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Fantasy MLS Gameweek 2 Review and Gameweek 3 Preview

It was an exciting second round; in many ways better than the opening one. In the nine matches for GW2 we saw 38 goals compared to the 26 goals from the ten fixtures in GW1. We witnessed the new franchise, Los Angeles FC, continue their great performance and prove to everybody that their opening win wasn’t just beginner’s luck. It was also a weekend when many new players made a mark with their first MLS career goals.

Gameweek 2 Review

Columbus Crew continued their winning run this time against Montreal Impact . Higuain opened the scoring from the penalty spot and three minutes later Zardes doubled their lead. The visitors didn’t respond until the 59th minute, when Piatti (who else!) scored. Edwards then levelled the game five minutes before the end of regular time. Everything looked to be settled towards a draw, before Zardes netted the winner to complete his brace (and net his third goal for the season already). Score: 3-2

Following their loss in the first round New England Revolution won their home game against Colorado Rapids. After a goalless first half the hosts went on the scoring board with a goal from Fagundez. Just a few minutes later the Rapids had a chance to draw level when they were awarded a penalty, but it was missed by J. Price. Eventually, in the 66th minute Jackson found the equaliser, but the visitors were denied a point as Tierney scored the winning goal for the Revs in the last seconds of the game. Score: 2-1

Many might have thought that the first win by Los Angeles FC (away to Seattle in the previous round) was a fluke, but they proved all the doubters wrong with a massive win away to Real Salt Lake. They became only the third expansion team in MLS history to start with consecutive wins. The hosts began with a missed penalty by Plata, but he managed to score on the rebound. What followed was a huge offence from the guests. Rossi and Blessing scored within three minutes to finish the first half, before Feilhaber joined the fun at the start of the second. After that it was Rossi again to complete the team’s first MLS brace, before Vela scored his first MLS goal to make it five for the newbies. Score:1-5

Houston Dynamo couldn’t repeat the home success from round one and lost to Vancouver Whitecaps. It all started well for the home team with 7 shots, including 4 on target. Despite this, the Caps took the lead with a penalty kick by Kei Kamara (which was the 100th goal in his MLS career). Elis then scored the equaliser before half time. Shortly after the start of the second half, Brek Shea found the net for the win. Score:1-2

In what was arguably the most entertaining match of the round Chicago Fire were stunned at home by Sporting Kansas City. The first half was pretty dismal for the Fire and they let Sporting take the lead with goals from Gutierrez and Russell. In the second half the hosts turned the tables and went on the attack. Schweinsteiger set up the goal for newcomer Katai and that was followed by a brace from Nikolic. Unfortunately, that tremendous comeback was ruined in the last 10 minutes when the hosts’ defensive frailties allowed goals from Medranda and Gutierrez to seal victory for the visitors. Score: 3-4

New York Red Bulls entered the season with a great win over Portland Timbers who failed for a second time. The first half was all about 17 year old Ben Mines and his glorious debut. He notched his first MLS goal and dedicated it to his mom. The rest happened in the latter part of the game when veteran Bradley Wright-Phillips found the net and, three minutes later, new arrival Rivas did the same. The ex-Orlando City player added a second goal in the last seconds of stoppage time. Score:4-0

Orlando City are still struggling to find form at home as they lost to Minnesota United. Finlay was quick to put the visitors on the scoring board in the 12th minute. Just before half time Yotun evened the score. Not much followed until the 79th minute when Finlay returned to complete his brace and give the three points to the visitors. Score:1-2

Returning to Mercedes Benz Stadium brought back the will to win for Atlanta United and they confidently swept aside D.C. United The only goal in the first half was produced by Joseph Martinez, but within two minutes in the second half, both Almiron and Villalba joined him on the scoring board. The visitors had a late consolation goal scored by Mattocks, but it wasn’t enough to prevent the home win. Score: 3-1

New York City FC wrapped up the round with another victory, this time beating Los Angeles Galaxy. The hosts opened the scoring with an unexpected goal from Tinnerholm, the newly arrived Swedish defender. David Villa scored before half time in his 100th appearance for the team (and continued his own record of scoring in every NYCFC home opener during that time). Jonathan, one of the Dos Santos brothers, was the only one to find the net for the visitors, who left empty handed. Score: 2-1

Gameweek 3 Preview

In this round the teams on bye are: Colorado Rapids, LA Galaxy, LA FC,New England Revolution and Portland Timbers.

