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Fantasy MLS: Week 30

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By AVI CREDITOR

Oh, the unpredictability of the regular season's final week.

All eight playoff spots are spoken for, but the Supporters' Shield isn't yet and there's still strategic jockeying to be done to set up first-round matchups.

The MFLS roster deadline presents a problem, though, because managers with games later in the week could tinker with their lineups based on what happens in the games prior to their own.

Unfortunately, that may leave you, the fantasy manager, in the dark; however, considering what's still on the line for the league's top teams, you should feel pretty safe sticking with the studs that got you this far through the first 29 weeks of the season.

Here are the final weekly player rankings by position:

FANTASY MLS WEEK 30 PLAYER RANKINGS

GOALKEEPERS

  1. Jon Busch, SJ – Two matches against non-postseason squads for the Quakes' netminder
  2. Bouna Coundoul, NY – Red Bulls look to enter playoffs with momentum, and home match against Revolution provides that chance
  3. Kasey Keller, SEA – Houston isn't the tough road match that it used to be, at least not this season
  4. Will Hesmer, CLB – Solid matchup, and he leads all goalkeepers with one goal scored
  5. Jimmy Nielsen, KC – San Jose could easily be in backup/reserves mode come Saturday's match, the Quakes' second of the week
  6. Andrew Dykstra, CHI – Has clean sheets in two of three matches since starting in Sean Johnson's stead and catches Chivas in its second match of the week; Should Johnson return he'd be ranked in this spot as well
  7. Stefan Frei, TOR – The matchup speaks for itself, but the emotional lift D.C. will get from the Jaime Moreno send-off might tilt the scales a bit
  8. Nick Rimando, RSL – Rocky Mountain Cup poses a challenge, but Rimando is coming off consecutive shutouts of New York and Dallas
  9. Donovan Ricketts, LA – Tough matchup, though FC Dallas was just blanked by RSL
  10. Kevin Hartman, DAL – Difference-maker is due back for FCD

DEFENDERS

  1. Brandon McDonald, SJ – Returns from red card suspension with two favorable matchups; A good play regardless of if he plays both games
  2. Tim Ream, NY – Golden matchup for Rookie of the Year candidate
  3. Chris Albright, NY – Solid matchup, plus his service from the flank could net an assist against his former team
  4. James Riley, SEA – Sounders defense has turned into a solid source of fantasy production
  5. Chad Marshall, CLB – Always a threat to score in the air and has a very winnable match at home against the Union
  6. Andy Iro, CLB – Same goes for Iro
  7. Michael Harrington, KC – Decent matchup for Wizards, who just miss out on the playoff picture
  8. Jamison Olave, RSL – If you're looking for offensive production from the back to make up some ground in the table, then Olave and the following two guys are the ones to target, regardless of their difficult matchups
  9. Sean Franklin, LA
  10. Heath Pearce, DAL

MIDFIELDERS

  1. Chris Wondolowski, SJ – Two solid matchups and a final chance to leave his stamp on the MVP race
  2. Guillermo Barros Schelotto, CLB – He'll need to rediscover his top form to give the Crew any hopes in the postseason
  3. Steve Zakuani, SEA – Has at least four fantasy points in four of his last five matches
  4. Javier Morales, RSL – Goal and an assist last time out shows his form as playoffs approach
  5. David Ferreira, DAL – Tough matchup for Ferreira, but he's tough to bench considering his season-long form
  6. Sebastien Le Toux, PHI – In the 27 matches he's played, he's come up with at least a goal or an assist in 18 of them
  7. Dwayne De Rosario, TOR – Opposing midfielders have tended to come up big against D.C. this season
  8. Freddie Ljungberg, CHI – If he scores this weekend he'll have matched his 2-goal, 9-assist output of a year ago, even if it doesn't seem as impressive this time around
  9. Geovanni, SJ – Two good matchups for Brazilian DP
  10. Sanna Nyassi, SEA – Form is still strong even though his goal streak was snapped last week
  11. David Beckham, LA – Set piece ability always gives him a leg up on the competition
  12. Mehdi Ballouchy, NY – Came up big against New England when he was with Colorado and should be part of a nice offensive outburst for Red Bulls
  13. Andy Najar, DC – D.C. should be extra amped for this game, and Najar should thrive with his matchup as he caps off a monster rookie season
  14. Jaime Smith, COL – With assists in two of his last three games (and seven on the season), Smith has become a viable fantasy option
  15. Brad Davis, HOU – With five goals and 10 assists, Davis has been a bright spot in Houston's forgettable season

