Fantasy: Week 19 positional rankings

Week 19 of MLS Fantasy features all 24 teams in action, and while we get a break from the double-game week madness, there are still plenty of outliers to be mindful of when picking your squad this week.

Multiple players are filtering back in since returning from international duty, and with the U.S. Open Cup and Canadian Championship knockout rounds in full swing, there is sure to be some roster rotation over the busy MLS weekend. With that in mind, let’s key in on the top players at each position this week to help your team gain some ground on the fantasy leaderboards.

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Goalkeepers

Steve Clark has three shutouts in seven appearances this season | USA Today Sports Image

Steve Clark has kept a clean sheet in each of his last three outings, and he’s in a good spot to make it four straight shutouts in a favorable home matchup against Colorado Saturday (11 pm ET | MLS LIVE on ESPN+ in US, on DAZN in Canada).

Rank Player Team Opponent Price
Steve Clark POR vs. COL $6.0
Brian Rowe ORL vs. CLB $5.8
Kenneth Kronholm CHI vs. CIN $4.9
Bill Hamid DC vs. NE $6.5
Nick Rimando RSL vs. PHI $6.2
6 David Bingham LA vs. SJ $6.9
7 Vito Mannone MIN vs. DAL $5.5
8 Luis Robles RBNY vs. NYC $5.6
9 Evan Bush MTL vs. TOR $5.0
10 Stefan Frei SEA vs. ATL $6.8

Defenders

Joevin Jones has started two of the Sounders last three games.| USA Today

As the Fantasy United FC gang pointed out Tuesday, the defender position is a bit of a crapshoot this week. With no clear cut options, I’m looking at Seattle’s Joevin Jones to provide an attacking punch in my lineup this week. Since rejoining Seattle in May, Jones has shown flashes of his attacking prowess that saw him post 11 assists in 2017. While it’s yet to be seen how the return of international players will impact Jones, he could bring big attacking upside to the table in a home game against Atlanta Sunday (3:55 pm ET | ESPN, ESPN Deportes in US; TSN1 in Canada) that could have some fireworks.

Rank Player Team Opponent Price
1 Joevin Jones SEA vs. ATL $6.8
2 Francisco Calvo CHI vs. CIN $6.5
3 Larrys Mabiala POR vs. COL $8.5
4 Jorge Moreira POR vs. COL $6.5
5 Ike Opara MIN vs. DAL $7.5
6 Ronald Mataritta NYC at RBNY $6.0
7 Steve Birnbaum DC vs. NE $7.1
8 Frederic Brillant DC vs. NE $7.0
9 Zakaria Diallo MTL vs. TOR $7.0
10 Ali Adnan VAN vs. SKC $5.7
11 Daniel Steres LA vs. SJ $6.4
12 Graham Zusi SKC at VAN $7.3
13 Kelvin Leerdam SEA vs. ATL $6.3
14 Kemar Lawrence RBNY vs. NYC $6.3
15 Leonardo Jara DC vs. NE $6.3
16 Hassani Dotson MIN vs. DAL $5.1
17 Ryan Hollingshead DAL at MIN $7.0
18 Aaron Herrera RSL vs. PHI $6.1
19 Lamine Sane ORL vs. CLB $6.4
20 Aaron Long RBNY vs. NYC $7.0

Midfielders

Nico Gaitan has three goals and eight assists this season| USA Today

Despite being kept in check in his last outing, Nico Gaitan is hot off a monster 26-point Week 18 thanks to a three-assist, one-goal outburst against Atlanta in his last home game. He should see multiple opportunities to make his mark on the scoresheet in a juicy home matchup Saturday (8 pm ET | MLS LIVE on ESPN+ in US, on DAZN in Canada) with an FC Cincinnati side that has shipped a combined 20 goals over their last four road games.

Rank Player Team Opponent Price
1 Nicolas Gaitan CHI vs. CIN $9.6
2 Nicolas Lodeiro SEA vs. ATL $11.5
3 Diego Valeri POR vs. COL $11.6
4 Alejandro Pozuelo TOR at MTL $10.5
5 Aleksandar Katai CHI vs. CIN $9.0
6 Jonathan dos Santos LA vs. SJ $10.0
7 Nani ORL vs. CLB $9.5
8 Maxi Moralez NYC at RBNY $12.0
9 Saphir Taider MTL vs. TOR $10.0
10 Sebastian Blanco POR vs. COL $11.0
11 Carles Gil NE at DC $10.9
12 Johnny Russell SKC at VAN $9.0
13 Kaku NYRB vs. NYC $8.8
14 Felipe Gutierrez SKC at VAN $9.8
15 Albert Rusnak RSL vs. PHI $9.6
16 Daniel Royer RBNY vs. NYC $9.0
17 Marco Fabian PHI at RSL $9.0
18 Pity Martinez ATL at SEA $9.5
19 Yordy Reyna VAN vs. SKC $8.6
20 Cristian Espinoza SJ at LA $9.3
21 Mark-Anthony Kaye LAFC at HOU $10.5
22 Pedro Santos CLB at ORL $8.0
23 Paxton Pomykal DAL at MIN $9.1
24 Magnus Eriksson SJ at LA $8.2
25 Latif Blessing LAFC at HOU $9.5
26 Dax McCarty CHI vs. CIN $7.8
27 Vako SJ at LA $7.2
28 Chris Mueller ORL vs. CLB $6.9
29 Przemyslaw Frankowski CHI vs. CIN $6.6
30 Fabian Herbers CHI vs. CIN $4.8

Forwards

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has three braces this season| USA Today

Zlatan Ibrahimovic was back at it again with a brace and 12 points in Week 18, and he’ll look to exact revenge at home Friday (11 pm ET | UniMás, UDN, Twitter in US; MLS LIVE on DAZN in Canada)against a San Jose Earthquakes unit that shut him out in the most recent version of the Cali Clasico just two games ago. Ibrahimovic has done most of his damage at home this season with 10 of his 13 goals coming at Dignity Health Sports Park.

Rank Player Team Opponent Price
1 Zlatan Ibrahimovic LA vs. SJ $10.3
2 Carlos Vela LAFC vs. HOU $12.0
3 Brian Fernandez POR vs. COL $10.9
4 Wayne Rooney DC vs. NE $11.1
5 Darwin Quintero MIN vs. DAL $10.7
6 CJ Sapong CHI vs. CIN $7.3
7 Nemanja Nikolic CHI vs. CIN $7.8
8 Raul Ruidiaz SEA vs. ATL $10.5
9 Josef Martinez ATL at SEA $11.5
10 Alberth Elis HOU vs. LAFC $10.9
11 Jozy Altidore TOR at MTL $10.0
12 Diego Rossi LAFC at HOU $10.5
13 Dom Dwyer ORL vs. CLB $8.0
14 Mauro Manotas HOU vs. LAFC $8.8
15 Kacper Przybylko PHI at RSL $8.0
16 Tesho Akindele ORL vs. CLB $6.6
17 Heber NYC at RBNY $9.0
18 Brian White RBNY vs. NYC $6.7
19 Valentin Castellanos NYC at RBNY $8.0
20 Bradley Wright-Phillips RBNY vs. NYC $8.5
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