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MLS Fantasy 2018: Gameweek 5 - Fantasy Forecast

March 30, 2018

 

Ahead of each Gameweek in MLS Fantasy the Hype Train provides its informative Fantasy Forecast, where the three members of the Hype Team will duel for MLS supremacy in predicting scores, as well as going head to head in picking a Scout Picks squad for the relevant Gameweek. In addition, we give our insight into who are the players to watch and those to drop, as well as providing insight into captaincy picks, differential players for the week, and more. Welcome to the Forecast. All aboard.

 

 

MLS Fantasy: Gameweek Deadline

For the 2018 MLS Fantasy season there is a 'Rolling Lockout', which means you can make substitutions and transfers until the second a player's game kicks off, which means you can chop and change your lineup as any Gameweek progresses.

 

You can view the schedule and a real time Gameweek deadline countdown clock (in the London GMT timezone) on our dedicated MLS Fantasy page.

 

 

How does our Forecasting work?

The Hype Team will compete in a weekly head to head dual of wits. The 3 members of the team will provide weekly insight for the Gameweek ahead, providing score predictions, a Scout Picks squad that follows MLS Fantasy rules, and will provide what insight they can for the fixtures at hand.

  • MLS Fixture Prediction: As pundits, we are testing our football acumen with MLS predictions and will be providing regular updated tables and stats in each edition of the MLS Forecast. A perfect score is worth 3 points whilst a correct result is worth 1 point. An incorrect score is worth nothing.

  • Blank Box: We've left an open space for the team to write that helps with the Gameweek hustle; identifying captaincy picks, transfers, attacking options, clean sheet potential, teams to look our for and avoid, differential players, as well as general analysis and comments.

  • Scout Picks: Picking a squad of 15 for a single Gameweek, without any budget, using the rules of MLS Fantasy - formations, captains and vice captains, and the player limits of 3 per club, and each team must pick a Captain.

 

 

MLS Fantasy - Fixture Prediction: 2018 Points Table

In our predictions a perfect score is 3 points, and predicting the right outcome is worth 1 point (aka if a team wins but, you predict it, but don't get the perfect score). Below is the Gameweek and overall rundown of our MLS predictions for the season.

 

Sam Austin (@HypeTrainSam): 6 (1), 3 (2), 8 (3), 1 (4) = 18pts

 

Phil Jones (@HypeTrainPhil): 6 (1), 3 (2), 5 (3), 1 (4) = 15pts

 

Robert Austin (@HypeTrainRob): 5 (1), 3 (2), 4 (3), 6 (4) = 18pts

 

Individual Gameweek Predictions

GW1: Sam (6), Phil (6), Rob (5)

GW2: Sam (3), Phil (3), Rob (3)

GW3: Sam (8), Phil (5), Rob (4)

GW4: Sam (1), Phil (1), Rob (6)

 

 

MLS Fantasy - Scout Picks: 2018 Points Table

Picking a squad of 15 for a single Gameweek, using the rules of the MLS Fantasy - formations, and a captaincy. Below is the Gameweek and overall rundown of our Scout Picks scores for the season (which are based off our actual teams).

 

Sam Austin (@HypeTrainSam): 61 (1), 73 (2), 81 (3), 41 (4) = 255pts

 

Phil Jones (@HypeTrainPhil): 70 (1), 75 (2), 74 (3), 45 (4) = 264pts

 

Robert Austin (@HypeTrainRob): 75 (1), 77 (2), 73 (3), 78 (4) = 303pts

 

Gameweek Scout Picks Scores

GW1: Sam (61), Phil (70), Rob (75)

GW2: Sam (73), Phil (75), Rob (77)

GW3: Sam (81), Phil (74), Rob (73)

GW4: Sam (41), Phil (45), Rob (78)

 

 

Fixture Prediction: Gameweek 5

Toronto FC 2-0 Real Salt Lake

Orlando City 1-1 New York Red Bulls

Columbus Crew 3-1 Vancouver Whitecaps

LA Galaxy 1-2 Los Angeles FC

Chicago Fire 2-0 Portland Timbers

Minnesota United 0-2 Atlanta United

San Jose Earthquakes 1-3 New York City FC

Houston Dynamo 3-0 New England Revolution

Colorado Rapids 1-1 Philadelphia Union

Seattle Sounders 1-2 Montreal Impact

 

