The campaign continues! We take a look at MLS Fantasy Round 25 team reveals from some of the most experienced managers around. They share their thoughts on their teams going into the new round including captaincy.
Looking at MLS Fantasy Round 25 team reveals can be extremely beneficial for new managers. Seeing some of the best assets, who managers will be looking to captain and their general thoughts can help bring clarity within our own teams.
- Round 25 is another mini-double Gameweek and spans the international break, so watch out for absences due to international duty.
- There does not look to be many standout goalkeepers heading into this round. With Tyler Miller out injured for DC United, my primary goalkeeper is likely to be one of Alex Bono or Dayne St Clair. The latter edges it for me by virtue of playing twice at home. Although there’s a strong chance Minnesota concede in both games. Brad Stuver will be my fallback, with Austin playing once at the very end of the Round.
- In defence, I have paired St Clair and Stuver with bonus point magnets Michael Boxall and Julio Cascante, respectively. Elsewhere, Rodrigues, new Inter Miami recruit Jordi Alba and Ryan Hollingshead are my other defensive picks. I’m not sure either Inter Miami or LAFC keep a clean sheet this week. However, both Alba and Hollingshead have sufficient offensive potential to warrant inclusion, particularly given the dearth of other defensive options.
- In midfield, Carles Gil, Riqui Puig and Emmanuel Reynoso are all locks. Puig may drop to the bench given he is only one yellow card away from suspension, while Reynoso is likely to be my captain with offensive linchpin Bongi Hlongwane back in contention to start for Minnesota.
- My other midfielders are Cristian Espinoza and Evander. While both are likely to be ‘chalk’ this week, I’m not sold on either option: San Jose will likely have several of their first XI missing for at least the first game of their double gameweek, while Portland are…Portland.
- Mateusz Bogusz, Eduard Löwen and Erik Thommy are possible alternatives should I decide to take a punt.
- With Dénis Bouanga on international duty, Carlos Vela is a lock upfront. Mario González may also make my team depending on whether I take Bogusz or not – Daniel Sallói makes my bench off the back of four returns in his last four games, as does Christian Benteke, who racked up his largest Fantasy haul of the season (17 points, including two goals and one assist) in Round 24.
- Ugly Round in 24 apparently with a couple of missed player opportunities. I got 126 points and a rank drop to 1344.
- This round has several DGW options including IMFC so tripling up there.
- Captain LEO! (shocking).
- Puig has been hot and hoping it stays that way and has a double.
- LAFC with a double so will try to take advantage there.
- Mora to scrub for highest bench and I can scrub Gazdag as well.
- In goal, I’m looking at Minnesota’s Dayne St.Clair as one of my GKs this week with two home games. My fallback is currently Roman Burki.
- John McCarthy of LAFC is also in my thoughts.
- In defence, Jordi Alba and Ryan Hollingshead are both locks in my team this week due to their attacking potential which they showcased in the previous round. I’m also looking at Donovan Pines, Zac McGraw and I’ve paired Dayne St.Clair with Michael Boxall.
- In midfield, I’ve currently opted for Carles Gil, Cristian Espinoza, Riqui Puig and Emanuel Reynoso with the latter currently being my captain.
- Mateusz Bogusz occupies my last midfield spot but I’m also considering Portland Timbers’ Evander.
- With Denis Bouanga on international duty there’s no standout pick in the forwards position. I’ve currently opted for Samuel Adeniran, Giacomo Vrioni and Christian Benteke.
- These picks are subject to change.
- Jordi Alba (MIA; 10.1m): A goal and three clean sheets in his first three MLS showings have put Alba on 29 points already, three goal involvements in four Leagues Cup starts showing that this is no flash in the pan. With the Inter Miami attack not looking particularly nailed, his inclusion warrants little debate.
- Michael Boxall (MIN; 9.4m): Minnesota United clean sheet odds (2.62) versus Sporting Kansas City rank joint second-best in the MLS this double Gameweek, this paired with another home fixture versus New England Revolution to give plenty of merit to Minnesota defence selection. Three clean sheets in six games have Boxall averaging 6.33 points-per-game over this spell – a reliable double Gameweek option.
- Emanuel Reynoso (MIN; 11.0m): MLS Fantasy’s biggest troll (in recent weeks) followed up five points in Gameweek 23 with a second consecutive 24-point double – he now has another double Gameweek on his hands. He takes the captains armband over Messi after three goal involvements from nine shots and three key passes last round, his exceptional winning odds cementing this.
- Riqui Puig (LA; 11.1m): Four goals and four assists in seven games have seen Puig finally begin returning as his early season stats suggested, 14 and 27 points in his last two double Gameweeks demonstrating his ceiling. 71 shots and 28 shots-on-target rank third and fourth, respectively, among midfielders; 545 final third passes ranks first in the division (40 clear of second-place Almada).
- I’ll be employing a strategy where I move LAFC, LA Galaxy and St. Louis City picks to late kick-off players with a single Gameweek if ‘scrubbing’ is likely required. This will therefore allow me to see the final score of each bench player before committing to the ‘scrub’.
- MLS DGW25 – Subject to change.
- Defender: Hollingshead (LAFC; 8.3m): A DGW fixture vs. POR and LA Galaxy makes him a good pick. He is a cheap way into the LAFC with good defensive stats this season.
- Defender: Rodrigues (SJ; 10m) Rodrigues scored 20 points in GW21 and 22 combined. He will aim to add to his six double-figure totals against DC and RSL. In the MLS he is one of the best for tackles, interceptions, and clearances.
- Midfielder: Riqui Puig (LA; 11.1m) In GW23 he had five shots and three key passes (one goal, 14 points) and really stood out for me. His form is peaking with 11 PPG in five games and 27 points in DGW20 after seven goal involvements.
- Midfielder: Carles Gil (NE; 13.2m); Carles Gil has seven goals and 12 assists making him fourth best for goal contributions in the league and the fourth highest points scorer among all players.
- I’ll be starting a scrub in goal this week and will decide whether I bring in a SGW ‘keeper if St Clair ($8.6m) fails to deliver in the first of Minnesota’s DGW.
- Hollingshead ($8.3m) and Alba ($10.1m) will start in my defence alongside another scrub, with Calegari ($8.1m) and Ruan ($7.7m) on the bench.
- My captain this DGW will be Reynoso ($11m) and I’ll slot in Bogusz ($7.3m) alongside him with my final scrub.
- Messi ($14.8m) will take the final place in midfield, despite only being available for one of Miami’s DGW’s.
- I’m erring on the side of caution by having Puig ($11.1m) on the bench, with him being one yellow card away from suspension.
- Up front, and for the first time this season, I’ll be starting with a front three. Benteke ($7.3m), Vela ($10.3m) and Hlongwane ($8.6m) will be the fella’s I’ll be pinning my hopes on.
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