With a hot player like Toronto FC's Sebastian Giovinco coming off a red hot 28-point double game week last week, you'd expect him to be among the big names atop the Round 24 scores total this week again.
But no, this round we got a strong four-way tie between Philadelphia's Cristian Maidana, Chicago Fire's Kennedy Igboananike, New York City's Kwadwo Poku and Vancouver's Kekuta Manneh for first place in the round standings -- all four players below 6% in the MLS Fantasy selection category.
Maidana's three assists in the Union's 3-3 tie with Chicago equaled Igboananike's two goals and one assist effort in the same match while Poku outshone teammates David Villa and Andrea Pirlo in NYCFC's 3-1 win over DC United. Manneh kept chase with his counterparts thanks to two goals in Vancouver's late dramatic 4-3 loss to Sporting Kansas City.
Meanwhile, Giovinco was held to three points against the New York Red Bulls, but next week's opponents, Orlando City, fell victim to a Giovinco hat-trick during their last meeting, so laying a smack down on the cats from Florida will be on his mind going into Round 25.
Round 25 will be the first of two double game weeks before the free wildcard in round 27. Columbus Crew SC will have two home games this round while NYCFC and the San Jose Earthquakes will play both of theirs on the road. SKC is the other fortunate team who gets to burn their legs this week with two matches against San Jose and Columbus.
Columbus's Kei Kamara will be a popular option who could make a case for your captain's armband this week, while other options such as Ethan Finlay would be a great option in your midfield with two home games. SKC defender Kevin Ellis delivered one of the fatal blows to Vancouver in Round 24, and is a favorable pick at $6.6M with a double game week.