MLS Fantasy Rankings: Week 16
MLS Fantasy Rankings: Week 16

This article is part of our MLS Fantasy Rankings series.

The rankings below are based on Major League Soccer's official fantasy game and cover all games in Week 16. While they can be used for DFS purposes, they are done with a focus on the league's season-long game.

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RankPlayerMatchupPriceNotes
1Brian FernandezPOR v. HOU10.5Fernandez has already vaulted to the elite group of MLS attackers. He played in US Open Cup on Wednesday but that shouldn't slow him down against a depleted Houston side.
2Zlatan IbrahimovicLA at FCC11.0He's on the road and without some key teammates in Antuna and Jonathan dos Santos, but we'd typically be salivating over this matchup. FCC won't have Waston and Zlatan is well-rested, which makes me perfectly content to push my roster a little more top-heavy to fit him in.
3Nemanja NikolicCHI v. RSL9.0Unlike most other squads, Chicago are pretty much at full strength (minus Calvo) and they have been averaging over two goals per match at home. 
4Fredy MonteroVAN v. COL9.0Yordy Reyna is likely back in full but Lass Bangoura is away at AFCON. That's a good trade for a Marc dos Santos attack that has had quite a lot of time to out-prepare Conor Casey's Rapids.
5Krisztian NemethSKC at CLB7.5The Columbus spine of Gyasi Zardes - Will Trapp - and Jonathan Mensah are all missing for this match and Zack Steffen has played his final match in Columbus. Matt Besler's recent letter to the fans, possible return to the lineup, and overall leadership should boost SKC to a quick re-start and push towards a playoff spot. Nemeth is a great value this week.
6Kei KamaraCOL at VAN9.0I'm almost never playing the Rapids version of Kamara on the road, but he's averaging half a goal per match and this is one of many 'revenge games' on late-career Kei's schedule. He's fine if you somehow have 9.0 laying around for a third forward.
7Mauro ManotasHOU at POR9.5(Edit: Manotas may miss the match as well) With Elis, Quioto, and probably an injured Memo Rodriguez all missing this match, I am unusually low on Mauro. Portland may be missing two starters in defense, but they played well against the Galaxy midweek and I wouldn't expect them to allow many at home this week.
8Sam JohnsonRSL at CHI7.5RSL's most in-form attacker is absent in Jefferson Savarino, but they still have plenty of bite. Real Salt Lake are the biggest underdogs of the weekend in MLS.
9Andre ShinyashikiCOL at VAN4.5Colorado's kickoff time is positioned nicely so that we can use Shinyashiki as the front or back end of a switcheroo. He's so cheap that many will use him if he starts, and while it's not ideal, it is a pretty risk-free shot to take with your cash-strapped rosters.
10C.J. SapongCHI v. RSL8.0 
11Jeremy EbobissePOR v. HOU6.0With Sebastian Blanco missing due to yellow card suspension (MLS Disciplinary Report unsurprisingly still hasn't been updated, but I counted!), and Andy Polo at Copa America, Ebobisse makes for a great third forward play, too.
12Jordan HamiltonTOR at DAL5.0 
13Jesus FerreiraDAL v. TOR6.5 
14Fanendo AdiFCC v. LA8.0Cincinnati's first DP has resembled more of a Dusty Paperweight than a Designated Player. This price is way too expensive, even for a player who has a glorious history of scoring against the Galaxy.
15Dominique BadjiDAL v. TOR6.5 
16Kekuta MannehFCC v. LA6.0 
17Corey BairdRSL at CHI6.5 
18Patrick MullinsCLB v. SKC5.5 
19Terrence BoydTOR at DAL5.5 
20Diego RubioCOL at VAN6.5 