MLS Fantasy Scout Picks: Gameweek 5

Overall Squad Value: $110.1 million

Formation: 3-4-3

 

Starting 11

 

GK: Johnson (NYC)

 

DEF: Zusi (SKC)

DEF: Abubakar (CLB)

DEF: Sweat (NYC)

 

MID: Moralez (NYC)

MID: Gutierrez (SKC)

MID: Davies (VAN)

MID: Taider (MTL)

 

FOR: Manotas (HOU)

FOR: Martinez (ATL)

FOR: Giovinco (TOR)

 

Substitutes

 

GK: Caldwell (NYC)

MID: Norman Jr. (VAN)

DEF: Maloney (CLB)

DEF: Lewis (SKC)

 

 

Fixture Prediction: Gameweek 5
Toronto FC 2-1 Real Salt Lake
Orlando City 2-0 New York Red Bulls
Columbus Crew 4-1 Vancouver Whitecaps
LA Galaxy 2-1 Los Angeles FC
Chicago Fire 0-1 Portland Timbers
Minnesota United 1-3 Atlanta United
San Jose Earthquakes 2-1 New York City FC
Houston Dynamo 2-0 New England Revolution
Colorado Rapids 0-0 Philadelphia Union
Seattle Sounders 1-0 Montreal Impact

 

MLS Fantasy Scout Picks: Gameweek 5
Overall Squad Value: $110.1 million
Formation: 3-4-3

 

Starting 11

 

GK: Z. Steffen

 

DEF: L. Abubakar 
DEF: B. Sweat
DEF: G. Zusi

 

MID: J. Medina
MID: Artur
MID: A. Davies
MID: F. Gutierrez

 

FOR: J. Martinez
FOR: B. Wright-Philips
FOR: G. Zardes (C)

 

Substitutes

 

GK: A. Zandejas 
MID: C. Durkin 
DEF: M. Segbers
DEF: B. Shea

 

 

Fixture Prediction: Gameweek 5

Toronto FC 1-0 Real Salt Lake

Orlando City 0-2 New York Red Bulls

Columbus Crew 2-0 Vancouver Whitecaps

LA Galaxy 1-3 Los Angeles FC

Chicago Fire 1-1 Portland Timbers

Minnesota United 1-3 Atlanta United

San Jose Earthquakes 1-2 New York City FC

Houston Dynamo 2-0 New England Revolution

Colorado Rapids 2-1 Philadelphia Union

Seattle Sounders 1-1 Montreal Impact

 

Blank Box: Gameweek 5

Teams to look out for:

Sporting Kansas – A combination of Russell and Gutierrez might be a lethal combination this week

 

Houston Dynamo – Playing New England at home could yield another healthy return for Manotas and Elis

 

New York Red Bulls – Orlando haven’t started the season very well and the Red Bulls look defensively versatile, so might be worth a punt away from home

 

San Jose – NYCFC showed signs of fragility in their 2-2 away draw at New England Revolution, and San Jose will provide another stern test for Patrick Vieira’s team

 

General Comments:

This Gameweek is the first with 11 fixtures, so there are lots of options. I've gone safe with a lot of my picks as there are some sure options for points in Gutierrez, Elis, Higuain, and Columbus defensive options.

 

MLS Fantasy Scout Picks: Gameweek 5

Overall Squad Value: $111.8 million

Formation: 4-3-3

 

Starting 11

 

GK: Robles (RBNY)

 

DEF: Zusi (SKC)

DEF: van der Wiel (TOR)

DEF: Valenzuela (CLB)

DEF: Beitashour (LAFC)

 

MID: Almiron (ATL)

MID: Higuain (CLB)

MID: Gutierrez (SKC) – (C)

 

FOR: Zardes (CLB)

FOR: Elis (HOU)

FOR: Vela (LAFC)

 

Substitutes

 

GK: Richey (VAN)

DEF: Smith (SKC)

MID: Bwana (SEA)

DEF: Kunga (ATL)

 

 

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