MLS Fantasy: Federico Higuain edges out Keane, Magee and Marshall for No. 1 spot in Round 30
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In Round 30 of MLS Fantasy, we saw the top score drop drastically, but the average hardly moved (from 52 points to 51 points). The highest score in Round 30 was 97 points – 24 points less than the best score from Round 29.
Only six teams were represented on this week’s Dream Team and the Chicago Fire led the way with four selections.
Round 30 Statistics
- Top Fantasy Score: 97 points
- Average Fantasy Score: 51 points
- # teams that scored 0 goals: 5
- # teams that scored 1 goals: 7
- # teams that scored 2+ goals: 8
- # 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, 5, 6, 5, 4, 7, 5
- # 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, 24, 23, 37, 24, 31, 24
Dream Team formation: (3-5-2)
Top Player: Federico Higuain – 12 points
Seven defenders scored seven points and eight defenders scored eight points, but only three defenders scored nine points or more in Round 30.
Chad Marshall led all defenders with 11 points. Marshall scored a goal and tallied at least three defending bonus points for the 16th time this season.
Austin Berry had two chances to earn a clean sheet in Round 30, but he just couldn't get it done. Seattle's Leo Gonzalez only needed one game to get a clean sheet. With it he earned the final spot on this week's DT.
Mike Magee added another goal to his tally, finishing Round 30 with 11 points. This was Magee's third double-digit outing of the season, but his first since Round 4. The Chicago Fire midfielder overcame a groin injury to log 90 minutes in back-to-back games. (Next game: Saturday at Columbus.)
Teammates Patrick Nyarko and Alex did well offensively to earn a spot on this week's DT alongside Magee.
Ricardo Clark bounced back from a 37-minute performance in Round 29 (one point) with a 10-point performance this week. Clark recorded a season-high outing with a goal, multiple bonus points and a clean sheet over 90 minutes played.
Bobby Convey took advantage of the double-game week, grabbing the final spot available among midfielders.
New York's Dax McCarty (nine points) and Chicago midfielder Dilly Duka (eight points) just missed the cut. See who else just missed it!
A forward has led the league in points four times over the last five weeks. This time it was Columbus Crew Designated Player Federico Higuain, who led all players with 12 points. Higuain had two assists and four bonus points in 90 minutes played, extending his league-leading total in points to 164.
Right behind Higuain was LA's Robbie Keane, who now sits with 151 points overall. Keane will look to close the gap between No. 1 and No. 2 when the Galaxy take on the Seattle Sounders on Saturday (10:30 pm ET, NBCSN).
Goalkeeper – Joe Bendik (8 points)
Toronto FC goalkeeper Joe Bendik didn't manage a shutout in either game, but his eight-point outing was enough to claim the top spot this week. Sean Johnson and Tally Hall recorded eight points as well. Four other keepers ended the round with seven points.
Congratulations to Gina Gian (Irregulators) who finished Round 30 with 97 points. Gina had four players from this week’s DT in her Starting XI: Federico Higuain, Robbie Keane, Mike Magee and Austin Berry. Her captain was Keane!
*Dream Team subject to change. All point totals are finalized Wednesday for Rounds ending on Sunday