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2021 Round 1 Predictions and Power Rankings

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The following predictions are based on the ELO ranking system. This system was first used in chess to calculate the skill level of players and predict the most likely winner. It’s a good system, but soccer is not chess because soccer can end in a draw. Fortunately chess also allows for a draw and the ELO system is setup to …

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New England Revolution 2021 Fantasy Preview

Previous Year Recap New England’s 2020 season was a mixed bag in terms of results. They played most of the season without Carles Gil and still managed to make the playoffs. Only three teams in the Eastern Conference posted better goals allowed numbers than the Revolution. Fantasy Players to Watch Goalkeeper: Matt Turner has proven time and again he is …

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Houston Dynamo 2021 Fantasy Preview

Previous Year Recap Following several seasons of being both aggressively mediocre and notoriously inconsistent, the Dynamo outdid themselves in 2020 to become full-on bad.  Tab Ramos’s first year as manager was one to forget – the Dynamo finished dead last in the Western conference and their .91 points per game was the worst in a long team history.  Attacking mainstays …

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FC Cincinnati 2021 Fantasy Preview

Previous Year Recap What really needs to be said about 2020? The COVID-19 pandemic threw everything into unknown territory and at the end of the day, FC Cincinnati finished the year at the bottom of the overall table, again, and with a slightly better points per game ratio. There was one bright spot for the Orange and Blue during the …

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2021 Fantasy Schedule: First Draft

2021 Fantasy Schedule: First Draft Welcome back MLS Fantasy managers! I’m happy to see you have retained your manager position (for now!) and are ready to start planning for the 2021 MLS Fantasy Season. I worked up a draft of this document before the official game launch. On launch day, I realized that I got off a day and most …

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Vancouver Whitecaps 2021 Fantasy Preview

Previous Year Recap The 2020 season was another challenging one for the Vancouver Whitecaps, from dealing with injuries to key players and having to play the latter half of the season in Portland due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The team finished 9th in the Western Conference, putting them out of the playoffs for the third straight year. The Whitecaps have …

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Chicago Fire 2021 Fantasy Preview

Previous Year Recap When I sat down to research and write this preview last year, I had two questions, both of which I think still hold going into 2021: Question #1: When’s the last time Chicago Fire FC could legitimately be described as a “good” team in the MLS landscape?  Question #2: How do I write an interesting preview piece …

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MLSFI: 2021 Eastern Conference Preview

Reid, Blayne, and Ashley are joined by MLS’ own James Ballow to talk about the official launch of the 2021 MLS Fantasy game and how player feedback was used to make changes. After that, the crew dives into the Eastern Conference to wrap up the preseason previews before the start of Round 1! Host & Co-Hosts Reid Connelly Blayne Riffle …

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DC United 2021 Fantasy Preview

Previous Year Recap A college professor of mine once told me: “Good poets borrow. Great poets steal.” I’m not a poet, but I have written a dissertation that involved quoting lots of people who are far better thinkers and writers than I’ll ever be. With that in mind I’m going to kick off this recap of DC United’s 2020 season …

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New York Red Bulls 2021 Fantasy Preview

Previous Year Recap Red Bull New York fans were able to leave the 2020 season opener with a smile despite it being an apprehensive one. They won 3-2 against bottom of the 2019 table FC Cincinnati. The fans never thought a whole year would pass before they could take in a soccer match while eating empanadas and Dippin’ Dots at …

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Columbus Crew 2021 Fantasy Preview

Previous Year Recap There is only one place to start with the Columbus Crew: They won MLS Cup on the back of the 2nd best defense in MLS. What’s even more impressive is that they were missing three key players. Vito Wormgoor suffered a season ending leg injury, Lucas Zelarayan missed significant time, and Jonathan Menash was unavailable a points …

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Atlanta United 2021 Fantasy Preview

Updated 4/8/2021 Previous Year Recap It is said that hindsight is 20/20 and if that’s the case we should avoid looking back as much as possible. After the unprecedented year we’ve endured, looking forward seems the far better option. That definitely rings true for Atlanta United. 2020 saw the Frank de Boer era come to a close and interim coach …

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