MLS Fantasy Gurus: Get help with Week 7

Finally, the stars came out and shined bright in MLS last week. All season, we’ve been waiting for Landon Donovan, Fredy Montero and Thierry Henry to show their magic, and boy, did they. Donovan and Henry had two goals apiece and Montero scored his team’s game winning goal.

That’s the way fantasy soccer works sometimes, it goes in spurts and can be unpredictable. But you also have to play the percentages to get the most points. So this week we will take a look at the top 3 and bottom 3 for goals scored and goals allowed by team for this season.

Top 3 teams

Goals scored – Sporting KC, LA Galaxy and Vancouver (10)

Goals allowed – Real Salt Lake (1); New York and Philadelphia (2)

Bottom 3 teams

Goals scored – Philadelphia (4); Columbus and Chivas USA (5)

Goals allowed – Portland (13); Vancouver, D.C. United, Chicago and Sporting KC (12)

Here are the MLS links for injuries and discipline, usually updated Tuesdays and Fridays:

Injury Report

Discipline Report

You can also get updates on these and MLS Projected Starting Lineups from us at MLS Fantasy Gurus on Facebook and Twitter every week.

Tip(s) of the week: No team plays twice this week, but look to load up on D.C. United, Colorado, Houston and Seattle players as they will play twice the following week.

TOP XI for points:

GK – Faryd Mondragón (PHI) – The Colombian international plays at home this week against the San Jose Earthquakes, who have only scored six goals all season long. Look for shutout and win points here.

D – Jimmy Conrad (CHV) – Back playing in his native Southern California this season, Conrad has been battling some post concussion problems, but seems to be over them now. Look for him to get one of his signature header goals in this game played at the Home Depot Center vs. New England.

D – Chad Marshall (CLB) – The 2009 MLS Defender of the Year plays in Crew Stadium this week against a Vancouver team that has allowed two central defenders to score against them this year.

D – Drew Moor (COL) – The veteran plays at Dick's Sporting Goods Park against a Chicago Fire team that has also allowed two goals to central defenders this season.

M – Brad Davis (HOU) – The 2010 MLS All-Star is having a good start to the season so far with four assists. With a home game this week against DC, a team that has allowed two left mids to score already this season, look for Davis to add to his assist total and pick up his first goal.

M – Jamie Smith (COL) – The former Celtic FC and Aberdeen FC player has a home game this week and should add to his two goals and one assist that he has on the season.

M – Dane Richards (NY) – The 27-year-old Jamaican international plays a home game against Sporting KC this week. Look for him to add to his season tally (one goal, two assists) against a weakened Sporting defense.

M – Eddie Gaven (CLB) – The 12th overall pick in the 2003 MLS SuperDraft plays at home this week against a Vancouver Whitecaps team that has allowed 12 goals this season, tied for second-most allowed in MLS.

F – Thierry Henry (NY) – The former Arsenal and FC Barcelona striker has finally come alive, with three goals in his last two games. Playing at home in Red Bull Arena against a Sporting KC team that has concentrated on offense and pretty much forgotten their defense should allow him to keep his streak alive.

F – Will Bruin (HOU) – The 11th overall pick in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft has been looking really sharp lately and should be able to pick up a goal against D.C. United this week at Robertson Stadium.

F – Carlos Ruiz (PHI) – The 2002 MLS MVP has two goals this season and should be able to tack on another with a home game against a San Jose team that has allowed a majority of goals to poachers like Ruiz this season.

Here are our official teams for Week 7 in the basic game:

FantasyGuruDave’s choices:

GK-Hall (HOU), D-Franklin (LA), UTL- Rodgers (NY), M-Smith (COL), M-Davis (HOU), F-Bruin (HOU), F-Cháves (CHI).

FantasyGuruJimmy’s choices:

GK-Ford (SEA), D-Wallace (POR), UTL-Folan (COL), M-Pappa (CHI), M-Khalfan (VAN), F-Henry (NY), F-Cháves (CHI).

Questions? Comments? Contact us at mlsfantasygurus@comcast.net.