MLS Fantasy: Wondolowski returns from USMNT duty to co-lead all players in Round 24
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This week in MLS Fantasy Soccer: Manager, 22 players tallied eight points or more. Mike Magee (38 percent), Chris Wondolowski (21 percent) and Sebastien Le Toux (17 percent) were among the most-owned who delivered the goods this time. The San Jose Earthquakes showed well against Chivas USA, landing three players on the Dream Team to lead all teams.
Eight teams were represented in the DT this week, but only the New York Red Bulls saw multiple players hit double digits. Here's the breakdown...
Round 24 Statistics
- Most-Captained Player: (Graham Zusi – people)
- Top Fantasy Score: 90 points
- Average Fantasy Score: 43 points
- # teams that scored 0 goals: 3
- # teams that scored 1 goals: 6
- # teams that scored 2+ goals: 9
- # 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, 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, 28
Dream Team formation: (3-5-2)
Top Player: Chris Wondolowski, Brad Evans – 13 points
Victor Bernardez and Jordan Harvey led the way for defenders this week with nine points apiece. Bernardez earned his second clean sheet of 2013, while Harvey did it by accumulating points on the offensive side of the ball; scoring his fourth goal of the season in a 1-1 draw against Portland.
Toronto FC's Doneil Henry grabbed the final spot with an eight-point effort against the New England Revolution on Sunday night. Patrick Ianni, Clarence Goodson and Sheanon Williams hit the same mark, but weren't able to earn a spot this week.
Five midfielders tallied 10 points or more this round, but combined, they are only owned by 9.9 percent of fantasy owners. Brad Evans was the co-leader in points with 13 points. He had a goal, an assist and multiple bonus points in Seattle's 3-0 win over FC Dallas.
Lloyd Sam (11) and Jonny Steele (10) were instrumental in New York's 3-2 road victory over Sporting KC. Sam is owned by just 0.2 percent of the league.
Patrick Nyarko had a goal and assist in Chicago's 2-1 win over Philadelphia. He now has three goals and two assists in his last six games. Over that same span, he's tallied seven or more points four times.
D.C. United's Jared Jeffrey was the ultimate sleeper this week. Jeffrey played just his second game of the season and has yet to be picked up by anyone. At $6.0m, is he a sleeper worth considering going forward?
Chris Wondolowski returned to form this past week, scoring two goals against Chivas USA to co-lead all players with 13 points. At $9.9m, he's definitely worth considering going forward.
Kei Kamara, still owned by just 0.9 percent of owners, scored his fifth goal of the season. One of these two players has to be on your radar going forward.
Goalkeeper – Jon Busch (8 points)
It's becoming harder to find that keeper who will get you shutouts on a consistent basis. Busch, Marcus Hahnemann and Joe Bendik were the only keepers to log clean sheets in Round 24, but Busch edged out the competition with a eight-point effort.
Congratulations to Malcolm Reynolds (Browncoats) who finished Round 24 with 90 points. Neil had just two players from this week’s DT in his lineup, but both scored big points. His captain was San Jose striker Wondolowski.
*Dream Team subject to change. All point totals are finalized Wednesday for Rounds ending on Sunday.