Top Stories

Fantasy MLS: Week 5

Fredy Montero 4 ( 

Photo by



It's all about the matchups.

If there's a motto for Fantasy MLS, it's that line.

The best players in actuality aren't billed for fantasy success on a week-to-week basis, especially given MFLS' team-driven rules. For example, Kansas City's Davy Arnaud and Ryan Smith, two of this season's top midfield performers so far, each had an output of -2 in a 1-0 loss at Seattle last week. Houston's Corey Ashe, in his first start of the season, registered 6 fantasy points in a 3-0 win over Chivas USA.

Is Ashe a better midfield option than Arnaud or Smith? Not necessarily. But some weeks it's wiser to go by the schedule than by the big name. Choose players who go against the teams at the bottom of the standings, and try to stay away from those playing teams on hot streaks. Obviously, when the best players go against the weakest teams, cash in like you've got a winning lottery ticket. Sometimes it's that simple.

Here are this week's player rankings by position:



  1. Kasey Keller, SEA – Two matches against substandard attacks means big expectations for veteran keeper
  2. Bouna Coundoul, NY – Rides momentum from great start against expansion Union
  3. Joe Cannon, SJ – Coming off great performance vs. Revs; Chivas attack shouldn't shake Earthquakes at all
  4. Matt Pickens, COL – Could have shut out Toronto if not for committing silly foul in his own area; Even on the road, has shutout opportunity at New England
  5. Andrew Dykstra, CHI – Fire defense has a bit more bite than Chivas'; Dynamo won't have an easy time getting one past first-year starter on the road
  6. Zach Thornton, CHV – San Jose is improving by the week, but other keepers face strong opposition
  7. Pat Onstad, HOU – Clean sheet last time out but faces road test in improving Fire attack
  8. Preston Burpo, NE – Revs defense is solid, and home atmosphere helps, but Conor Casey, Omar Cummings threaten every unit
  9. Will Hesmer, CLB – Has work cut out for him against a Salt Lake side that snapped Galaxy's shutout streak
  10. Nick Rimando, RSL – Made some super saves against Galaxy, and MLS Cup holders need him to come up big against Crew


  1. Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, SEA – Sounders should be able to handle winless Dallas and sputtering Toronto
  2. Tyrone Marshall, SEA – Leo Gonzalez and James Riley make for good plays as well; Could be a big week for the Seattle back line
  3. Tim Ream, NY – Home tilt with expansion Union presents opportunity for Red Bulls defense
  4. Roy Miller, NY – Will have hands full with Roger Torres, but Ream, Mike Petke provide plenty of cover
  5. Ike Opara, SJ – He may not score every week, but the rookie's presence is making a difference on the Quakes back line, and Chivas' attack isn't fearful
  6. Steven Beitashour, SJ – "Other" Quakes rookie defender has fared well and has favorable matchup
  7. Wilman Conde, CHI – Will be tested by Dynamo more than he was against D.C., but all-star is always up to the task
  8. Geoff Cameron, HOU – Arrived offensively last week; Consistency next to follow
  9. Mike Chabala, HOU – Surprisingly atop the defender leaderboard with a goal and two assists; Can he keep it up?
  10. Marvell Wynne, COL – If Shalrie Joseph is out again, then Rapids will have much easier time securing road points and shutting down New England


  1. Freddie Ljungberg, SEA – Can redeem disappointing start to fantasy campaign this week
  2. Steve Zakuani, SEA – Ever-improving star should factor in scoring against Dallas, Toronto
  3. Guillermo Barros Schelotto, CLB – Is tops among midfielders in fantasy points despite playing just two matches
  4. Brad Evans, SEA – One of more unsung Sounders threats, at very least should have strong +/-; Osvaldo Alonso falls into that category too
  5. Joel Lindpere, NY – Should get better of midfield matchup against Union
  6. Bobby Convey, SJ – On path for bounce-back season; Assists in two straight matches 
  7. Ryan Smith, KC – Return home and Sean Franklin's expected absence will help dangerous left winger
  8. Marco Pappa, CHI – Goals in two straight matches for Fire catalyst
  9. Juninho, LA – On-loan Brazilian has one job: Feed Buddle
  10. Kyle Beckerman, RSL – Picked up offensive slack with Javier Morales out; Crew defense presents challenge, but Morales could be back to team with USMNT prospect
  11. Davy Arnaud, KC – Improved Wizards attack should crack stingy Galaxy defense
  12. Jeff Larentowicz, COL – Gets chance to haunt former team, though he shouldn't expect "ole treatment" on future free kicks
  13. Brad Davis, HOU – Brings consistency to Dynamo midfield
  14. Marco Perovic, NE – With Joseph's status unknown, Perovic emerges as top Revs midfield threat
  15. Sebastien Le Toux, PHI – Emerging as consistent threat, but doesn't have best matchup


