MLS Fantasy: Rodney Wallace & Will Bruin lead the way in week of huge numbers
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Round 11 of MLS Fantasy Soccer: Manager certainly lived up to the hype. The double-game week saw several players put up huge numbers. If you were smart, or lucky enough, to captain one of these players, you reaped the rewards: 37 players tallied 10 points or more this week with Will Bruin and Rodney Wallace leading the way with 21 each. The Seattle Sounders finally seem to be finding their form – are you jumping on the bandwagon just yet?
Round 11 Statistics
- Most Captained player: (Graham Zusi – 5,468 people)
- Transfers made: 16,062
- Wildcards played: 259
- # teams that scored 0 goals: 7
- # teams that scored 1 goals: 12
- # teams that scored 2+ goals: 11
- # clean sheets per round: 7, 2, 5, 6, 3, 3, 6, 6, 4, 7, 7
- # goals scored per round: 24, 21, 17, 16, 22, 16, 14, 22, 27, 17, 41
Dream Team formation: (5-2-3)
Top Players: Will Bruin, Rodney Wallace – 21 points
After a poor showing earlier in the week against FC Dallas (four points), Wallace went off on Sunday, bagging a goal, an assist and a clean sheet (17 points) in Portland’s 3-0 victory over Chivas USA. Aurélien Collin and Ike Opara were also able to rebound from poor midweek performances to make their way on to this week’s Dream Team. Collin, who’s owned by 37 percent of managers, had just one point heading into Sunday’s game against the Houston Dynamo. He definitely redeemed himself with a goal and a clean sheet to boot in a solid 14-point performance. Seattle’s Djimi Traoré and Zach Scott took advantage of back-to-back clean sheets and round out this week’s defensive unit.
Note: 13 defenders tallied ten points or more in Round 11. How many of them did you own?
Twenty-nine midfielders put up seven points or more in Round 11, but Portland’s Will Johnson was the only one owned by more than 10 percent of fantasy owners. Justin Mapp had back-to-back seven-point performances to help grab him his second DT appearance in as many weeks. Lamar Neagle sat out the first leg of Round 11 (due to his red-card suspension in round 10), but rebounded in a big way, scoring two goals in Seattle’s 4-0 rout over the San Jose Earthquakes.
Note: 13 midfielders put up double-digit efforts this week, but Graham Zusi wasn’t one of them. Did captaining him hurt your team?
The forwards showed us exactly why we can’t rely on them week in and week out. All three guys on this week’s DT had great games in their first match and abysmal performances in their second. Bruin had 19 points in game one and just two points in game two. Chris Wondolowski had 13 points in game one, but only two points in game two. And Walter Martínez, who just broke onto the scene for the Earthquakes, had 10 points in his first game, but only three points in the second.
Note: Six forwards notched 10 points or more in Round 11. Which ones can you rely on the most on a weekly basis?
Goalkeeper – Michael Gspurning (18 points)
Seattle's big netminder had just one eight-point performance through the first 10 rounds of FS:M, but managed to be the only keeper to grab clean sheets in back-to-back games this week.
Note: Five goalkeepers tallied ten points or more in Round 11.
Congratulations to Greg Larance (Northfield Raiders) who finished Round 11 with 137 points. Greg got double-digit performances from five of his 11 starters. He had four players from this week’s DT and Will Bruin wore the armband.
Who did you captain this week? Did your team pass the 100-point mark? Leave your comments below.
*Dream Team subject to change. All point totals are finalized Wednesday for Rounds ending on Sunday.