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Fantasy Focus: Fly Like a Neagle

Into the playoff (position)

MLS: Columbus Crew SC at D.C. United Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

With so many teams playing twice this round, big numbers were bound to come. Willy Nilly put up 133 points to lead the league. Ignacio Piatti (MTL, $11.7) captained the team and scored 28 points on a goal and an assist. Osvaldo Alonso (SEA, $9.5) trailed with 17 points on a goal of his own, and David Villa (NYC, $12.7) rounded out the top three with two goals and 14 points. !BL4CKnRED-2014Champ saw their overall lead dwindle to 16 points.

Positional Leaders


With a clean sheet in one game and a saved penalty in the other, Evan Bush (MTL, $5.1) led the goalkeepers with 18 points. DCU's Bill Hamid ($6.3) trailed with 14 points on one clean sheet, and Joe Bendik (ORL, $5.1) scored 11 points with a clean sheet of his own.


Harrison Afful (CLB, $7.8) earned two clean sheets and scored a goal to amass 21 points, leading all defenders. Chad Marshall (SEA, $8.9) trailed with 18 points on a goal and a clean sheet, while the pair of Joevin Jones (SEA, $6.7) and D.C.'s Steve Birnbaum ($8.1) tied on 14 points, with each posting a clean sheet, and Jones adding an assist. The rest of the United defense featured Bobby Boswell ($8.1) scoring 9 points, Taylor Kemp ($8.1) scoring 7, and Luke Mishu ($4.3) scoring 5.


Every week, before I begin writing this, I look to see who the leading overall scorer is so I can sort out my title. I was surprised this week to see United's Lamar Neagle ($8.4) leading everyone with 23 points despite playing just 109 minutes in his two games. Adding an assist to three goals will do that. Dax McCarty (NYR, $9.6) contributed a goal and two assists for 18 points and second at the position. Osvaldo Alonso's 17 points were matched by DCU's Lloyd Sam ($9.7), who paired a goal with an assist. The rest of the United midfielders were Patrick Nyarko ($7.7) with 9 points, Julian Büscher ($5.5) and Nick DeLeon ($6.3) with 8, Rob Vincent ($5.6) with 6, Jared Jeffrey ($5.3) with 3, and Collin Martin ($5.0) making his first appearance of the season with 1 point.


Montreal's Dominic Oduro ($7.3) scored twice over two games for 17 points to lead all forwards. David Villa's 14 points were equaled by Juan Agudelo (NE, $8.4), who tallied a goal and an assist. For D.C., Luciano Acosta ($8.7) scored 8 points, followed by Alvaro Saborio ($7.7) with 7, and Patrick Mullins ($6.6) with 4.

Looking Ahead

Get ready to endure roster upheaval. There are just four games this round, and those games feature six teams -- Houston, Colorado, Seattle, Chicago, Columbus, and San Jose. Houston and Colorado play twice. Furthermore, this round starts on Saturday, October 8th, and ends on Thursday, October 13th. Unfortunately, Houston and Colorado aren't exactly stoked with big scorers to load up on. In goal, go with Stefan Frei (SEA, $6.1) at home against Houston, and Axel Sjoberg (COL, $6.3) is a must in defense @ Houston and vs. San Jose. In the midfield, get Nicolas Lodeiro (SEA, $12.3) in now that he's served his suspension, and back Ola Kamara (CLB, $9.1) to break his two-game scorless streak @ Chicago.