Fantasy: Romell Quioto
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Fantasy: Positional rankings for Week 7 games this week and weekend

A rollercoaster Week 6 of MLS Fantasy highlighted the variance that comes with navigating the congested schedule. I learned first-hand after finishing #101 and ONE SPOT short of punching a ticket to the MLS Fantasy Champions League during the last qualifying round!

The good news is that the final qualifying round starts in Week 7 and runs through Week 10, meaning ALL fantasy managers still have a shot to finish in the Top 100 within that period to make a run at the $1,500 top prize for the eventual Champions League winner. Continue to be mindful of squad rotation and monitor starting lineups to ensure you have the best shot at racking up points. Let’s jump right in and take a look at the top players at each position this week.

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Goalkeepers

Eloy Room should provide steady hands against upstarts Nashville. | Aaron Doster-USA Today Sports Images

Eloy Room leads the league with six clean sheets on the season and his 6.33 fantasy points per game average is tops among starting goalkeepers. While he’s up against a Nashville SC attack that came alive in last week’s 4-2 win over Atlanta, they’ve been shut out in four of six road games and Room is back at MAPFRE Stadium, where he’s posted a shutout in each of his last four home appearances.

Rank Player Team Opponent Price
Eloy Room CLB vs. NSH $9.0
Clement Diop MTL at VAN, vs. PHI $8.6
Ryan Meara RBNY vs. CIN $7.3
Daniel Vega SJ vs. POR, vs. POR $7.2
David Bingham LA vs. COL $10.5

Value Goalkeepers

Rank Player Team Opponent Price
Andrew Putna RSL vs. VAN $4.3
2 Kyle Zobeck DAL vs. COL, at SKC $4.5
3 Steve Clark POR at SJ, at SJ $4.8

Defenders

Kyle Duncan helped the New York Red Bulls snap a four-game winless streak with a shutout and nine points in Week 6. Up next is an FC Cincinnati side that have scored just one goal over their last six games, putting all Red Bulls defensive options in play in Week 7. Duncan showcased his attacking abilities with a goal and two assists against Cincinnati in the season opener, and combined with the strong shot at a clean sheet, he makes for a strong play at the back.

Rank Player Team Opponent Price
1 Kyle Duncan RBNY vs. CIN $7.6
2 Harrison Afful CLB vs. NSH $9.8
3 Reto Ziegler DAL vs. COL, at SKC $9.9
4 Zachary Brault-Guillard MTL at VAN, vs. PHI $8.4
5 Joevin Jones SEA vs. LAFC $7.9
6 Jonathan Mensah CLB vs. NSH $10.6
7 Kelvin Leerdam SEA vs. LAFC $10.1
8 Aaron Long RBNY vs. CIN $8.5
9 Matt Hedges DAL vs. COL, at SKC $8.8
10 Graham Zusi SKC vs. DAL $5.8

Value Defenders

Rank Player Team Opponent Price
Bryan Reynolds DAL vs. COL, at SKC $4.0
2 Shea Salinas SJ vs. POR, vs. POR $5.0
3 Mandela Egbo RBNY vs. CIN $4.0

Midfielders

Diego Valeri could be a good bet with a DGW that features two games against San Jose. | Peter Casey-USA Today Images

Saphir Taider went off for 18 fantasy points in Week 6 on the strength of a penalty kick goal, two assists, and five bonus points in Sunday’s 4-2 win over Vancouver. He’s up against the same opponent in Week 7, and with a chance to punch a ticket to the Canadian Championship final hanging in the balance, there’s reason to think the Algerian international picks up right where he left off.

Midfielders

Rank Player Team Opponent Price
1 Saphir Taider MTL at VAN, vs. PHI $10.3
2 Diego Valeri POR at SJ, at SJ $11.4
3 Andres Ricuarte DAL vs. COL, at SKC $9.5
4 Pedro Santos CLB vs. NSH $8.2
5 Nicolas Lodeiro SEA vs. LAFC $12.7
6 Albert Rusnak RSL vs. VAN $7.1
7 Alejandro Pozuelo TOR at DC $14.8
8 Ezequiel Barco ATL vs. MIA $10.2
9 Darwin Quintero HOU vs. MIN $9.0
10 Lucas Zelarayan CLB vs. NSH $9.9
11 Johnny Russell SKC vs. DAL $8.4
12 Samuel Piette MTL at VAN, vs. PHI $9.9
13 Daniel Royer RBNY vs. CIN $9.5
14 Younes Namli COL at DAL, at LA $9.1
15 Kaku RBNY vs. CIN $8.0
16 Michael Barrios DAL vs. COL, at SKC $8.4
17 Chris Mueller ORL vs. CHI $8.7
18 Damir Kreilach RSL vs. VAN $7.0
19 Kevin Molino MIN at HOU   $10.6
20 Lewis Morgan MIA at ATL $9.5

Value Midfielders

Rank Player Team Opponent Price
Nani ORL vs. CHI $7.5
2 Orji Okwonkwo MTL at VAN, vs. PHI $6.3
3 Derrick Etienne CLB vs. NSH $4.0

Forwards

Romell Quioto played a big part in dispatching Vancouver in Week 6 — firing off five shots, earning a penalty and scoring a goal en route to an 11 point performance. He’s emerged as Montreal’s primary set-piece taker, and he’s sure to be heavily involved once more with the Impact in a must-win spot on Wednesday.

Value Forwards

Rank Player Team Opponent Price
1 Romell Quioto MTL at VAN, vs. PHI $9.9
2 Gyasi Zardes CLB vs. NSH $10.4
3 Raul Ruidiaz SEA vs. LAFC $13.0  
4 Franco Jara DAL vs. COL, at SKC $8.8
5 Cristian Pavon LA vs. COL $12.1
6 Kacper Przybylko PHI at MTL $11.0
7 Diego Rossi LAFC at SEA $9.9  
8 Jordan Morris SEA vs. LAFC $10.7
9 Gustavo Bou NE vs. NYC $9.7
10 Chris Wondolowski SJ vs. POR, vs. POR $7.5

Value Forwards

Rank Player Team Opponent Price
Jeremy Ebobisse POR at SJ, at SJ $5.6
2 Diego Rubio COL at DAL, at LA $6.8
3 Christian Ramirez HOU vs. MIN $5.7

Captain

Rank Player Team Opponent Price
Saphir Taider MTL at VAN vs. PHI $10.5
2 Romell Quioto MTL at VAN, vs PHI $9.9
3 Gyasi Zardes CLB vs. NSH $10.4
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