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MLS Fantasy 2019 Week 1: Behind the Numbers

Fantasy MLS is back for 2019 and so am I! This year, this space is graduating from a data provider to a full-fledged column. Strategy, player picks, and recommendations. For your number crunching and point projections check out @mlsfantasystats and @thedummyrun on twitter. They do some great matchup and player projections. Thanks to @thedummyrun for providing the data for this …

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Portland Timbers 2019 Fantasy Preview

The Portland Timbers had a very successful first year under manager Giovanni Savarese. An early season road trip and an injury to Diego Chara saw them start slow, but they quickly figured things out. Diego Valeri and Sebastian Blanco were dynamite together on the counter attack. Samuel Armenteros was a good loan pick up while Jeremy Ebobisse found his stride …

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Chicago Fire 2019 Fantasy Preview

The plan for the Chicago Fire in 2018 was to build a team around the playmaking ability and leadership of Basitan Schweinsteiger to take advantage the playmaking ability of Djordje Mihailovic, Aleksandar Katai, and Nemaja Nikolic. That was the plan, but the reality was a season plagues by injuries, Schweinsteiger being forced to play as a center back, and several …

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MLSFI S5: Western Conference Preview

Reid, Mike, and Blayne are joined by Dominic Hoffman from Mile High Radio to preview all the Western Conference teams ahead of the MLS Fantasy season. They start out by recapping the big and little changes to to the 2019 MLS Fantasy game (& a Mike Rant!) and get into the the team previews. Just like with our Eastern Conference …

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Houston Dynamo 2019 Fantasy Preview

I love the Dynamo, they stuck to their guns and kept the orange jerseys and Adidas didn’t make them switch to all white like every other dumb team in the league. The Houston Dynamo came away from CCL with a huge away win against Guastoya. Demarcus Beasley, the ageless wonder, scored in the 84th minute sealing the deal. The funny …

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Toronto FC 2019 Fantasy Preview

Toronto had a lot of momentum going into he 2018 season. They broke the singe season points record, won all of the league and domestic trophies, and were one of the favorites for CCL success. And then they suffered a string of injuries that haunted them through all competitions and prevented them from returning to the MLS Cup playoffs. It …

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2019 Fantasy Newcomers Part 1

Ibrahimovic, Rooney, Schweinsteiger are all names you know. These names can be tempting for the ridiculous expectations their names entail (Ibra did give us 21 goals & 10 assists in 2018 after all). As we enter MLS 3.0 though, the more common names coming to MLS are lesser known to the average MLS fan, but potentially more valuable to the …

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San Jose Quakes 2019 Fantasy Preview

They won the wooden spoon, and were pretty much targeted by fantasy players as the team to bet against if you wanted easy points. Outside of Wondo’s chase for the MLS goal record, there’s not much that went well in 2018. And to be honest, 2019 isn’t looking much better.   Tactics & Key Players Matias Almeyda won the CCL …

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2019 MLS Fantasy Primer

I remember what it was like during my first MLS Fantasy season. I had no idea who anybody was, how the game worked, or what to expect from any team. So back in 2015 I decided that new MLS Fantasy fans needed something else to help them navigate the fantasy game. I felt a resource was needed that could give …

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Columbus Crew 2019 Fantasy Preview

Michael Jordan once said, during an old Air Jordan commercial: “What is love? Love is playing every game as if it’s your last”. Now perhaps it’s bad form to talk about a Chicago legend in an article about Columbus, but I think this quote sums up the 2018 Crew season. For almost the entire season, every story about the Crew …

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Orlando City SC 2019 Fantasy Preview

One of 2018’s biggest hyped teams, it was a total disaster. Sasha Kljestan looked a shadow of what he was in Jersey. Their defense conceded the league worst 72, and their offense scored only 43 for the 2nd-worst in the league. While there was promise in Yoshi Yotun, he’s now left, and their new signings aren’t particularly inspiring outside of …

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New York Red Bulls 2019 Fantasy Preview

The New York Red Bulls enjoyed another very successful campaign in 2018, which featured their third Supporters Shield in six seasons and semi-finals appearances in two major cup competitions. The Red Bulls came into the year with a bit of transfer window drama, as their pursuit of midfielder Alejandro Romero Gamarra became an extremely public affair. Dubbed ‘#Kakuwatch’, they ultimately signed Kaku …

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