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Fantasy Focus: Usher in a new Texeira

Houston gets cannonized

Two teams shared the lead this round, as Rolfe of Wall Street and (~^-^)~umad?~(^-^~) scored 60 points each. Rolfe of Wall Street was led by Lloyd Sam (NYR, $9.7), who scored an armband-aided 14 points on the strength of a goal. Both Fabians Espindola (DCU, $10.7) and Castillo (DAL, $11.0) scored 10 points each, with Espindola netting a goal and Castillo an assist. (~^-^)~umad?~(^-^~) was led by captain Sebastian Giovinco (TOR, $13.6), who scored a goal and 16 points. Behind him was Kevin Ellis (SKC, $6.8), who earned a clean sheet and 9 points, while Robbie Keane (LA, $12.2) scored a goal and 8 points. Poor Man's Porales is still the overall leader, with a 240 point lead.

Positional Leaders


Tim Melia (SKC, $5.1) earned a clean sheet and 9 points to lead the goalkeepers. Donovan Ricketts (LA, $5.2) earned 6 points, and Adam Kwarasey (POR, $6.0) earned 5. Bill Hamid ($6.6) scored 3 points for DCU.


Kevin Ellis and Sebastian Hines (ORL, $7.7) tied for the positional lead with 9 points, as Hines contributed a goal. Three players tied with 8 points -- Kellyn Acosta (DAL, $6.4), Connor Lade (NYR, $5.4), and Matt Besler (SKC, $9.8) -- Acosta scored a goal, Lade assisted one, and Besler earned a clean sheet. For United, Sean Franklin ($8.0) and Kofi Opare ($5.2) led with 3 points, while Bobby Boswell ($9.6) and Taylor Kemp ($7.8) earned 2 points.


Three players tied for first on 10 points -- Harry Shipp (CHI, $8.4), Fabian Castillo, and Mauro Diaz (DAL, $10.2) -- with Shipp and Diaz both scoring a goal and adding an assist. Five United players scored two points -- Nick DeLeon ($6.4), Perry Kitchen ($7.5), Chris Pontius ($7.0), Chris Rolfe ($9.6), and Markus Halsti ($6.8).


David Teixeira (DAL, $7.3) scored two goals for 12 points and the overall scoring lead. Fabian Espindola's 10 points were good enough for second, while Robbie Keane's 8 points were matched by Bradley Wright-Phillips (NYR, $11.3), who scored a goal. United's other forward, Alvaro Saborio ($9.1), scored 6 points.

Looking Ahead

The upcoming round is a weird one. We have unlimited transfers this week because there are just three matches. Montreal plays twice, and the Red Bulls, Vancouver, Dallas, and Colorado all play once. Everyone else is on bye. We also get unlimited texts next week to make our rosters right for the stretch run. In the meantime, go with Evan Bush (MTL, $5.5) for his games @NYR and @COL. In defense, try on Matt Hedges (DAL, $9.8) @VAN. Pedro Morales (VAN, $11.5) is your man in midfield vs. DAL, and Didier Drogba (MTL, $10.6) should be your forward.