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MLS Fantasy 2019: Week 29 Fantasy Forecast

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 29 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 29

FC Cincinnati 0-3 Atlanta United

Portland Timbers 3-1 New York Red Bulls

Seattle Sounders 2-1 FC Dallas

Atlanta United 2-0 San Jose Earthquakes

Vancouver Whitecaps 1-1 Columbus Crew

FC Cincinnati 1-0 Chicago Fire

New England Revolution 2-2 Real Salt Lake

Houston Dynamo 4-1 Orlando City

Sporting KC 1-0 Colorado Rapids

LA Galaxy 3-2 Montreal Impact

LAFC 2-0 Toronto

Portland Timbers 3-0 Minnesota United

FC Dallas 2-1 NYCFC

New York Red Bulls 1-1 Philadelphia Union

D.C. United 0-0 Seattle Sounders

MLS Fantasy Scout Picks: Gameweek 29

Overall Squad Value: $117.2 million

Formation: 4-3-3

Starting 11

GK: Clark (POR)

DEF: Leerdam (SEA)

DEF: Smith (SEA)

DEF: Robinson (ATL)

DEF: Gonzalez Pirez (ATL)

MID: Valeri (POR)

MID: Lodeiro (SEA)

MID: Royer (NYRB)

FOR: Martinez (ATL) - (C)

FOR: Fernandez (POR)

FOR: Ondrasek (DAL)


GK: Zobeck (DAL)

DEF: Crognale (CLB)

MID: Caldwell (NE)

MID: Hayes (DAL)

Fixture Prediction: Gameweek 29

FC Cincinnati 0-2 Atlanta United

Portland Timbers 3-1 New York Red Bulls

Seattle Sounders 2-0 FC Dallas

Atlanta United 2-0 San Jose Earthquakes

Vancouver Whitecaps 0-1 Columbus Crew

FC Cincinnati 2-2 Chicago Fire

New England Revolution 3-1 Real Salt Lake

Houston Dynamo 2-2 Orlando City

Sporting KC 1-0 Colorado Rapids

LA Galaxy 3-2 Montreal Impact

LAFC 4-1 Toronto

Portland Timbers 1-0 Minnesota United

FC Dallas 1-2 NYCFC

New York Red Bulls 1-0 Philadelphia Union

D.C. United 0-1 Seattle Sounders

Week 29: Gameweek Insight

6 teams have a Double Gameweek:

FC Cincinnati

Atlanta United

Portland Timbers

New York Red Bulls

Seattle Sounders

FC Dallas

Teams to bank on in Fantasy:

Seattle, Portland and Atlanta.

Dallas and Red Bulls as alternate picks.

Cincinnati players as dark horses, though I'm not overly hopeful.

Who'd be my 4th Midfielder:

Emmanuel Ledesma (CIN) - The $8.7m option has successive home games and has scored twice in 3 games. He's one to watch for sure from this Cincy team who are showing signs of improvement under Ron Jans - FCC were very good defensively in their 1-0 win at Montreal Impact last week.

Captaincy Picks:

Main Man: Josef Martinez has scored in 11 (yes, 11) games on the spin. It's got to be the Atlanta attacker.

Alternative Pick: I'd go Valeri, though I think Vela might be worth it if his minutes aren't managed.

Can we realistically afford Vela this week?:

I am struggling to find a way to fit Vela in as the premium options in defence cost a mint. The only upgrade on my team would be to drop down Moreira to a budge pick and move Fernandez on to Vela. This would butcher any double ups from Portland and Seattle though. Tough call, but I think (I think) we're safe for a week given the good form of Josef Martinez.

Should MLS Fantasy continue after the regular season?:

I've love to write an in-depth article about this, but I do think that there could be a play-off bracket that could be introduced. Play-offs are the most important element to MLS as they're the only games with huge stakes in reality, so why not capitalise on them and bring in new interest in the game?

Cons are simple: Following MLS is exhausting and a lot of the players to dwindle off, so the game developers will have to weight up if it is worth making significant changes to the post-season game for a limited number of players.

What is the hardest part of following MLS in the UK:

- 3am games on the West Coast

- Mid-season transfers come out of nowhere and they're hard to keep on top of

- I genuinely think that it is hard for neutrals to pick a team to follow as a team that wins MLS Cup one year, can finish outside the play-offs the next (Toronto). There's no consistency with winning teams, and even though it is good for competition and growth within the league, it is hindering wider development internationally

- Commentary in matches is often insufferable

What's my current MLS Fantasy rank:

I've had a horror few weeks and sit exactly at rank 999. I'm cursed, so take my picks with a pinch of salt as I've had a bit of a regressive Fall Season, mainly due to my captaincy picks without Vela being atrocious.

MLS Fantasy Scout Picks: Gameweek 29

Overall Squad Value: $115.6 million

Formation: 4-3-3

Starting 11

GK: Guzan (ATL)

DEF: Moreira (POR)

DEF: Smith (SEA)

DEF: Leerdam (SEA)

DEF: Lawrence (RBNY)

MID: Pity Martinez (ATL)

MID: Lodeiro (SEA)

MID: Valeri (POR)

FOR: Josef Martinez (ATL) - (C)

FOR: Fernandez (POR)

FOR: Ondrasek (DAL)


GK: Freese (PHI)

DEF: Omsberg (MIN)

MID: Hayes (DAL)

MID: Etienne Jr (CIN)


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