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MLS Fantasy 2019: Week 18 Fantasy Forecast

July 3, 2019

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Ahead of each Week in MLS Fantasy the Hype Train provides its informative Fantasy Forecast, where 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 round of games. 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: Week 18 Deadline

For the 2019 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 Week progresses.

 

 

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 Week, within their budget limitations, using the rules of MLS Fantasy - formations, the player limits of 3 players-per-club, and each team must pick a captain.

 

 

Fixture Prediction: Gameweek 18

NYCFC 2-0 Seattle Sounders

Orlando City 2-2 Philadelphia Union

Chicago Fire 0-3 Atlanta United

Minnesota United 0-0 San Jose Earthquakes

Sporting KC 0-3 LAFC

Houston Dynamo 4-1 New York Red Bulls

Real Salt Lake 2-1 Columbus Crew

Colorado Rapids 1-1 New England Revolution

FC Dallas 1-2 D.C. United

LA Galaxy 1-1 Toronto

Philadelphia Union 2-0 Orlando City

FC Cincinnati 0-2 Houston Dynamo

Columbus Crew 1-2 Seattle Sounders

Montreal Impact 1-0 Minnesota United

Sporting KC 1-0 Chicago Fire

LAFC 4-0 Vancouver Whitecaps

San Jose Earthquakes 3-0 Real Salt Lake

Atlanta United 2-0 New York Red Bulls

NYCFC 2-1 Portland Timbers

 

MLS Fantasy: Week 18 Insight

It has been a terribly long time since I have had Carlos Vela in my life, and I was actually in disbelief that Vela wasn’t picked for Mexico’s Gold Cup team. Vela is the most in-form player who plays on the American continents.

 

Watching the Premier League we understand why Raul Jimenez was picked after an outstanding season with Wolves, but come on, Vela was the best player in the America's and he isn’t representing. Their loss is our gain for this Gameweek, and I don’t really need to know who LAFC are playing, I just know Vela is the best player that side of the world right now.

 

MLS Fantasy Scout Picks: Gameweek 18

Overall Squad Value: $102.6 million

Formation: 3-4-3

 

Starting 11

 

GK: Stuver (NYC)

 

DEF: Beitashour (LAFC)

DEF: Thompson (SJ)

DEF: Matarrita (NYC)

 

MID: Atuesta (LAFC)

MID: Vako (LAFC)

MID: Monteiro (PHI)

MID: Tajouri-Shradi (NYC)

 

FOR: Vela (LAFC) - (C)

FOR: Przybylko

FOR: Manotas (HOU)

 

Substitutes

 

GK: Kempin (CLB)

DEF: Hasler (SKC)

DEF: Keita (CLB)

MID: Zambrano (POR)

 

 

Fixture Prediction: Gameweek 18

NYCFC 2-1 Seattle Sounders

Orlando City 2-2 Philadelphia Union

Chicago Fire 3-2 Atlanta United

Minnesota United 1-2 San Jose Earthquakes

Sporting KC 1-4 LAFC

Houston Dynamo 1-1 New York Red Bulls

Real Salt Lake 1-0 Columbus Crew

Colorado Rapids 1-1 New England Revolution

FC Dallas 1-2 D.C. United

LA Galaxy 2-3 Toronto

Philadelphia Union 3-1 Orlando City

FC Cincinnati 2-2 Houston Dynamo

Columbus Crew 1-2 Seattle Sounders

Montreal Impact 2-1 Minnesota United

Sporting KC 3-1 Chicago Fire

LAFC 2-0 Vancouver Whitecaps

San Jose Earthquakes 2-0 Real Salt Lake

Atlanta United 1-1 New York Red Bulls

NYCFC 3-1 Portland Timbers

 

MLS Fantasy: Week 18 Insight

 

14 teams have a Double Gameweek:

1) NYCFC: Seattle (H), Portland (H)

2) Seattle: NYCFC (A), Columbus (A)

3) Orlando: Philadelphia (H), Philadelphia (A)

4) Philadelphia: Orlando (A), Orlando (H)

5) Chicago: Atlanta (H), Sporting KC (A)

6) Atlanta: Chicago (A), NY Red Bulls (H)

7) Minnesota: San Jose (H), Montreal (A)

8) San Jose: Minnesota (A), Real Salt Lake (H)

9) Sporting KC: LAFC (H), Chicago (H)

10) LAFC: Sporting KC (A), Vancouver (H)

11) Houston: NY Red Bulls (H), Cincinnati (A)

12) NY Red Bulls: Houston (A), Atlanta (A)

13) Real Salt Lake: Columbus (H), San Jose (A)

14) Columbus Crew: Real Salt Lake (A), Seattle (H)

 

Fall Season struggles?:

Like me, are you struggling to get any value in your Fall Season team? I’m currently sitting at 1,082 and have only gained a million in team value due to having a mixed bag of results.

 

Overcoming this might mean that my final team is dictated around San Jose players that are guaranteed a rise.

 

Teams to look out for:

Philadelphia, NYCFC, San Jose and LAFC

 

Teams to avoid:

Atlanta, Seattle, Houston, Columbus, and Orlando

 

Players and teams, I’m avoiding:

Portland will likely rotate.

Not sold on Seattle and Lodeiro.

Atlanta are a no-go and their players will only go down in price.

Shaky on Minnesota. Quintero just isn’t performing

I’ll only put in Houston players if I lose a bet right now.

Real Salt Lake and Columbus just come across like dead options this week.

Chicago Fire have difficult fixtures, but face teams out of form.

 

First names on my team sheet:

Atuesta (LAFC) for bonus points.

Vela (LAFC) for captaincy.

Moralez (NYC) for form and a definite price rise.

 

 

MLS Fantasy Scout Picks: Gameweek 18

Overall Squad Value: $101.1 million

Formation: 4-3-3

 

Starting 11

 

GK: Sisniega (LAFC)

 

DEF: Tinnerholm (NYC)

DEF: Trusty (PHI)

DEF: Jungwirth (SJ)

DEF: Thompson (SJ)

 

MID: Atuesta (LAFC)

MID: Vako (SJ)

MID: Moralez (NYC)

 

FOR: Vela (LAFC) - (C)

FOR: Castellanos (NYC)

FOR: Przybylko (PHI)

 

Substitutes

 

GK: Freeze (PHI)

DEF: Besler (SKC)

MID: Bayiha (MTL)

MID: Yow (DC)

 

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As well as providing FPL articles on our website, we are a founding Contributor to the new Fantasy Football Hub, where you can find more unique articles, including weekly Power Rankings, from The Hype Team. You can support us and read exclusive members only content for just £2 per-month by clicking here.

 

The Hype Train were nominated and shortlisted for the 'Best Football Blog 2016' by the Football Bloggers Association at their annual Football Blogging Awards (The FBA's), with the final presentation held at Old Trafford in Manchester.

 

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