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Fantasy Focus: On My Almiron

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Minnesota needs a plumber.

Due to the decision to reset scores after round one, this week’s leading scorer and also overall leader is We Takes the Money, with 108 points. Captain David Villa (NYC, $10.2) led the team with 32 points on two goals and an assist. Backing him up were Ignacio Piatti (MTL, $10.2) with 12 points on a goal and an assist, and Anibal Godoy (SJ, $7.2) with 11 points on the strength of one goal.

Positional Leaders

Goalkeepers

Sean Johnson (NYC, $5.7) earned a clean sheet and 10 points to edge ahead of all goalkeepers. Just behind him were four more players, each of them earning a clean sheet and 9 points -- Jorge Bava (CHI, $5.1), Jesse Gonzalez (DAL, $4.6), Steve Gleeson (POR, $5.6), and Tim Melia (SKC, $5.6). DCU’s Bill Hamid ($5.4) had 1 point.

Defenders

Johan Kappelhof (CHI, $5.7) had a clean sheet, an assist, and six defensive bonus points for 16 points, easily leading the position. A trio of players earned clean sheets and 11 points — Alexander Callens (NYC, $4.7), Sal Zizzo (NYR, $4.7), and Ike Opara (SKC, $5.2). The D.C. defense featured just two players who didn’t score zero points — Sean Franklin ($5.4) with 1 point, and Steve Birnbaum ($5.8) with -1 point.

Midfielders

Atlanta’s Miguel Almiron ($9.2) walked in a winter wonderland to score 18 points on the strength of two goals and an assist, leading all players. Maxi Moralez (NYC, $9.2) combined a goal and two assists for 15 points, while Ignacio Piatti’s 12 points were good for third. Four United midfielders scored four points to lead the team — Nick DeLeon (DCU, $6.0), Ian Harkes ($6.0), Patrick Nyarko ($8.0), and Marcelo Sarvas ($7.0) — followed by Lloyd Sam ($8.4) with 2 points, and Jared Jeffrey ($5.4).

Forwards

Josef Martinez (ATL, $9.2) scored a hat trick, leading the forwards with 17 points. David Villa’s 16 points were good for second, and Chris Wondolowski ($8.6) scored 10 points with a goal and an assist. D.C. saw Patrick Mullins ($8.4) score 2 points, with Jose Ortiz ($7.0) making an appearance for 1 point.

Looking Ahead

Everyone should play this week, with no matches until Saturday. San Jose has benefited from playing their first two at home, so I like Kansas City’s Tim Melia to keep up his hot streak in goal at home against the Quakes. Minnesota has looked bad going forward, so I like Jared Watts (COL, $5.6) at home. In the midfield, Alex (HOU, $7.7) has three assists in his two games, and he’s at Portland. At forward, replace the (possibly) absent Sebastian Giovinco (TOR, $11.9) with Fanendo Adi (POR, $9.4).