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Fantasy MLS: Offense Finds Form in Week Two

After defense stole the show in week one, different offenses found their form via goals in week one while others were held short in weak performances.

Real Salt Lake's Javier Morales tops the charts in week two.
Real Salt Lake's Javier Morales tops the charts in week two.
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Week two saw a lot of under-selected players, with the exception of one, top the list of big scorers. We saw a week for defenders in week one with nine clean sheets across all games, while in week two we saw four. It's safe to say the MLS offenses are starting to find their form after a rough debut in week one.

This week's top 5 scorers list consists entirely of forwards, including four players that are below 6% selection.

Studs

1. Javier Morales - Real Salt Lake - 15

Stat Line: 90 minutes, one goal, one assist attacking bonus: 5.

Morales played a key part in this week's most offensive showcase in a 3-3 draw between RSL and Philadelphia. Morales did damage off free-kicks, including a rocket to the top shelf just outside the box, and provided an assist on Jamison Olave's equalizing header in the 55th minute. A week three bye shelves Morales after a fantastic game week two.

2. Blaz Perez - 12

Stat Line: 90 minutes played, 2 goals.

One of the most in form players in the MLS right now on a streak that stretches back to last season. Perez finished off a nice exchange between Akindele/Castillo for FC Dallas' first goal, then knocked home Dallas' (controversial offside?) second in the 52nd minute.

3. David Villa - 12

Stat Line: 90 minutes played, one goal, one assist, attacking bonus: 2

Despite not being the top scorer this week, I felt like David Villa was the MVP of week two. He completely dominated this week for NYCFC against New England, scoring their first goal at Yankee Stadium while making a great set-up for Patrick Mullins to tap in NYCFC's second of the game. This David Villa is exactly what the MLS and NYCFC need.

4. Fanendo Adi - 12

Stat Line: 90 minutes played, 2 goals.

Timbers fans thought he had iced the game in the 91st minute with his second of the game, only for Galaxy substitute Alan Gordon to score a stoppage time equalizer in the 93rd minute to break Portland hearts.

5. Chris Wondolowski - 12

Stat Line: 90 minutes played, 2 goals.

Wondo proved he's not a dud this season despite his 3.1% selection percentage. Last year's most expensive player gave Seattle a lesson in a game many fantasy managers stacked in favor of the Sounders.

Duds

1. Justin Morrow - -3

Stat Line: 45 minutes played, red card, two goals conceded.

The victim of a fairly harsh red card, Morrow was at the helm of a list of TFC players who suffered this week against Columbus. He'll have a week three bye and week four to re-evaluate.

2. Dominic Dwyer - 0

Stat Line: 90 minutes played, penalty miss.

Now at a lowered price of $10.3 million, Dwyer has been the most underwhelming this season and is letting a lot of people down at 9.1% selection. A goose egg for SKC and a penalty miss for Dwyer in a 3-1 loss to FC Dallas caps off another bad week for both of them.

3. Brad Evans - 1

Stat Line: 90 minutes played, three goals conceded.

Seattle Sounders fans will be the first to tell you that the experiment of having Evans play CB is failing. Had a big bonus in week one from the clean sheet, but this week suffered from the Sounders conceding three.

4. Robbie Keane - 2

Stat Line: 90 minutes played.

Keane didn't do much this week except take the field. Zardes led the charge up front for the Galaxy, which is a good sign for LA fans. I expect Keane-o to pick it up quick.

5. Jozy Altidore - 3

Was part of a bad week for TFC players and fans after stomping Vancouver in week one. A TFC red card really set the offense behind against Columbus, which was unfortunate for managers who were hoping Altidore and Giovinco could continue their stellar play. Bye for the Reds in week three.

Managers have some big byes to deal with in week three. Big players like Demsey, Martins, J. Morales, Altidore, and Giovinco will be sitting out week three in byes for Columbus, Real Salt Lake, Seattle, and Toronto FC.

A couple of teasing match-ups could yield mixed results, including FC Dallas in Philadelphia and DC United in New York to take on the Red Bulls. I don't see a lot of incredibly favorable match-ups for any team, as away games, even against weaker opponents can be tricky and difficult to predict.

I fully expect this week to be a real test for any manager. If you need to, don't hesitate to use your wildcard if you have a lot of bye players to ship out. You only wildcard once, so if you need it, use it.