Fantasy: Week 9 positional rankings

Reid, Michael and Blayne are joined by special guest Abbie Mood from Burgundy Wave to review all the most important fantasy takeaways from Round 8 and preview the MASSIVE DGW in Round 9. Before giving a shutout to the Patreon supporters, Reid gives Blayne and Michael a chance to share their latest Twitter argument and then everyone moves into previewing the best DGW and maybe SGW options for Round 9.


A pivotal Week 9 of MLS Fantasy sees 10 teams playing twice, and with players from those teams eligible to earn fantasy points in both games, there will be plenty of opportunities to make some moves up the leader boards. As always with a double game week, be mindful of roster rotation and confirm starting lineups on Wednesday to give your team the best shot at getting the most minutes out of your players.

Goalkeepers

Sean Johnson | USA Today Sports Images

Sean Johnson has two clean sheets in his last three outings, and he has arguably the best schedule of all double-game week goalkeepers with home games vs. the Chicago Fire and Orlando City.

Rank Player Team Opponent Price
1 Sean Johnson NYC vs. CHI, vs. ORL $6.8
2 Stefan Frei SEA vs. SJ, vs. LAFC $7.7
3 Zack Steffen CLB vs. DC, at HOU $8.5
4 Vito Mannone MIN vs. LA, vs. DC $6.4
5 Evan Bush MTL at NE, vs. CHI $6.4
6 David Bingham LA at MIN, vs. RSL $6.5
7 Cody Cropper NE vs. MTL, at SKC $4.8
8 Bill Hamid DC at CLB, at MIN $8.1
9 David Ousted CHI at NYC, at MTL $5.4
10 Daniel Vega SJ at SEA, at DAL $5.0

Defenders

Ronald Matarrita (right) | USA Today Sports Images

Ronald Matarrita notched his first assist of the season and finished with 12 points in Week 8. He has six shots over his last three outings and his involvement in the New York City FC attack gives his fantasy upside a big boost with the possibility of earning both attacking and defensive points.

Rank Player Team Opponent Price
1 Ronald Matarrita NYC vs. CHI, vs. ORL $6.3
2 Kelvin Leerdam SEA vs. SJ, vs. LAFC $7.9
3 Anton Tinnerholm NYC vs. CHI, vs. ORL $7.1
4 Brad Smith SEA vs. SJ, vs. LAFC $7.8
5 Alexander Callens NYC vs. CHI, vs. ORL $7.3
6 Maxime Chanot NYC vs. CHI, vs. ORL $7.6
7 Chad Marshall SEA vs. SJ, vs. LAFC $8.0
8 Romain Metanire MIN vs. LA, vs. DC $7.4
9 Kim Kee-hee SEA vs. SJ, vs. LAFC $7.0
10 Diego Polenta LA at MIN, vs. RSL $6.7
11 Zakaria Diallo MTL at NE, vs. CHI $7.1
12 Jorgen Skjelvik LA at MIN, vs. RSL $6.4
13 Daniel Lovitz MTL at NE, vs. CHI $6.6
14 Andrew Farrell NE vs. MTL, at SKC $6.5
15 Daniel Steres LA at MIN, vs. RSL $6.6
16 Giancarlo Gonzalez LA at MIN, vs. RSL $5.2
17 Ike Opara MIN vs. LA, vs. DC $6.9
18 Edgar Castillo NE vs. MTL, at SKC $5.6
19 Jonathan Mensah CLB vs. DC, at HOU $8.3
20 Shea Salinas SJ at SEA, at DAL $5.4

Midfielders

Nico Lodeiro | USA Today Sports Images

Nicolas Lodeiro’s dip in production recently is reason for hesitation considering his lofty price tag, but on a double game week we can look past that as he’s historically been one of the top fantasy producers in the game. He’ll look to get back on track Wednesday (10:30 pm ET | TV & streaming info) vs. a San Jose Earthquakes unit that has allowed the most assists in the league before a high-profile rematch at home against LAFC on Sunday (3:30 pm ET | ESPN — Full TV & streaming info).

