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Fantasy Focus: Lovitz Or List It

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Or alternatively, Shea It Ain’t So

MLS: Montreal Impact at New England Revolution Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

West Knox United scored 150 points this round, leading the league.

The points were good enough to jump into second place behind overall leaders, Olsen’s Army.

Positional Leaders

Goalkeepers

Vito Mannone (MIN, $6.9) posted two clean sheets on the way to 18 points, leading all goalkeepers. Trailing him were Evan Bush (MTL, $6.9), with two clean sheets of his own and 16 points, and Daniel Vega (SJ, $5.5), with one clean sheet and 14 points. DCU’s Bill Hamid ($8.2), had 13 points.

Defenders

Montreal’s Daniel Lovitz ($7.1) added an assist to his two clean sheets on the way to 21 points, which was tied for the positional and overall lead with San Jose’s Shea Salinas ($5.9), who scored two goals to go with his clean sheet. Rounding out the top three was Romain Metanire (MIN, $7.9) with two clean sheets, an assist, and 19 points. D.C.’s defense was led by Frederic Brillant ($7.3) with 14 points, followed by Donovan Pines ($5.5) with 13, Steven Birnbaum ($8.6) with 12, Leonardo Jara ($7.6) with 9, and Jalen Robinson ($4.0) with 1.

Midfielders

Jonathan Dos Santos (LAG, $10.9) didn’t tally a single goal or assist, but his 17 points over two matches led the position. Meanwhile, Nicolas Lodeiro (SEA, $11.3) had two assists and 15 points, just ahead of Maxi Moralez (NY, $9.8) with an assist and 13 points. Both Paul Arriola ($7.7) and Chris Durkin ($5.6) led the United midfield with 9 points, while Luciano Acosta ($9.9) and Lucas Rodriguez ($8.4) scored 8, Ulises Segura ($4.5) scored 2, and Zoltan Stieber ($5.4) scored 1.

Forwards

New England’s Juan Agudelo ($5.3) paired a goal and an assist on the way to a position-leading 15 points, while New York’s Heber (NY, $8.3) did the same for 14 points. Lastly, Cristian Espinoza (SJ, $8.9) notched an assist and 13 points. DCU’s scoring forwards were Wayne Rooney ($10.4) with 12 points and Quincy Amarikwa ($4.4) with 2.

Looking Ahead

Philadelphia and Cincinnati both play twice, and everyone else plays once. Matches start on Wednesday. I’m saving a lot of money in goal, rolling the dice with Matt Freese (PHI, $4.0) with Andre Blake injured, Freese having gotten the last two starts, and Union home games against Cincinnati and New England. I like Shea Salinas in defense at home against Cincinnati, having put up four goals, an assist, and two clean sheets in his last five matches. In the midfield I like Johnny Russell (SKC, $10.4) at home against Atlanta, and at forward I’m going with Zlatan Ibrahimovic (LAG, $13.0) at the Red Bulls.