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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: 11-3

Vancouver Nighthawks vs. Portland Stags | Saturday, May 16, 2015, 2:00 p.m. PT
Score: 22-18, Portland

Philadelphia Spinners vs. Boston Whitecaps | Saturday, May 16, 2015, 5:00 p.m. ET
Score: 21-18, Boston

New York Rumble vs. D.C. Current | Saturday, May 16, 2015, 6:00 p.m. ET
Score: 18-15, D.C.

Seattle Rainmakers vs. San Francisco Dogfish | Sunday, May 17, 2015 2:00 p.m. PT
Score: 16-14, San Francisco

Eastern Conference Star of the Week: Jeff Graham (Boston)
Western Conference Star of the Week: Peter Woodside (Portland)

“Last weekend was just a bump in the road for D.C. They will figure out their issues and handle a New York team that won’t have rest and a home crowd on its side this week.”

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

Luke Ryan | MLU Head Statistician

Prediction record: 9-5

Vancouver Nighthawks vs. Portland Stags | Saturday, May 16, 2015, 2:00 p.m. PT
Score: 19-17, Portland

Philadelphia Spinners vs. Boston Whitecaps | Saturday, May 16, 2015, 5:00 p.m. ET
Score: 22-17, Boston

New York Rumble vs. D.C. Current | Saturday, May 16, 2015, 6:00 p.m. ET
Score: 16-14, D.C.

Seattle Rainmakers vs. San Francisco Dogfish | Sunday, May 17, 2015 2:00 p.m. PT
Score: 19-17, Seattle

Eastern Conference Star of the Week: Chris Kocher (New York)
Western Conference Star of the Week: Khalif El-Salaam (Seattle)

“Philadelphia may be defending first place for the first time in franchise history but Boston looks like they’re the team to beat in the East. There’s a chance that the Spinners can come away with this one with the question marks Boston has, injury-wise, but It’s Boston’s game to lose.”

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

Tim Brubaker | MLU Statistician

Prediction record: 11-3

Vancouver Nighthawks vs. Portland Stags | Saturday, May 16, 2015, 2:00 p.m. PT
Score: 22-19, Portland

Philadelphia Spinners vs. Boston Whitecaps | Saturday, May 16, 2015, 5:00 p.m. ET
Score: 25-21, Boston

New York Rumble vs. D.C. Current | Saturday, May 16, 2015, 6:00 p.m. ET
Score: 19-17, D.C.

Seattle Rainmakers vs. San Francisco Dogfish | Sunday, May 17, 2015 2:00 p.m. PT
Score: 19-17, San Francisco

Eastern Conference Star of the Week: Jeff Graham (Boston)
Western Conference Star of the Week: Cody Bjorklund (Portland)

“The Stags have shown themselves as the most complete team in the MLU so far this season. The D-line has been dominant, able to capitalize on opposing offenses’ mistakes, and when the offense needs to play you have to face the likes of Bjorklund and Perston. The Nighthawks could make only a few mistakes here but find themselves in a deeper deficit after each.”

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

Tom Levy | MLU Digital Media Manager

Prediction record: 10-4

Vancouver Nighthawks vs. Portland Stags | Saturday, May 16, 2015, 2:00 p.m. PT
Score: 22-17, Portland

Philadelphia Spinners vs. Boston Whitecaps | Saturday, May 16, 2015, 5:00 p.m. ET
Score: 21-20, Philadelphia

New York Rumble vs. D.C. Current | Saturday, May 16, 2015, 6:00 p.m. ET
Score: 22-17, D.C.

Seattle Rainmakers vs. San Francisco Dogfish | Sunday, May 17, 2015 2:00 p.m. PT
Score: 19-16, San Francisco

Eastern Conference Star of the Week: Alan Kolick (D.C.)
Western Conference Star of the Week: Timmy Perston (Portland)

“Portland is really good guys. Like REALLY good. Vancouver is pretty good too, but Portland is playing on another level right now and I don’t see them losing at home. I am on record as never counting out a team that has Morgan Hibbert on it, but with Portland fielding Cable, Perston, Suppnick, Bjorklund, Cole, Woodside and more… It’s borderline unfair. Hibbert, Brendan Wong, Kirk Savage and Bobo Eyrich make it a game, but Stags win by 5.”

Follow Tom on Twitter @MLUTomLevy. Hodor.

dusty rhodes | writer

Prediction record: 12-2

Vancouver Nighthawks vs. Portland Stags | Saturday, May 16, 2015, 2:00 p.m. PT
Score: 22-19, Portland

Philadelphia Spinners vs. Boston Whitecaps | Saturday, May 16, 2015, 5:00 p.m. ET
Score: 21-17, Boston

New York Rumble vs. D.C. Current | Saturday, May 16, 2015, 6:00 p.m. ET
Score: 25-16, D.C.

Seattle Rainmakers vs. San Francisco Dogfish | Sunday, May 17, 2015 2:00 p.m. PT
Score: 18-17, Seattle

Eastern Conference Star of the Week: Teddy Browar-Jarus (Boston)
Western Conference Star of the Week: Gabe Saunkeah (San Francisco)

“Home teams are better than away teams. This is the tried and true methodology with the MLU. And then there are the superstar teams. Every year there is a team which is simply pulling away. This year it is the Stags. The rest of the West remains a tossup and the least of the East can win at home.”

My info is here: @dustweetrhodes. My music on tap is this: The Tallest Man on Earth, Shallow Grave.

William Curb | MLU Director of West Coast Digital Media

Prediction record: 10-1

Vancouver Nighthawks vs. Portland Stags | Saturday, May 16, 2015, 2:00 p.m. PT
Score: 25-18, Portland

Philadelphia Spinners vs. Boston Whitecaps | Saturday, May 16, 2015, 5:00 p.m. ET
Score: 22-19, Boston

New York Rumble vs. D.C. Current | Saturday, May 16, 2015, 6:00 p.m. ET
Score: 20-17, D.C.

Seattle Rainmakers vs. San Francisco Dogfish | Sunday, May 17, 2015 2:00 p.m. PT
Score: 21-17, San Francisco

Eastern Conference Star of the Week: Jeff Graham (Boston)
Western Conference Star of the Week: Evan Boucher (San Francisco)

“The Spinners gave Boston their first loss of the season and I don’t think Boston has forgotten. After taking care of business with D.C., Boston still has a score to settle with Philly and is going to show why they are still a powerhouse in the East.”

You can follow me on Twitter @WilliamCurb.

Paul Des Marais | MLU Director of Content

Prediction record: 11-0

Vancouver Nighthawks vs. Portland Stags | Saturday, May 16, 2015, 2:00 p.m. PT
Score: 22-20, Portland

Philadelphia Spinners vs. Boston Whitecaps | Saturday, May 16, 2015, 5:00 p.m. ET
Score: 24-21, Boston

New York Rumble vs. D.C. Current | Saturday, May 16, 2015, 6:00 p.m. ET
Score: 20-18, D.C.

Seattle Rainmakers vs. San Francisco Dogfish | Sunday, May 17, 2015 2:00 p.m. PT
Score: 16-14, San Francisco

Eastern Conference Star of the Week: Tyler Chan (Boston)
Western Conference Star of the Week: Khalif El-Salaam (Seattle)

“El-Salaam’s finally back with Seattle, Boucher’s inactive for San Francisco and the Rainmakers are better than their 1-2 record. Expect this to be a close matchup throughout, but the Rainmakers will end up victorious on Sunday afternoon.”

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