MLS Fantasy 2018: Gameweek 22 - Captaincy Picks
Picking a Captain to double down on in MLS Fantasy is the most important choice ahead of each of the 34 regular season Gameweek's in MLS's season. There's a lot of self-help out there for MLS enthusiasts, with our Hype Team providing three major considerations for the armband for each and every Gameweek. We'll be detailing the top choice for captain in home and away matches, and a Wildcard pick of our choosing to add to the chaos. 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.
Captaincy in MLS Fantasy
There are a few differences with picking a captain in MLS compared to playing other games such as FPL. The major element to note with our Captaincy article is that we'll be picking a captain who is playing home and away, as well as a Wildcard player of our own choosing.
We've listed the differences below that make captaincy in MLS Fantasy unique:
- With the Rolling Lockout, you can change your captain until the selected captaincy pick plays
- Once the team your captaincy pick takes to the field, you can no longer change your captain
- If your captaincy pick doesn't play, then you'll end up with nothing
- There is no option to select a vice captain
CAPTAINCY HYPE: 2018 SEASON PERFORMANCE
In each Captaincy article we track our progress throughout the 2018 MLS Fantasy season. Below you can check how our captaincy selections have performed by week to week in Major League Soccer.
Home: Sebastian Giovinco (Toronto 0-2 Columbus Crew) - 3pts
Away: Josef Martinez (Houston Dynamo 4-0 Atlanta United) - 5pts
Wildcard: Nicolas Lodeiro (Seattle Sounders 0-1 LAFC) - 9pts
Home: David Villa (NYCFC 2-1 LA Galaxy) - 10pts
Away: Yamil Asad (Atlanta United 3-1 D.C. United) - 2pts
Wildcard: Alberth Elis (Houston Dynamo 1-2 Vancouver Whitecaps) - 9pts
Home: David Villa (NYCFC 2-0 Orlando City) - 0pts
Away: Nemanja Nikolic (Minnesota United 2-1 Chicago Fire) - 2pts
Wildcard: Miguel Almiron (Atlanta United 4-1 Vancouver Whitecaps) - 10pts
Home: Gyasi Zardes (Columbus Crew 3-1 D.C. United) - 2pts
Away: Maxi Moralez (New England Revolution 2-2 NYCFC) - 4pts
Wildcard: Bradley Wright-Phillips (New York Red Bulls 3-0 Minnesota United) - 13pts
Home: Felipe Gutierrez (Sporting Kansas City 1-0 D.C. United) - 6pts
Away: Carlos Vela (LA Galaxy 4-3 LAFC) - 15pts
Wildcard: Alberth Elis (Houston Dynamo 0-2 New England Revolution) - 3pts
Home: Miguel Almiron (Atlanta United 5-0 LAFC) - 20pts
Away: Carlos Vela (Atlanta United 5-0 LAFC) - 3pts
Wildcard: Zlatan Ibrahimovic (LA Galaxy 0-2 Sporting Kansas City) - 2pts
Home: Miguel Almiron (Atlanta United 2-2 NYCFC) - 10pts
Away: Sacha Kljestan (Philadelphia Union 0-2 Orlando City) - 8pts
Wildcard: Maxi Moralez (NYCFC 4-0 RSL // Atlanta 2-2 NYCFC) - 23pts
Home: Bradley Wright-Phillips (New York Red Bulls 1-2 Chicago Fire) - 10pts
Away: Miguel Almiron (LA Galaxy 0-2 Atlanta United) - 14pts
Wildcard: Alberth Elis (Houston Dynamo 5-1 Toronto) - 8pts
Home: Miguel Almiron (Atlanta United 4-1 Montreal Impact) - 15pts
Away: Dom Dwyer (Colorado Rapids 1-2 Orlando City) - 2pts
Wildcard: Carlos Vela (LAFC 1-0 Seattle Sounders) - 5pts
Home: Sebastian Giovinco (Toronto 3-0 Philadelphia Union) - 12pts
Away: Miguel Almiron (Chicago Fire 1-2 Atlanta United) - 10pts
Wildcard: Darwin Quintero (Minnesota United 1-0 Vancouver Whitecaps) - 3pts
Home: Carlos Vela (LAFC 2-0 Minnesota United & LAFC 2-2 NYCFC) - 18pts
