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MLS Fantasy Round 2 Wrap-up

After a pretty wild weekend, MLS fantasy round 2 is over, and there are plenty of things to talk about.  Let’s start off by recapping the high points of the weekend, in case you were hiding under a rock and missed them.

Weekend recap

Blizzard beatdown in Minnesota

Minnesota United once again lost by multiple goals in a 6-1 smackdown from visiting Atlanta United.  Oh — and they did it in a 19-degree snowstorm, but that didn’t stop over 35,000 fans from coming out to support their Loons.

 

Miguel Almiron and Josef Martinez led the way for Atlanta, with 18 and 17 fantasy points respectively, but we’ll get to that in a minute.

Villa dominates again

Although NYCFC’s 4-0 rout of D.C. United wasn’t the biggest blowout of the weekend, David Villa bagged himself 16 fantasy points with two goals and one assist, in the high-scoring week that everyone thought he’d have in the first round.  NYCFC looked fantastic, and they’ve got another favorable match-up this weekend at home.

Wild game in LA

If you watched the LA Galaxy host the Timbers, you know how strange of a game this ended up being.  From Jelle Van Damme being sent off after two yellow cards, to Fanendo Adi botching a chance to double the Timbers’ lead, this match had it all.  The lone goal from Diego Chara was a beautiful sequence of events to watch, though, and if you haven’t seen it I suggest you go look it up right now.

Top players from round 2

1. Miguel Almiron ($9.2m) – 18 points

Round 2 scoring breakdown:

  • Goals (2): 10
  • Assists (1): 3
  • Defending bonus: 2
  • Minutes played (90): 2
  • Pass completion: 1

$0.2m increase

Almiron looked unstoppable this game.  Granted, he was up against a defense that looked disjointed and lost for the most part, but he and Martinez really took advantage of the situation and sliced up Minnesota’s back line like a hot knife through butter.

Don’t expect him to rack up another 18 in round three, but he’s a no-brainer to have in your lineup if Atlanta can continue to play the way they’ve showed they’re capable of.

Next game: (H) Chicago Fire

2. Josef Martinez ($9.2m) – 17 points

Round 2 scoring breakdown:

  • Goals (3): 15
  • Minutes played (81): 2

$0.2m increase

Martinez bagged the first-ever hat trick in Atlanta’s history, and it came in only their second game.  Despite the snow, he looked on fire out there, and could have even added another goal if he had played the full 90 minutes.

Next game: (H) Chicago Fire

T-3. Johan Kappelhof ($5.7m) – 16 points

Round 2 scoring breakdown:

  • Defending bonus: 6
  • Clean sheet: 5
  • Assists (1): 3
  • Minutes played (90): 2

$0.2m increase

Racking up a huge six defending bonus points this week, Kappelhof had a decent outing against RSL as the Fire blanked the visitors 2-0.  Adding an assist on top of that set him at the top of the pack as far as defenders go this round.

I wouldn’t call him a must-have though, as Chicago heads to Atlanta, and I’m not convinced in the slightest that Chicago can keep a clean sheet on the road, much less against the attacking prowess of Almiron, Martinez, Asad and co. (sorry Fire fans)

Next game: (A) Atlanta United

T-3. David Villa ($10.2m) – 16 points

Round 2 scoring breakdown:

  • Goals (2): 10
  • Assists (1): 3
  • Minutes played (77): 2
  • Fouls suffered (5): 1

$0.2m increase

As mentioned earlier, Villa had himself a great game in his first big-scoring round this season.  Expect plenty more of these, as the 35-year-old looks poised to have himself another fantastic year.

Next opponent: (H) Montreal Impact

5. Maxi Moralez ($9.2m) – 15 points

Round 2 scoring breakdown:

  • Assists (2): 6
  • Goals (1): 5
  • Minutes played (89): 2
  • Clean sheet: 1
  • Fouls suffered (5): 1

$0.2m increase

Right on the heels of Villa, Moralez also had a big hand in the big win against D.C.  Another home matchup next round looks like a pretty good opportunity to pick up a player or two from NYCFC.

Next opponent: (H) Montreal Impact


Round 2 summary

Highest points: 130 (Fish and Chips FC)
Average points: 55

MLS Cheatsheet league top scorer: Furies – 115 points

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