  1. Fredy Montero, SEA – Two matches this week to get back on scoring track
  2. Edson Buddle, LA – KC defense will test Galaxy, but Buddle's proving he can score on anyone with seven goals in four matches
  3. Juan Pablo Angel, NY – Responded to season-long questions with brace against Dallas; Union defense without Califf (red card) is very inviting
  4. Landon Donovan, LA – As long as Buddle's scoring, Donovan will rack up the assists
  5. Omar Cummings, COL – Will test former teammates Cory Gibbs, Burpo
  6. Kei Kamara, KC – Both of his goals have come at home, where the Wizards will be on Saturday
  7. Brian McBride, CHI – Will he reprise super-sub role vs. Dynamo? Showed capability of contributing even in limited minutes
  8. Conor Casey, COL – PK specialist has yet to score in run of play, but might be too much to handle for Revs defense
  9. Mac Kandji, NY – Cheaper option than Angel and should have plenty of quality chances
  10. Patrick Nyarko, CHI – Speed should cause problems against Houston defense


  1. Sigi Schmid, SEA
  2. Hans Backe, NY
  3. Frank Yallop, SJ
  4. Robert Warzycha, CLB
  5. Bruce Arena, LA
  6. Carlos de los Cobos, CHI
  7. Steve Nicol, NE
  8. Gary Smith, COL
  9. Dom Kinnear, HOU
  10. Peter Vermes, KC

Soccer By Ives League Standings (Top 10)
1. BestofNW…………………………………..146 points
2. Lyn……………………………………………..142
2. Zambezi Highlanders………………..142
4. "SCHOLES!!! what r u doing?……139
5. West New York FC……………………138
6. Voyageur Express…………………….137
7. Orange FC………………………………..136
8. SC Union 1982…………………………135
9. The Woolly Mammoths…………….133
10. NJ Quaker………………………………129
10. Eves1……………………………………..129


What's your lineup looking like this week? Who do you think will have the best performances?

Share your thoughts below.


  1. it’s funny to me that people are saying that MFLS isn’t up to par since it is the ORIGINAL mls fantasy site on the web and the ONLY one that is up and running this year. it’s also the ONLY one that is run by real fans who do it for the love of the game and not the money. but, i guess if you were a neophyte soccer fans who only cared about graphics, all that might escape you. i can’t wait for mls to start running their crappy game again next year so you haters can just leave mfls and its tradition alone. enjoy the advertisements when they do guys. the real fans will be at mfls, where they were a decade before mls even created its game.

  2. I would put Ricketts at least ahead of Rimando who is facing the Crew, in Columbus, the team with the highest goals per game in the league.

    Hesmer is facing RSL which has the same offensive numbers as LA.

    And no one should question the streaky Bouna
    “Own Goal” Coundoul as being your second choice. Sure its Philly and they will be missing their captain, but it is a team that can score goals and no DC United

    I normally would ceding your good point the Gals have a tough game and Ricketts shouldn’t be in the top 5, but top 10? But I wanted to point these points out to everyone for FANTASY purposes this week. 🙂

  3. I don’t see how it looking ‘cartoonish’ makes it a bad game? Fantasy is all about stats, not graphics.

    This is my first year on the site and though I’ve put together good teams, have yet to really have a good week. I like the challenge of the site, and I think I finally have a right team this week.

  4. It’s not all about Dallas. It’s the fact that Seattle has two games against teams that have a combined one victory, and that one victory was a gift-wrapped home win over an expansion team. The fact is that Seattle’s players have a great chance at securing more fantasy points because they’ll be playing 180 minutes when everyone else is playing 90, and they’ll be doing it against weak competition. No offense intended, just spewing facts.

  5. After 4 years of playing this version I was going to skip it this year. Unfortunately, it’s all we got this season.

    I find it kind of silly that you can loose so many points so easily. Then there is the group of players that are usually point producer’s, but at the end of the season have like +15 points total.

    On the other hand it only took me four seasons to figure it out : )

  6. WTF. Sounders at the top of each list? Who is making this list?!?!?! Dallas won’t be THAT easy, and the Sounders blow on the road.

  7. Kljestan probably has better goal/assist potential in 1 game than Alonso does in 8. That said, I’d still rather have Alonso in my “reality” midfield.

  8. In midfield, I have Ljungberg, Arnaud, Le Toux, Kljestan, and Osvaldo Alonso. Currently Alonso is on the bench. Should I sub him for Kljestan? Kljestan wasn’t on the list and I know Seattle will do well in two games. But Kljestan is Kljestan, you know? Advice please?

  9. I agree with Seth – the is subpar. I await the days that ESPN, CBS, Fox, etc. host a real MLS fantasy league similar to their NFL, NBA, MLB league where owners have drafts – play for cash prizes, etc.

    I’m hardly even interested in MLS since they took down the fantasy game from their league website.

  10. He just doesn’t have a very good matchup at Kansas City, just like Jimmy Nielsen doesn’t have a good matchup against LA. Ricketts is definitely a guy you typically would play, but going along the lines of what I wrote above, lesser-heralded keepers may be better for FANTASY purposes this week

  11. Though it worked v DC, I dont like CHI’s 4-5-1 with McBride sitting on the bench. He pairs up well with JOhn up top, and can hold the ball up as well as anybody in the league. De los Cobos just needs to give his first team time. A good result vs DC shouldn’t prove anything right now and I’m sure Mcbride doesn’t fancy putting in 20 minutes each match as a sub.


Leave a Comment