With a score of 107 points, BL4CKnRED kicked off the 2022 MLS Fantasy season on the top of the table, just one point ahead of yours truly.
Five players kept a clean sheet and scored 9 points, sharing the positional lead — Brad Stuver (ATX, $6.5), Joe Willis (NSH, $8.5), Gabriel Slonina (CHI, $7.0), Clement Diop (MIA, $6.0), and DCU’s own Bill Hamid ($7.5).
Three clean-sheet defenders tied at the top of the positional scoring this round — Austin’s Zan Kolmanic ($6.5) and Nick Lima ($6.5) each added an assist, and Tim Parker (HOU, $6.5) didn’t. The D.C. defense was led by Steven Birnbaum ($6.0) with 9 points; followed by the trio of Andy Najar ($6.5), Julian Gressel ($9.0), and Brad Smith ($6.5) with 8; Brendan Hines-Ike ($6.0) with 7, and Chris Odoi-Atsem ($4.3) with 1.
Lucas Zelarayan (CLB, $9.5) led the midfielders with 16 points on the strength of a goal and an assist, ahead of Cecilio Dominguez (ATX, $8.0), who scored two goals and 14 points. Sebastian Driussi (ATX, $9.5) rounded out the top three with 12 points on a goal and an assist. United’s defense featured Edison Flores ($7.9), Moses Nyeman ($6.0) and Griffin Yow ($6.0) with 3 points each.
Carlos Vela (LA, $10.0) scored a hat trick, leading the forwards and all players with 18 points. D.C.’s Michael Estrada ($9.0) followed with a debut brace and 11 points, ahead of Josef Martinez (ATL, $9.5) in third with two assists and 10 points. The other scoring D.C. forward was Ola Kamara ($9.2) with 6 points.
It’s so nice when there are no byes week to week. In goal this week I’m rolling with Brad Stuver at at home against Miami, and in defense I like Nick DePuy (LAG, $5.0) as a budget play at expansion Charlotte. Similarly I like Jose Cifuentes (LA, $7.5) to save some money vs. Portland, and Chicharito (LAG, $9.9) looks really good at forward at Charlotte.