKC $8.4
23 Victor Rodriguez SEA at CHI $9.0
24 Ilie Sanchez SKC at COL $8.7
25 Pedro Santos CLB vs. DAL $7.1
26 Paul Arriola DC vs. RSL $9.5
27 Chris Pontius LA vs. MIN $5.0
28 Felipe Gutierrez SKC at COL $8.5
29 Marc Rzatkowski NYRB vs. SJ $7.0
30 Roland Lamah CIN vs. POR $7.5

Forwards

Wayne Rooney has yet to put the ball in the back of the net through the first two games of the season, but he’s back at Audi Field where he’s scored or assisted in six of his last seven regular season games dating back to last year. It’s only a matter of time before he opens his 2019 account, and he should see multiple opportunities against a RSL side that has conceded 24 shots over their first two games.

Rank Player Team Opponent Price
1 Wayne Rooney DC vs. RSL $10.5
2 Darwin Quintero MIN at LA $12.0
3 Josef Martinez ATL vs. PHI $10.5
4 Bradley Wright-Phillips RBNY vs. SJ $10.5
5 Carlos Vela LAFC at NYC $11.3
6 Mauro Manotas HOU vs. VAN $9.9
7 Alexandru Mitrita NYC vs. LAFC $10.2
8 Alberth Elis HOU vs. VAN $8.7
9 Romell Quioto HOU vs. VAN $8.3
10 Raul Ruidiaz SEA at CHI $10.8
11 Gyasi Zardes CLB vs. DAL $9.7
12 Dom Dwyer ORL vs. MTL $9.1
13 Kei Kamara COL vs. SKC $9.7
14 Krisztian Nemeth SKC at COL $7.1
15 Fanendo Adi CIN vs. POR $8.2
16 Nemanja Nikolic CHI vs. SEA $8.6
17 Jeremy Ebobisse POR at CIN $7.4
18 Diego Rubio COL vs. SKC $6.9
19 Diego Rossi LAFC at NYC $9.5
20 CJ Sapong CHI vs. SEA $7.9

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