The 2020 MLS season is nearly upon us, which means that a new season of MLS Fantasy is here as well. The 2020 season brings with it some changes to the structure of MLS Fantasy, including returning to a full-season competition and a fixed budget.
If you were already planning on playing, or playing with the writers and readers of Sounder at Heart is enough to make you want to join, you should go ahead and set up a team and join our league! When setting up your team, you’ll have $125 million to use on 15 roster spots. You’ll choose two goalkeepers, five defenders, five midfielders, and three forwards. How you choose to allocate that money is entirely up to you. Your budget is fixed, but player values will fluctuate over the course of the season, so keep an eye on your roster, as you won’t be able to earn points if your team is ineligible due to exceeding the $125 million budget figure.
Once you’ve chosen your players, you’ll set your lineup and start earning points when the season starts! One significant change for the new season is how double-game weeks are treated. Previously you would earn points for each game, which could mean lots of points, but also a need to closely manage your team in case of player rotation in the actual MLS games. This season, though, instead of getting two games-worth of points, you’ll have one game-worth of points, but you will receive the points from each of your players’ highest-scoring game that week. No longer will you have to worry about your captain getting rested midweek and losing out on points.
The other big change for this season is a new component to the competition. While MLS Fantasy is ditching the split Spring and Fall seasons and going back to one full season, an additional competition has been added. The first 24 weeks of the season will be split into four qualifiers, where the top-50 teams will qualify for the Fantasy Champions League. Once you’ve qualified for the FCL, you are no longer eligible to compete in the following qualifiers, so after the first 24 weeks 200 fantasy teams will have the opportunity to win $5,000 in prizes.
I’m certainly not a fantasy expert, but I’m looking forward to playing with all of you who choose to join us. Maybe this will finally be the thing that gets me to pay attention the whole season?