MLS Fantasy: Ex-teammates Alvaro Saborio and Fabian Espindola put on a show at Red Bull Arena
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While it wasn't a high-scoring week in MLS Fantasy Soccer: Manager, 20 players tallied eight points or more.
The average score dropped to 41 points in Round 23 and the high score took a hit as well; 92 points. Out of the 18 teams playing this past week, only three recorded clean sheets. Here's a breakdown of the starting formation.
Round 23 Statistics
- Most-Captained Player: (Graham Zusi – 2,522 people)
- Top Fantasy Score: 92 points
- Average Fantasy Score: 41 points
- # teams that scored 0 goals: 3
- # teams that scored 1 goals: 8
- # teams that scored 2+ goals: 7
- # clean sheets per round: 7, 2, 5, 6, 3, 3, 6, 6, 4, 7, 7, 4, 5, 4, 3, 5, 7, 3, 4, 7, 4, 8, 3
- # goals scored per round: 24, 21, 17, 16, 22, 16, 14, 22, 27, 17, 41, 29, 27, 26, 16, 25, 17, 27, 24, 13, 25, 19, 25
Dream Team formation: (3-5-2)
Top Player: Alvaro Saborio – 17 points
Victor Bernardez was the only defender to score more than nine points in Round 23. After giving up 12 goals in four games, the Montreal Impact have recorded shutouts in their last two matches. Defenders Matteo Ferrari and Jeb Brovsky scored eight points apiece to join Bernardez on the DT this week. Drew Moor scored eight points as well, but was held off due to a limited number of spots.
As was the case with the defenders, only one midfielder managed to hit double-digits this week. Colorado's Dillon Powers led this group with 12 points, recording a goal and an assist against the LA Galaxy at home on Saturday. He's scored seven points or more in each of his last six games and is the fourth leading scorer on his team with 97 points.
Five other midfielders tallied nine points in Round 23, but there was only enough room for four of them: Hendry Thomas, Luis Silva, Brandon Barklage and Bobby Convey. San Jose's Shea Salinas (9 points) was the odd man out this time.
Former Real Salt Lake teammates Alvaro Saborio and Fabian Espindola outshined all forwards with 17 and 11-points performances, respectively. For Saborio, it was just the seventh time all season he's played the entire 90 minutes. In four of those games he's scored five points or more. If he can stay healthy, he could be worth picking up in the weeks ahead.
Espindola has logged a goal or an assist in three of his last five games. His 11-point effort this round was his first double-digit tally since Round 1. Is he starting to get back into form or he is still a risky play from week to week?
Goalkeeper – Zac MacMath (10 points)
Only three teams (Philadelphia, Colorado, Montreal) recorded clean sheets in Round 23. Philadelphia's MacMath took the top spot, recording a clean sheet and mutliple bonus points, en route to a 10-point performance. He now has 18 points over the past two games.
Congratulations to Neil MacIver (Mac 4 an Easy Win) who finished Round 23 with 92 points. Neil had three players from the DT, including Saborio, who was his Captain this week.
*Dream Team subject to change. All point totals are finalized Wednesday for Rounds ending on Sunday.