Fantasy Focus: A Deuce and three of a kind

Steve Dykes

Conveniently available for a Cascadia derby, the man is a hat trick hero

A total of 68 points set the pace this week, scored by #USMNT. Mauro Diaz (DAL, $8.2) was the captain and assisted on two goals, plus earned a penalty, on his way to 24 points. Michael Bradley (TOR, $10.1) contributed a goal and 9 points, while Aurelien Collin (SKC, $10.0) posted a clean sheet and 8 points. Our leader has changed his name again, and it's Zusi'n me Wynne'n, with a comfortable 57 point lead on the field.

Positional Leaders

Goalkeepers

With starting goalkeeper Nick Rimando held out, Jeff Attinella (RSL, $4.9) stepped in and posted a clean sheet and 10 points to share the scoring lead with Chris Seitz (DAL, $5.1), who used a saved penalty as much of his output. Just behind them was Zac MacMath (PHI, $5.0), who saved a penalty himself on the way to 9 points. DCU's deputizing Andrew Dykstra ($4.0) earned a clean sheet and 7 points.

Defenders

D.C. United's Jeff Parke ($6.7) was the co-leader among defe -- hold on, am I reading this right? CO-LEADER AMONG DEFENDERS THIS WEEK with 11 points (more on him shortly). The other leader was Toronto's Justin Morrow ($7.0), who contributed an assist to go with his clean sheet. Tied for third were Michel (DAL, $7.6) and Matt Besler (SKC, $9.4) with 10 points. Michel scored and Besler earned a clean sheet. For DCU, obviously Jeff Parke led, earning a clean sheet and notching 5 defending bonus points. He had 19 clearances/blocks/interceptions and 12 recoveries, which total 31, which is only 9 less than his combined 40 CBI and recoveries in the previous three games. Where did that come from? Behind Parke were Christian Fernandez ($6.4) and Bobby Boswell ($7.9) with 8 points and Sean Franklin ($7.7) with 6 points. Hooray clean sheets.

Midfielders

Clint Dempsey (SEA, $10.0) returned from his two-game-even-though-you-usually-get-three violent conduct suspension just in time to play rival Portland on national TV. Clint Dempsey scored a hat trick for 18 points, leading all midfielders and all players. Colorado's Jose Mari ($7.0) scored a brace and 13 points for second, while a four-way tie was found in third on 12 points between Johnny Steele (NY, $7.1), Mauro Diaz, Je-Vaughn Watson (DAL, $6.2), and Diego Chara (POR, $7.4) -- Chara and Watson scored twice, and Steele scored once, plus an assist. For United, debutant Chris Rolfe ($6.9) led with 6 points, followed by Perry Kitchen ($6.4) with 5, Davy Arnaud ($6.9) and Nick DeLeon ($6.8) with 4, and LEWIS NEAL ($5.3) with 3 points.

Forwards

Obafemi Martins (SEA, $9.4) and Robbie Keane (LA, $10.8) shared the lead with 11 points, Martins with 2 assists, Keane with a goal and an assist. Montreal's Andres Romero ($6.5) scored a goal and 10 points to finish third. United's Fabian Espindola ($8.1) scored 9 points, and Eddie Johnsonhashescoredyet ($9.6) scored 2 points. Conor Doyle ($6.3) played long enough (4 minutes) to earn a yellow card to cancel out his 1 participation point.

Looking Ahead

Sporting Kansas City is on bye. Portland and Chivas play each other this week, and between them they've played 8 matches this year and shipped 20 goals, so Erick Torres (CHV, $8.5, 32 points) is a good idea, as well as Diego Valeri (POR, $10.2, 23 points), but I will not feel sympathy for you if you play a defender from either team. In goal, Nick Rimando (RSL, $6.3, 31 points) is obvious, but so too is Tally Hall (GK, $6.0, 22 points) as Houston is away at New England and their two goals in five matches. At the back, use your Collin money on Nat Borchers (RSL, $9.0, 27 points) away at Philadelphia.

Everyone's Adding: GK - Chris Seitz (DAL, $5.1, 31 points, +272), D - Mark Bloom (TOR, $6.0, 19 points, +317), M - Clint Dempsey (30 points, +654), F - Quincy Amarikwa (CHI, $6.0, 26 points, +622)

Everyone's Dropping: GK - Stefan Frei (SEA, $5.2, 23 points, -92), D - David Horst (HOU, $6.0, 14 points, -426), M - Diego Fagundez (NE, $7.7, 15 points, -339), F - Jermain Defoe (TOR, $10.7, 21 points, -389)

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