The rankings below are based on Major League Soccer's official fantasy game and cover all games in Week 4. While they can be used for DFS purposes, they are done with a focus on the league's season-long game.
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With Christian Ramirez called in to the USMNT, and Josh Perez with the U-23s, Bob Bradley looks like he will be forced to give us our Dio start! He has scored a lot of goals in a short amount of MLS minutes.
For my sanity, I try to avoid entering the mind of Brad Friedel on a weekly basis, but I'm pretty sure Penilla should be playing more than 45 and 6 minutes in the previous two matches. With his talent, and the lackthereof elsewhere on the roster, Penilla needs to be a focal point each week. I'd like to think Friedel gets him going at home against the expansion side.
You'd like to see more bonus points through three matches from a team's midfield focal point, but against FCC the Revs will have chances and Gil is the best bet to be involved. I wouldn't overthink this one unless you truly find his price to be prohibitive to the rest of your plans.
Rested (because he stepped on someone), at home, and playing a team missing their foundational defensive midfielder and goalkeeper. Fabian was already doing the heavy lifting for Philadelphia and will be tasked with even more this week.
It's uncertain whether he will be ready to play, but if he is, the matchup is tantalizing. RSL have a laundry list of absences at all levels of the field and LAFC will be happy to exact revenge on Mike Petke's side for last year's shocking playoff defeat.
Rza put in the work last week with an assist and two key passes, but just as importantly six tackles, seven interceptions, nine recoveries, and six crosses (only two accurate). The bonus point potential coupled with a nice fixture against visiting Orlando make Rza a great value this week. The only problem is figuring out which three Red Bulls to prioritize.
He's not the fantasy force he once was, but against a Union side missing a couple of pieces, Pipa could certainly turn up with a vintage performance. Visiting Philly has never seemed to affect him in the past.
This may or may not be useful, but on the off chance Horta starts (10-25%?) this is where I'd rank him. Coming back from a quad injury and hasn't unlocked his potential in LA yet, but he showed some signs in the preseason and LAFC need some bodies in the midfield - especially if Lee Nguyen isn't ready.
It's important to note that these player rankings don't factor in price or opportunity cost. Realistically, using Atuesta in one of your 3 LAFC slots would be pretty foolish this week with attacking upside above him in the lineup and the best clean sheet chances of the weekend behind him.
With Aaron Long on national team duty, Parker will pair up with former Orlando City Lion Amro Tarek. Red Bulls should have a good day, but it's no guarantee these CBs have instant chemistry and grab the clean sheet.
With a certain price rise and a recent penchant for goalscoring, you could do worse than Sauro. That said, we've got a team on the road missing some key pieces and another goal is unlikely so he's far from a lock.
Not a bad fallback if you haven't gotten your bench clean sheets by the week's final match, but New England haven't done much to suggest they can keep a clean sheet. Cincy are missing Adi, Mattocks, Cruz, and Waston though.
After starting his MLS career with some rough patches, Mensah has been a high-quality player for an entire year now. The bonus points don't come as frequently as you'd like, though, so it's hard to justify the cost when Sauro is less.
I trust the Columbus defense, even minus a few pieces, on the road over Philly at home. Bendik doesn't bring an ideal skill set but he's logged minutes in this league and has a shot at a cheap clean sheet.
While I ranked Royer higher in the standard midfield rankings, Gil pips him in the Captain rankings because I prefer his upside. If you're going to gamble and keep the armband away from Vela, you're chasing more than a solid Royer outing.
JD is a contributing soccer writer at RotoWire and was a finalist for the 2017 FSWA Soccer Writer of the Year award. JD has been writing for RotoWire since 2015. He is a proud Pittsburgh native, purveyor of fantasy sports, and likely the first Penn State Basketball fan you've ever met.