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MLS Fantasy Round 9 Team Reveals

We look to the new round of Major League Soccer. Here we share some MLS Fantasy Round 9 team reveals. Our experts come in to reveal their teams, highlight switcheroos, and share their captains for the new round ahead.

Our MLS Fantasy Round 9 team reveals can be extremely helpful to other fantasy managers. Creating a new squad every week can be quite overwhelming and intimidating. But, with our help that could become a lot easier and more enjoyable.

@dmpwright

Notes

  • Goalkeepers and defenders look tricky this week. Houston have arguably the best chance of a clean sheet, so Steve Clark will definitely be in my team. That limits me in terms of ‘keeperoo options, with Stefan Frei my preferred fallback as things stand. Although, that might be tricky to pull off time wise.
  • In defence, I’ve paired Frei with Yeimar Gómez Andrade and Clark with whoever starts for Houston. My preference would be Micael or Franco Escobar. Although, neither started the Round 8 fixture against Minnesota.
  • Colorado and LAFC are probably the next-best options after Houston for clean sheet hunting. Both Keegan Rosenberry and Omar Campos, respectively, making my team. Sergi Palencia will come in for Campos should the Mexican full-back miss out again.
  • My final defensive pick is Brooks Lennon. His offensive numbers and bonus point production have been excellent so far this season. So, I’m hoping his 2-pointer against Philadelphia in the previous round was just a blip.
  • Four of my five midfielders pick themselves based on current form and fixtures, with Thiago Almada, Joseph Paintsil, Riqui Puig and Santi Rodríguez all locked in my team.
  • My final midfield slot is a toss up between Amine Bassi and either Cole Bassett or Djordje Mihailovic.
  • I currently favour Bassi as I expect Houston to put a few goals past Austin at home .
  • Upfront, Denis Bouanga, Cucho Hernández and Lionel Messi will likely be the ‘chalk’ front three this week and that’s where I’ve landed for now too, with Messi the stand-out option for captaincy.
  • I’m expecting plenty of goals in the Cali Clásico between LA Galaxy and San Jose though, so Bouanga may yet make way for Dejan Joveljic.
  • It should also be noted that the New York Red Bulls have statistically the best home and away defence in MLS, while the Joveljic pick would also give me extra roster flexibility given LA Galaxy don’t play until the end of the round.

@MattSoccerTalk

Notes

  • Clean sheet chances feel slightly better this week. Starting off, NYC are playing a depleted DC team who will be without Klich and Herrera. Not only does that give them a decent CS chance, but Santi should have a great opportunity to do some damage.
  • NYC or Toronto defences are the best early punts I think and who I will be going after on my bench.
  • As Austin continues their awful road form, you should have some Houston coverage. I love Bassi this week (might have considered captaining him this week if Messi wasn’t Messi) and Micael gives solid BP production and a CS chance.
  • There should be fireworks in the Cali Classico this weekend so coverage for LAG and San Jose should be considered. I’m currently doubling up on Paintsil and Puig, but Espinoza is also a great shout and someone I could easily add onto my team.
  • Seattle should dominate Vancouver and even though the Whitecaps have 15 goals this week, I see them struggling in Seattle, especially with that Sounders line-up getting closer and closer to their Best XI. I like them as a fallback option for a CS shout better than the Sunday games.
  • The 5th mid spot is tough. I currently have Almada on my bench, but I could very easily move him to Espinoza for San Jose. I’m going to wait to see what those first line-ups look like before making a decision there.
  • The first two forwards feels fairly straight forward this week. Cucho, ready to roll after serving different suspensions, is going against an awful Timbers backline. Nashville has been terrible on the road and Miami has been strong at home, making Messi and easy start and captain choice. The third forward is giving me a headache. STL will be fairly depleted so I have Agada right now, but I can also make arguments for Jove/Pec or Suarez. That’ll be another line-up decision for me.

@Mahoney

Notes

  • ATL saved the week last week.
  • Brooks and Thiago stick around.
  • Liking CLT at home again, will watch Miami line-up and maybe switch to Abada up front.
  • Houston defence looks good this week too.
  • I can scrub Charlotte if they hit big.
  • LA attack against RBNY could hit so doubling up there.
  • I am doubling on the Miami attack but I will try to check line-ups.

@melvinmbabazi

Notes

  • GK: Drake Callender (MIA;6.7): Miami have the best clean sheet odds this week and they play at home against a weak Nashville.
  • DEF: Brooks Lennon (ATL; 6.4): Brooks Lennon has 20 points in the last three games. Considering Lennon serves up the occasional set piece, he can rack up both attacking and defensive points if the stars align. He has been hot to start the season, averaging 7.5 points per game with three assists and a pair of clean sheets.
  • MID: Riqui Puig leads all midfielders with 62 fantasy points, and he’s primed to play a pivotal role in Saturday’s game vs San Jose. The Barcelona product has notched a goal contribution in five of his last seven games.
  • FOR: Messi (MIA; 12M); Given his history, it would be risky to fade him as long as he is in the starting line-up on Saturday. He will probably remain the centre of attention for the Miami attack against Nashville.

@MotleyBarnets

Notes

  • Goalkeepers and Defenders – I really like Houston’s matchup with Austin for this round. Austin rank bottom for goals, shots on target and xG on the road throughout the whole MLS, so doubling up on Houston’s defence with Micaeland Escobar makes perfect sense.
  • With a switcheroo in mind, I’m also looking at doubling up on Seattle’s defence with Roldan and Nouhou. Either one of those would be disposable should anyone on my bench go off. Bombito will be my 5th defender and, like the Seattle boys, could also be a route to gain points off my bench.
  • For the ‘keepers I’m looking at Miami’s game vs. Nashville with Callendar on my bench. Should he not perform that well, then I could change my current starting ‘keeper (Lloris) to Houston’s Clarkshould I need to scrub one of my Houston defenders to get points off my bench.
  • Midfielders – LA Galaxy are such a fun team to pick from when they’re playing at home, so I’m doubling up with Puig and Paintsil in midfield. They’ll be joined by Bassi as I continue to target Austin’s poor road form.
  • Forwards – The triple up of Galaxy players is completed with Joveljic, whilst I’m going with the inevitable chalk by captaining Messi. However, I am really REALLY tempted to captain Suarez who is currently on my bench. Should I do so, then I will probably drop Bassi to my bench. Santi and Almada complete my roster.

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