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Fantasyland: Week One heroes, leaders, busts, three names to monitor

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Several hundred of you joined up in our free Yahoo Fantasy Premier League group for Week One.

Many were rewarded for their shrewd buys, while a lot of the big-priced names paid off as advertised and others failed. Clean sheets were rewarded in mad fashion, with Hull City players leading the way.

And it’s not too late to join up, as we’ve only played one week of dozens:

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Let’s take a look at who starred in Week One and how it affected the overall leaderboard.

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First, the top scorers, bargains and busts. A pair of big-money Liverpool midfielders really let down their owners, while two players who entered the week with salaries under 2.5 mil (Erik Lamela and Jack Rodwell) each outscored the collective figures produced by our top five busts.

Top scorers in Week One
1. Allan McGregor, GK, Hull (29 points)
2. James Chester, DEF, Hull (26 pts)
3. Gylfi Sigurdsson, MID, Swansea (25 pts)
4. Saido Berahino, FWD, WBA (24 pts)
5. Raheem Sterling, MID, Liverpool (23 pts)

Top Five Bargains (points, current salary)
1. Rodwell, MID, Sunderland (7 pts, 2.13 mil)
2. Aly Cissokho, DEF, Aston Villa (10 pts, 6.05 mil)
3. Lamela, MID, Tottenham (6 pts, 3.79 mil)
4. Victor Wanyama, MID, Southampton (8 pts, 5.14 mil)
5. Anthony Knockaert, MID, Leicester City (6 pts, 5.67 mil)

Top Five Busts (points, salary)
1. Steven Gerrard, MID, Liverpool (2 pts, 17.34 mil)
2. Adam Lallana, MID, Liverpool (0 pts, 13.84 mil)
3. Romelu Lukaku, FWD, Everton (1 pt, 12.62 mil)
4. Yaya Toure, MID, Man City (0 pts, 12.5 mil)
5. Seamus Coleman, DEF, Everton (1 pt, 12.58 mil)

In terms of busts, we didn’t count players who were injured or not selected (Petr Cech produced zero points, and we warned you of the risk. His high-price will sink and his sale price will hurt your overall budget).

As for our group leaders, cheers to these five… and to two of our three writers performing this week. Kyle, Kyle, Kyle…

Pro Soccer Talk’s Top Five
Bootcamp (PST4) – 127 points
FC Shut Your Face (PST2) – 125 points
Xtina FC (PST3) – 124 points
Dynamo Todd (PST1) – 119 points
Musk of Mustoe (PST4) – 116 points

PST Staff
Joe Prince-Wright (Mini Bradley Cooper) – 93 points
Nicholas Mendola (FC Buffalo Wolves) – 92 points
Kyle Bonn (Magath and Friends) – 43 points

Now, every week we’ll give you a few new names to monitor who are owned by less than 1 percent of Fantasy players. Here’s your first batch to keep an eye on:

1. Leonardo Ulloa, FWD, Leicester City – 7.4 mil, .98% owned
2. Matt Taylor, MID, Burnley – 6.9 mil, .29% owned
3. Nabil Bentaleb, MID, Spurs – 5.64 mil, .38% owned

Ulloa tore it up for Brighton last season and fit in nicely with his new team against Everton. Taylor will get a lot of minutes for newly-promoted Burnley, while Bentaleb is among a trio of Spurs names (Lamela and Younes Kaboul) who started and could produce plenty of bang for their buck on the pitch for you (and okay, okay, new coach Mauricio Pochettino). Coaching changeovers usually provide the best value risks, so keep an eye on most names and Starting XIs at Spurs, Manchester United, Southampton, et cetera.

MLS Snapshot: Orlando City SC 2-1 Montreal Impact

Cyle Larin, Orlando City SC

The game in 100 words (or less): For weeks, it was a widely held belief that the Montreal Impact would snatch up the sixth and final playoff place in the Eastern Conference with little or no resistance from their opposition. As they went six games unbeaten (four wins), all looked to be setting up perfect for the club that fired Frank Klopas midseason, but there was another team in the race for sixth that kept winning themselves: Orlando City SC. On Saturday night, Montreal and Orlando City faced off at the Citrus, with the expansion Lions claiming their fourth-straight victory with a 2-1 triumph. Montreal now holds a one-point lead on Orlando in the race for sixth, and have two games in hand, but it’s no longer a foregone conclusion L’Impact will qualify for the playoffs no resistance whatsoever.

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Three moments that mattered

33′ — Bush’s mistake gifts Larin the opening goal — Larin did what your taught to do as a striker — “put it on frame, test the goalkeeper” — but in no universe does a shot so feeble have any business finding the back of the net. Evan Bush has been great this year. Hopefully (for Montreal’s sake), this howler doesn’t turn into the yips with the playoffs looming.

43′ — Hall’s “mistake” gifts Oduro an equalizer — Dominic Oduro equalized in the 43rd minute, when he took the ball out of the hands of Tally Hall and smashed it into the back of the net, but the goal should have been disallowed due to Hall having full control of the ball.

80′ — Hines hits the winner for Orlando — Seb Hines put the ball back into the mixer and just so happened to find the back of the net in the 80th minute. Sometimes that’s all it takes.

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Man of the match: Seb Hines

Goalscorers: Larin (33′), Oduro (43′), Hines (80′)

MLS Snapshot: NY Red Bulls 2-1 Columbus Crew SC

Bradley Wright-Phillips, New York Red Bulls
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The game in 100 words (or less): Two weeks in a row Columbus Crew SC have had a chance to go top of the Eastern Conference with a victory, and two weeks in a row Crew SC have failed to take a single point from massively important fixtures. Their latest defeat, a 2-1 humbling at the hands of the East-leading New York Red Bulls, started so well for Gregg Berhalter’s side, but was undone by a pair of costly, comedic defensive errors that allowed Lloyd Sam and Bradley Wright-Phillips (15th of the season) to erase an early deficit (Justin Meram) and win all three points. The result not only keeps the Red Bulls top of the East, but gives them a three- and four-point cushion with three and two games in hand on their nearest competitors., D.C. United and New England Revoltion respectively. For Crew SC, they’re four points back of the Red Bulls in fourth place, one point ahead of fifth-place Toronto FC, who have a game in hand.

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Three moments that mattered

9′ — Meram pokes it past Robles for an early lead — Meram “earned” his goal all the way back in midfield, when the Iraqi international’s mazy run took a routine turnover inside Crew SC’s defensive half and turned it into a dangerous counter-attacking opportunity. Harrison Afful overlapped and provided the cross for Meram to send home.

12′ — Sam capitalizes on multiple mistakes to equalize — Crew SC pass the ball out of the back. They don’t boot it forward to clear. It’s just what they do. Sometimes, that’ll bite you. When your goalkeeper and right back both have blunders clearing the ball 10 seconds apart, you probably deserve to concede an ugly, scrappy goal.

21′ — Wright-Phillips capitalizes on more defensive gaffes — See the above description for Red Bulls goal no. 1.

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Man of the match: Damien Perrinelle

Goalscorers: Meram (9′), Sam (12′), Wright-Phillips (21′)