Fantasy: Week 26 positional rankings

Reid, Michael, and Blayne get together to discuss all of the surprising moments from Round 25 and the most important fantasy takeaways leading into Round 26. They start by reviewing Round 25 and getting feedback about the most surprising results from those in Live Chat and Twitter. The FC Dallas scoreline, and Rooney red card top the list, but the San Jose rotation is also a popular topic. They round out the segments talking about the important Fantasy takeaways and we find out if the guys agree that DGWs can make it hard to move up in the Fantasy ranks. Special attention is given to LAFC and Montreal during the housekeeping section, as the status of this players will have a big impact on the makeup of many teams in this coming round. The wrap the show with player selections for Round 26 and have debate over exactly the number of DGW players required for a good score in Round 26.

MLS Fantasy managers will be faced with some big decisions with only Montreal and Vancouver playing twice in Week 26. Is it worth taking the consistent points from mediocre two-game players? Or is this the week to fade DGW players in lieu of elite single game players? Let’s take a closer look at the Week 26 positional rankings to help build your roster this week.

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Vancouver's Crepeau is coming off a massive game | USA Today Sports Images

Despite conceding multiple goals in four straight games, Evan Bush has the better matchups of the two double-game week goalkeepers this week. Up first is a home game against a Vancouver side that ranks dead last in goals per game before hosting a struggling D.C. United attack that will be without star attacker Wayne Rooney.

Rank Player Team Opponent Price
Evan Bush MTL vs. VAN, vs. DC $5.0
Maxime Crepeau VAN at MTL, vs. NYC $7.3
Jesse Gonzalez DAL vs. CIN $6.6
Luis Robles RBNY vs. COL $6.5
Tyler Miller LAFC vs. MIN $7.9
Tim Melia SKC vs. HOU $6,9
7 Daniel Vega SJ vs. ORL $6.9
8 Steve Clark POR vs. RSL $6.9
9 Eloy Room CLB vs. CHI $4.4
10 Andre Blake PHI vs. ATL $5.4


Ali Adnan is the top defender for this week | USA Today Sports Images

Ali Adnan is averaging over six fantasy points per game across his last five appearances, and he sticks out as the most appealing option of the DGW defenders this week. While a clean sheet may be a stretch, the former Serie A defender is no stranger to joining in the attack and he’s capable of tallying points across multiple categories.

Rank Player Team Opponent Price
1 Ali Adnan VAN at MTL, vs. NYC $7.1
2 Daniel Lovitz MTL vs. VAN, vs. DC $4.3
3 Bacary Sagna MTL vs. VAN, vs. DC $5.4
4 Jukka Raitala MTL vs. VAN, vs. DC $4.6
5 Derek Cornelius VAN at MTL, vs. NYC $6.9
6 Doneil Henry VAN at MTL, vs. NYC $5.7
7 Zachary Brault-Guillard MTL vs. VAN, vs. DC $5.4
8 Rudy Camacho MTL vs. VAN, vs. DC $5.5
9 Jake Nerwinski VAN at MTL, vs. NYC $4.6
10 Reto Ziegler DAL vs. CIN $8.6
11 Ryan Hollingshead DAL vs.CIN $9.7
12 Reggie Cannon DAL vs. CIN $6.4
13 Graham Zusi SKC vs. HOU $7.5
14 Matt Hedges DAL vs. CIN $7.5
15 Michael Murillo RBNY vs. COL $6.2
16 Walker Zimmerman LAFC vs. MIN $6.2
17 Aaron Long RBNY vs. COL $7.1
18 Harrison Afful CLB vs. CHI $5.8
19 Kemar Lawrence RBNY vs. COL $5.7
20 Florian Jungwirth SJ vs. ORL $6.8


Saphir Taider was kept in check last week, but prior to that he logged a goal or an assist in three straight outings. As Montreal’s primary set piece and penalty kick taker, the Algerian international pops off as the double-game week midfielder to pay up for in Week 26.

Rank Player Team Opponent Price
1 Saphir Taider MTL vs. VAN, vs. DC $11.6
2 Lassi Lappalainen MTL vs. VAN, vs. DC $8.4
3 Bojan Krkic MTL vs. VAN, vs. DC $7.3
4 Yordy Reyna VAN at MTL, vs. DC $8.1
5 Inbeom Hwang VAN at MTL, vs. DC $7.2
6 Nicolas Lodeiro SEA vs. LA $12.7
7 Carles Gil NE vs. TOR $13.2
8 Michael Barrios DAL vs. CIN $9.7
9 Diego Valeri POR vs. RSL $12.6
10 Magnus Eriksson SJ vs. ORL $10.8
11 Maxi Moralez NYC at VAN $11.6
12 Eduard Atuesta LAFC vs. MIN $12.2
13 Daniel Royer RBNY vs. COL $9.2
14 Cristian Espinoza SJ vs. ORL $10.3
15 Kaku RBNY vs. COL $8.5
16 Johnny Russell SKC vs. HOU $8.9
17 Latif Blessing LAFC vs. MIN $9.9
18 Pedro Santos CLB vs. CHI $10.5
19 Felipe Gutierrez SKC vs. HOU $10.0
20 Mark-Anthony Kaye LAFC vs. MIN $10.3
21 Alejandro Pozuelo TOR at NE $10.1
22 Marc Rzatkowski RBNY vs. COL $8.0
23 Ballou Tabla MTL vs. VAN, vs. DC $6.2
24 Bryan Acosta DAL vs. CIN $6.9
25 Albert Rusnak RSL at POR $10.7
26 Andy Rose VAN at MTL, vs. NYC $4.9
27 Jamiro Monteiro PHI vs. ATL $9.8
28 Russell Teibert VAN at MTL, vs. NYC $6.0
29 Vako SJ vs. ORL $9.7
30 Ken Krolicki MTL vs. VAN, vs. DC $4.0


Vela's status for this week is up in the air | USA Today Sports Images

Carlos Vela comes with an asterisk this week after exiting early with a hamstring injury in Week 25. To make things even harder for fantasy managers, LAFC play Minnesota in the last game of the week on Sunday night. As the top point producer in the game, Vela’s status is worth monitoring throughout the week as you don’t want to be caught without him if he happens to recover in time.

Rank Player Team Opponent Price
1 Carlos Vela LAFC vs. MIN $15.0
2 Maxi Urruti MTL vs. VAN, vs. DC $6.2
3 Fredy Montero VAN at MTL, vs. NYC $7.0
4 Orji Okwonkwo MTL vs. VAN, vs. DC $7.1
5 Theo Bair VAN at MTL, vs. NYC $4.3
6 Zlatan Ibrahimovic LA at SEA $11.8
7 Zdenek Ondrasek DAL vs. CIN $5.5
8 Raul Ruidiaz SEA vs. LA $11.2
9 Josef Martinez ATL at PHI $14.2
10 Brian Fernandez POR vs. RSL $10.2
11 Jesus Ferreira DAL vs. CIN $6.5
12 Dominique Badji DAL vs. CIN $6.1
13 Gustavo Bou NE vs. TOR $10.9
14 Heber NYC at VAN $10.5
15 Diego Rossi LAFC vs. MIN $9.8
16 Chris Wondolowski SJ vs. ORL $7.4
17 Adama Diomande LAFC vs. MIN $8.5
18 Gyasi Zardes CLB vs. CHI $10.2
19 Jozy Altidore TOR at NE $10.2
20 Valentin Castellanos NYC at VAN $8.0

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