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MLS Fantasy: Zack Steffen tops week 2 performers, week 3 preview

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MLS Fantasy week two is in the books, and there was plenty of action to go around! For all of you fantasy nerds like myself, let’s get into the recap and see who performed in Salt Lake and around the league.

Week 2 fantasy recap

Week two was somewhat of a wild adventure, with Zack Steffen topping the league-wide charts with 18 fantasy points, while Minnesota United stays undefeated with a 3-0 win on the road over San Jose, led by Darwin Quintero with a goal and an assist for 11 points of his own.

There were only two forwards in the top five, with Carlos Vela and Gyasi Zardes both making an appearance with double digits, while the rest of the top honors went to defenders and goalkeepers.

MLS top 5 for week 2

1) GK - $6.7m - Zack Steffen: 18 points
T-2) FW - $11.3m - Carlos Vela: 16 points
T-2) DF - $6.2m - Reto Ziegler: 16 points
4) GK - $6.5m - Tim Melia: 15 points
T-5) DF - $6.0m - Kelvin Leerdam: 13 points
T-5) FW - $9.7m - Gyasi Zardes: 13 points

Albert Rusnak and Aaron Herrera were tied for Real Salt Lake’s top points scorers with 11, thanks to Rusnak’s PK goal and Herrera’s bonus points on top of the clean sheet. In fact, RSL’s defenders were great picks this week thanks to the 1-0 shutout, since a clean sheet throws five points toward any defender with significant minutes.

Rusnak has been the most consistent for RSL through the first two weeks, grabbing 10 points in the season opener at Houston for a total of a team-high 21 points thus far.

RSL top 5 for week 2

T-1) MF - $11.0m - Albert Rusnak: 11 points
T-1) DF - $5.5m - Aaron Herrera: 11 points
3) DF - $6.0m - Brooks Lennon: 10 points
4) DF - $6.2m - Nedum Onuoha: 9 points
T-5) DF - $5.5m - Marcelo Silva: 8 points
T-5) GK - $6.0m - Nick Rimando: 8 points

The RSL Soapbox league got off to a start this week with 18 players in total, and here’s how the week two scoring shook out at the top of the table.

RSL Soapbox league top 5 for week 2

1) Don’t Get Mad- Get Glad: 94 points (173 total)
2) T1FC: 88 points (131 total)
3) TIDRSL: 87 points (87 total)
T-4) Black ink: 84 points (137 total)
T-4) Lil Sebastian: 84 points (142 total) (*you’re 5000 candles in the wind)

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Week 3 fantasy preview

Around the league

One of the most consistent scorers in the league through the first two weeks is Darwin Quintero, who notched 18 in week one and 11 in week two, while Minnesota started the season with two straight road wins, taking down the Vancouver Whitecaps in week one. The Loons go on the road again to face the LA Galaxy, in what might be their first true test of the season. LA beat Chicago at home in week one, but the Zlatan-less squad lost on the road to FC Dallas in week two by a score of 2-0. Picking Quintero certainly is tempting, but it’s somewhat of a gamble as Minnesota has never beat LA, being outscored 10-4 throughout their four all-time meetings.

Another tempting matchup looks to be the New York Red Bulls at home against the San Jose Earthquakes. New York had the week off in MLS play while they hosted Mexican powerhouse Santos Laguna in CONCACAF Champions League play last Tuesday. The Red Bulls go on the road for leg two of that series this week, but they’ll have four days to recover, and it seems all signs point to a CCL exit, so in that case there won’t be any need to rest players against San Jose on Saturday.

RSL on the road

Focusing on Real Salt Lake, it’s pretty tough to judge whether any players will be worth putting in your starting XI this week, as they head on the road to take on a tough DC United team. RSL looked pretty good on the road in Houston, but DC is clearly a better team than the Dynamo, taking down MLS Cup champs Atlanta United in week one, while earning a point on the road last week against NYCFC.

As hard as it is to say, I honestly wouldn’t bank on RSL defenders this week, just to play it safe. I know it’s really tough to not play with your heart (for me at least), but looking at the matchup objectively, it’s a complete toss-up at this point. But if you’re dead set on starting RSL players, with the way the attack has looked so far, Rusnak and/or Damir Kreilach wouldn’t be a bad choice at all. Corey Baird is also another excellent value pickup, only costing $7.1m and almost guaranteed to get plenty of minutes, starting both games this season so far. Until Sam Johnson proves that he deserves to be the starter up top, I’m counting on Baird to hold that spot.

Top 5 projected for week 3

*according to MLSCheatsheet.com

1) FW - $12.0m - Darwin Quintero: 14 points
T-2) MF - $11.0m - Albert Rusnak: 11 points
T-2) GK - $6.7m - Zack Steffen: 11 points
T-4) MF - $11.5m - Diego Valeri: 10 points
T-4) DF - $5.5m - Gaston Sauro: 10 points
T-4) FW - $9.7m - Gyasi Zardes: 10 points

Have any insights, questions, or feedback? Let us know in the comments! Also, don’t forget to sign up for the RSL Soapbox fantasy league by clicking right here or using league code Y7PKSD94.