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Fantasy Focus: Atuesta Side Story

Sleepless in Seattle

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This round was led by Olsen’s Army, who used a 144-point week to take a five-point lead at the top of the league.

Positional Leaders


Cody Cropper (NE, $4.8) posted a clean sheet in a win against the Metros on the way to 10 points and the positional lead. Just on his heels were fellow clean sheet goalkeepers Andrew Putna (RSL, $5.0) and Maxime Crepeau (MTL, $6.0), who scored 9 points each. DCU’s Bill Hamid ($8.1) scored 3 points.


Erik Godoy (VAN, $7.8) posted a clean sheet on the way to 13 points, leading the defenders. Close behind him, a trio of defenders scored 12 points on the strength of a clean sheet — Ali Adnan (VAN, $5.7), Ruan (ORL, $5.6), and Ronald Matarrita (NY, $6.3), the latter two also added an assist. The United rearguard was led by Frederic Brillant with 3 points, followed by Leonardo Jara ($7.9) with 2 points, and Steven Birnbaum ($7.0) with 1.


Eduard Atuesta (LA, $9.2) tallied a goal and an assist on the way to 21 points over two games, leading all midfielders and all players. Meanwhile, Alejandro Pozuelo (TOR, $12.0) scored 19 points on the strength of two goals and an assist, and Mark-Anthony Kaye (LA, $9.8) posted three assists on the way to 17 points. Luciano Acosta ($10.3) led the United midfield with 5 points, followed by Chris Durkin ($5.3) with 3, the pair of Lucas Rodriguez ($8.8) and Ulises Segura ($4.9) with 2, and both Paul Arriola ($7.9) and Zoltan Stieber ($5.9) with 1.


LA’s Carlos Vela ($14.3) scored two goals on the way to 17 points, leading the forwards, and Danny Hoesen (SJ, $6.9) did the same on the way to 13 points. Rounding out the top three was Darwin Quintero (MIN, $12.4), with 12 points on two goals. The scoring D.C. forwards were Wayne Rooney ($10.7), who had 5 points, and Quincy Amarikwa ($4.8), who scored 1.

Looking Ahead

A bunch of teams play twice this round, so load up on their players — NYC, Chicago, Columbus, D.C., New England, Montreal, Minnesota, the Galaxy, Seattle, and San Jose. In goal, Stefan Frei (SEA, $7.7) is a good bet, with home matches against San Jose and LA. I like Ronald Matarrita in defense, with home games against Chicago and Orlando, and Jonathan Dos Santos (LA, $10.4) in the midfield at Minnesota and at home against RSL. Darwin Quintero is a good bet at forward at home against the Galaxy and DCU.