Fantasy Focus: One Forward To Rule Them All

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Will Bruin's 19 points against D.C. United are solid evidence to prove that starting United opponents is a pretty decent strategy.

This week we have a new name to add to the list of top weekly scorers. cvIMPACT's 123 points led all teams, despite taking a 4-point deduction for using an extra transfer. Portland's Rodney Wallace ($5.2M) scored 21 points overall, tying for the weekly lead, despite only playing 117 minutes over his two games. Aurelien Collin (SKC, $7.0) scored 15 points over his two games, but picked up two yellow cards that earned him a suspension due to accumulation. Portland's Diego Valeri ($7.8M) and Montreal's Marco Di Vaio ($8.7M) both scored 13 points. Stallions FC still holds a 12 point lead at the top of the league.

Positional Leaders

Goalkeepers

Seattle's Michael Gspurning ($5.7M) led all goalkeepers with 18 points, aided by two clean sheets over his two games. Donovan Ricketts (POR, $5.1M) was a far off second with 12 points, and Jimmy Nielsen (SKC, $6.1M) nipped at his heels in third with 11 points. D.C. United's Joe Willis ($4.9M) led the team's keepers with 4 points in his appearance at Dallas, and Bill Hamid ($4.9M) earned just 1 point in the calamity at home to Houston.

Defenders

Aforementioned Rodney Wallace's 21 points barely edged out Djimi Traore (SEA, $5.5M) and his 20 points. Traore's Seattle teammate Zach Scott ($4.5M) scored 16 points, to complete the Pacific Northwest defensive trifecta. D.C. United deployed 6 defenders over their two games. Dejan Jakovic's ($5.3M) 5 points led the way, while Brandon McDonald ($5.1M) scored 4 himself. Chris Korb ($4.3M) earned 3 points, Ethan White ($4.3) earned 2, and James Riley ($4.6M) and Daniel Woolard ($4.0M) each earned 1.

Midfielders

Justin Mapp (MTL, $6.8M) and his 14 points led all midfielders. Four other players tied for second with 13: Boniek Garcia (HOU, $8.2), Valeri, Kyle Beckerman ($8.4M), and Lamar Neagle (SEA, $5.5M). Seven United midfielders scored this week. Dwayne De Rosario ($9.4) finally scored a goal and equaled Kyle Porter's ($4.8M) 8-point output. Nick DeLeon ($7.4M) returned and, along with Perry Kitchen ($5.6M), scored 5 points. Raphael Augusto ($5.5M) scored 3 points, Marcos Sanchez ($7.0M) scored 2, and Marcelo Saragosa ($5.1M) scored 1.

Forwards

Will Bruin only scored 2 points in his second game this week, but that was worth it to get his 19 in his first game. Chris Wondolowski (SJ, $10.2M) earned 15 points, while Di Vaio, Thierry Henry (NY, $10.5M), and Walter Martinez (SJ, $6.4M) all scored 13. For United, Rafael ($7.7M) and Lionard Pajoy ($7.7) scored 2 points each, and Casey Townsend ($5.6M) showed up with 1.

Looking Ahead

While playing against D.C. United would be a great chance for Kansas City players to earn points, both Collin and Uri Rosell are out on yellow card accumulation, and the Montreal Impact are on bye. Meanwhile, two teams, Los Angeles and Philadelphia, have two games this week, so maybe think about replacing your KC and Montreal absentees with LA and Philly players. Jimmy Nielsen is facing DCU, so he's worth it if you have the money. If you don't have the money and you like to gamble, Zac MacMath ($4.8M, 40 points) and Philadelphia are playing LA in Wednesday, but it may be worth it to play him to get Chicago on Saturday. SKC's Ike Opara ($4.6M, 30 points) is a natural replacement for Collin, and Djimi Traore ($5.5M, 52 points) has been performing very well at home, where he'll see FC Dallas this week. Among midfielders, Diego Valeri (50 points) is quietly creeping up the scoring charts. If you want to play on potential, Andrew Driver (HOU, $7.4M, 42 points) has scored in two of his last three games. Also, if you really want to play a DC player, Kyle Porter's put together consecutive games of 5, 5, 4, and 4 points, and he's really cheap. At forward, if you abandoned him when he stopped scoring for two games, Jack McInerney (PHI, $8.6M, 51 points) is back among the goals, and he's got two games this week.

Good luck!

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