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Fantasy Focus: Be my Valentin

Hands up for anyone who had this.

New York City FC v New York Red Bulls Photo by Daniela Porcelli/Getty Images

Olsen’s Army led this round with a score of 115 points.

Meanwhile, we have a new leader at the top in Brickbat United.

Positional Leaders


Sean Johnson (NYC, $5.5) unspectacularly led the goalkeepers with 7 points over two games, followed by Tyler Deric (HOU, $5.2) with 5 points. DCU’s Bill Hamid ($7.0) rounded out the top three with 4 points.


Bastian Schweinsteiger (CHI, $6.9) led the defenders with 14 points on the strength of a goal and an assist. Trailing him were Jack Elliott (PHI, $6.8), with a goal and 11 points, and Francisco Calvo (CHI, $7.4), with an assist and 10 points. For United, Frederic Brillant ($8.0) and Steven Birnbaum ($6.2) led with 5 points each, followed by Joseph Mora ($4.8) with 4 points, Jalen Robinson ($4.2) with 3, and Leonardo Jara ($7.1) with 2.


The pair of Nicolas Lodeiro (SEA, $12,8), with a goal and assist, and Michael Barrios (DAL, $8.9), with three assists, led the midfielders with 15 points. Carles Gil (NE, $12.8) was close behind with a goal, an assist, and 14 points. Both Paul Arriola ($8.1) and Lucas Rodriguez ($7.7) led the D.C. midfield with 8 points, followed by Ulises Segura ($4.4) with 7 points, and Felipe Martins ($6.2) with 2.


NYCFC’s Valentin Castellanos ($7.0) posted two goals and an assist on the way to 18 points, leading all forwards and all players, while Carlos Vela (LA, $14.0) put up a goal and two assists for 17 points. Heber (NY, $9.9) completed the top three with a goal and an assist on the way to 14 points. For D.C., just Quincy Amarikwa ($4.7) scored, with 4 points.

Looking Ahead

Ten teams play twice this round: Orlando, Kansas City, Minnesota, Colorado, RSL, Seattle, Dallas, the Galaxy, Portland, and Chicago. The selection of two-game players isn’t great, but it’s still a good time to load up. I’m going with Tim Melia (SKC, $6.7) in goal in the hopes that he can get a clean sheet out of games at Orlando and vs. San Jose. In defense I like Romain Metanire (MIN, $8.0) at home against Colorado and Orlando, and Diego Valeri (POR, $12.3) in the midfield at home against Chicago and Atlanta. At forward I have Darwin Quintero (MIN, $9.1).