Midfielders

RankPlayerMatchupPriceNotes
1Diego ValeriPOR v. HOU10.5With Blanco suspended for this match, Valeri should regain control of nearly all set pieces. Portland sit dead last in the West, but know that their home-heavy schedule will give them plenty of opportunity to climb back into the picture. That starts with three points this week.
2Alejandro PozueloTOR at DAL11.5Many are noting that Toronto won't have Jozy or Bradley, but forgetting Jonathan Osorio who is just as important to their success. Toronto have pieces that can fill in, and Jordan Hamilton is no slouch, but Pozuelo's upside on the road without TFC's  stars is somewhat capped. He's still one of the best individual talents in the league and I'm eager to try and squeeze him into my team.
3Aleksandar KataiCHI v. RSL9.0Katai has fired seven or more shots on goal in a whopping five of his fourteen matches this year. This feels like a match where he can do the same.
4Johnny RussellSKC at CLB9.5It's shocking to think that the team that looked so electric in CCL action early on has only earned three wins in 15 MLS matches. On the road against a weakened Crew, I think they start to turn it around this week.
5Nicolas GaitanCHI v. RSL10.0Gaitan is probably safer than Katai and should be a nice differential play given few will want to pay the extra $1.0 on a tight budget.
6Felipe GutierrezSKC at CLB9.5 
7Albert RusnakRSL at CHI10.0 
8Paxton PomykalDAL v. TOR9.0Pomykal is back and ready to impress after a great U-20 World Cup. Toronto will sit deep, giving Pax plenty of chances to accumulate bonus points, but potentially few chances to hit the score sheet.
9Yordy ReynaVAN v. COL8.0Don't worry about Reyna's recent substitute performance, of the lackluster ones before his injury, since the MLS price change formula will not be factoring them into this season's new price changes.
10Favio AlvarezLA at FCC7.5One of the best values to kickoff the Fall season.
11Hwang In-beomVAN v. COL7.0While he's been every bit the quality player we heard about coming into the year, it has not generated much attacking or even bonus-point-accumulating fantasy output. 
12Sebastian SaucedoRSL at CHI6.0As mentioned above, RSL are the week's biggest underdog, but Johnson-Saucedo-Baird-Rusnak is not a front four to write-off.
13Jack PriceCOL at VAN7.0 
14Tomas MartinezHOU at POR8.5 
15Michael BarriosDAL v. TOR7.5 
16Pedro SantosCLB v. SKC8.5Without Pipa and Zardes, Santos will be relied on even more heavily. And are present-day Pipa and Zardes THAT big of a loss? Only sort of.
17Damir KreilachRSL at CHI7.5 
18Przemyslaw FrankowskiCHI v. RSL8.0 
19Joe CoronaLA at FCC7.5 
20Memo RodriguezHOU at POR7.0Questionable/Doubtful due to injury. He sat out US Open Cup and may not be risked in a tough road match with lots of season left to be played.

Defenders

RankPlayerMatchupPriceNotes
1Reto ZieglerDAL v. TOR6.5Dallas' penalty taker against a team missing three of it's four best players.
2Ali AdnanVAN v. COL6.0Another great combination of offensive upside and clean sheet potential, but many shrewd managers likely won't be playing two 6.0+ defenders this week.
3Jorge MoreiraPOR v. HOU5.5Scored in US Open Cup midweek and should be considered a poor man's version of Adnan who is one spot above.
4Larrys MabialaPOR v. HOU7.0 
5Matt HedgesDAL v. TOR6.5 
6Bastian SchweinsteigerCHI v. RSL6.0Position change! Schweini will not be firmly back in the fantasy conversation thanks to his bonus point potential.
7Graham ZusiSKC at CLB6.5 
8Harrison AffulCLB v. SKC6.5 
9Ryan HollingsheadDAL v. TOR5.5I think I'd take the 0.5 and go with the cheaper Bressanelli should he start, but Hollingshead is a decent play with some offensive upside.
10Jorge VillafanaPOR v. HOU5.5 
11Diego PolentaLA at FCC6.0FCC are missing some key players and already were on of the league's worst attacking teams. The Galaxy defense isn't impenetrable, but they're solid plays this week.
12Matt BeslerSKC at CLB6.5His recent open letter to SKC supporters makes me think SKC will be up for this match and that he will return from injury to lead them.
13Erik GodoyVAN v. COL6.0 
14Daniel SteresLA at FCC5.0Are his 1-3 extra potential bonus points worth the 0.5 over talented young fullback Araujo?
15Johan KappelhofCHI v. RSL6.0 
16Julian AraujoLA at FCC4.5Very tempting if you want multiple pieces of the Galaxy defense.
17Gaston SauroCLB v. SKC4.5Many of last season's top finishers rode an early hot start from Sauro. I doubt it happens again, but they've priced him temptingly.
18Justin MorrowTOR at DAL5.5 
19Billel TuilomaPOR v. HOU5.5(Edit: I think he may miss this one, which would put Claude Dielna in the picture)
20Lalas AbubakarCOL at VAN5.5 

