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Fantasy Focus: Stay Classy, San Diego

Someone had a whale of a time.

MLS: Philadelphia Union at Portland Timbers Jaime Valdez-USA TODAY Sports

DagNRed led the league in round one of the fall season with 93 points.

This is what happens when MLS Fantasy does dumb things like resetting salaries so deep into the season. 93 is a good score, but it would have been higher if benches weren’t so thin. Obviously DagNRed leads the league at this point.

Positional Leaders


Jeff Attinella (POR, $6.5) led all goalkeepers with 10 points on the strength of a clean sheet. Behind him was Tim Melia (SKC, $6.5) with a clean sheet and 9 points, and Tim Howard ( (COL, $5.5) with 5 points and gold that don’t rust. For DCU, David Ousted ($4.9) scored 2 points.


A trio of Kansas City defenders led the position, as Graham Zusi ($8.0) had a clean sheet and an assist, while Matt Besler ($7.5) and Ike Opara ($7.5) each had clean sheets of their own for 12 and 10 points respectively. United’s defense featured Kofi Opare ($4.8) and Steven Birnbaum ($5.6) with 3 points each, and both Joseph Mora ($4.9) and Oneil Fisher ($4.7) with 2.


Diego Valeri (POR, $11.5) had a goal and an assist on the way to 17 points, leading all midfielders and all players. Meanwhile, San Jose’s Vako ($8.5) scored two goals and 15 points, and Yoshi Yotun (ORL, $10.0) tallied three assists and 14 points. The United midfield was led by Yamil Asad ($10.1) with 8 points, followed by Junior Moreno ($5.4) with 7, Russell Canouse ($5.0) with 4, Zoltan Stieber ($8.9) with 2, and both Chris Durkin ($5.2) and Paul Arriola ($8.5) with 1.


Josef Martinez (ATL, $12.0) scored two goals to lead the position with 15 points. Trailing were Cristian Penilla (NE, $8.7), who scored a goal and 11 points, and Hector Villalba (ATL, $9.0), who also scored 11 points but with an assist. Wayne Rooney ($10.0) was the only D.C. forward to score, with 3 points.

Looking Ahead

I’m not fully confident about where to go at goalkeeper, so I’m saving some money with Matt Turner (NE, $5.3) at home against Philadelphia and their Eastern Conference low 29 goals for. In defense, I like Harrison Afful (CLB, $6.5) at home against Houston, and in midfield it’s hard to argue against Diego Valeri at home against Vancouver. At forward, Zlatan Ibrahimovic ($11.0) is well-rested and at home against Minnesota, who has allowed the joint most goals (46) in the Western Conference.