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Picking Premiums For Week 1

By Brian Maurer

Here is a list of the top priced players at each position and how they did last season, as well as their week 1 match-ups, to help make some initial decisions when building out the core of your fantasy lineup.


I also added some personal notes as I looked through the premiums and their week 1 match-ups as the season approaches.


Forwards

Player (Cost)

2022 Avg FP/Game

Week 1 Match-Up

F. Bernardeschi (9.5m)

6.42

@ DC United

C. Vela (9.0m)

5.91

@ LA Galaxy

B. Vazquez (9.0m)

6.21

Vs Houston Dynamo

Brenner (9.0m)

6.03

Vs Houston Dynamo

L. Araújo (9.0m)

4.21

Vs San Jose Earthquakes

C. Hernández (9.0m)

6.2

@ Philadelphia Union

Notes: I am extremely high on the FC Cincinnati match up at home versus Houston. Either Vazquez or Brenner are likely to be a play for me week 1 as a premium forward pick. It wouldn’t be out of the question to even stack both with Acosta if one is really feeling bullish about them.


Midfielders

Player (Cost)

2022 Avg FP/Game

Week 1 Match-Up

L. Insigne (10.0m)

7.27

@ DC United

H. Mukhtar (10.0m)

8.88

Vs NYCFC

C. Gil (9.5m)

7.66

@ Charlotte FC

L. Zelarayán (9.5m)

7.36

@ Philadelphia Union

R. Puig (9.5m)

9.5

Vs LAFC

Notes: The Mukhtar match-up looks strong with all the turnover happening at NYCFC. All of the other premium midfielders, excluding Zelarayán, also seem like solid week 1 plays.


Defenders

Player (Cost)

2022 Avg FP/Game

Week 1 Match-Up

J. Gressel (7.5m)

4.53

Vs Real Salt Lake

K. Wagner (7.5m)

7.61

Vs Columbus Crew

P. Santos (7.0m)

4.07

Vs Toronto FC

J. Glesnes (7.0m)

6.35

Vs Columbus Crew

J. Elliott (7.0m)

6.88

Vs Columbus Crew

J. Tolkin (7.0m)

5.03

@ Orlando City

​Á. Barreal (7.0m)

4.72

Vs Houston Dynamo

M. Robinson (7.0m)

2.89

Vs San Jose Earthquakes

Notes: All Philadelphia all day until further notice. Barreal could be a solid pick up as well, as I said I am already really bullish on FC Cincinnati, so really any pick up from them is fine by me in week 1. I am also intrigued by Santos and Robinson for week 1. Santos is particularly interesting as I feel like he may be utilized in the attack as a winger, which could change the outlook of him as a premium defender this season.


Goalkeepers

Player (Cost)

2022 Avg FP/Game

Week 1 Match-Up

A. Blake (7.0m)

5.68

Vs Columbus Crew

B. Guzan (6.5m)

4.57

Vs San Jose Earthquakes

E. Room (6.5m)

4.12

@ Philadelphia Union

S. Frei (6.5m)

4.15

Vs Colorado Rapids

S. Johnson (6.5m)

4.94

@ DC United

J. Bond (6.5m)

4.42

Vs LAFC

J. Willis (6.5m)

4.84

Vs Nashville SC

B. Stuver (6.5m)

4.97

Vs St. Louis CITY SC

M. Crépeau (6.5m)

4.33

@ LA Galaxy

P. Gallese (6.5m)

4

Vs RBNY

C. Coronel (6.5m)

4.25

@ Orlando City

M. Paes (6.5m)

4.47

Vs Minnesota United

D. St. Clair (6.5m)

4.25

@ FC Dallas

D. Petrovic (6.5m)

6.45

@ Charlotte FC

Notes: I feel like there are too many goalkeepers at this price range. Even though there are 14 GKs on this list, only a few stick out to me. Blake is almost always going to be a good option. I also like Stuver at home against the new kids on the block. Frei at home against Colorado should also be a solid match-up as Colorado were one of the worst away teams last season. I also am intrigued by Paes as he is now facing a Reynoso-less Minnesota United.



If you are looking for MLS Fantasy leagues to join this season here is the link to our league. Blake and I also do our weekly Dropping Points podcast which can be found on Apple and Spotify.



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