Fantasy: Week 16 positional rankings

Reid and Mike are joined by Minnesota United writer and podcaster Steve McPherson to preview the start of the 2019 Fall MLS Fantasy Season. They start with a quick review of the Price and Team Value reset before touching on some of the players who they think have the most potential value. After that, they just into the biggest news of the Round, a reminder of Gold & Open Cup absences and impacts. They wrap things up by sharing the players who they are currently targeting for Round 16. It's a great refresher to help both returning and new players get Fantasy Ready before the weekend!


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Week 16 marks the beginning of the MLS Fantasy Fall season, which means a fresh start with scores and pricing reset. If you missed out on the Spring season, there’s still time to sign up for the Fall season to make a run at fantasy glory and the $1500 Grand Prize! With several key players still away on international duty, let’s take a closer look at the top players at each position among the 12 teams in action this week.

Goalkeepers

Steve Clark collects a cross | USA Today Sports IMages

Steve Clark made seven saves to lead Portland to a big win over Seattle in U.S. Open Cup action last week. If he keeps the starting job, he’s in a good spot at home against a Houston side that's been shutout in their last two road games and will be missing some key attacking pieces.

Rank Player Team Opponent Price
Steve Clark POR vs. HOU $4.5
Kenneth Kronholm CHI vs. RSL $5.0
Jesse Gonzalez DAL vs. TOR $5.5
Zac MacMath VAN vs. COL $4.5
Jon Kempin CLB vs. SKC $4.5
6 Spencer Richey CIN vs. LA $5.0
7 David Bingham LA at CIN $5.5
8 Quentin Westberg TOR at DAL $5.5
9 Tim Melia SKC at CLB $6.0
10 Tim Howard COL at VAN $5.5

Defenders

Ali Adnan searches for a pass upfield | USA Today Sports

Ali Adnan showed flashes of fantasy upside with a goal and an assist across his last four Vancouver outings, and the former Serie A left back could turn in a big haul if he piles up points on both sides of the ball at home against Colorado on Saturday (10 pm ET | TV & streaming info).

Rank Player Team Opponent Price
1 Ali Adnan VAN vs. COL $6.0
2 Larrys Mabiala POR vs. HOU $7.0
3 Reto Ziegler DAL vs. TOR $6.5
4 Bastian Schweinsteiger CHI vs. RSL $6.0
5 Jorge Villafana POR vs. HOU $5.5
6 Graham Zusi SKC at CLB $6.5
7 Harrison Afful CLB vs. SKC $6.5
8 Ryan Hollingshead DAL vs. TOR $5.5
9 Jorge Moreira POR vs. HOU $5.5
10 Matt Hedges DAL vs. TOR $6.5
11 Bill Tuiloma POR vs. HOU $5.5
12 Scott Sutter VAN vs. COL $5.0
13 Justin Morrow TOR at DAL $5.5
14 Erik Godoy VAN vs. COL $6.0
15 Gaston Sauro CLB vs. SKC $4.5
16 Daniel Steres LA at CIN $5.0
17 Johan Kappelhof CHI vs. RSL $6.0
18 Raheem Edwards CHI vs. RSL $5.0
19 Jorge Corrales CHI vs. RSL $4.5
20 Nick Hagglund CIN vs. LA $5.0

Midfielders

Diego Valeri celebrates his 70th career MLS goal | USA Today Sports

Diego Valeri is averaging seven fantasy points per game over his last five appearances, and with the Timbers looking to notch their first home win of the season, he should impact the scoresheet against Houston on Saturday (11 pm ET | TV & streaming info).

Rank Player Team Opponent Price
1 Diego Valeri POR vs. HOU $10.5
2 Alejandro Pozuelo TOR at DAL $11.5
3 Nicolas Gaitan CHI vs. RSL $10.0
4 Aleksandar Katai CHI vs. RSL $9.0
5 Felipe Gutierrez SKC at CLB $9.5
6 Johnny Russell SKC at CLB $9.5
7 Pedro Santos CLB vs. SKC $8.5
8 Yordy Reyna VAN vs. COL $8.0
9 Albert Rusnak RSL at CHI $10.0
10 Paxton Pomykal DAL vs. TOR $9.0
11 Inbeom Hwang VAN vs. COL $7.0
12 David Accam CLB vs. SKC $6.0
13 Przemyslaw Frankowski CHI vs. RSL $8.0
14 Jack Price COL at VAN $7.0
15 Favio Alvarez LA at CIN $7.5
16 Diego Chara POR vs. HOU $7.5
17 Emmanuel Ledesma CIN vs. LA $6.5
18 Damir Kreilach RSL at CHI $7.5
19 Lucas Venuto VAN vs. COL $7.0
20 Dax McCarty CHI vs. RSL $7.5
21 Joe Corona LA at CIN $7.5
22 Tomas Martinez HOU at POR $8.5
23 Sebastian Saucedo RSL at CHI $6.0
24 Michael Barrios DAL vs. TOR $7.5
25 Sam Nicholson COL at VAN $6.0
26 David Guzman CLB vs. SKC $7.0
27 Marky Delgado TOR at DAL $7.0
28 Cristhian Paredes POR vs. HOU $6.5
29 Boniek Garcia HOU at POR $6.5
30 Chris Pontius LA at CIN $5.5

Forwards

Brian Fernandez celebrates a Portland Timbers goal | USA Today Sports

Brian Fernandez has six goals in four games across all competitions since joining the Timbers. The Argentine simply can’t stop scoring and represents an elite option at home against a depleted Houston squad.

Rank Player Team Opponent Price
1 Brian Fernandez POR vs. HOU $10.5
2 Zlatan Ibrahimovic LA at CIN $11.0
3 Fredy Montero VAN vs. COL $9.0
4 Kei Kamara COL at VAN $9.0
5 CJ Sapong CHI vs. RSL $8.0
6 Jeremy Ebobisse POR vs. HOU $6.0
7 Nemanja Nikolic CHI vs. RSL $9.0
8 Fanendo Adi CIN vs. LA $8.0
9 Mauro Manotas HOU at POR $9.5
10 Kekuta Manneh CIN vs. LA $6.0
11 Dominique Badji DAL vs. TOR $6.5
12 Jesus Ferreira DAL vs. TOR $6.5
13 Krisztian Nemeth SKC at CLB $7.5
14 Patrick Mullins CLB vs. SKC $5.5
15 Sam Johnson RSL at CHI $7.5
16 Andre Shinyashiki COL at VAN $4.5
17 Diego Rubio COL at VAN $6.5
18 Jordan Hamilton TOR at DAL $5.0
19 Terrence Boyd TOR at DAL $5.5
20 Corey Baird RSL at CHI $6.5
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