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2017 Fantasy Primer – Chicago Fire

Chicago Fire 2016 Review Just like Count Duckula, it could be said that the latest reincarnation of the Chicago Fire did not go according to plan. After loosing a few key players in the 2015 off season and suffering some key injuries, the 2016 season saw the Fire continue to struggle with both goal scoring and defense. The result, a …

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2017 Fantasy Primer – Portland Timbers

2016 Review Portland disappointed their fans in 2016. They failed to reach the playoffs after winning MLS Cup the year before. They were the fourth best team in the league at home. However, they couldn’t manage a win away, earning just 6 points out of a possible 51. There were a couple quality options for fantasy from Portland and they’ll …

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2017 Fantasy Primer – Vancouver Whitecaps

2016 Review As a team coming off a third place finish in 2015, Vancouver was expected to compete for the top of the Western Conference in 2016 but instead finished third from bottom. Their Expected Goal differential was worst in the league, indicating that the year could’ve been even more miserable. The team lacked a reliable forward and went long …

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MLSFI S3: 2017 Rule Changes with Ben Baer

The fantasy game is back and one of the most talked about topics is not new players but the new unlimited transfers rule. MLS’s own Ben Baer stops by to chat with us about the 2017 rule changes to the fantasy game and shares some special news about the MLS Fantasy Insider Podcast. After the interview, Reid, Jason, Mike, and …

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2017 Fantasy Primer – DC United

2016 Review D.C. United’s 2015 campaign came to an end with a playoff defeat to their bitter rival Red Bulls. This season it was a round earlier, and at home to a Montreal team that was not heavily favored. This similar result brought out the question of whether the team has “peaked out”? I say no, despite the frustrations of …

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2017 Fantasy Primer – LA Galaxy

2016 Review Los Angeles came into the season expecting to be MLS Cup contenders. However, something was off for the normal powerhouse. The Galaxy finished 3rd in the Western Conference despite the late addition of Landon Donovan.  LA was eliminated by the Colorado Rapids in the conference semifinals. Transaction Watch The biggest transaction was not a player, but the coach. …

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2017 Fantasy Primer – Colorado Rapids

2016 Review The Colorado Rapids finished their 2016 campaign with a 15-6-13 record and finishing 2nd in the west with a 3-1 loss on aggregate to Seattle. Going from last in the west in 2015 to 2nd in 2016, Colorado improved in every facet of the game. The two noticeable transactions the Rapids made in 2016 were the acquisition of …

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2017 Season Preview – Montreal Impact

2016 Review The Montreal Impact were a mixed bag in 2016.  They showed promise all season, but struggled to put it all together until the very end. A fifth place Eastern Conference finish was not promising, but a road win against DC sparked the playoffs.  A series win against conference leader New York Red Bulls, set up a derby showdown …

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2016 Final Fantasy Stats Download

One of the most common questions I hear at the start of the season is “What were the stats lat year”. It can be hard to look through each player’s history tab, so I’ve worked up something a little easier for you. Below I have three sources that players, old an d new, may find useful when looking for 2016 …

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2017 Fantasy Primer – Columbus Crew

2016 Review The Columbus Crew did not reach the lofty expectations many had for them in the preseason. They failed to make the playoffs in 2016 after losing in the MLS Cup Final in 2015. They were middle of the pack in goals scored and second worst in goals conceded. They’ve retooled their back line while keeping their attack in …

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2017 Fantasy Primer – San Jose Earthquakes

2016 Review Missed chances was the theme for San Jose in 2016. With an Expected Goals total of an acceptable 43.51, they managed to put away only 32 tallies. That was worst in the league by six. With a defense-first approach, they were able to tie for second-fewest goals conceded with 38. The insistence on conservative, blue-collar soccer leads to …

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2017 Fantasy Primer – Orlando City SC

2016 Review Orlando came into the season with playoff expectations, only to see it fall apart. They fired long-time head coach, Adrian Heath, and hired Jason Kreis. The change didn’t help significantly as Kaka continued to struggle with injuries while the defense gave up 60 goals. Orlando finished 7th in the East, and looked a solid step behind the playoff …

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2017 Fantasy Primer – Sporting Kansas City

2016 Review The 2016 was a bit of a disappointment for Sporting Kansas City. It was the second straight year with a road playoff game and a first round exit. There is a definite sour taste in the mouths of many fans. Transaction Watch Jacob, the Answer, Peterson’s departure for Atlanta was no surprise to fans that followed him. Peterson …

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Fantasy Primer – New York City FC

New York City FC 2016 Review   New York City FC has only played two full seasons in the MLS, but they are already one of the best teams in the league. The club had a disastrous first year that saw them finish in 17th place in the league. A few key additions and a managerial change helped and NYCFC finsihed with …

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2017 Fantasy Primer – Real Salt Lake

2016 Review Real Salt Lake finished their 2016 campaign 6th in the west, suffered an early exit in the knockout round of MLS Cup, and ended with a 12-12-10 record. RSL made two stand out signings in 2016. The loan of forward Yura Movsisyan and the acquisition of Sunny Stephen. Real Sale Lake did however get back to the playoffs …

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