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Fantasy Focus: Almiron if you want to

I hope you captained him

MLS: Los Angeles FC at Atlanta United FC Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Acosta Bennyfits led this round with a score of 111 points.

The captaining of Miguel Almiron (ATL, $11.8) was obviously the most important move. Diego Fagundez (NE, $8.9) came off the bench with 15 points.

Positional Leaders

D.C. United was off this round, so this is going to be quick.

Goalkeepers

Tim Melia (SKC, $5.3) earned a clean sheet and scored 11 points to lead the position, while Brad Guzan (ATL, $6.2) did the same for 10 points. Matt Turner (NE, $6.2) had his own clean sheet and 8 points.

Defenders

New England’s duo of Andrew Farrell ($5.6) and Claude Dielna ($5.1) tallied clean sheets and led the defenders with 14 and 11 points respectively. Farrell also had a goal. Ike Opara (SKC, $6.1) had his own clean sheet and 10 points.

Midfielders

Miguel Almiron scored 20 points on two goals and an assist, leading the midfielders and all players. Trailing him was a pair of New England players — Wilfried Zahibo ($8.2) and Diego Fagundez ($8.9), who both contributed a goal and an assist on the way to 17 and 15 points respectively.

Forwards

Each of the top three forwards — Joe Mason (COL, $7.8), Jefferson Savarino (RSL, $7.9), and Dom Dwyer (ORL, $10.0) scored a goal on the way to 8 points and a three-way tie.

Looking Ahead

NYC plays twice this round (RSL, @ATL), and it seems everyone else plays once with games starting Thursday and ending Monday. I’d play City guys like goalkeeper Sean Johnson ($8.0), and midfielder Maxi Moralez ($11.3), especially with New York’s only team coming off a bye, but beware of David Villa ($11.3) because he hasn’t played in three games. He’s back in training, but I’d be surprised if he starts both games on a quick turnaround. Otherwise, in goal stick with Tim Melia at home against goalless Seattle, and in defense pick Lalas Abubakar (CLB, $7.0) at DCU. I’d advise strongly against omitting Miguel Almiron in the midfield at home against NYC, especially since that will be NYC’s second game in five days. At forward, hedge your D.C. bets by picking Gyasi Zardes (CLB, $8.8) to get back among the goals. If he doesn’t, maybe that means good things for United.