MLS Fantasy: Nine teams represented in Round 10's Dream Team, but Sporting KC continue to lead charge
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Round 10 of MLS Fantasy Soccer: Manager got off to slow start on Thursday night, but it didn’t take long for things to get out of hand on Saturday. Three 4 pm ET games on Saturday kicked off a two-hour period that saw multiple ejections and braces from a couple of unlikely candidates. Still, Justin Mapp, Danny Cruz, Mauro Rosales and Luis Robles, who earned the top honor this week, were the only players to make the Dream Team from the early games. In all, nine different teams were represented on this week's DT. See the rest of the breakdown from a wild week of MLS action below.
Round 10 Statistics
- Most Captained player: (Graham Zusi – 4,692 people)
- Transfers made: 15,267
- Wildcards played: 209
- # teams that scored 0 goals: 7
- # teams that scored 1 goals: 3
- # teams that scored 2+ goals: 6
- # clean sheets per round: 7, 2, 5, 6, 3, 3, 6, 6, 4, 7
- # goals scored per round: 24, 21, 17, 16, 22, 16, 14, 22, 27, 17
Dream Team formation: (3-5-2)
Top Players: Luis Robles – 15 points
Seven different teams logged clean sheets, but great production from midfielders and forwards only allowed room for three defenders. Sporting's Mechack Jérôme and Portland's Futty Danso had impressive performances, earning their first DT appearances of the season. The Dynamo's Jermaine Taylor benefited from a missed PK by Landon Donovan to grab his second DT appearance of 2013.
Note: Aurélien Collin also tallied nine points. See the complete list of defenders here.
Graham Zusi didn’t lead all players this week, but his performance on Sunday did move him past Justin Mapp and Mauro Rosales for status as the top point-getter among midfielders. There was some serious production in the middle of the park this week. Sam Cronin, Rosales and Zusi notched a goal and an assist in their outings, while Danny Cruz and Mapp bagged a brace each to help their squad earn a tie. Zusi was the most captained player with nearly 4,700 people choosing to hand him the armband this week.
Note: Javier Morales and Andrew Driver each racked up 10 points. To see how the rest of the midfielders did this week - click here.
Claudio Bieler and Joao Plata had some of the best performances by forwards so far this season. Bieler bagged two goals in Sporting KC’s 4-0 rout of Chivas USA, and Plata grabbed two assists in Real Salt Lake’s 2-0 win against the Vancouver Whitecaps.
Note: It wasn’t a great week for forwards, but see which rookie landed in the third spot, just above Edson Buddle.
Goalkeeper – Luis Robles (15 points)
It was a very good week for goalkeepers, with five grabbing 10 points or more. Tally Hall and Luis Robles both stopped a penalty kick, but the New York netminder edged out Hall for top point-getter this week because of the bonus points he accumulated.
Note: Goalkeepers will be an intriguing option to “Captain” in Round 11. Will you take the risk?
Congratulations to Paul Tribble (Trebs’ Warriors), who finished Round 10 with 104 points. Paul took advantage of clean sheets from three of his four defenders and goals from just three other players. It wasn’t a dominating performance from his team all around, but he did have Luis Robles in goal and Zusi wore the armband. That move alone got him 28 points. Is someone else wearing it for your team?
*Dream Team subject to change. All point totals are finalized Wednesday for Rounds ending on Sunday.