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MLS Fantasy Round 6 Wrap-up

Six weeks into the MLS season and we have yet to see a disappointing slate of games.  Lots of surprises and twists headlined this weekend’s matches, so let’s dive in and do a quick recap of what you missed if you weren’t able to tune in.

Weekend recap

Blizzard in Salt Lake, RSL earns first win

In our second orange ball game of the season, Real Salt Lake was able to slide and dance their way to a 3-0 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps, all three goals coming in the second half.  While the first half was tame and showed the green grass throughout, the refs had to bring out the orange ball for the second half as it was a complete whiteout, a la Minnesota vs. Atlanta in week two.  Goals from Albert Rusnak, Yura Movsisyan, and Luke Mulholland secured the Utah side’s first win of the season.

SKC blows clean sheet, fantasy managers everywhere in a rage

It was a pretty popular concept to load up on Sporting Kansas City defenders this week as it seemed they were a lock for the clean sheet.  It seemed they were on track to hit that projection until a stoppage time penalty kick threw that idea on its head, and the Rapids pulled one back in a 3-1 loss at Children’s Mercy Park.  I myself lost 10 points from that one goal, although I can only imagine how many some other fantasy managers lost.

New England blanks Houston in surprise victory

In somewhat of a turn of events — as I was one of the many people who picked Houston to roll over the Revs in this game — New England was able to keep a clean sheet against the traveling Dynamo in a 2-0 win at home.  Cubo Torres‘ scoring streak finally came to an end as he was held to only two fantasy points through 76 minutes played.

Top players from round 6

1. MF Albert Rusnak ($9.2m) – 16 points

Round 6 scoring breakdown:

  • Assists (2): 6
  • Goals (1): 5
  • Mintues played (90): 2
  • Clean sheet: 1
  • Attacking bonus: 1
  • Shots taken (5): 1

While RSL got their first win under newly-appointed head coach Mike Petke, Rusnak had a hand in all three goals, scoring the first one and assisting on the other two.  Us fantasy managers have been waiting for the Slovakian international to have his breakout week and this was it.  Expect his selection percentage to skyrocket as RSL travels to Rocky Mountain rivals Colorado for a round seven showdown.

Round 7 match-up: (A) Colorado Rapids

2. DF Seth Sinovic ($5.3m) – 13 points

Round 6 scoring breakdown:

  • Goals (1): 6
  • Assists (1): 3
  • Mintues played (90): 2
  • Attacking bonus: 1
  • Pass completion (89%): 1

Though he was literally minutes away from being the top scorer — a clean sheet would have shot him to 18 points — Sinovic was still the unlikely hero in SKC as he scored the first goal, grabbed an assist, and topped all other defenders in the league for this round.  3.3% of fantasy managers are stoked after this last round, as they really raked in the points from Sinovic.

Round 7 match-up: (A) Portland Timbers

T-3. MF Michael Barrios ($8.1m) – 12 points

Round 6 scoring breakdown:

  • Goals (1): 5
  • Assists (1): 3
  • Minutes played (90): 2
  • Clean sheet: 1
  • Shots taken (4): 1

FC Dallas runs rampant all over this list as they bounced back from their CCL loss to Pachuca with a commanding 2-0 win over Minnesota, becoming the first team to keep the Loons from scoring this season.  Barrios was the standout player with a goal and an assist, though the clean sheet really helped Dallas defenders join the ranks in the top performers from round six.

Round 7 match-up: (A) San Jose Earthquakes

T-3. DF Walker Zimmerman ($6.7m) – 12 points

Round 6 scoring breakdown:

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

Topping the Dallas defenders is Zimmerman, thanks mainly to the extra three points for the assist.  He also scored a bonus point on both attacking and defending, bringing his bonus point total to four on the year.  He increased the max $0.2m in value this week, and it definitely won’t be his last time, so keep an eye on this guy (as usual).

Round 7 match-up: (A) San Jose Earthquakes

T-5. FW Hector Villalba ($9.7m) – 11 points

Round 6 scoring breakdown:

  • Goals (2): 10
  • Minutes played (83): 2
  • Yellow cards (1): -1

Our first forward on this list comes in at a three-way tie for fifth place.  Villalba tore up Toronto’s defense as he scored both goals for the visiting Atlanta side, proving that Atlanta can in fact get it done without Josef Martinez, which makes them all the more dangerous once Martinez makes his return.

Round 7 match-up: (A) Montreal Impact

T-5. MF Javier Morales ($9.2m) – 11 points

Round 6 scoring breakdown:

  • Goals (1): 5
  • Minutes played (90): 2
  • Defending bonus: 2
  • Clean sheet: 1
  • Pass completion (89%): 1

JaviMo opened his scoring account in Dallas this weekend as he had an impressive game.  CCL hangover be damned, FC Dallas sure are making a case as to why they could be the best team in the league, even without Mauro Diaz.

Round 7 match-up: (A) San Jose Earthquakes

T-5. DF Matt Hedges ($6.8m) – 11 points

Round 6 scoring breakdown:

  • Clean sheet: 5
  • Defending bonus: 3
  • Minutes played (90): 2
  • Pass completion (88%): 1

Three defending bonus points, are you kidding me?!  With that impressive stat from Hedges, he may just pop up on my must-have list for round seven, especially while Dallas travels to San Jose to try and shake up the Earthquakes.  Hedges has seven defending bonus points on the season, which is nothing to scoff at.

Round 7 match-up: (A) San Jose Earthquakes


Player picks performance

In our round 6 player picks, we outlined our top picks at each position.  Here’s a list of our picks, how they scored this round, and who actually performed the best in each spot.  As you can see from this round, we were 0 for 4 🙂

Goalkeeper
Our pick: 
Tim Melia (SKC) – 2 points
Top performer: Joe Bendik (ORL) – 10 points

Defender
Our pick: Jimmy Medranda (SKC) – 8 points
Top performer: Seth Sinovic (SKC) – 13 points

Midfielder
Our pick: Romain Alessandrini (LA) – 10 points
Top performer: Albert Rusnak (RSL) – 16 points

Forward
Our pick: Erick “Cubo” Torres (HOU) – 2 points
Top performer:  Hector Villalba (ATL) – 11 points

Round 6 summary

Highest points overall: 106 (Mad Dax: Furry Road)
Average points: 56 (+5 from round 5)
MLS Cheatsheet league top scorer: TFC Hawks – 92 points

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