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MLS Fantasy Round 3 Wrap-up

Another week of MLS has come and gone, and we’re all either happy or unsatisfied with our fantasy lineups.  Regardless of where your team fell in the spectrum, a few players stood out above the rest, and some of the results from the weekend may have come as a surprise.

Weekend recap

Atlanta is no joke

Atlanta United got their second straight win this weekend as Josef Martinez bagged two more goals to bring his total to five on the season, good for first place in the early Golden Boot race.  Martinez finished with 13 points in Atlanta’s 4-0 rout of Chicago, as Hector Villalba and Brandon Vincent’s own goal rounded out the scoring.  Miguel Almiron and Yamil Asad both got assists, and Atlanta looks to be on a roll.  Though they have a bye this week, they visit the defending MLS Cup champs Seattle Sounders in week five.

Timbers stay perfect

When two undefeated teams in Portland and Houston met, it turned into a wild match which saw the Timbers come back from a 2-1 first-half deficit to win the game 4-2.  Diego Valeri again stole the show as he finished with two goals and 15 points, followed closely by David Guzman with 14 points and Fanendo Adi with 11.  If you haven’t taken a “set-and-forget” approach to captaining Valeri each week, now may be the perfect time.

Minnesota bags first point

In a twist that probably nobody saw coming, the Loons were able to pull off their first draw against the hosts in Colorado.  Minnesota even held a 2-1 lead for all of one minute until Marlon Hairston was able to pull one back for the equalizer.  Kevin Molino and Christian Ramirez led the way for United, with a goal apiece, and eight and seven points, respectively.  Minnesota visits New England this week while Colorado has a bye.

Top players from round 3

1. Diego Valeri ($10.3m) – 15 points

Round 3 scoring breakdown:

  • Goals (2): 10
  • Minutes played (90): 2
  • Attacking bonus: 1
  • Passes completed (47): 1
  • Shots taken (4): 1

$0.2m

In a result that shocks nobody, Valeri brings home the round 3 honors with an impressive 15 points, bringing his points-per-game average to 13.0.  He scored eight in round 2 and 16 in round one.  He’s now owned by 37.2% of fantasy managers, which is creeping up on the most popular player, David Villa (40.9%).  If you’re not one of those managers who owns him, I ask you this — WHY NOT???

Round 4 match-up: (A) Columbus Crew SC

2. David Guzman ($7.7m) – 14 points

Round 3 scoring breakdown:

  • Goals (1): 5
  • Assists (1): 3
  • Attacking bonus: 2
  • Minutes played (90): 2
  • Passes completed (74): 2
  • Defending bonus: 1
  • Yellow cards (1): -1

$0.2m

Staying in Portland, Guzman rings in second place with 14 points as he snagged himself a goal and an assist.  If he hadn’t been booked for a yellow, he would be tied in first with teammate Valeri.  Guzman hasn’t had as great of a start as some other players, but at a cheap price, with a 7.0 points-per-game average right now, and the Timbers looking to be fierce competition, I can’t recommend against adding him to your lineup.

Round 4 match-up: (A) Columbus Crew SC

T-3. Cyle Larin ($9.2m) – 13 points

Round 3 scoring breakdown:

  • Goals (2): 10
  • Minutes played (90): 2
  • Shots taken (4): 1

$0.2m

He’s baaaaack!  In a three-way tie for third place, youngster Cyle Larin exploded in Orlando’s 2-1 win over Philadelphia and bagged a brace to secure the victory.  Looks like that full week of rest helped, and he’ll get another one as the Lions have a bye this week.  Definitely add Larin to your watch list as they head to Columbus in week five.

Round 4 match-up: -bye-

T-3. Maxi Urruti ($8.7m) – 13 points

Round 3 scoring breakdown:

  • Goals (2): 10
  • Minutes played (90): 2
  • Shots taken (4): 1

$0.2m

Matching Larin stat-for-stat, Urruti comes in at 13 points after scoring both goals in the win at home against the New England Revolution.  Maxi’s selection is trending down by 1% right now, but don’t let that fool you — that’s only because of the bye week.  He’s still a valuable pickup and at only $8.7m, having him on your roster will almost definitely increase your team value when Dallas hosts Minnesota in round 6.

Round 4 match-up: -bye-

T-3. Josef Martinez ($9.4m) – 13 points

Round 3 scoring breakdown:

  • Goals (2): 10
  • Minutes played (90): 2
  • Shots taken (6): 1

$0.2m

Martinez CANNOT stop scoring!  Already up the maximum $0.4m this season, his stock is set to keep rising if he and Atlanta can keep playing the way they are.  The guy is just on fire, and as long as Yamil Asad and Miguel Almiron keep giving him service, he’ll keep putting them in the back of the net.

Round 4 match-up: -bye-


Round 3 summary

Highest points: 114 (MLSFLALLSTARS)
Average points: 58 (+3)
MLS Cheatsheet league top scorer: Rock Steady FC – 98 points

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