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Another MLU season is upon us, thus time to begin fantasy trash talking as well as semi-informed Picks and Predictions by the MLU Experts.

Each week, we predict the outcomes of MLU games. We’re not very good at frisbee, but we’ve got that fire for competition. Let us indulge ourselves and pretend this matters!

Greg Fallon | MLU Assistant Production Manager

Prediction record: 8-0

New York Rumble vs. Philadelphia Spinners | Saturday, May 2, 2015, 6:30 p.m. ET
Score: 23-15, Philadelphia

San Francisco Dogfish vs. Seattle Rainmakers | Sunday, May 3, 2015, 1:30 p.m. PT
Score: 19-16, Seattle

Portland Stags vs. Vancouver Nighthawks | Sunday, May 3, 2015 2:00 p.m. PT
Score: 25-22, Portland

Eastern Conference Star of the Week: Nick Hirannet (Philadelphia)
Western Conference Star of the Week: Cody Bjorklund (Portland)

“New York is not bringing anything close to a full squad to Philly. At full strength I would still take Philly by a couple goals. Even without Rainwater I think the Spinners win easily.”

Follow Greg on Twitter @MLUGreg, and listen to The Luke and Greg Show podcast.

Luke Ryan | MLU Head Statistician

Prediction record: 5-3

New York Rumble vs. Philadelphia Spinners | Saturday, May 2, 2015, 6:30 p.m. ET
Score: 18-17, Philadelphia

San Francisco Dogfish vs. Seattle Rainmakers | Sunday, May 3, 2015, 1:30 p.m. PT
Score: 15-14, San Francisco

Portland Stags vs. Vancouver Nighthawks | Sunday, May 3, 2015 2:00 p.m. PT
Score: 20-17, Portland

Eastern Conference Star of the Week: Billy Sickles (Philadelphia)
Western Conference Star of the Week: Evan Boucher (San Francisco)

“This is an interesting game. Vancouver looks like they’ve figured some things out weeks before they were expected to. Everyone on Portland’s roster is contributing and they’re defense is scary good. Close early, Portland pulls away in the fourth.”

You can read up on Luke’s weekly fantasy advice here and follow on twitter @MLULukeR.

Tim Brubaker | MLU Statistician

Prediction record: 7-1

New York Rumble vs. Philadelphia Spinners | Saturday, May 2, 2015, 6:30 p.m. ET
Score: 21-18, Philadelphia

San Francisco Dogfish vs. Seattle Rainmakers | Sunday, May 3, 2015, 1:30 p.m. PT
Score: 22-20, Seattle

Portland Stags vs. Vancouver Nighthawks | Sunday, May 3, 2015 2:00 p.m. PT
Score: 24-21, Portland

Eastern Conference Star of the Week: Matt Glazer (Philadelphia)
Western Conference Star of the Week: Peter Woodside (Portland)

“Rounding into form, the Rainmakers grab their first win this weekend. The offense showed its true self last week and the defense will have a chance to jump on a shorthanded Dogfish squad. Being down Adamson and Cascino on defense, players will need to step up throughout the game to hold the Rainmakers down. On the flip side of the disc, Kim and Pollard will be absent from the O-line. With this, the Dogfish just won’t have the weapons to keep pace with Pape.”

Stats questions? Email Tim at Timb@mlultimate.com or tweet him @TimboMLU.

Tom Levy | MLU Digital Media Manager

Prediction record: 6-2

New York Rumble vs. Philadelphia Spinners | Saturday, May 2, 2015, 6:30 p.m. ET
Score: 21-17, Philadelphia

San Francisco Dogfish vs. Seattle Rainmakers | Sunday, May 3, 2015, 1:30 p.m. PT
Score: 19-15, San Francisco

Portland Stags vs. Vancouver Nighthawks | Sunday, May 3, 2015 2:00 p.m. PT
Score: 20-18, Portland

Eastern Conference Star of the Week: Matt Glazer (Philadelphia)
Western Conference Star of the Week: Evan Boucher (San Francisco)

“This rematch of last year’s Western Conference Final should be a very close battle. Both teams sit atop the west offensively, each having scored 36 goals over their first two games. I would continue to keep an eye on Portland’s Tyler Cable, who has already tallied 6 points while completing 58 of his 59 throws. While you can never count out Vancouver with Morgan Hibbert, Portland will continue their winning ways at home, avenging their postseason loss. 20-18, Stags.”

Follow Tom on Twitter @MLUTomLevy. Hodor.

dusty rhodes | writer

Prediction record: 8-0

New York Rumble vs. Philadelphia Spinners | Saturday, May 2, 2015, 6:30 p.m. ET
Score: 23-18, Philadelphia

San Francisco Dogfish vs. Seattle Rainmakers | Sunday, May 3, 2015, 1:30 p.m. PT
Score: 19-16, Seattle

Portland Stags vs. Vancouver Nighthawks | Sunday, May 3, 2015 2:00 p.m. PT
Score: 20-17, Portland

Eastern Conference Star of the Week: Gabe Colton (Philadelphia)
Western Conference Star of the Week: Peter Woodside (Portland)

“New York vs. Philadelphia. The City that Never Sleeps vs. The City of Brotherly Love. Bodegas vs. Cheeseteaks. Broadway vs. Broadstreet Bullies. This is a tough one. One city made me who I am, and the other welcomed me when I took a left turn. The thing is…when I drop the needle in the groove, I can feel the New and Improved Spinners”

My info is here: @dustweetrhodes. My music on tap is this: Fiona Apple’s “Extraordinary Machine”.

William Curb | MLU Director of West Coast Digital Media

Prediction record: 7-1

New York Rumble vs. Philadelphia Spinners | Saturday, May 2, 2015, 6:30 p.m. ET
Score: 22-17, Philadelphia

San Francisco Dogfish vs. Seattle Rainmakers | Sunday, May 3, 2015, 1:30 p.m. PT
Score: 23-22, Seattle

Portland Stags vs. Vancouver Nighthawks | Sunday, May 3, 2015 2:00 p.m. PT
Score: 20-15, Portland

Eastern Conference Star of the Week: Billy Sickles (Philadelphia)
Western Conference Star of the Week: Peter Woodside (Portland)

“Last week we saw an offensive showcase in the Seattle vs. Vancouver game. This week we should see Seattle playing a little tighter O and they won’t be worrying about hucking it with Morgan Hibbert poaching the end zone. The Dogfish shouldn’t have any problem moving the disc against the Seattle D-line, resulting in another high-scoring game.”

You can follow me on Twitter @WilliamCurb.

Paul Des Marais | MLU Director of Content

Prediction record: 8-0

New York Rumble vs. Philadelphia Spinners | Saturday, May 2, 2015, 6:30 p.m. ET
Score: 22-18, Philadelphia

San Francisco Dogfish vs. Seattle Rainmakers | Sunday, May 3, 2015, 1:30 p.m. PT
Score: 20-18, Seattle

Portland Stags vs. Vancouver Nighthawks | Sunday, May 3, 2015 2:00 p.m. PT
Score: 18-17, Portland

Eastern Conference Star of the Week: Gabe Colton (Philadelphia)
Western Conference Star of the Week: Henry Phan (Seattle)

“I expect a huge crowd at UBC’s Thunderbird Stadium for their home opener. For the most part, the Nighthawks look strong this week, but Wong is listed as questionable with an ankle injury. Be sure to check out the game footage on Tuesday as this will be a close one. And now here’s a completely unrelated shout out to my hometown, The Greatest City in America, Baltimore, Maryland. You’ll like at least one of these, maybe both.”

You can follow me on Twitter @PaulDesMLU but the people I follow are more interesting.