D.C. United vs Houston Dynamo

After a lucky draw in their opener, DC reverted to their default mode from last year (i.e. struggling) in the second round. As always they will be hard to read in this game, but fireworks are not expected from them. It will be a surprise if anyone goes for a player here.

After a confident start to the season, the Orange failed to shine at home to Vancouver. That was a surprise, as last year they were almost invincible at BBVA Stadium, losing only game there. Conversely, the team had one of the worst away records last season, with just a solitary win on the road. Will they make any improvement on that here? The assets are certainly there, with the likes of Elis, Manotas, Wenger and others all hoping to make the difference.

Minnesota United vs Chicago Fire

As always you can bet on the Loons to score goals wherever they play. It wasn’t the best start for them, but last week they earned a very respectable win away to Orlando. Although we haven’t seen much from Ramirez, for now Molino and Finlay are carrying the torch and can be trusted in the mix.

It wasn’t the best of season debuts from Fire last week. That surge in the last part of the second half from Nikolic and new boy Katai was notable, but if they don’t sort out the defence there is no bright future ahead. Taking into account the status of both teams at the moment, this will be a game for gamblers with their picks.

Philadelphia Union vs Columbus Crew

Philly should return fully rested after their bye week and full of confidence after their convincing home win in the opening round. Without doubt Sapong will be a very popular pick. The new arrival Fontana was impressive in his debut and at $5.0M he can’t be ignored. Bedoya and Accam could also be good fantasy assets this week.

The Crew will arrive to this game on the back of two very nice wins (although defensively they disappointed last week at home after their shutout away at TOR in the opening round). No guessing required for fantasy selections, as Zardes with three goals and Higuain with two in the last two games will be in every team. Goals are expected from both sides, so choose wisely for defence.

Montreal vs Toronto FC

As always, the return of the 401 Derby will create much excitement between these two Canadian rivals. They have met 17 times, with Toronto leading Montreal by eight wins to five (plus four draws). Expect goals from both sides.

Both teams started their campaigns on a bad note, especially for Montreal with two losses (even if they were on the road). The more orthodox managers will go with tried and tested players like Giovinco and Piatti by inertia. That said, there are other (i.e. cheaper) players from both sides who could do better. It’s likely to be a high scoring game, but it will be hard to pinpoint where the goals will come from.

New York City FC vs Orlando City

The Blues extended their winning streak and demonstrated that they mean business this season. As always, Villa can be trusted at all times. Medina continues to impress with his play and of course Moralez remains a powerful asset. Take advantage of this home game before the team goes on the road for the next two rounds.

The Lions have nothing to be proud of at this stage, with just a draw and a loss from two home fixtures against teams that, on paper, they should have dealt with easily. Looking at their away record doesn’t inspire much confidence either, as last season they had just 3 wins and 10 losses on their travels, conceding 39 goals in the process. It doesn’t look promising and with NYCFC in great form it’s hard to look for options.

Atlanta United vs Vancouver Whitecaps

The demolition in Houston wasn’t a pleasant experience, but after returning home Atlanta United looked like a completely different team. With another home fixture, the usual suspects Almiron, Villalba and J. Martinez will be popular picks so it will be wise to select at least one.

It looks like the Caps are on a mission this season, with two wins, home and away. The two new additions Kei Kamara and Alphonso Davies have been involved in the four goals so far. This fixture is difficult to predict, but goals from both sides are almost guaranteed.

Sporting Kansas City vs San Jose Earthquakes

Only two games in and Sporting are already becoming unpredictable. After losing at home they went on to win their away game last week. Back at the Children’s Mercy Park they will try to recapture their good home record from last year, when they lost only once and conceded a league-low of just 11 goals. The new signing Gutierrez should be a first choice.

