Fantasy Focus: Back With a Vengeance

Jim O'Connor-USA TODAY Sports

Alvaro Saborio made a big splash after missing four matches, two teams shine on defense, and one D.C. United position comes up entirely empty

Our own Handsome Boys SC scored 75 points to lead the league this round. Nathan Sturgis (COL, $4.7M) captained the side and scored 14 points. His Rapids teammate Dillon Powers ($6.3M) scored a goal and earned an assist to score 12 points. Three other players scored seven points -- Chris Klute (COL, $5.4M), Diego Fagundez (NE, $6.8M), and Mike Magee (CHI, $9.6M). No teams changed places among the top 5, so SGV Galaxy still leads, and has extended that lead to 33 points.

Positional Leaders

Goalkeepers

Stifle your laughter, but Zac MacMath (PHI, $5.0) scored 10 points to lead all GKs. Montreal's Troy Perkins ($5.0) scored 8 points, and Clint Irwin (COL, $5.1) scored 7 to round out the top three. DCU's Joe Willis ($4.9M) scored 3 points.

Defenders

San Jose's Victor Bernardez ($5.7M) earned 10 points to lead the defenders. Behind him, three players scored 8 points -- Drew Moor (COL, $5.4M), Jeb Brovsky (MTL, $4.3M), and Matteo Ferrari (MTL, $4.6M). All told, of the 10 players that scored 7 or 8 points, 7 of them were either Colorado or Montreal defenders. Impressive. Unimpressive, on the other hand, was D.C. United. James Riley ($4.5M), Daniel Woolard ($3.9M), and Dejan Jakovic ($5.2M) scored 3 points each, and Taylor Kemp ($4.3M) scored 1.

Midfielders

Dillon Powers's 12 points was good to lead all midfielders. Rapids teammate Hendry Thomas ($5.8M) was one of five players scoring 9 points, with the others being Brandon Barklage (NY, $5.2M), Shea Salinas (SJ, $7.7M), Bobby Convey (TOR, $7.0M), and Luis Silva (DCU, $7.1M). The rest of the United midfield followed with John Thorrington($5.3M) scoring 8 points, Nick DeLeon ($7.4M) scoring 3, and Dwayne De Rosario ($9.3M), Sainey Nyassi ($5.6M), Kyle Porter ($4.8M), and Jared Jeffrey ($6.0M) scoring 1 each.

Forwards

Alvaro Saborio (RSL, $9.8M) returned from his Gold Cup break and scored a hat trick to earn 17 points. His former teammate and Saturday opponent, Fabian Espindola (NY, $8.2M) scored 12 points, and both Dimitriy Imbongo (NE, $5.8M) and Steven Lenhart (SJ, $8.2M) scored 8 points. Zero D.C. players registered any points this week. Conor Doyle is not yet in the database, and he started, but wasn't available for selection. Lionard Pajoy ($7.8M) entered the match as a sub, but he fluffed a big chance, so his 1 point for playing was canceled out.

Looking Ahead

Los Angeles is the only team on bye, and all other teams play once. Bobby Shuttleworth (NE, $5.4M) allowed a softy to Luis Silva last match, but he's at home vs. TOR. Also consider Troy Perkins @ DCU. NE and MTL defenders are obvious choices here as well, but don't forget Rodney Wallace (POR, $5.1M) vs. VAN. In the midfield, Sebastien Le Toux (PHI, $8.4M) has scored 30 points in 5 matches despite only notching 1 goal and 1 assist over that stretch. At forward, Marco Di Vaio (MTL, $8.9M) is a good bet to score against DC, and if you hate yourself, Erick Torres (CHV, $7.0M) has scored in each of his first 2 MLS matches, totaling 13 points over that stretch.

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