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Fantasy Focus: Carne Asad-a

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One week of carving up defenses

Nobody scored more this round than our overall leader, !BL4CKnRED, who extended the lead to 52 points with a score of 150. Yamil Asad (ATL, $8.8) led the team with two goals and two assists for 28 points, while teammate and captain Miguel Almiron ($10.5) tallied a goal and an assist for 26 points. Ignacio Piatti (MTL, $11.7) had a goal and two assists for 23 points to round out the top three.

Positional Leaders

Goalkeepers

Brad Guzan’s (ATL, $6.4) two clean sheets led to 15 points and the positional lead, while Bobby Shuttleworth (MIN, $5.4) saved a penalty on the way to 11 points. Jeff Attinella (POR, $4.8) and Nick Rimando (RSL, $6.4) each had a clean sheet on the way to a tie for third with 10 points. D.C. United debutant Steve Clark ($4.6) earned a clean sheet and 8 points.

Defenders

A trio of Atlanta defenders led the position, and each of them had two clean sheets — Leandro Gonzalez Pirez ($7.2) scored 21 points, Michael Parkhurst ($6.1) scored 18, and Anton Walkes ($4.4) scored 15. The DCU defense featured Chris Korb ($4.6) with 9 points, followed by the pair of Steve Birnbaum ($5.4) and Kofi Opare ($4.9) with 7 points each, and Sean Franklin ($5.0) with 1 point.

Midfielders

Yamil Asad’s 28 points led all midfielders and all players, while Nacho Piatti’s 23 were good for second. There was a tie for third on 17 points, with Michael Bradley (TOR, $9.2) notching an assist, and Carlos Carmona ($7.6) doing the same. For United, Paul Arriola ($8.9) led with 13 points, followed by Russell Canouse ($6.6) with 8 points, Luciano Acosta ($8.3) with 7, the pair of Nick DeLeon ($5.6) and Marcelo Sarvas ($6.7) with 6, and the duo of Ian Harkes ($5.7) and Lloyd Sam ($8.0) appearing with 1 point each.

Forwards

DCU’s Patrick Mullins ($8.2) led the forwards after scoring four goals on the way to 23 points, and Anthony Jackson-Hamel (MTL, $5.2) added an assist to two goals for 15 points. There was a two-way tie for third on 15 points, with Jefferson Savarino (RSL, $9.2) pairing a goal and an assist, while Tosaint Ricketts (TOR, $6.6) scored twice. Zoltan Stieber ($7.9) was the only other scoring DCU forward, with 3 points.

Looking Ahead

It’s easier to list those not playing twice this round, as 16 teams have two matches on the schedule: Chicago, Colorado, DCU, Dallas, Houston, Montreal, LA, New England, New York, the Red Bulls, Orlando, Philadelphia, San Jose, Seattle, Vancouver, and Atlanta. Everyone else plays once. Get thee to two-game players. Go with Evan Bush (MTL, $5.4) in goal at home against NYC and at Colorado, and use Jonathan Campbell (CHI, $5.5) for games at San Jose and against NYC. Ignacio Piatti is a no-brainer in midfield, and I like Cyle Larin (ORL, $9.2) as a sneaky play with Orlando coming off of a four-game road trip with home games against New England and struggling Dallas.