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Fantasy Focus: Josef and His Brothers

He’s ba-aaaaack!

MLS: Chicago Fire at Atlanta United FC Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

A score of 182 points led this round, as HICKENHOPPER FC set the pace.

Meanwhile, West Knox United leaped into the lead, with a seven-point advantage over second place.

Positional Leaders

Goalkeepers

Brad Guzan (ATL, $8.9) kept two clean sheets on the way to 18 points, easily leading the goalkeepers. Behind him, David Bingham (LAG, $7.5) had one clean sheet and 11 points, while Luis Robles (NYR, $7.3) did the same for 10 points. DCU’s Bill Hamid ($7.9) scored 9 points.

Defenders

Atlanta’s Franco Escobar ($7.2) contributed two clean sheets, a goal, and an assist on the way to 22 points, leading all defenders. Michael Murillo (NYR, $8.0) had a clean sheet, a goal and an assist himself for 19 points, while Leandro Gonzalez Pirez’s (ATL, $10.0) two clean sheets helped him to 18 points. For D.C., Leonardo Jara ($8.0) led with 16 points, followed by Frederic Brillant ($8.3) with 11 points, Chris Odoi-Atsem ($4.4) with 5, and the pair of Steven Birnbaum ($8.2) and Jalen Robinson ($4.4) with 4 each.

Midfielders

Jamiro Monteiro (PHI, $9.0) led the midfielders with 23 points on the strength of a goal and an assist. Behind him was a pair of D.C. players — Luciano Acosta ($9.4), who scored 18 points on two goals, and Ulises Segura ($5.2), who scored 16 points on two goals of his own. The remaining United midfielders were Lucas Rodriguez ($7.1) with 7 points, Junior Moreno ($7.6) with 6, Russell Canouse ($6.5) with 3, Paul Arriola ($7.5) with 2, and Zoltan Stieber ($4.4) with 1.

Forwards

Atlanta’s Josef Martinez ($10.3) scored four goals over two games on the way to 25 points, leading all forwards and all players. Meanwhile, Zlatan Ibrahimovic (LAG, $12.9) added an assist to two goals for 19 points, and Andre Shinyashiki (COL, $4.1) paired a goal and an assist for 18 points. D.C.’s only scoring forward was Wayne Rooney ($10.9) with 9 points.

Looking Ahead

Half of the league is on bye this round. The teams that are playing are Montreal, Seattle NYC, Cincinnati, Toronto, Kansas City, San Jose, Dallas, Philadelphia, the Red Bulls, Colorado, and Minnesota. Games start on Wednesday for some reason. San Jose has allowed just two goals in their last four home games, so I’m going cheap with Daniel Vega ($5.6) in goal, and using the money elsewhere, like Maxime Chanot (NY, $8.6) in defense at home against Cincinnati. I like Alejandro Pozuelo (TOR, $12.4) to get back his midfield mojo at home against Kansas City, and his teammate Jozy Altidore ($10.0) at forward.