Fantasy MLS Captain Rankings: Round 5
Welcome back! The MLS Fantasy Captains Rankings for Round 5 are here after a week of quickfire play. The second DGW of the season has arrived and it's time to use all the knowledge and tips you could find to make the most of the new DGW rule. Here are my captaincy rankings for the […]

Welcome back! The MLS Fantasy Captains Rankings for Round 5 are here after a week of quickfire play. The second DGW of the season has arrived and it's time to use all the knowledge and tips you could find to make the most of the new DGW rule. Here are my captaincy rankings for the week:


Captain's choice, including Bou, Pozuelo and Quintero

1) Alejandro Pozuelo (against the Montreal Impact, @Vancouver Whitecaps)

The simplest recommendation for the captain this week, he has a goal or an assist at least in the last 2 games he has played against the opposition this week. If that wasn't convincing enough, he got the highest expected assists (xA) and combined expected goals (xG) + expected assists (xA) this season.

2) Diego Rossi (against the San Jose earthquakes, @Los Angeles Galaxy)

Rossi has the league's highest xG, slightly edging Raul Ruidiaz and Gyazi Zardes. He faces SJE this week who has conceded 8 goals in his last 3 games so I think this could be a test for his ceiling especially with the new DGW rule favoring players like him.

3) Nicolas Lodeiro (@Real Salt Lake, vs. Portland Timbers)

RSL gave up 15 shots last week while conceding 4 and attacking midfielders such as Diego Valeri and Sebastian Blanco have had good games. On the other hand, POR gave up 29 shots while conceding 4 and if the same trend is to follow, I believe Lodeiro will have a great DGW.

4) Gustavo Bou (@New York City FC, vs. Chicago Fire)

He offers a really secure captain's choice with his soil and a good scoring chance against NYCFC and CHI who have underperformed so far this season. He is 2nd this season for xA and xG + xA.

5) Darwin Quintero (v Minnesota United FC, v Sporting Kansas City)

There will be questions regarding his playing time, but it is possible that he will start both games after a week off. Quintero can get you 2 or 20 points, but he has had some favorable matches this week at home against 2 teams in defensive difficulty.


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