Carlos Vela - LAFC - 2019 Fantasy

Fantasy: Week 8 positional rankings

Reid, Michael and Blayne get together to review all the Fantasy takeaways from the adjust Round 7 double-game week and talk about all the options for Round 8. They start out by recapping the recent score readjustment and then get into a discussion about the value of Vancouver players for the upcoming DGW. They wrap up with a review of the best player options for Round 8 and go on a little tangent about differential picks and the value of Bradley Wright-Phillips.


Barring any bizarre weather postponements, Week 8 of MLS Fantasy features two teams playing twice. Fortunately, BC Place has a retractable roof, so I think we’re safe to roster Los Angeles Football Club and Vancouver Whitecaps players if we’re going back to the double game week (DGW) well! Let’s take a closer look at which double game week players to target, along with any single game players who could turn in a big fantasy score this week.

Goalkeepers

LAFC's Tyler Miller has three clean sheets and has only conceded five goals in his first seven games of the season. | USA Today Sports Images

Tyler Miller has logged 325 consecutive minutes without allowing a goal, which bodes well even on the road Wednesday (10 PM ET | TSN 1/3, MLS LIVE on ESPN+ in US) against a Vancouver Whitecaps side that was shut out in back-to-back home games before drawing the Chicago Fire, 1-1, last weekend.

Rank Player Team Opponent Price
Tyler Miller LAFC at VAN, vs. SEA $7.0
Maxime Crepeau VAN vs. LAFC, at ORL $5.5
3 Andre Blake PHI vs. MTL $6.8
Zack Steffen CLB vs. POR $8.7
Brad Guzan ATL vs. DAL $6.5
6 Brian Rowe ORL vs. VAN $5.2
7 David Ousted CHI vs. COL $5.6
8 Bill Hamid DC vs. NYC $8.3
9 David Bingham LA vs. HOU $6.0
10 Przemyslaw Tyton CIN vs. RSL $5.0

Defenders

In addition to anchoring the LAFC defense, Walker Zimmerman also has a goal. | USA Today Sports Images

Walker Zimmerman has reeled off four consecutive games with at least eight points, and he has the best points per game average of any DGW defender on the board. There is some cause for rotation concern after he exited with a knock in the 86th minute of the last game, so be sure to monitor starting lineups ahead of Wednesday's match before paying the premium for Zimmerman.

Rank Player Team Opponent Price
1 Walker Zimmerman LAFC at VAN, vs. SEA $9.3
2 Steven Beitashour LAFC at VAN, vs. SEA $7.2
3 Eddie Segura LAFC at VAN, vs. SEA $7.2
4 Jordan Harvey LAFC at VAN, vs. SEA $6.4
5 Ali Adnan VAN vs. LAFC, at ORL $5.2
6 Doneil Henry VAN vs. LAFC, at ORL $6.8
7 Erik Godoy VAN vs. LAFC, at ORL $7.6
8 Nick DeLeon TOR vs. MIN $7.5
9 Justin Morrow TOR vs. MIN $6.9
10 Jack Elliott PHI vs. MTL $6.2
11 Graham Zusi SKC at SJ $8.0
12 Josh Williams CLB vs. POR $6.0
13 Leandro Gonzalez Pirez ATL vs. DAL $7.2
14 Kendall Waston CIN vs. RSL $7.2
15 Ruan ORL vs. VAN $5.1
16 Joao Moutinho ORL vs. VAN $5.7
17 Kai Wagner PHI vs. MTL $6.5
18 Steven Birnbaum DC vs. NYC $9.0
19 Reto Ziegler DAL at ATL $8.0
20 Shea Salinas SJ vs. SKC $4.9

Midfielders

LAFC's Mark-Anthony Kaye has two goals and two assists in six appearances this season. | USA Today Sports Images

Mark-Anthony Kaye has a goal or an assist in each of his last three games, averaging nine fantasy points per game over that span. As with all DGW players, keep an eye on starting lineups in the first game and adjust accordingly. While it’s a guessing game who is rotated over the DGW, I do think that LAFC will roll out a full-strength side in a Western Conference clash with Seattle Sounders FC on Sunday (7 PM ET | FS1, MLS LIVE on DAZN in Canada). That would give any regular starters who make the starting lineup at Vancouver a good shot at featuring in both matches.

