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Fantasy Focus: MaraVilla

Shame about the Metros

The leader this round was Sin City FC with a score of 104 points. David Villa (NYC, $12.0) scored a hat trick and 21 points, leading to a bitter defeat suffered by some team in New Jersey. Meanwhile, Clint Dempsey (SEA, $9.9) scored two goals and added an assist for 18 points, and captain Diego Valeri (POR, $11.0) scored a goal and 14 points. !BL4CKnRED‘s lead is now 60 points.

Positional Leaders

Goalkeepers

Seattle’s Stefan Frei ($6.6) posted a clean sheet and 10 points to lead the position. Trailing him were Tyler Deric (HOU, $5.2) who scored 8 points, and Nick Rimando (RSL, $6.1), who scored 7 points — both had clean sheets. D.C.’s Bill Hamid ($5.5) scored 3 points.

Defenders

Patrick Doody (CHI, $4.7) tallied three assists for 17 points and an unlikely positional lead. Chad Marshall (SEA, $6.5) had an assist and a clean sheet for 13 points, while Marcelo Silva (RSL, $5.2) had a clean sheet and 11 points. The DCU defense was led by Kofi Opare ($4.3) with 10 points; followed by Taylor Kemp ($5.4) with 5 points; and the trio of Steve Birnbaum ($5.4), Sean Franklin ($4.9), and Chris Odoi-Atsem ($4.3) with 1 point each.

Midfielders

Philadelphia’s Ilsinho ($7.5) added a goal to his two assists for 15 points and the midfield lead. Ignacio Piatti (MTL, $11.0) scored a goal and 13 points, and Alexander Ring (NYC, $7.7) tallied an assist on the way to 11 points. The United midfield featured the trio of Luciano Acosta ($8.3), Jared Jeffrey ($5.0), and Marcelo Sarvas ($6.8) all scoring 3 points; followed by Nick DeLeon ($5.6) and Lamar Neagle ($7.1) with 2 points each; and Lloyd Sam ($8.0) with 1 point.

Forwards

David Villa’s 21 points led all forwards and all players, while Clint Dempsey’s 18 were good for second place. Bradley Wright-Phillips (NYR, $10.5) scored scored two goals and 15 points in what was ultimately a losing effort against New York’s only team. D.C.’s Deshorn Brown ($7.7) scored 1 point.

Looking Ahead

Minnesota and Atlanta are on bye this round, while everyone else plays once. Goalkeeping matchups don’t look great this round, so I’d throw Stefan Frei and his three straight clean sheets at the wall and see if he sticks at home against SKC. In defense, hedge your DCU bets with Tony Beltran (RSL, $4.6) as he travels to RFK, and in the midfield consider Lee Nguyen (NE, $10.8) with his two goals and three assists over his last four games. At forward, you’d better be throwing the armband on David Villa as he visits hospitable LA.