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Fantasy Focus: He's Baaaack

One high-scoring man reemerges

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Two teams tied for the lead this round on 71 points. The highest overall scorer between the two is Crampus FC, who captained Federico Higuain (CLB, $10.5), who scored a goal and added an assist for 22 points. Behind him, round high scorer Graham Zusi (SKC, $10.9) scored a goal of his own and added two assists for 16 points, and Mauro Diaz (DAL, $7.9) scored a goal and 8 points. SOCCERXPERT's 71 points came with similarly captained Higuain, plus Kyle Beckerman (RSL, $9.7) scoring 10 points with an assist, and Benny Feilhaber (SKC, $8.1) scoring 9 points with a goal. The overall leader is still In It Toux Wynne It, who changed their name to Oh Shipp Silva Place between last round and this round.

Positional Leaders

Goalkeepers

It was not a great week for goalkeepers, as just one team kept a clean sheet, RSL, with their goalkeeper Nick Rimando ($6.2) leading all goalkeepers with 9 points. Troy Perkins (MTL, $5.4) scored 6 points, and the trio of Dan Kennedy (CHV, $4.5), Chris Seitz (DAL, $5.1), and Bobby Shuttleworth (NE, $5.0) scored 5 points. DCU's Bill Hamid ($4.9) scored 3 points.

Defenders

Chicago's Jhon Kennedy Hurtado ($8.0) scored a goal and 10 points to lead all defenders. Jair Benitez (DAL, $6.5) notched an assist for 9 points, and both Tony Beltran (RSL, $7.5) and Jordan Harvey (VAN, $7.4) scored 8 points - Beltran with a clean sheet, and Harvey with a goal. Bobby Boswell ($7.9) led all United defenders with 7 points, while Sean Franklin ($7.8) scored 3 points, Christian Fernandez ($6.4) scored 2, and Jeff Parke ($6.8) scored 1.

Midfielders

Zusi had scored 10 points over 3 rounds, including being held out in round 2, so he more than doubled his point output with his 16 this week. He's now scored 26 points in 270 minutes, which is what you'd expect from a player who scored 413 points in the previous two seasons. Beckerman's 10 points tied him for second with Zusi's SKC teammate Sal Zizzo ($6.0), who assisted two goals. D.C.'s Perry Kitchen ($6.4) led with 8 points, while Nick DeLeon ($6.8) scored 6 points, Davy Arnaud ($6.9) and LEWIS NEAL ($5.3) scored 3 points, and Jared Jeffrey ($6.9) and Luis Silva ($7.2) scored 1 point each.

Forwards

RSL's Alvaro Saborio ($10.5) bagged a brace and earned a penalty on the way to 14 points and the positional lead. Vicente Sanchez (COL, $7.7) scored two goals of his own for 13 points, and Higuain's 11 points were good for third. DCU forwards were led by Fabian Espindola ($8.1) and his 9 points, followed by Eddie Johnson ($9.7) with 2 points, and Conor Doyle ($6.4) with 1 point.

Looking Ahead

San Jose is on bye. In goal, toss a coin between opposing goalkeeepers Bill Hamid and Bobby Shuttleworth, as their offenses have offered 4 goals in 7 games combined. United is at home. In defense, Vancouver's Andy O'Brien ($7.5, 23 points) is the co-leading scorer for his position, and the Whitecaps host Colorado. Among midfielders, Mauro Diaz (DAL, $7.9, 29 points) has scored 7 points or more in 3 of 4 games, so ride the hot hand. For forwards, get Vicente Sanchez (29 points) while he's still under $8.0.

Everyone's Adding: GK - Nick Rimando (31 points, +172), D - Kellyn Acosta (DAL, $5.6, 18 points, +406), M - Mauro Diaz (+749), F - Vicente Sanchez (+864)

Everyone's Dropping: GK - Donovan Ricketts (POR, $5.9, 10 points, -125), D - Michael Harrington (POR, $7.4, 6 points, -430), M - Diego Fagundez (NE, $7.8, 13 points, -332), F - Jermain Defoe (TOR, $10.9, 21 points, -632)