Rank Player Team Opponent Price
1 Nicolas Lodeiro SEA vs. SJ, vs. LAFC $11.5
2 Maxi Moralez NYC vs. CHI, vs. ORL $9.7
3 Jonathan dos Santos LA at MIN, vs. RSL $10.4
4 Carles Gil NE vs. MTL, at SKC $10.6
5 Victor Rodriguez SEA vs. SJ, vs. LAFC $8.9
6 Saphir Taider MTL at NE, vs. CHI $10.8
7 Luciano Acosta DC at CLB, at MIN $10.3
8 Cristian Roldan SEA vs. SJ, vs. LAFC $10.0
9 Osvaldo Alonso MIN vs LA, vs. DC $8.4
10 Nicolas Gaitan CHI at NYC, at MTL $9.2
11 Federico Higuain CLB vs. DC, at HOU $8.1
12 Alexander Ring NYC vs. CHI, vs. ORL $8.9
13 Aleksandar Katai CHI at NYC, at MTL $8.3
14 Wil Trapp CLB vs. DC, at HOU $7.7
15 Joe Corona LA at MIN, vs. RSL $7.2
16 Pedro Santos CLB vs. DC, at HOU $8.6
17 Artur CLB vs. DC, at HOU $8.1
18 Sebastian Lletget LA at MIN, vs. RSL $6.9
19 Alejandro Pozuelo TOR vs. POR $12.0
20 Gustav Svensson SEA vs. SJ, vs. LAFC $7.9
21 Junior Moreno DC at CLB, at MIN $8.0
22 Dax McCarty CHI at NYC, at MTL $8.5
23 Bastian Schweinsteiger CHI at NYC, at MTL $8.0
24 James Sands NYC vs. CHI, vs. ORL $6.9
25 Uriel Antuna LA at MIN, vs. RSL $5.6
26 Magnus Eriksson SJ at SEA, at DAL $7.2
27 Ebenezer Ofori NYC vs. CHI, vs. ORL $5.9
28 Ethan Finlay MIN vs. LA, vs. DC $5.0
29 Jackson Yueill SJ at SEA, at DAL $5.9
30 Emmanuel Boateng LA at MIN, vs. RSL $4.6

Forwards

Zlatan Ibrahimovic | Imagn Images

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has made his mark on the scoresheet in all five of his appearances this season, putting him in prime position for a massive fantasy point haul if he can avoid roster rotation. Up next is a depleted Minnesota United side on Wednesday (8:30 pm ET | TV & streaming info) who have conceded three or more goals in back-to-back games, before hosting Real Salt Lake on Sunday (8 pm ET | TV & streaming info), who are tied for the fifth-most goals conceded in MLS.

Rank Player Team Opponent Price
1 Zlatan Ibrahimovic LA at MIN, vs. RSL $13.2
2 Darwin Quintero MIN vs. LA, vs. DC $12.4
3 Wayne Rooney DC at CLB, at MIN $10.7
4 Heber NYC vs. CHI, vs. ORL $7.8
5 Angelo Rodriguez MIN vs. LA, vs. DC $8.2
6 Valentin Castellanos NYC vs. CHI, vs. ORL $7.2
7 Jordan Morris SEA vs. SJ, vs. LAFC $7.9
8 Gyasi Zardes CLB vs. DCU, at HOU $8.8
9 Maxi Urruti MTL at NE, vs. CHI $7.4
10 Cristian Espinoza SJ at SEA, at DAL $8.9
11 C.J. Sapong CHI at NYC, at MTL $8.7
12 Danny Hoesen SJ at SEA, at DAL $8.9
13 Nemanja Nikolic CHI at NYC, at MTL $8.7
14 Carlos Vela LAFC at SEA $14.3
15 Josef Martinez ATL vs. COL $9.5
16 Cristian Penilla NE vs. MTL, at SKC $7.0
17 Harry Novillo MTL at NE, vs. CHI $7.7
18 Juan Agudelo NE vs. MTL, at SKC $4.8
19 Teal Bunbury NE vs. MTL, at SKC $5.7
20 Alberth Elis HOU vs. CLB $10.7

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