This was not a high scoring week for most coaches. The usual high scoring players just didn't put up the numbers this week. If you were able to play the current overall dream team, you would have gotten 51 points out of 10 players (Mike Magee was on bye.) Still, Louisiana Sat. Night managed to cobble together a lineup to earn 67 points. Maicon Santos (CHI, $5.6M) was the team scoring leader with 12 points on the strength of two late goals, and he was followed by Jamison Olave (NY, $5.6M) who scored nine points, and Claudio Bieler (SKC, $9.3M) and Chris Wondolowski (SJ, $10.4M) who scored seven each. At the very top of the table, we have a new leader. Stallions FC ascended to the top of the league, and now sit on 383 points.
Colorado's Clint Irwin ($4.2M) had scored 11 points in 3 appearances before the weekend. He scored 12 points in one match, saved a penalty, and kept a clean sheet. The next closest scorers were Donovan Ricketts (POR, $5.0M) and Jimmy Nielsen (SKC, $6.0M), who scored 7 points each. D.C. United's Bill Hamid was minutes from a clean sheet, but after Marcos Sanchez suffered cranial/rectal inversion, Hamid allowed a goal and finished with 3 points.
Aurelien Collin (SKC, $6.2M) set the pace for defenders with 11 points, and lengthened his overall defender scoring lead. Olave's 9 points were equaled by Matt Besler (SKC, $6.0M.) DCU's Brandon McDonald ($5.5M) was the leading scoring defender with 4 points, with Chris Korb ($4.6M) and Daniel Woolard ($4.0M) adding 3 points, and Dejan Jakovic ($5.5M) scoring just 2.
Chicago's Dan Paladini ($5.3M) had scored 4 points all year before scoring 13 against the Red Bulls on Sunday to lead all scorers, aided by a goal and an assist. Trailing a bit behind were four players with 8 points each: Jeff Larentowicz (CHI, $6.7M), Brandon Barklage (NY, $5.9M), Danny Cruz (PHI, $6.2M), and Diego Chara (POR, $7.4M). For D.C. United, Perry Kitchen ($6.0M) scored 4 points, Raphael Augusto ($5.5M) scored 3, Chris Pontius ($8.4M) and Marcos Sanchez ($7.0M) added 2, and Marcelo Saragosa ($5.3M) had 1. Unbelievably, Sanchez didn't get "credit" for an error leading to a goal, and nor did Saragosa. Oh well.
Two forwards scored braces on the way to 12 points: Santos and Ryan Johnson (POR, $8.1M.) Behind them were Columbus' Dominic Oduro ($6.6M) and Toronto's Justin Braun ($6.7M,) who scored 8 points each. DCU's forwards scored 4 points combined - Lionard Pajoy ($Seriously don't.even botherM), Rafael ($7.7M), and Carlos Ruiz ($7.9M??) scored 2, 1, and 1, respectively.
Just Sporting Kansas City is on bye this week, which means many of you will be trying to figure out who to make your captain in absence of Graham Zusi. Houston is at home against Chicago, so you should think about any of their starting defenders, principally Corey Ashe ($5.0M, 23 points) and Bobby Boswell.com ($5.9M, 23), as well as goalkeeper Tally Hall ($5.9M, 26.) Yes, Chicago just scored three goals, but that came against Luis Robles and the Metros, and the game's at BBVA. You also might want to think about Chris Wondolowski, who scored this weekend and has Alan Gordon (and maybe Steven Lenhart) back in the fold.
If you just need to fill positional spots, Dan Kennedy (CHV, $5.0M, 24 points) is home against Colorado, and if Matt Reis (NE, $5.0M, 19 points) is healthy, you can think hard about playing him away at punchless Seattle. In defense, as much as it pains me to say it, Jamison Olave is facing DCU at RFK. Also, Todd Dunivant (LA, $5.1M, 26 points) is at home against FC Dallas. All the Chivas midfielders are back in play, and obviously also home to Colorado, and don't yet trust that Ryan Johnson's weekend performance is going to be the norm. Instead, cast an eye towards Jack McInerney (PHI, $8.0M), who has 22 points, 21 of those coming in his last 4 games with 3 goals over that stretch. Good luck!