MILLERtime When WYNNE’n (left) and DagNRed tied on 161 points this round:
If I were to apply a tiebreaker, it would be use of DCU players, with DagNRed the winner there. Both teams liberally used NYC guys, which was the smart play with that team playing twice. MILLERtime is still the overall leader, with a slightly-increased margin of 94 points.
JUST KIDDING! Did y’all know D.C. United opened Audi Field on Saturday? It was a 3-1 win over Vancouver which saw DCU play some of the best attacking soccer they have all season, and the clean sheet was only spoiled by Alphonso Davies scoring a Goal of the Week candidate late in the second half. To commemorate this, this Fantasy Focus scoring recap is all Black-and-Red, all the time.
David Ousted ($4.0) was very close to a clean sheet, but he only mustered 3 points in the end.
Steve Birnbaum ($4.8) recovered from being called “Dave” during starting lineups to post 5 points. Frederic Brillant ($5.5) was a favorite of the fans directly behind me, and he scored 4 points. The fullbacks, Oneil Fisher ($4.3) and Joseph Mora ($4.0) scored three points apiece.
Paul Arriola ($8.3) scored twice on the way to 14 points, and I have started calling him “Starriola.” This is important. Yamil Asad ($10.0) tallied a goal and an assist for 12 points, continuing his run of 48 points over his last four matches. Zoltan Stieber ($9.9) didn’t score, but his two assists helped him to 11 points. Luciano Acosta ($7.7) and Chris Durkin ($4.4) scored four points each, and both Ian Harkes ($4.0) and Russell Canouse ($7.0) made 1-point appearances as subs.
Wayne Rooney ($10.1) notched an assist in his debut, scoring 5 points off the bench, yet seeing his price fall from $10.5. Darren Mattocks ($9.0) started and scored 2 points.
Minnesota and New England both play twice this round, while Kansas City, San Jose, and NYC are on bye. Everyone else plays once. I like Nick Rimando (RSL, $6.8) in goal at home against Colorado, and Francisco Calvo (MIN, $8.8) in defense with games at home against New England and LAFC. Diego Valeri (POR, $12.8) looks good in midfield at home against Montreal, and Darwin Quintero (MIN, $9.2) is a good choice at forward.