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The 2016 MLU Season is in full swing, thus it’s time to you all to fantasy trash talking 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!

Tim “Maps” Brubaker | MLU Stastistics and Development Consultant

Prediction record: 19 – 7

Washington D.C. Current  vs. Philadelphia Spinners | Saturday, May 28, 2016, 4:00 p.m. ET
Score: 20-17, Philadelphia

Seattle Rainmakers vs. Vancouver Nighthawks | Saturday, May 28, 2016, 6:00 p.m. PT
Score: 23-15, Seattle

Eastern Conference Star of the Week: Ethan Peck (Philadelphia
Western Conference Star of the Week: Evan Klein (Seattle)

“Last year the Spinners lost to the Current in week 8 and gave the Whitecaps they window they needed to be able to take both first place, and the conference by the end of the season. This year in week 8, the Current have a chance to do the same thing. However, the Spinner’s core will no doubt remember last year’s game and should play this game as if their playoff chances depended on it. With the Spinner’s missing a few pieces on defense, Lloyd Blake’s health should make a decent difference in this game but it should be the difference between a close Spinner’s win and a blowout.”

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

Luke Ryan | Statistical Research and Analysis Coordinator/Master of the Universe

Prediction record: 21-5

Washington D.C. Current  vs. Philadelphia Spinners | Saturday, May 28, 2016, 4:00 p.m. ET
Score: 23-18, Philadelphia

Seattle Rainmakers vs. Vancouver Nighthawks | Saturday, May 28, 2016, 6:00 p.m. PT
Score: 25-17, Seattle

Eastern Conference Star of the Week: Ethan Peck (Philadelphia)
Western Conference Star of the Week: Evan Klein (Seattle)

“Philly needs a big win to help remind themselves that they’re still in first place in the eastern conference, even if it doesn’t necessarily feel that way. Last year it was a back breaking game against the Rumble that took away the Spinners’s home field advantage. Could it be a loss to DC that does it this year? Short answer, no.”

For Luke’s fantasy advice and statistical musings follow on twitter @MLULukeR.

Tom Levy | MLU Digital Content Manager

Prediction record: 16-10

Washington D.C. Current  vs. Philadelphia Spinners | Saturday, May 28, 2016, 4:00 p.m. ET
Score: 23-17, Philadelphia

Seattle Rainmakers vs. Vancouver Nighthawks | Saturday, May 28, 2016, 6:00 p.m. PT
Score: 25-18, Seattle

Eastern Conference Star of the Week: Matt Esser (Philadelphia)
Western Conference Star of the Week: Brad Houser (Seattle)

“Vancouver got their first win under the belt last week in a close one against a San Francisco team that continues to drive me insane.  Seattle manhandled the Dogfish the next day.  Seattle has won 4 straight, and I don’t see that streak ending in Vancouver this weekend.” 

Follow Tom on Twitter @MLUTomLevy. Hold the Door.

dusty rhodes | writer

Prediction record: 20-6

Washington D.C. Current  vs. Philadelphia Spinners | Saturday, May 28, 2016, 4:00 p.m. ET
Score: 23-20, Philadelphia

Seattle Rainmakers vs. Vancouver Nighthawks | Saturday, May 28, 2016, 6:00 p.m. PT
Score: 21-17, Seattle

Eastern Conference Star of the Week: Ethan Peck (Philadelphia)
Western Conference Star of the Week: Cam Bailey (Seattle)

“Vancouver, after their first win last weekend, will be in for w holly different experience when going for their second win against the Rainmakers. Seattle plans to  keep beating up teams who aren’t Portland, and Vancouver is on that list.  Vancouver has started to solve some of their early season problems, but it will simply not be enough against Seattle who will not be as loose with possession of the disc as was San Francisco last week.”

