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MLS Fantasy: Last-minute injury news leaves fantasy owners scrambling to find replacements

Fantasy Mike Magee

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Change. It's one of the hardest things to do in MLS Fantasy Soccer: Manager.

During the season, you can become so obsessed with owning the big-name players that you forget about all the other guys. Even when a player is doing well, it's hard to differ from the norm, especially when there's a risk of dropping in the overall rankings.

There are still two games to go in Round 25, but let's take a look at how the Top 20 most-owned performed on Saturday.

Top 20 Most-owned players

Chicago Fire Player information Mike Magee** CHI MID 38.2% $9.8 0 128
Sporting Kansas City Player information Graham Zusi** KC MID 34.6% $9.8 0 129
Sporting Kansas City Player information Aurélien Collin KC DEF 34.0% $6.9 6 132
Philadelphia Union Player information Amobi Okugo PHI MID 28.7% $7.8 4 122
San Jose Earthquakes Player information Chris Wondolowski SJ FWD 21.2% $9.9 2 77
Columbus Crew Player information Federico Higuaín CLB FWD 21.0% $9.6 16 138
Los Angeles Galaxy Player information Omar Gonzalez* LA DEF 20.3% $5.9 0 99
New York Red Bulls Player information Jamison Olave NY DEF 19.2% $6.2 3 117
New England Revolution Player information Jose Goncalves NE DEF 19.0% $6.9 2 128
Philadelphia Union Player information Sebastien Le Toux PHI MID 18.9% $8.7 10 128
Vancouver Whitecaps Player information Camilo Sanvezzo VAN FWD 18.7% $9.3 6 125
FC Dallas Player information Michel Garbini Pereira*  DAL DEF 18.3% $5.8 0 113
Los Angeles Galaxy Player information Robbie Keane* LA FWD 17.6% $10.5 0 99
New York Red Bulls Player information Thierry Henry** NY FWD 17.3% $10.4 0 103
Columbus Crew Player information Dominic Oduro CLB FWD 17.0% $7.1 2 95
Montreal Impact Player information Troy Perkins MTL GKP 16.2% $5.0 3 107
Philadelphia Union Player information Jeff Parke PHI DEF 15.9% $4.7 6 95
New England Revolution Player information Diego Fagundez NE FWD 15.8% $6.7 1 88
San Jose Earthquakes Player information Sam Cronin SJ MID 15.5% $6.4 4 93
FC Dallas Player information Matt Hedges* DAL DEF 15.1% $5.6 0 108

* Play on Sunday night   ** Did not play due to injury

The top two most-owned players did not play in Round 25 due to injury, but this is something that happens from time to time, especially when teams don't reveal such info until game day.

This makes it even more important to keep active players on your bench. If you had Graham Zusi, Mike Magee and Thierry Henry on your team this week, you'll likely be losing out on several points. But, if you have a bench full of players who see 90 minutes on a regular basis, the risk of missing out on last-minute injury news will not hurt you as much.

Regardless of injuries, people are still investing in the wrong players. Each round, you are given at least two free transfers to do with as you please. Some take the risk and pick up players who are more off-the-radar than others and this is where they make up ground.

Top 20 Players - Round 25

Columbus Crew Player information Federico Higuaín CLB FWD 21.0% $9.6 16 138
Philadelphia Union Player information Fabio Alves Macedo PHI DEF 0.0% $5.0 13 22
Sporting Kansas City Player information Kei Kamara KC FWD 1.3% $8.9 13 72
Philadelphia Union Player information Conor Casey PHI FWD 2.0% $7.8 12 91
Vancouver Whitecaps Player information Nigel Reo-Coker VAN MID 1.5% $7.0 11 74
Philadelphia Union Player information Sebastien Le Toux PHI MID 18.9% $8.7 10 128
Sporting Kansas City Player information Soony Saad KC FWD 1.7% $6.3 10 58
Vancouver Whitecaps Player information David Ousted VAN GKP 0.4% $4.5 10 13
Columbus Crew Player information Chad Marshall CLB DEF 3.5% $5.9 9 91
Columbus Crew Player information Josh Williams CLB DEF 12.8% $5.2 9 101
Real Salt Lake Player information Nick Rimando RSL GKP 13.6% $6.2 9 114
Sporting Kansas City Player information Jimmy Nielsen KC GKP 11.0% $5.7 9 109
Toronto FC Player information Jonathan Osorio TOR MID 0.6% $5.5 9 67
Chicago Fire Player information Joel Lindpere CHI MID 1.1% $7.7 8 76
Philadelphia Union Player information Zac MacMath PHI GKP 5.5% $5.1 8 114
Real Salt Lake Player information Alvaro Saborio RSL FWD 5.3% $10.0 8 71
Vancouver Whitecaps Player information Carlyle Mitchell VAN DEF 0.1% $4.2 8 31
Chicago Fire Player information Dilly Duka CHI MID 0.7% $5.6 7 53
Columbus Crew Player information Chad Barson CLB DEF 0.1% $4.3 7 34
Real Salt Lake Player information Carlos Salcedo RSL DEF 1.1% $3.9 7 33

You could say that this was a down week for the "popular" players, but still, only two (Federico Higuain and Sebastien Le Toux) of the Top 20 most-owned scored seven points or more in Round 25. Fabio Alves Macedo on the other hand, also known as "Fabinho," scored 13 points this round.

Philadelphia's starting left fullback, Raymon Gaddis, was listed as questionable earlier in the week with an ankle sprain. Fabinho, who had been used as a substitute last few weeks, would finally get his chance, helping the Union record a clean sheet in a superb 90-minute performance against D.C. United. He recorded his second assist of the season as well.

This is why it's good to know as many players as possible. You can do fine by picking the "popular" players from week to week, but it's not going to take you to the next level.