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After one of the lowest goalscoring opening weeks in history, see who will light up the stage in week 2!

Jozy Altidore celebrating one of his two goals against Vancouver
Jozy Altidore celebrating one of his two goals against Vancouver
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Previous Week Recap!

Last week was REALLY boring, except for a couple games. The keepers stole the show in most games, games usually ending 1-0 or 0-0. Last week I didn't start off too well but managed to finish with a modest 88 points, and in 51st in the league, and first in my private league with friends! Our league has 4 players in the top 10 in Global Rankings, so congrats to clutch HOU, Poh FC, DasBoot_8 (How is Gavin top 3?!), and Keane as Mustard! We have some tough competition in our league as I can see! My team name is Vamos DC United, as I noticed we have many Sam's in our league.

Talking Points of Last Week!

Jozy Altidore, what did I tell you folks! He has as many goals as he had in 70 EPL games, in his MLS re-day view! He's on pace for 68 goals! Now, we all know that is not going to happen, but there was some REALLY good chemistry at times for Toronto, so maybe they can start getting win after win earlier than I thought. Only time will tell!

Clint Dempsey and Obafemi Martins are still the #1 combo team in the MLS! Clint and Oba start off where they left off last year, with Captain America getting 2 goals and Oba getting a goal and an assist, look and you shall find many more games like this for these two!

Player Picks!

So last week I went conservative, with mainly picks that did well but were really expensive. I've also decided to throw out the "8 under 8" and just add those players I would've picked for that, and put them in the main picks.

Fixtures:
Houston Dynamo vs. Orlando City SC
Chicago Fire vs. Vancouver Whitecaps
Columbus Crew SC vs. Toronto FC
FC Dallas vs. Sporting Kansas City
Real Salt Lake vs. Philadelphia Union
Seattle Sounders vs. San Jose Earthquakes
New York City FC vs. New England Revolution
Portland Timbers vs. LA Galaxy

As you may be able to tell, D.C. United, New York Red Bulls, Montreal Impact and Colorado Rapids will not be playing this week. That can give us some great double weeks later on, but team congestion this week, so if you like that stuff, here's your first opportunity to get a hold of the wacky MLS schedule.

Goalkeepers

David Ousted (Vancouver)- Vancouver are playing a weak Chicago team, and even though Chicago are at home, I expect a cleansheet, or one goal at the most from Chicago, and Ousted is fairly cheap as he recorded a whopping -7 last week. Not my favorite pick at goal, but could be a good differential.

Nick Rimando (RSL)- Real Salt Lake are playing Philly at home, and RSL's D seems stronger than expected this year, especially with a better fit Kyle Beckerman anchoring the midfield ahead of the defense. Nick is arguably the best keeper in the MLS, I feel he won't have much trouble this week.

Stefan Frei (Seattle)- Stefan Frei and the Seattle defense looked REALLY solid and hope to use the confidence from a 3-0 thrashing of NE Revolution to easily beat San Jose, my guess is 10+ points for Stefan and a second win for Seattle.

Joe Bendik (Toronto)- Bendik did let one in against Vancouver, but they were away in a very hostile Vancouver environment, and it was week one, half one, and it was a 1v1 off a great ball in, so don't expect him to be too down about it. Toronto are playing in Columbus, which can be hard, but Bendik could rack up saves even if he doesn't get a cleansheet, and make your money worth while.

Tyler Deric (Houston)- Tyler Deric had the shutout every keeper dreams of, and racked up the points, and saves. In 10 MLS starts from this season and last season Deric has 6 shutouts, and will be playing an Orlando team who were lucky to get a point at their home opener. Orlando looked like they couldn't attack fluently, and need to build chemistry, this may be another 15+ point game for Deric.

Defenders

Hernan Grana (Columbus)- Hernan Grana is a very good priced (6.25) defender who get's forward on the wings, sending balls into the box, while also playing good defense with passes intercepted and tackles won. He had 9 points last week without a cleansheet, and I look to him to build on his fine first game in a Columbus uniform.

Jamison Olave (Real Salt Lake)- Olave didn't impress too much in the way of 6 fantasy points that included a cleansheet, but he has the ability in the air off corners to maybe make him a great differential pick against Philly, especially if he can get a cleansheet. He seems worth the 10m in this match to me.