@dustweetrhodes

William Curb | Portland Stags Content Manager

Prediction record: 20-6

Washington D.C. Current  vs. Philadelphia Spinners | Saturday, May 28, 2016, 4:00 p.m. ET
Score: 21-16, Philadelphia

Seattle Rainmakers vs. Vancouver Nighthawks | Saturday, May 28, 2016, 6:00 p.m. PT
Score: 21-19, Seattle

Eastern Conference Star of the Week: Ethan Peck (Philadelphia)
Western Conference Star of the Week: Brad Houser (Seattle)

“This is usually the point in the season when we can expect the Spinners to start their death spiral, but I’m optimistic that they’ve actually turned it around this year. While the Current have had some close games this season their real weakness is the fourth quarter. Philadelphia has also had 4th quarter issues this season. This weekend we get to see who can actually put together a complete game.”

You can follow me on Twitter @WilliamCurb.

Geoff Poster | MLU East Coast On-Air Talent 

Prediction record: 20-6

Washington D.C. Current  vs. Philadelphia Spinners | Saturday, May 28, 2016, 4:00 p.m. ET
Score: 22-18, Philadelphia

Seattle Rainmakers vs. Vancouver Nighthawks | Saturday, May 28, 2016, 6:00 p.m. PT
Score: 21-16, Seattle

Eastern Conference Star of the Week: Greg Martin (Philadelphia)
Western Conference Star of the Week: Brad Houser (Seattle)

“Last chance for Vancouver. If the Nighthawks lose then they will be mathematically eliminated from the playoffs with Seattle in the drivers seat for the second playoff spot in the west. Despite missing some key players in Khalif El-Salaam, Danny Trytiak, Matt Neeley, and a questionable Gavin McKibben, this Seattle team is too good to lose to a team that had to go to double overtime to defeat San Francisco.”

Follow me on Twitter @Geoff_Poster.

Garrett Miley | MLU Social Media Coordinator

Prediction record: 19-7

Washington D.C. Current  vs. Philadelphia Spinners | Saturday, May 28, 2016, 4:00 p.m. ET
Score: 23-17, Philadelphia

Seattle Rainmakers vs. Vancouver Nighthawks | Saturday, May 28, 2016, 6:00 p.m. PT
Score: 22-18, Seattle

Eastern Conference Star of the Week: Greg Martin (Philadelphia)
Western Conference Star of the Week: Cam Bailey (Seattle)

“It’ll be important to monitor the status of D.C. handler Lloyd Blake, listed as questionable on the Current’s injury report, before Saturday’s game. If he’s out, I fully expect to see the Spinners roll on their home field. If Blake plays, things could get interesting as he has been a matchup nightmare in 2016.”

You can follow me on Twitter @GWMILEY

Paul Des Marais | MLU Elder Statesman

Prediction record: 19-7

Washington D.C. Current  vs. Philadelphia Spinners | Saturday, May 28, 2016, 4:00 p.m. ET
Score: Philadelphia, 24-22

Seattle Rainmakers vs. Vancouver Nighthawks | Saturday, May 28, 2016, 6:00 p.m. PT
Score: Seattle, 20-16

Eastern Conference Star of the Week: Delrico Johnson (Washington D.C.)
Western Conference Star of the Week: Henry Phan (Seattle)

“I don’t expect the Spinners to drop two consecutive games, especially after a bye week. D.C. will keep it close, but Philly will be victorious at home.”

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

Matt Ruby | MLU West Coast On-Air Talent

Prediction record: 20-6

Washington D.C. Current  vs. Philadelphia Spinners | Saturday, May 28, 2016, 4:00 p.m. ET
Score: 23-16, Philadelphia

Seattle Rainmakers vs. Vancouver Nighthawks | Saturday, May 28, 2016, 6:00 p.m. PT
Score: 28-12, Seattle

Eastern Conference Star of the Week: Delrico Johnson (Washington D.C.)
Western Conference Star of the Week: Danny Trytiak (Seattle)

“Seattle: Rolling. Vancouver: Whatever the opposite of “rolling” is… Unrolling? Static? Retreating? Seattle wins by 10.”

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