By Andy Simmons (@Andysimmons615), staff writer.
Week two of your fantasy league is over. You may be riding high on the wave of Minnesota United and Sporting KC's high-powered offenses, or you could be in disarray after putting your faith in the Los Angeles Galaxy.
Should you be worried if you're on the latter side?
Not yet. There's still plenty of time to correct your mistakes.
I see it all the time in fantasy, and am very guilty of it myself, where owners panic with their teams after a few games and make drastic roster moves with a complete overhaul. Sometimes they pan out, but often they're just moves driven by panic and overthinking. You don't want to end up drunk on vodka doing some overtinkering ala Ruxin from the League.
Here's a few pointers I can offer from my perspective.
1. Change is good, but not an overhaul: Chances are you lucked up and still have some studs in your lineup you can rely on moving forward. If those guys have been consistent in their point production in the first two matches, keep them on board, but build your roster smart while managing your budget around those players.
2. Ride the wave: Teams are going to go through evs and flows in their form throughout the season. Capturing the right players at the right time, such as Minnesota United, and sticking with them can be the difference in you climbing up the ladder of your league. Just make sure you're checking their schedule to ensure the matchups are favorable moving forward, and when to dump them.
3. Adjust for bye weeks: We're already seeing a fantasy-significant team in LAFC take this week off, which will absolutely alter plenty of rosters (Carlos Vela is owned in 51% of all leagues), as well as early Golden Boot candidate Maximilliano Urruti and Montreal Impact take an early break. Make sure you're adjusting your lineups accordingly to accommodate for their absences.
STUDS OF THE WEEK
1. Jan Gregus, Minnesota United (17 points): Have I mentioned Minnesota United much in this column? Gregus came through big time this week after seeing a big performance from teammate Kevin Molino in week one. The Slovak scored one goal and registered two assists.
2. Ike Opara, Minnesota United (17 points): Opara's second career brace was enough for him to win MLS player of the week, as well as give fantasy owners who were fortunate enough to select him a much-needed lift over the competition. He got a slight boost in his cost, but should still be considered for a pick up if you're in need of a defender. Be weary though, as Minnesota faces a Red Bulls side next who have tallied four goals in two matches so far.
3. Ezequiel Barco, Atlanta United (13 points): Barco scored for the second straight match, and also chipped in an assist in Atlanta's 2-1 win against Cincinnati. With Josef Martinez sidelined, I expect the highly-touted Argentine to continue his hot start to the season, as he'll be heavily leaned on now to attack the opposing net.
4. Steve Clark, Portland Timbers (10 points): Sorry, Nashville SC fans, but Clark was able to hold off Nashville SC's serious effort in staging a comeback, registering four saves and preserving the clean sheet. The performance was enough to earn him the top score for a goalkeeper that week.
DUDS OF THE WEEK
1. Javier Hernandez, LA Galaxy (2 points): Chicharito is on the dud list for the second week, and could possibly remain there until otherwise. He continues to struggles with the physicality of MLS and being able to create his own shot. I'm not panicking on him just yet, but I am concerned until he proves otherwise.
2. Jordan Morris, Seattle Sounders (2 points): One week after his fantastic outing against Chicago Fire, Morris came crashing back down to earth with a rather pedestrian performance, recording only two shots in 90 minutes of play.
3. Kenneth Vermeer, LAFC (2 points): One week after Vermeer's excellent match against Inter Miami, he conceded three against Philadelphia Union. Indeed a tough week for those invested heavily in the keeper and the matchup, but better days will be ahead for him (except this weekend since he'll be on a bye.)
TEAM OF THE WEEK
Speedway's own Jonathan Slape, I Like I Lovitz, took home the team of the week title this week with 93 points. Ike Opra and Eddie Segura (9 points) helped give Slape a massive boost, while Ezequiel Barco, Alan Pulido (11 points), and captain Carlos Vela chipped in on the offensive side.
Play of the week
Pity Martinez, Atlanta United: Not a crazy reach, but like Barco, the offense will have to go through him since Josef Martinez will miss this season. Sporting KC has also proved that they've got plenty of firepower this season with seven total goals so far. Atlanta will have to keep pace with KC, which means plenty of activity for Barco and Martinez.
For more MLS fantasy soccer advice, hit me up on Twitter @Andysimmons615 with your questions.
Cover photo by Casey Gower. Graphic design by Will Mims.