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Fantasy Focus: My Cousin Nico

Break up the Fire

MLS: Minnesota United FC at Chicago Fire Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

slevydc led the round with 159 points without needing the system to choose the best bench player(s).

Olsen’s Army extended the overall lead to 12 points.

Positional Leaders


Brad Guzan (ATL, $8.3) posted two clean sheets on the way to 18 points, leading the position and edging out David Ousted (CHI, $6.8), who did the same for 16 points. Tyler Miller (LA, $7.4) scored 9 points on a clean sheet, and so did D.C.’s Bill Hamid ($7.8).


Chicago’s Francisco Calvo’s ($5.8) two clean sheets helped take him to 20 points, leading all defenders. Leandro Gonzalez Pirez (ATL, $8.7) did the same for 19 points, and the Chicago pair of Jorge Corrales ($4.9), with two clean sheets, and Johan Kappelhof ($6.4), with two clean sheets and an assist, scored 18 points each. The United defense was led by Steven Birnbaum ($8.7) with 9 points, followed by the trio of Leonardo Jara ($8.0), Frederic Brillant ($7.6), and Marquinhos Pedroso ($4.9), who scored 7 points each.


Chicago midfielders dominated this week, as Nico Gaitan (CHI, $8.5) put up two goals and two assists on the way to 26 points, leading all midfielders and all players, and somehow going down in price $0.5. Behind him, teammate Aleksandar Katai ($9.0) totaled a goal and two assists for 22 points, and yet another teammate, Przemyslaw Frankowski ($7.4) scored 18 points on the strength of a goal and an assist. The DCU midfield featured Paul Arriola ($8.4) with 9 points, Russell Canouse ($6.6) with 6, Junior Moreno ($8.0) with 5, Luciano Acosta ($9.8) with 4, Lucas Rodriguez ($7.7) with 3, and the pair of Chris Durkin ($5.4) and Ulises Segura ($4.0) with 1.


Nemanja Nikolic ($7.8) continued the general Chicago dominance, leading the forwards with 18 points on two goals. On his tail was Maxi Urruti (MTL, $6.5), with a goal, two assists, and 17 points. Hector Villalba (ATL, $7.9) rounded out the top three with a goal, an assist, and 16 points. Wayne Rooney ($10.7) was the only scoring United forward, with 8 points.

Looking Ahead

You get two games! And you get two games! A bunch of teams play twice this round: Seattle, Atlanta, Toronto, LA, Vancouver, Dallas, Houston, Orlando and DCU. In goal, I like Stefan Frei (SEA, $7.4) at home against Orlando and at Philadelphia. In defense, I’m sticking with Mikey Robinson (ATL, $8.3) at Vancouver and vs. the Red Bulls. Alejandro Pozuelo (TOR, $13.3) is your midfield man vs. DCU and at RSL, and you’ve got to get Carlos Vela (LA, $14.4) back in at forward with games at home and away to Dallas.