Thus far the LA Galaxy have only participated in two of four MLS fantasy rounds, which has made balancing fantasy practicality and Galaxy fandom a tough task. The choices were either to stash inexpensive players on the bench hoping they'll be a bargain over time, or to have expensive players like Keane and Donovan on the bench and try find enough bargains to field a team.
It's tough because the expensive players really work best if they're on your team from the get go. Adding them in later rounds usually means either using your wildcard to unload enough money, or taking a penalty. So with the Galaxy finally about to begin MLS play in earnest, who are the must haves on your fantasy roster?
The most direct approach is to see which players are contributing the most points per game. There are the expected Donovan and Keane, but Juninho here is the much better value. The math is crude with only two matches played, but it's clear that Juninho is doing something right.
Juninho got an assist against Real Salt Lake in Sandy, Utah, but he also made nine recoveries in that match. In the first match against Salt Lake he had three key passes. Juni was dumped heavily after his performance in the season opener which dropped his price a point, but he might be the guy to go with if you're looking to add some LA talent to your roster this weekend.
There are other statistical trends it's good to be aware of. Omar Gonzalez has three times as many Clearances, Blocks, and Interceptions as A.J. DeLaGarza and Leonardo. The current Key Pass leader on the club is Landon Donovan. Successful crosses is also Donovan, no one else on the team has more than one while Donovan has seven.
If you've still got Donovan on the roster, this is a reminder to get him off the bench and back in your lineup. If you're looking to add a Galaxy player after a month of using the rest of MLS, Juninho is probably the way to go.