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MLS Fantasy - Team Managed by the Wisdom of Sounder At Heart

I want to manage an MLS Fantasy team backed by the power of the collective knowledge, opinions, and gut-feels of the Sounder at Heart community. I think it’ll be interesting and fun to see how well we could manage a team. Think of me as the GM and all of you as the well-intentioned, interfering, wealthy owners (luxury box, private jet, and investment accounts with many zeros not included).

Every week, I’ll post an update on how the team did, anything that would impact the availability of players (teams with a bye week, international absences, injuries, etc.), and call for input on the following questions:

1) Which two players to transfer in and out of the 18-man roster.

2) Which 11 players to field for the week’s coming games.

But first, we have to pick the initial 18-man roster (yes, MLS Fantasy changed to an 18-man roster this year). Since it is a salary capped league selecting the initial 18 players is not as simple as saying, "everyone pick 18 players" then grabbing the 18 with the most votes. I am fairly sure that method would bust the $120 million salary cap and we wouldn’t have 11 players to field most weeks given injuries and bye weeks.

As a result, I decided to start off with the unthinkable—Auto Complete. While the auto complete methodology is not explained on MLS site, I have run it enough times to figure out that it typically picks players in the $6.5 to $7.5 million range with exception of the keepers hitting cap at $4.5 to $5.0 million. So, no Oba, Dempsey, Donovan, Zusi, Morales, Collin or similarly priced players appear in the auto-completed rosters. But, we will have time before first kick to adjust that discrepancy.

Your First Decision

Below are three auto completed teams. Pick one. The one with the most votes will be our initial 18-man roster, or as I think of it our "pre-season" team. On Tuesday, I will post which team of players made our pre-season cut and put a call out for which players should be transferred in and out. Fortunately, there are unlimited transfers until first kick. After the 18-man roster is settled, I’ll post again calling for the selection of first 11 for week games.

Feel free to debate and discuss the reasoning behind your decisions, try to change other people’s minds. The more activity and discussion around these decisions the more fun it will be.

It is decision time. Your first decision. Which of the three 18-man rosters below do you believe should be the base of our community managed MLS Fantasy team?

TEAM A

Goalkeepers

  • Pickens (COL) $4.5M
  • Bendik (TOR) $5.0M

Defenders

  • Scott (SEA) $6.5M
  • Gaddis (PHI) $7.0M
  • McCarthy (NE) $6.5M
  • Tierney (NE) $7.0M
  • Jean-Baptiste (CHV) $6.5M
  • Morrow (TOR) $7.0M

Midfielders

  • Carroll (PHI) $7.0M
  • Avila (CHV) $6.5M
  • DeLeon (DCU) $7.0M
  • Laba (TOR) $7.0M
  • Alexander (NY) $7.0M
  • Sturgis (COL) $7.0M

Forwards

  • Friend (LA) $7.0M
  • Bofo (CHV) $7.0M
  • Plata (RSL) $7.0M
  • Cooper (SEA) $7.5M

TEAM B

Goalkeepers

  • Pickens (COL) $4.5M
  • Seitz (DAL) $5.0M

Defenders

  • Anibaba (SEA) $7.0M
  • Eckersley (NY) $6.5M
  • Ashe (HOU) $7.0M
  • Henry (TOR) $6.5M
  • Wingert (RSL) $7.0M
  • Hernandez (SJ) $6.5M

Midfielders

  • Koffie (VAN) $7.0M
  • Thomas (COL) $6.5M
  • Rosell (SKC) $7.0M
  • Chavez (COL) $7.0M
  • Castillo (DAL) $7.0M
  • Rolfe (CHI) $7.0M

Forwards

  • Gordon (SJ) $7.0M
  • Gonzalez (MON) $7.0M
  • Sandoval (RSL) $7.0M
  • Findley (RSL) $7.5M

TEAM C

Goalkeepers

  • Reynish (CHI) $4.5M
  • Johnson (CHI) $5.0M

Defenders

  • Jean-Baptiste (CHV) $6.5M
  • Farrell (NE) $7.0M
  • Jewsbury (POR) $6.5M
  • Bocanegra (CHV) $7.0M
  • Henry (TOR) $6.5M
  • DeLaGarza (LA) $7.0M

Midfielders

  • Juninho (LA) $7.0M
  • Convey (NY) $6.5M
  • Arnaud (DCU) $7.0M
  • Clark (HOU) $7.0M
  • Creavalle (HOU) $7.0M
  • Carroll (PHI) $7.0M

Forwards

  • Gordon (SJ) $7.0M
  • Lenhart (SJ) $7.0M
  • Garcia (RSL) $7.0M
  • Mattocks (VAN) $7.5M

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