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WTR MLS Fantasy League: Week 2 Roundup

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Zack Steffen reminded us all why he’s going to Man City

Week two has come and gone and given us some more clues about how the upcoming season will play out. Let’s jump into the Dream Team for this week.

Highlights of week Two:

  • Somehow the biggest performance of the week (in terms of fantasy points) came from a keeper from Columbus. The Crew’s Zack Steffen, who will sadly depart for the greener pastures of the Premier League soon, did it all on his way to 18 points. He saved a penalty, kept a clean sheet and even got credit for an assist!
  • All of FC Dallas put in a shift against the LA Galaxy as they posted a 2-0 win. Bryan Acosta and Reto Ziegler had a goal each and 10 and 16 points respectively. Matt Hedges earned a penalty on his way to 12 points and all of the team aside from the forwards picked up the clean sheet bonus.
  • From the other team in L.A. we saw Carlos Vela and Mark-Anthony Kaye lead the way with 16 and 10 points respectively. Vela did his usual bit with a nice goal and two assists while Kaye found the back of the net as well.

WTR Top Ten:

The league continues to take shape and the top ten welcomes a few new faces in Chiodo, Pamanci11, TFC1 and Vieira. Farrow retains the top spot from last week with Karageorgos and King rounding out the top three. Congrats Oldergoaler on the top score of the round with 91!

Recapping last week’s tips:

  • Building a team around Josef Martinez from Atlanta United is probably never a bad move as I suggested last week. He grabbed a goal and eight points but Eric Remedi didn't come through as he produced a forgettable two points.
  • Seattle and Colorado’s game didn't turn out to be the slugfest I was looking for as Seattle took the points in a 2-0 win. Jordan Morris didn't live up to his price tag with just two points. Jack Price and Kellyn Acosta of the Rapids didn't provide much either. The fantasy points were there to be had though with Seattle defenders as they posted the clean sheet. I was off here.
  • Darwin Quintero of Minnesota is another one like Josef Martinez, you can't really go wrong with him. He had a goal and an assists with 11 fantasy points.
  • The biggest win of the tips last week came from my goalkeeper picks. I called for either Zack Steffen or Tim Melia who had 18 and 15 points respectively. Maybe I didn't see Steffen having an assist, but points are points!

Tips for week three:

  • The league finally has a nice even number of teams (24) so no bye weeks and no double headers for anyone this time around.
  • I want to start with Toronto. It feels like there's a new buzz or energy and a big new signing helps, see various articles on Alejandro Pozuelo ($10M) — although he won’t be playing this weekend. TFC host the New England Revolution, who’ve only scored once in their opening two games. I like Terrence Boyd for $5.7M. I also wouldn't mind a clean sheet, even though Alex Bono ($5.6M) hasn't looked like his 2017 self yet. New England doesn't exactly ooze attacking displays.
  • Breaking one of my own rules but I’m finding it impossible to not love Darwin Quintero of Minnesota ($12M) and Martinez of Atlanta United ($10.5M). Speaking of Atlanta, do not fall for Pity Martinez ($9.8M) he still needs time to settle in but do feel free to throw on someone like Julian Gressel ($8.5M) as Atlanta host an underwhelming Philadelphia Union side.
  • The New York Red Bulls just tumbled out of the Concacaf Champions League and will certainly take out their frustrations on the visiting San Jose Earthquakes who look to be the leagues basement dwellers again. Aaron Long and Tim Parker ($6.7M apiece) are never bad options.
  • Now cue the autofill and stock the bench with your $4.0M value players.

Good luck to all this week!