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Fantasy Focus: Jesus take Muyl

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With a score of 98 points, Stan the Fan led the round.

If you’re inclined to math, you may notice that these players don’t add up to 98. This is because the tactic of ‘starting two defenders that aren’t playing or aren’t likely to play to allow the highest scoring bench players to be subbed in’ is being employed, and those players are still on the bench here. Obviously this is permitted in the game, and it has even been acknowledged by dot com writers as a tactic that can be utilized. I personally don’t and won’t. Your mileage may vary. MILLERtime When WYNNE’n is still the overall leader by 22 points.

Positional Leaders

Goalkeepers

Luis Robles (NYR, $6.9) led with 9 points, followed by David Bingham (LAG, $5.7) and Stefan Marinovic (VAN, $5.3) both scored 8 points. Each of them had a clean sheet. For DCU, David Ousted ($4.2) scored 3 points.

Defenders

A trio of Red Bulls led the defenders — Tim Parker ($6.1) with 12 points, Kyle Duncan ($5.5) with 11, and Aaron Long ($5.1) with 10. Each had a clean sheet, and Parker and Duncan each had an assist. D.C.’s defense was led by Frederic Brillant ($5.7) and Steve Birnbaum ($4.0) with 3 points, followed by Nick DeLeon ($5.3) with 2 points, and the pair of Chris Odoi-Atsem ($4.3) and Joseph Mora ($4.5) with 1 each.

Midfielders

Alex Muyl (NYR, $6.5) somehow managed to lead all players with 14 points on a goal and an assist. Behind him were Wilfried Zahibo (NE, $7.2) with 11 points on two assists, and Cristian Martinez (CLB, $5.0) with two assists of his own and 10 points. For United, Yamil Asad ($8.3) and Luciano Acosta ($8.1) tied for the lead with 3 points, followed by Chris Durkin ($4.0) with 4 points, Ian Harkes ($4.9) with 3, Paul Arriola ($6.2) with 2, and Jared Jeffrey ($5.2) with 1.

Forwards

Bradley Wright-Phillips (NYR, $9.9) scored two goals on the way to 13 points, leading all forwards. NYC’s Ismail Tajouri-Shradi ($6.5) was close behind with two goals and 12 points, and Cristian Penilla (NE, $7.8) rounded out the top three with an assist and 10 points. DCU’s Patrick Mullins ($5.5) and Darren Mattocks ($7.5) split time due to Mattocks getting injured, and they scored 1 point each.

Looking Ahead

MLS’s dumb scheduling is over for now, as there is a full slate of games from which to choose players. I like Alex Bono in goal (TOR, $5.8) at home against RSL, and Graham Zusi (SKC, $7.0) in defense at home against DCU. If you remember what Atlanta did at Minnesota last season, you’ll go with Miguel Almiron (ATL, $10.8) in the midfield, and since LAFC are back in action, get Diego Rossi (LAFC, $10.2) in your team on the road against the crosstown rival Galaxy.