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The Knockout Round of MLS Fantasy was wild to say the least, but still somewhat predictable. Both Seattle and Houston earned shutout victories at homes, ruining any chance you Colorado or Montreal owners might've had at sneaking one by on the rest of the FMLS community.
Only two teams were represented on this week’s Dream Team and the Houston Dynamo led the way with six selections.
Knockout Round Statistics
- Top Fantasy Score: 95 points
- Average Fantasy Score: 15 points
Dream Team formation: (5-3-2)
Top Player: Will Bruin – 12 points
With Seattle and Houston both securing clean sheets in the Knockout Round, it didn't matter too much which defenders you had on your team, unless of course they were from Colorado or Montreal. Here's the breakdown:
|Jhon Kennedy Hurtado||SEA||DEF||5.6%||$4.5||7|
The only starting defender from the winning sides to not rank among the leaders this round was DeAndre Yedlin, who was subbed off at halftime due to a right ankle sprain. For what it's worth, Yedlin quickly replied to his Twitter followers shortly after the game in a positive state of mind:
Appreciate the support! I will be good, you all are forgetting I'm still 20 and heal fast! Proud of the team for the win! #seattlelove— DeAndre Yedlin (@yedlinny) October 31, 2013
The midfielders were rather productive this week, despite poor showings from Brad Davis and Giles Barnes, who tallied just three points each.
Brad Evans was first to get the scoring started with an unassisted blast in the 28th minute. Clint Dempsey delivered later in the match (although he did miss a few chances himself earlier) to Eddie Johnson on the second goal in stoppage time.
With an outstanding 10-point performance, Houston's Boniek Garcia was the top midfielder this round. He scored a goal (via penalty) in the 27th minute and added bonus points on both sides of the ball.
Ricardo Clark was the fourth-best midfielder in the Knockout Round with six points.
Will Bruin proved all his doubters wrong by scoring two goals against Montreal in 79 minutes played. His 12 points were best among all players.
Eddie Johnson made several fantasy owners happy with his stoppage time goal against Colorado, but will he be able to deliver the goods against Portland as well?
Tally Hall – (8 points)
Michael Gspurning ruined all hopes of being the top goalkeeper after he was sent off for a silly handball outside of his 18-yard box. Instead, Tally Hall claimed the top spot with eight points. He was the sixth Houston player named to the Dream Team this week.
*Dream Team subject to change. All point totals will be finalized Friday/Saturday for the Knockout Round.