Week two of MLS Fantasy is complete! As previously noted, Toronto FC did not have a game (nor did FC Dallas, the Philadelphia Union, the San Jose Earthquakes or the Seattle Sounders), so playing any player on any of those teams would yield zero points. Even still, there were enough points out there to be had with 34 goals scored across the nine games played. With that being said let's dive into things shall we?
Here's an updated leaderboard in our Waking the Red group:
Top three teams this week!
A totally new top three take over as the young MLS season begins to take shape. Congrats to our new leader Rosen who posted 84 points this week and and has a one-point lead on Lewis, who grabbed 86 points. Rounding out our top three is Morabito who I believe posted the first three digit score of the season with a staggering 101 points!
Rosen had two players on a bye and one that did not play. His captain David Villa led the way with 20 points this round. Rosen also utilized three Real Salt Lake players who garnered a surprising combined 11 points, although RSL got hammered 5-1 by the emerging Los Angeles FC. Other notable contributors included Miguel Almiron and Julian Gressel of Atlanta United who had 12 and nine points respectively.
Lewis also took advantage of and captained David Villa as well as using Almiron. Lewis's other main contributor was Gyasi Zardes who nearly had a hat-trick for himself in Columbus Crew's 3-2 victory over the Impact. Zardes is proving useful with 20 fantasy points so far this campaign.
Morabito, our top performer of the round, used four LAFC players which proved wise as they put on a clinic at the expense of RSL. Those players used were his captain Tyler Miller, Laurent Ciman, Steven Beitashour (sore subject as he remains missed by many TFC faithful including myself) and Carlos Vela who had 18, 7, 13, and 16 points respectively.
Tips for next week
- Bye weeks are for Colorado Rapids, LAFC, LA Galaxy, New England Revolution, and Portland Timbers for week three. Any players on these squads will post an automatic zero this week so rotating any of them can't do any harm.
- It's a bit of common sense but there's already a trend forming with home teams coming out more successful. Home teams have 10 wins to seven losses this year. Home teams this week include D.C. United, Minnesota United, Philadelphia, Montreal Impact, (against a short-rested TFC) New York City FC, Atlanta, Sporting Kansas City and Real Salt Lake. With that being said I'd especially take NYCFC or Atlanta players particularly as their teams look like early title contenders. Minnesota players might not be a bad take as well as they host a winless Chicago Fire.
- I would not take Sacha Kljestan who is rumored to make his Orlando City debut this weekend. I think he'll need a few games to gel into an underperforming Orlando side who travel to NYCFC this week.
- A few specific players I'd take this week are Kei Kamara, who is making himself comfortable with the Vancouver Whitecaps, any Atlanta forward as they seem to click especially well at home, and goalkeeper Luis Robles of the Red Bulls.
Good luck to everyone again this week! And make sure to tune into the game tomorrow night at 10 p.m. against Tigres!