Erik Palmer-Brown (Sporting Kansas City)- With Matt Besler grabbing two yellows last game and Palmer-Brown coming in afterwards to anchor, I expect him to make the start. He could win a lot of tackles and balls in the air using his 6'1" frame, but is only 17 so he might get the jitters to start with, but at 2.47, this in an almost no-risk punt. I'll be picking him up.

Chad Marshall/Leonardo Gonzalez (Seattle)- either one if these men will do, both scoring 18 last week and having their fair share of tackles won and passes intercepted, I recommend either, Chad Marshall being the less risky but WAY more expensive option (15.08) and Leonardo being at 7.28. I fancy another cleansheet for the Rave Green against San Jose .

Eric Gerhig (Chicago)- Eric did very well at defense for the struggling Chicago, and scored 10 points against LA without a cleansheet. At only 8.52, I feel he will be well worth his money again against Vancouver, where there is a possibility for a cleansheet as well, even though it may be slim.

Kevin Alston (New England)- Kevin is a cheap option for the Revs against a lucky NYCFC team, he had a modest 7 points in the beatdown by Seattle. He can get balls into the box, which seemed NYCFC were having a bit of trouble with against Orlando, and can also play good Defense. It might be a reach to expect a cleansheet against any team with David Villa starting, but it isn't improbable.

Midfielders

Clint Dempsey (Seattle)- Clint Dempsey started the season off right, and will look for more. The man is Captain America,  and this in his league now, I don't expect him to quit scoring this game, Clint NEEDS to be in your team.

Kaka (Orlando)- If you don't have 22.13m to bust, then you might as well move along. Kaka looked AMAZING for Orlando, and will only get better as the season goes along, but I wouldn't buy him at this price, he's only here if you had him on "discount" from last week.

Carlos Rivas (Orlando)- If it wasn't for offsides, this man would be the best thing since sliced bread! He needs to get his runs and chemistry right with Kaka, but he still looked really promising. He really stretches the backline with his pace, and as I said earlier, if he can get his timing down, this young man is GOLD! He's 1.96m, so if you want an almost no-risk punt at midfield, this guy is your man, especially being he plays at striker.

Michael Bradley (Toronto)- It's only a matter of time before this man brings in the big points. With his buddy Jozy up front, I expect an assist real soon, and why not at Columbus? Michael is that under 10m no-brainer pick for me.

Victor Ulloa (FC Dallas)- The man seems to bring in a wide range of points, from tackles won, passes intercepted, crosses, to shots on target, it seems like he can do everything! Maybe we'll see a save from him this week! All jokes aside, for 7m, he could be a good pickup as a differential, or a good consistent starter.

Forwards

Jozy Altidore (Toronto)- Jozy Altidore's performance was EXCEPTIONAL! as a USMNT fan, this is what we want and love to see, a healthy, goalscoring, happy Jozy Altidore, and when he's like that, he's almost unstoppable. I expect one,maybe even two goals again this week. Never underestimate Jozy.

Octavio Rivero (Vancouver)- Rivero is that star everyone has been talking about since preseason, and he's leading the line for Vancouver just like everyone expected. He had an amazing goal last week versus Toronto, and I expect him to add to his tally this week against a week Chicago side. He's only 3.2m as well, so he's a great price if you need a cheap forward. Start this man this week, you won't regret it.

Blas "Super Raton" Perez (FC Dallas)- The Panamanian star got off to a great start last week with the winning goal in the 90+1 minute last game, and can seriously punish Sporting KC. His excellent shooting can cause problems for any team, and he's at home with great confidence. He's 13.15, so he could be a stretch for money, but he could make your day.

Juan Agudelo (New England)- Agudelo got off to a horrible fantasy start last week with -4, but the leading man for the Revs could increase his stock substantially with a goal this week, and announce his presence after coming back from an unsuccessful European tour. He's a punt at 9.8, but could be a good pick.

Jose Villareal (LA)- The man who scored the first MLS goal of the season is only 4.73, and has an amazing potential on the left after Landon Donovan left. He is projected to be one of the great suprises of the league, and can really make a statement by scoring another. this is a no risk pick in my opinion.

Hope you guys enjoyed the article and got some great wisdom from it! Wisdom might not be the word I would use for my blabbing but if it's the word for you then great!

My current not finished at all team:
Bendik
Grana/Palmer-Brown/Marshall
Fagundez/Mix/Dempsey/Bradley
Rivero/Altidore/Villareal

Tell me your teams in the comments! I wanna see what you guys are coming up with!