Away: Miguel Almiron (Atlanta 0-2 Sporting KC & Orlando City 1-2 Atlanta) - 12pts
Wildcard: Darwin Quintero (Toronto 1-2 Seattle & New England 3-2 Toronto) - 16pts
Home: David Villa (NYCFC 4-0 Colorado Rapids) - 17pts
Away: Magnus Eriksson (Vancouver 2-2 San Jose & San Jose 1-3 D.C. United) - 7pts
Wildcard: Kei Kamara (Vancouver 2-2 San Jose & Dallas 2-2 Vancouver) - 9pts
Home: Carlos Vela (LAFC 1-1 D.C. United) - 5pts
Away: Diego Valeri (Colorado Rapids 2-3 Portland Timbers) - 7pts
Wildcard: Ola Kamara (LA Galaxy 1-0 San Jose Earthquakes) - 2pts
Home: Miguel Almiron (New England 1-1 Atlanta & Atlanta 3-1 Philadelphia) - 18pts
Away: Alberth Elis (RSL 2-1 Houston & Montreal 1-0 Houston Dynamo) - 8pts
Wildcard: Maxi Urruti (LA Galaxy 2-3 FC Dallas & FC Dallas 2-1 LAFC) - 3pts
Home: Alberth Elis (Houston Dynamo 2-0 Colorado Rapids) - 2pts
Away: Sebastian Giovinco (Philadelphia Union 0-2 Toronto) - 6pts
Wildcard: Mauro Diaz (FC Dallas 2-0 Montreal Impact) - 13pts
Home: Sebastian Giovinco (Toronto 4-4 D.C. United) - 9pts
Away: Josef Martinez (Columbus Crew 0-2 Atlanta United) - 6pts
Wildcard: Teal Bunbury (San Jose Earthquakes 2-2 New England Revolution) - 2pts
Home: Josef Martinez (Atlanta United 1-1 Portland Timbers) - 3pts
Away: Sebastian Giovinco (NYCFC 2-1 Toronto) - 3pts
Wildcard: Dom Dwyer (Orlando City 0-2 Montreal Impact) - 3pts
Home: Miguel Almiron (Atlanta United 4-0 Portland Timbers) - 14pts
Away: Zlatan Ibrahimovic (San Jose Earthquakes 3-3 LA Galaxy) - 13pts
Wildcard: Adama Diomande (LAFC 4-1 Philadelphia Union) - 17pts
Home: Zlatan Ibrahimovic (LA Galaxy 2-2 D.C. & LA Galaxy 4-0 Columbus) - 18pts
Away: Miguel Almiron (FC Dallas 3-2 Atlanta & Philadelphia 0-2 Atlanta) - 21pts
Wildcard: Alberth Elis (Houston 2-2 LAFC & Houston 3-0 Minnesota) - 19pts
Home: Maxi Moralez (NYCFC 3-0 Montreal & NYCFC 2-0 Columbus) - 18pts
Away: Ignacio Piatti (NYCFC 3-0 Montreal & Montreal 2-0 San Jose) - 17pts
Wildcard: Nemanja Nikolic (Chicago 3-4 Philadelphia & Dallas 3-1 Chicago) - 8pts
Home: Darwin Quintero (Minnesota 2-1 New England & Minnesota 5-1 LAFC) - 23pts
Away: Diego Fagundez (Minnesota 2-1 New England & New York Red Bulls 2-0 New England) - 13pts
Wildcard: Nicolas Lodeiro (Seattle Sounders 2-0 Vancouver Whitecaps) - 17pts
Home Total: 3 (1), 10 (2), 0 (3), 2 (4), 6 (5), 20 (6), 10 (7), 10 (8), 15 (9), 12 (10), 18 (11), 17 (12), 5 (13), 18 (14), 2 (15), 9 (16), 3 (17), 14 (18), 18 (19), 18 (20), 23 (21) = 233 points
Away Total: 5 (1), 2 (2), 2 (3), 4 (4), 15 (5), 3 (6), 8 (7), 14 (8), 2 (9), 10 (10), 12 (11), 7 (12), 7 (13), 8 (14), 6 (15), 6 (16), 3 (17), 13 (18), 21 (19), 17 (20), 13 (21) = 178 points
Wildcard Total: 9 (1), 9 (2), 10 (3), 13 (4), 3 (5), 2 (6), 23 (7), 8 (8), 5 (9), 3 (10), 16 (11), 9 (12), 2 (13), 3 (14), 13 (15), 2 (16), 3 (17), 17 (18), 19 (19), 8 (20), 17 (21) = 194 points
Gameweek 22: Home Captain
Fixtures: D.C. United vs. New York Red Bulls & D.C. United vs. Colorado Rapids
Player: Wayne Rooney (DC)
Position: Forward (CF)
Player Price: $9.6 million
We begin our captaincy round up with the most sceptical pick of the season, no question. Wayne Rooney's arrival to MLS went under the radar for many in Europe and the rest of the world as viewers were captivated by the World Cup in Russia. Slowly but surely though, Rooney's arrival in Washington is starting to wake up casual audiences who are seeing for the former England captain in a new light.
