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Fantasy Focus: Running of the Bull

Getting fat off the weak

This round’s leader was DC Buzzards, with a whopping score of 173 points, 20 more than the next closest team. Captain David Villa (NYC, $11.9) tallied two goals and an assist on the way to 46 points, easily leading the team. Behind him were Red Bulls teammates Sacha Kljestan ($11.0) with 29 points on a goal and three assists, and Daniel Royer ($7.7) with 24 points on three goals and an assist. !BL4CKnRED is still the overall leader.

Positional Leaders


Tyler Deric (HOU, $5.1) led the position with 14 points on the strength of a clean sheet. On his tail were Bobby Shuttleworth (MIN, $5.2) and Luis Robles (NYR, $6.2), who scored 13 and 12 points respectively, each with a clean sheet. Travis Worra ($4.2) scored 4 points for DCU.


Seattle’s Joevin Jones ($5.6) had three assists and a clean sheet on the way to a positiong-leading 23 points. Two players tied for second with 19 points -- Daniel Steres (LA, $6.5), who scored two goals, and Tim Parker (VAN, $5.1), who had an assist and a clean sheet. The DCU defense featured Bobby Boswell ($5.4) with 7 points; followed by Taylor Kemp ($5.5) with 5; and the trio of Steve Birnbaum ($5.6), Sean Franklin ($5.2), and Kofi Opare ($4.1) with 3 points.


Sacha Kljestan’s 29 points led all midfielders and all players, while Daniel Royer’s 24 were good for third among midfielders. Sandwiched between them was Cristian Roldan (SEA, $7.7), who scored three goals and 26 points. D.C.’s midfield was led by Lloyd Sam ($8.2) with 18 points, followed by the duo of Luciano Acosta ($8.4) and Ian Harkes ($5.9) with 11 points, Patrick Nyarko ($7.9) with 10, both Jared Jeffrey ($5.2) and Marcelo Sarvas ($6.8) with 4, Sebastien Le Toux ($5.9) with 2, and both Nick ($5.8) and Lamar Neagle ($7.2) with 1.


RSL’s Joao Plata ($9.5) tallied two goals and an assist on the way to 26 points, leading the forwards. David Villa’s 23 points were good for second, while Michael Salazar (MTL, $5.1) combined two goals and an assist for 16 points. For United, just Deshorn Brown ($7.9) scored, putting up 10 points.

Looking Ahead

Two teams play twice (PHI, CLB) and everyone else plays once. In goal, I like Chris Seitz (DAL, $5.5) at home against Vancouver, and in defense there’s every reason to stay with Joevin Jones at LA, with his one goal and four assists over his last four matches, especially considering the Galaxy have allowed 16 goals over their five-game losing streak. In the midfield, Justin Meram (CLB, $10.1) got back among the goals this weekend, so use him with games at both Philadelphia and RSL. At forward, look at Maxi Urruti (DAL, $9.6) with his five goals and three assists over his last seven games.