Rank Player Team Opponent Price
1 Mark-Anthony Kaye LAFC at VAN, vs. SEA $9.3
2 Eduard Atuesta LAFC at VAN, vs. SEA $8.7
3 Inbeom Hwang VAN vs. LAFC, at ORL $7.4
4 Yordy Reyna VAN vs. LAFC, at ORL $8.1
5 Alejandro Pozuelo TOR vs. MIN $11.5
6 Nani ORL vs. MINL $9.8
7 Romain Alessandrini LA vs. HOU $9.3
8 Nicolas Lodeiro SEA at LAFC $11.9
9 Johnny Russell SKC at SJ $10.8
10 Kenny Saief CIN vs. RSL $8.0
11 Federico Higuain CLB vs. POR $8.5
12 Carles Gil NE vs. RBNY $10.7
13 Jon Erice VAN vs. LAFC, at ORL $6.4
14 Felipe Martins VAN vs. LAFC, at ORL $6.7
15 Russell Teibert VAN vs. LAFC, at ORL $5.7
16 Nicolas Gaitan CHI vs. COL $8.7
17 Aleksandar Katai CHI vs. COL $7.8
18 Luciano Acosta DC vs. NYC $10.4
19 Maxi Moralez NYC at DC $10.0
20 Albert Rusnak RSL at CIN $10.0
21 Diego Valeri POR at CLB $10.3
22 Julian Gressel ATL vs. DAL $9.4
23 Jonathan Osorio TOR vs. MIN $9.9
24 Pity Martinez ATL vs. DAL $9.0
25 Ezequiel Barco ATL vs. DAL $7.4
26 Daniel Royer NYRB at NE $7.6
27 Saphir Taider MTL at PHI $11.2
28 Felipe Gutierrez SKC at SJ $8.6
29 Tomas Martinez HOU at LA $8.7
30 Brenden Aaronson PHI vs. MTL $6.4

Forwards

LAFC's Carlos Vela leads Major League soccer with eight goals and five assists. | USA Today Sports Images

Carlos Vela continues to post video-game numbers, and his 86 total points are 30 more than the next highest scoring player in MLS Fantasy. That kind of production is worth moving mountains for on a DGW. As long as he’s in the starting lineup at Vancouver on Wednesday, he’ll be the consensus captain pick in Week 8.

Rank Player Team Opponent Price
1 Carlos Vela LAFC at VAN, vs. SEA $13.8
2 Diego Rossi LAFC at VAN, vs. SEA $10.5
3 Latif Blessing LAFC at VAN, vs. SEA $8.5
4 Christian Ramirez LAFC at VAN, vs. SEA $6.2
5 Zlatan Ibrahimovic LA vs. HOU $12.7
6 Jozy Altidore TOR vs. MIN $11.1
7 Fredy Montero VAN vs. LAFC, at ORL $7.8
8 Wayne Rooney DC vs. NYC $11.1
9 Josef Martinez ATL vs. DAL $9.3
10 Darwin Quintero MIN at TOR $12.0
11 Dom Dwyer ORL vs. VAN $9.2
12 Alberth Elis HOU at LA $10.2
13 Nemanja Nikolic CHI vs. COL $8.2
14 Gyasi Zardes CLB vs. POR $9.3
15 Hector Villalba ATL vs. DAL $7.8
16 C.J. Sapong CHI vs. COL $8.5
17 Darren Mattocks CIN vs. RSL $6.8
18 Mauro Manotas HOU at LA $10.6
19 Krisztian Nemeth SKC at SJ $8.6
20 Bradley Wright-Phillips RBNY at NE $9.0

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