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Fantasy Focus: Vela come and me wan’ go home

Twenty seven point bunch!

MLS: Houston Dynamo at Los Angeles FC Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

HICKENHÖPPER FC led everyone this round, with 116 points

That’s a lot of points from the captain.

Positional Leaders


DCU’s own Bill Hamid ($8.4) led all goalkeepers with 11 points on the strength of a clean sheet. Trailing him was the pair of Brad Knighton (NE, $7.5), and Tim Howard (COL, $6.1) who each posted clean sheets on the way to 9 points.


Both Jalil Anibaba (NE, $6.2) and Marlon Hairston (COL, $4.3) tallied a clean sheet and 10 points, barely leading the defenders. Right behind them was Walker Zimmerman (LA, $8.5), whose goal helped him to 9 points. For United, Frederic Brillant ($6.5) and Steven Birnbaum ($9.3) scored 9 points, followed by Joseph Mora ($7.2) with 7, Nick DeLeon ($4.5) with 2, and Jalen Robinson ($4.0) with 1.


Diego Fagundez (NE, $6.4) led all midfielders with a goal and 10 points. DCU’s Russell Canouse ($8.1) scored a goal on the way to 9 points, and Houston’s Oscar Boniek Garcia ($6.3) had an assist and 7 points. The remainder of the DCU midfield was Yamil Asad ($9.4) with 6 points, Chris Durkin ($4.8) and Luciano Acosta ($13.0) with 5, and Zoltan Stieber ($5.9) with 4.


LAFC’s Carlos Vela (LA, $13.1) scored two goals and added two assists on the way to 27 points, leading all forwards, and scoring more than twice the points of the closest player overall. Well behind was Cristian Penilla (NE, $8.4), who paired a goal and and an assist for 12 points, and Mauro Manotas (HOU, $9.9), who did the same for 11 points. D.C.’s only scoring forward was Wayne Rooney ($13.3) with 3 points.

Looking Ahead

Orlando, D.C., Vancouver, Seattle, Toronto, and Kansas City all play twice, so load up on two-game guys. I like Stefan Frei (SEA, $7.5) in goal with games at Orlando and at Houston, and swallow hard before you play Frederic Brillant for DCU’s home games against Toronto and NYC. Nicolas Lodeiro (SEA, $14.8) is a must in midfield, and save a little money with Diego Rubio (SKC, $9.9) at forward at Vancouver and at Dallas.