Goalkeepers

RankPlayerMatchupPriceNotes
1Steve ClarkPOR v. HOU4.5Attinella may play this one since Clark started US Open Cup. It had previously seemed like Clark would overtake the starting gig, and that still may be true.
2Jesse GonzalezDAL v. TOR5.5#2-4 here are your early switcheroo keepers. If you play Pozuelo, though, maybe it's best to look somewhere other than Gonzalez who is otherwise my favorite of the three.
3Kenneth KronholmCHI v. RSL5.0 
4David BinghamLA at FCC5.5Tempting but I wouldn't completely count out Cincy at home. Are we going to pay extra for a road keeper to kick off our spring season?
5Zac MacMathVAN v. COL4.5With Crepeau at the Gold Cup, MacMath will have a chance to play his former team. I like the price. I don't like the fact that Vancouver will be without Derrick Cornelius and Doneil Henry.
6Tim MeliaSKC at CLB6.0 
7Jon KempinCLB v. SKC4.5If you get stuck starting him after your first keeper strikes out, it's not the end of the world. Make sure Kempin is Caleb Porter's choice for keeper once team sheets come out.
8Quentin WestbergTOR at DAL5.5 
9Tim HowardCOL at VAN5.5 
10Spencer RicheyFCC v. LA5.0 

Value Rankings

(forwards and midfielders under $7.5, defenders under $6.0; not ranked above)

RankPlayerMatchupPriceNotes
1Sam NicholsonCOL at VAN6.0 
2David AccamCLB v. SKC6.0Accam has the highest ceiling from the value rankings guys this week. 
3Jorge Luis CorralesCHI v. RSL4.5 
4Lucas VenutoVAN v. COL7.0Probably $1.0 too expensive to consider.
5Emmanuel LedesmaFCC v. LA6.5Ledesma should get more chances with Kenny Saief leaving the team after his injury/loan. He's not in the top half of MLS playmakers, but he's not bad either.
6Scott SutterVAN v. COL4.5 
7Kellyn AcostaCOL at VAN6.5 
8Nick HagglundFCC v. LA5.0Against a depleted Galaxy, and on turf where Zlatan is not at his most comfortable, FCC could steal a clean sheet.
9Cristhian ParedesPOR v. HOU6.5Underrated as a young up and coming player, but not yet a fantasy force.
10Tommy SmithCOL at VAN5.0 

Captain Rankings

RankPlayerMatchupPriceNotes
1Brian FernandezPOR v. HOU10.5By far the best chance at multiple goals on this slate of games.
2Zlatan IbrahimovicLA at FCC11.0Zlatan is always in consideration, but will he get enough service in this match to be worth captaining?
3Diego ValeriPOR v. HOU10.5Won't often be ranked ahead of Pozuelo, but I'm pretty confident he's the right choice this week for best midfield play,
4Alejandro PozueloTOR at DAL11.5 
5Aleksandar KataiCHI v. RSL9.0Some of these 7-8 shot matches will turn into braces, even though it hasn't happened yet.

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JD Bazzo
JD is a contributing soccer writer at RotoWire and was a finalist for the 2017 FSWA Soccer Writer of the Year award. JD has been writing for RotoWire since 2015. He is a proud Pittsburgh native, purveyor of fantasy sports, and likely the first Penn State Basketball fan you've ever met.
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