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Fantasy Focus: Off to see the wiZardes

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Guess who’s back?

MLS: Montreal Impact at Columbus Crew SC Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

The rich got richer this round, as overall winner MILLERtime When WYNNE’n led all teams with 160 points.

Loading up on two-game players was an obviously smart move, even if Ignacio Piatti and Benny Feilhaber underperformed.

Positional Leaders

Goalkeepers

Zack Steffen (CLB, $6.4) led the goalkeepers with 19 points on two clean sheets. Tyler Miller (LA, $7.7) had a clean sheet and a saved penalty in his two games for 15 points, while Andre Blake (PHI, $6.6) posted a clean sheet and 14 points. DCU’s Steve Clark ($6.4) scored just 3 points.

Defenders

Columbus defenders Harrison Afful ($6.8) and Jonathan Mensah ($8.0) set the pace with two clean sheets each, for 19 and 18 points, respectively. Walker Zimmerman (LAFC $7.1) tallied a clean sheet and 17 points. The United defense was led by Steve Birnbaum ($5.5) with 9 points, followed by Nick DeLeon ($6.9) with 6, Joseph Mora ($4.6) with 3, and the pair of Oneil Fisher ($4.0) and Frederic Brillant ($6.8) with 2.

Midfielders

A pair of LA midfielders tied for the positional lead with 17 points, as Edward Atuesta ($4.6) and Mark-Anthony Kaye ($7.5) scored a goal. Haris Medunjanin (PHI, $8.6) rounded out the top three with 15 points on the strength of a goal. For D.C., Paul Arriola ($5.3) and Zoltan Stieber ($7.1) led with 9 points each, followed by Chris Durkin ($4.7) with 7 points, Ulises Segura ($7.0) with 4, Yamil Asad ($7.4) with 2, and Luciano Acosta ($7.7) with 1.

Forwards

Gyasi Zardes (CLB, $8.3) scored three goals in two matches on the way to 22 points, leading all forwards and all players. Behind him, Carlos Vela (LA, $13.2) tallied a goal and an assist for 18 points, and Sebastian Giovinco ($10.0) did the same for 16 points, despite getting a dumb red card. Darren Mattocks ($6.4) led the United forwards with 2 points, followed by Bruno Miranda ($6.2) with 1.

Looking Ahead

San Jose and Vancouver are playing twice this round and Seattle is on bye. The first match is on Wednesday, and the last one is on Monday afternoon for some reason? San Jose and Vancouver players don’t score much, Magnus Eriksson (SJ, $9.6) is the highest scoring player with 6.56 points per game, so tread carefully. I like Sean Johnson (NYC, $6.2) in goal at home against Colorado, and Reggie Cannon (DAL, $8.3) in defense at home against Vancouver. I do like Danny Hoesen (SJ, $7.9) in the midfield for his two games at Vancouver and at home against DCU, and definitely play David Villa (NY, $10.3) against that Rapids defense.