From what we've seen of D.C. United since Rooney's arrival, they're not afraid to play short passes in attacking areas with runners off the ball, with Rooney finding himself at the heart of the attack. There was some speculation about Rooney's place in United's side, but it is clear that his place is fighting with Darren Mattocks up top.
Only D.C. and San Jose feature twice at home this week, but we're going big with a prediction that Rooney nothces his first goal in the next few matches, especially as United are still in the midst of a honeymoon period at Audi Field.
New York Red Bulls will head into the midweek encounter as huge favourites, though it is a later clash with Colorado Rapids at the weekend has has wet our lips at Rooney and Yamil Asad's potential this week.
Gameweek 22: Away Captain
Fixtures: Orlando City vs. NYCFC & Seattle Sounders vs. NYCFC
Player: Maxi Moralez (NYCFC)
Position: Midfielder (CAM)
Player Price: $14.0 million
After missing Week 21 with a Bye Week, NYCFC enter the fold again with back-to-back Double Gameweek's for Fantasy players, and there's only one place to start.
Maxi Moralez continues his tag of being the MLS Fantasy bridesmaid to Atlanta's highly-coveted Miguel Almiron, but it could be the attacking midfielder who has the final laugh this week.
NYC have two games in hand over Atlanta, and are just 4 points behind in the Eastern Conference standings. Atlanta travel to Montreal Impact whilst the light blue of City travel to Orlando before a difficult encounter with Seattle Sounders. Win both, and there is the possibility of claiming top spot in the east.
Moralez has been pivotal to NYC's hopes this season, and has stepped up to the plate every single time David Villa is an injury risk. Moralez will be likely fighting out his captaincy selection with our final selection in this article, though with NYC's elite standing in the table, it's most likely that you'll want to back a sure horse in the race this week.
Hitting double-digits for assists in his last round of games, the bare minimum is Moralex's inclusion. Captaincy just depends on how much you rate Zlatan's chances against LAFC and Orlando City.
Gameweek 22: Wildcard Captain
Fixtures: LAFC vs. LA Galaxy & LA Galaxy vs. Orlando City
Player: Zlatan Ibrahimovic (LA)
Position: Forward (CF)
Player Price: $10.2 million
Without much thought, we've inadvertently promoted two former Manchester United forward's as captaincy options this week, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic joining Wayne Rooney in contention ahead of Week 22.
With Rooney, the selection is purely speculative at this point, with the Englishman still settling to life in the Unites States, whilst Zlatan has not only found his feet, his current form is tearing teams to shreds.
Ibrahimovic has started 6 of the last 7 MLS matches for LA Galaxy, scoring 9 goals in 6 matches, with 3 braces, an assist, and 73 points in that time, which more that eclipses the 10 points-per-game ratio.
With LA Galaxy finding serious form in MLS, they've jumped up to 4th in the Western Conference and are serious contenders for a play-off place this season, and will be salivating at the prospect of being the first team to beat LAFC at the Banc of California Stadium, with the script perfectly written after Zlatan's incredible debut against LAFC during Week 5.
If you're picking a player based purely on form, Zlatan is the man. If you're going for the safe points, Moralez gets your pick. There's just something about the Swede right now though that is unstoppable, and it'll be hard not to bank on his talents in a pair of huge matches this week.
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