Hats off this week to Highlands FC, whose 121 points lead the round by just one point.
Bonus credit is due for having 11 scoring starters.
Check Joself still leads overall, with a 10-point gap to second place.
Both Brad Stuver (ATX, $8.5) and Clement Diop (MTL, $6.5) posted a clean sheet on the way to 10 points, tying for the positional lead. A whole rack of dudes came through with 9 points, including DCU’s Bill Hamid ($6.9) with a clean sheet.
Three players tied for the positional lead with 11 points — Romain Metanire (MIN, $7.1) and Brooks Lennon (ATL, $8.4) each kept a clean sheet, and Aljaz Struna (MTL, $6.8) scored a goal. The D.C. defense was led by Donovan Pines ($5.7) and Brendan Hines-Ike ($6.7) with 10 points each, followed by Andy Najar ($6.5) with 9, Frederic Brillant ($5.0) with 7, and the pair of Tony Alfaro ($4.9) and Joseph Mora ($4.0) with 1 each.
Carles Gil (NE, $13.5) has scored 10 or more points in each of his last four rounds, and this time he led all midfielders and all players with 18 points on the strength of three assists. Nani (ORL, $10.3) added a goal to his two assists on the way to 17 points, while Alvaro Medran (CHI, $7.3) rounded out the top three with two assists and 13 points. The United midfield featured Paul Arriola ($7.1) and Julian Gressel ($8.4) with 5 points each; followed by the trio of Kevin Paredes ($4.4), Russell Canouse ($5.9), and Moses Nyeman ($4.0) with 4 each; and the pair of Yamil Asad ($5.6) and Felipe Martins ($4.0) with 3.
Kansas City’s Daniel Salloi ($7.6) put up two goals and an assist en route to 17 points, leading the forwards. Benji Michel (ORL, $4.0) was next in line with a brace and 15 points, while his teammate, Daryl Dike ($8.1) did the same for 13 points. D.C.’s scoring forwards were led by Nigel Robertha ($6.0) with 6 points, followed by both Ola Kamara ($8.6) and Adrien Perez ($4.7) with 4, and the duo of Griffin Yow ($4.0) and Yordy Reyna ($5.6) with 1 each.
NYC is on bye this round, and everyone else plays once. Bill Hamid is a good option in goal this round vs. Toronto, while Brooks Lennon looks good in defense at Chicago. Franco
Frangipane Fragapane (MIN, $9.7) has hit the ground running with two goals and two assists in his first three MLS matches, so give him a look in midfield vs. San Jose, and I like Daryl Dike at forward vs. the Red Bulls.