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Fantasy Focus: Acosta Rica

Please Lucho do hurt ‘em

MLS: New York Red Bulls at D.C. United Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

With a whopping score of 133 points, Benny’s Army set the pace this round

I’ve gotta recognize the work, fielding 11 starters who all played. Yes, it helps to get more than 13 of your points from one man, but it’s all good.

Positional Leaders


Atlanta’s Brad Guzan ($5.4) banked a clean sheet on the way to 9 points, leading all goalkeepers. Trailing him were Zack Steffen (CLB, $7.3), whose clean sheet helped him to 8 points, and Richard Sanchez (CHI, $5.0), who did Orlando dirty with a clean sheet of his own and 7 points. Bill Hamid ($7.9) scored 4 points for DCU.


Johan Kappelhof (CHI, $5.0) paired a clean sheet and an assist on the way to 13 points, leading all defenders. Behind him was the pair of Leandro Gonzalez-Pirez (ATL, $7.7) and Ike Opare ($10.0), who each had 11 points — Gonzalez Pirez with a clean sheet, and Opare with a goal. The D.C. trio of Oneil Fisher ($6.9), Frederic Brillant ($5.0), and Steven Birnbaum ($7.8) scored 8 points each, while Joseph Mora ($5.8) scored 7, Kofi Opare ($4.9) scored 2, and Jalen Robinson ($4.5) scored 1.


Luciano Acosta ($11.5) amassed a goal and three assists over two games on the way to 25 points, easily leading all midfielders and all players. In the rear view were Miguel Almiron (ATL, $11.5), with two goals, and assist, and 17 points, and Felipe Gutierrez (SKC, $7.8), with a goal, two assists, and 16 points. DCU’s remaining midfielders were led by Ulises Segura ($4.8) with 10 points, followed by the pair of Russell Canouse ($7.8) and Paul Arriola ($7.5) with 9 points each, Yamil Asad ($9.2) with 5, Junior Moreno ($6.8) with 4, Chris Durkin ($5.0) with 3, and Zoltan Stieber ($6.9) with 1. What even are these points?


Kansas City’s Gerso ($7.9) tallied two goals and two assists on the way to 21 points, leading all forwards. Meanwhile, Bradley Wright-Phillips’s 17 points came via a hat trick, while Wayne Rooney’s ($11.8) 14 points came with the help of a goal. Darren Mattocks ($4.5) was the only other scoring United forward, chiming in with 6 points.

Looking Ahead

D.C. United is, perhaps blissfully, on bye this week, while Portland, San Jose, Atlanta, Seattle, and Philadelphia all play twice. I don’t blame you for going hard with Atlanta guys, like Brad Guzan in goal both at San Jose and against RSL. I like Chad Marshall (SEA, $8.8) in defense at home against Philadelphia and at the Galaxy, and Diego Valeri (POR, $11.5) is slightly less of a midfield must against Columbus and at Minnesota than Atlanta’s Miguel Almiron ($11.5). While you’re adding Josef Martinez (ATL, $14.0) at forward, look at Seattle’s Raul Ruidiaz ($9.5), and his four goals in his last four matches.