The Quakes are coming back from a week’s break and should feel rested. They will be looking to improve on last year’s patchy away form. Hoesen and Vako were directly involved in all three goals in their opening game. If they can keep the spirit, then these two could be worth chancing.

Real Salt Lake vs New York Red Bulls

Last week Real’s winning streak of 8 home games was well and truly broken by LAFC. They need to recover from that devastating loss and focus, as they will be facing another team who did very well in the previous round. It’s all very similar to last year, with the centre stage here being dominated by the two playmakers Plata and Rusnak for now.

It was a great start for the New Yorkers in the new season, but that was at home. Last year they often had problems away from the Red Bull Arena. Last week we all saw that BWP is still on the ball and the new arrival Carlos Rivas is paving his way to be the new star (although an honourable mention must be made here for the teenager Ben Mines and his excellent debut). It was noticeable that Jesse Marsch started only two of the regular players last week, as the Bulls are still in the CCL (so rotations are very likely to happen again).

FC Dallas vs Seattle Sounders

Dallas started the season with a draw and then went on bye for a week. They will play again at the Toyota Stadium (in fact staying there until mid-April before they travel to New England). Despite last year’s slump (compared to their immaculate home record in 2016) the Texans are still better when they’re not on the road. It’s too early to judge the team’s current form, especially as their draw in the opener was only achieved thanks to an own goal by the opposition.

The Sounders began their campaign with an unexpected loss at home to the newbies LAFC. Fantasy favourites Lodeiro and Roldan failed to impress, whilst Dempsey was rested for that game before going on to score in the CCL game last week. The Sounders need to be observed as they are still busy with the CCL competition.

Captain Suggestions

1. Kei Kamara ( VAN ) In great form. Can be trusted home or away.

2. Zardes ( CLB ) Already has 3 goals from 2 games. Hungry for more.

3. Villa ( NYCFC ) At home against out of form Orlando City.

Notes for your Diary

Toronto FC,Seattle Sounders and New York Red Bulls are still involved in the CONCACAF Champions league and will play in the second leg of the quarterfinals on Tuesday and Wednesday. Watch out for injuries and possible rotations.


Saturday 17.03.18 at 12:30 PM EDT – 17:30 PM GMT

Good luck to all managers :thumbup:

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43 thoughts on “Fantasy MLS Gameweek 2 Review and Gameweek 3 Preview

    • @IvanTheTerrible I understood the mistake they made e.g. Valenzuela

      (1) GW1: Price 5m, points=11, price increased by 0.5m
      (2) GW2: Price 5.5m, points=1, price increased by another 0.5m
      Ideally if you take rolling average, for GW2, the gross rise should have been based on 12 points over 2 weeks and guess will come close to = 0.5
      So net rise in GW2 = 0.5 (Gross after GW2) – 0.5 (Net in Gw1) = 0

      I think they forgot to subtract the GW1 rise.

      • @GoalMachine If the price is calculated week per week rather than the rolling average you have suggested then 1pt for a player on 5.5 would have sent him back down to 5.0

        • @DiscoDave Price is calculated every week on a weighted avg. rolling basis.
          So after GW2 it should be based on = 11*w1 + 1*w2 (where w2 > w1, i.e. latest week has higher weight). So it can’t be -0.5m reduction. I like Maths and has some time till Gw3 starts. Lets assume w1=0.5 and w2=0.55
          So after Gw1; point avg. = 11
          after Gw2; point avg. = (11*0.5+1*0.55)/(0.5+0.55) = 5.5…still very good.
          If 11 leads to 0.5m rise in Gw1, 5.5 should lead to 0.25m rise.
          Thus Net price after Gw2 = 5.25 (i.e. will fall by 0.25 from Gw1)….in a sense a bad week after a good week will not trigger the same amount fall.

  1. I had already picked my draft team for wk31 but I think I’ll change to all players whose prices have dropped significantly and maybe they’ll be revised back up ?!

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