FORWARDS

  1. Edson Buddle, LA – Golden Boot front runner now has goals in three straight matches
  2. Juan Pablo Angel, NY – Non-PK goal draught now at 12 games, but the matchup is well in his favor, and RBNY needs its DP to step up now and in the postseason
  3. Kei Kamara, KC – Looks to put the finishing touches on a strong season (10 goals, six assists) in a meaningless finale
  4. Landon Donovan, LA – Form hasn't been stellar, but he's still just a point behind Buddle to be the top MFLS forward
  5. Blaise Nkufo, SEA – Zakuani-Nkufo-Montero connection is proving to be lethal as playoff time approaches
  6. Fredy Montero, SEA – See Above
  7. Conor Casey, COL – Scored in the last Rocky Mountain meeting and has three goals and an assist in his last six matches
  8. Omar Cummings, COL – With eight goals in his last nine games, Cummings has been a fantasy darling down the stretch
  9. Alvaro Saborio, RSL – Will need to come up big to help offset the Casey-Cummings Colorado combo
  10. Justin Braun, CHV – Two matches for Chivas means two more chances for Braun to show he deserves a call-up to January USMNT camp 

     99. Jaime Moreno, DC – It clearly hasn't been a memorable season for Moreno, whose D.C. United career comes to an end this weekend. Regardless, here's a salute to one of MLS' all-time greats and the only current member of the 100 goals/100 assists club. Plus, I'm willing to bet that if D.C. earns a spot kick against Toronto, Moreno will be given the chance to retake the lead in the all-time goal-scoring race

COACHES

  1. Frank Yallop, SJ
  2. Hans Backe, NY
  3. Sigi Schmid, SEA
  4. Robert Warzycha, CLB
  5. Jason Kreis, RSL
  6. Gary Smith, COL
  7. Bruce Arena, LA
  8. Carlos de los Cobos, CHI
  9. Martin Vasquez, CHV
  10. Ben Olsen, DC

Soccer By Ives League Standings (Top 10)
1. I <3 MLS……………………………………….752 points
2. Yankee Racers……………………………741
3. FC Byrd Turgler…………………………..735
4. Skillz……………………………………………728
5. Campione…………………………………..725
6. Cpt. Pancakes and Lt. Waffles…..713
7. The Lanark Ave Creepers…………..675
8. Timbers4Ever…………………………….666
9. CleartheBall………………………………..663
10. ShaggyReAL……………………………..656

LAST WEEK'S SBI LEAGUE TOP SCORER

united2win (43 points)

——————————–Rimando(7)—————————-
–Parke(5)———————-Moor(3)——————Barnes(3)–
–Morales(9)–Beckerman(5)—Le Toux(4)–Wondolowski(-2)–
—Casey(8)—————–Gordon(0)—————–Angel(-2)–

Coach: Kreis(3)

Soccer By Ives Prediction League Standings (Top 10)
1. The Cool Hands……………………….490 points
2. FC Byrd Turgler…………………………489
3. I <3 MLS…………………………………….471
4. Sonnenhof………………………………..462
5. Orange Menace………………………..457
6. Ludacris Speed………………………..450
7. Artichokers………………………………..441
8. UTGunners……………………………….438
9. Morales' mullet…………………………435
10. Jewel of MLS Fantasy…………….432

LAST WEEK'S SBI PREDICTION LEAGUE TOP SCORER

FC Byrd Turgler (21 points: 3 exact, 1 correct)

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Who do you think will light it up in the season's final week? What's your lineup looking like?

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