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Fantasy: Week 22 positional rankings

ReidMichael, and Blayne get together to review the most important fantasy takeaways from Round 21 and preview Round 22. They also take live questions throughout the show from from listeners.

Columbus are strong contenders for most surprising result of Week 21 in the first segment, but face competition from Montreal and Vancouver. The second half of the show focuses on player picks, especially defenders and forwards which seem particularly difficult this week as there are many 50-50 match-ups.


There’s no rest for the weary after the MLS All-Star break, as a full Week 22 is ahead of us with all 24 teams back in action over the weekend. With no double game week players to target for the second week in a row, let’s take a closer look at the top players at each position that could help your team make some moves up the rankings.

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Goalkeepers

Brad Guzan. | USA Today Sports Images

Brad Guzan was roughed up by LAFC in Week 21, but he’s back at Mercedez-Benz Stadium where he’s kept a clean sheet in seven of his last nine home appearances. To top it all off he’s up against an LA Galaxy side that’s been shut out in each of their last two road outings and will be without star forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic and young phenom Efrain Alvarez.

Rank Player Team Opponent Price
Brad Guzan ATL vs. LA $6.3
Daniel Vega SJ vs. CLB $5.8
Przemyslaw Tyton CIN vs. VAN $4.7
Luis Robles RBNY vs. TOR $6.1
Brian Rowe ORL vs. DAL $6.4
Vito Mannone MIN vs. POR $7.0
7 Bill Hamid DC vs. PHI $6.6
8 Tyler Deric HOU vs. CHI $4.7
9 Nick Rimando RSL vs. NYC $7.5
10 Stefan Frei SEA vs. SKC $6.7

Defenders

Romain Metanire continues to produce fantasy points, and despite the tough matchup against an in-form Portland Timbers side, he’s back at home this week where he’s averaging over 10 points per game across his last four at home.

Rank Player Team Opponent Price
1 Romain Metanire MIN vs. POR $7.5
2 Leonardo Jara DC vs. PHI $7.6
3 Miles Robinson ATL vs. LA $7.2
4 Florian Jungwirth SJ vs. CLB $7.0
5 Franco Escobar ATL vs. LA $6.1
6 Michael Murillo RBNY vs. TOR $6.1
7 Ronald Matarrita NYC at RSL $6.1
8 Tommy Thompson SJ vs. CLB $7.1
9 Aaron Herrera RSL vs. NYC $7.1
10 Kim Kee-hee SEA vs. SKC $6.6
11 Ike Opara MIN vs. POR $8.7
12 Ali Adnan VAN at CIN $5.4
13 Frederic Brillant DC vs. PHI $7.0
14 Nick Lima SJ vs. CLB $5.5
15 Michael Parkhurst ATL vs. LA $4.8
16 Steve Birnbaum DC vs. PHI $6.4
17 Kendall Waston CIN vs. VAN $5.2
18 Lamine Sane ORL vs. DAL $7.7
19 Anton Tinnerholm NYC at RSL $7.6
20 Roman Torres SEA vs. SKC $5.5

Midfielders

Nicolas Lodeiro. | USA Today Sports Images

Nicolas Lodeiro is in prime position for a bounce back after last week’s dud in Houston. Look for the Uruguayan national team attacker to cause problems for a Sporting Kansas City side that has shown some weaknesses at the back recently.

Rank Player Team Opponent Price
1 Nicolas Lodeiro SEA vs. SKC $12.4
2 Carles Gil NE vs. LAFC $12.3
3 Vako SJ vs. CLB $8.7
4 Alejandro Pozuelo TOR at RBNY $11.7
5 Diego Valeri POR at MIN $12.2
6 Cristian Espinoza SJ vs. CLB $9.4
7 Nani ORL vs. DAL $9.0
8 Julian Gressel ATL vs. LA $9.1
9 Magnus Eriksson SJ vs. CLB $9.7
10 Pity Martinez ATL vs. LA $9.4
11 Daniel Royer RBNY vs. TOR $9.2
12 Ignacio Piatti MTL at COL $10.0
13 Eduard Atuesta LAFC at NE $11.4
14 Marco Fabian PHI at DC $8.9
15 Pedro Santos CLB at SJ $8.6
16 Kaku RBNY vs. TOR $8.4
17 Emmanuel Ledesma CIN vs. VAN $8.4
18 Luciano Acosta DC vs. PHI $8.4
19 Jan Gregus MIN vs. POR $9.6
20 Johnny Russell SKC at SEA $8.2
21 Sebastian Blanco POR at MIN $10.7
22 Felipe Gutierrez SKC at SEA $10.4
23 Saphir Taider MTL at COL $9.7
24 Yordy Reyna VAN at CIN $7.6
25 Albert Rusnak RSL vs. NYC $9.7
26 Jonathan dos Santos LA at ATL $9.5
27 Mark-Anthony Kaye LAFC at NE $10.0
28 Cristian Penilla NE vs. LAFC $8.9
29 Ezequiel Barco ATL vs. LA $9.0
30 Lassi Lappalainen MTL at COL $7.5

Forwards

Going on the road to face a New England Revolution side that is unbeaten in 11 straight would typically be a spot to avoid for fantasy purposes, but Carlos Vela is simply on another level this season and it would be no surprise to see him add to his 22-goal, 13-assist haul this week.

Rank Player Team Opponent Price
1 Carlos Vela LAFC at NE $13.0
2 Josef Martinez ATL vs. LA $12.9
3 Wayne Rooney DC vs. PHI $10.8
4 Gustavo Bou NE vs. LAFC $10.3
5 Brian Fernandez POR at MIN $11.1
6 Darwin Quintero MIN vs. POR $9.5
7 Alberth Elis HOU vs. CHI $10.2
8 Mauro Manotas HOU vs. CHI $8.8
9 Heber NYC at RSL $9.9
10 Jozy Altidore TOR at RBNY $10.6
11 Diego Rossi LAFC at NE $10.4
12 Jordan Morris SEA vs. SKC $8.9
13 Adama Diomande LAFC at NE $9.5
14 Alexandru Mitrita NYC at RSL $8.1
15 Chris Wondolowski SJ vs. CLB $7.4
16 Kei Kamara COL vs. MTL $7.4
17 Brian White RBNY vs. TOR $7.7
18 Fredy Montero VAN at CIN $7.5
19 Gyasi Zardes CLB at SJ $8.7
20 Diego Rubio COL vs. MTL $8.3
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