The New York Red Bulls finished off a busy Week 23 schedule by beating New York City FC 2-0 on Sunday night, completing their three-game sweep. First, they staved off a tough Montreal Impact team 1-1 midweek. With the four points, the Red Bulls kept sole possession of second place in the East, with three games in hand on D.C. United. Overall, the team played very well this week and earned their sixth clean sheet of the season. Here are the team's top performers this week:
Kemar Lawrence (DEF, 15 points): The newly targeted transfer by EPL-side Newcastle earned his spot as this week's highest fantasy point getter. Capping off the week with a clean sheet and assist against NYCFC increased his stock for his new suitors. His 12 points in Sunday's game is the highest total from any RBNY defensemen this season. He helped his back line keep David Villa off the boxscore for the third time this season. Kudos to all of the back line and Luis Robles for holding Villa to only 6 fantasy points in their three games.
Felipe Martins (MID, 12 points): Felipe had one of his best performances of the season on Sunday. He scored in the 85th minute to put the nail in the coffin against NYCFC after beating Andoni Iraola 1-on-1 and hitting the near post past Josh Saunders. He has started to get on the same page with Dax McCarty, similar to Eric Alexander from last season. If that's the case, I'll take another Eastern Finals appearance.
Sacha Kljestan (MID, 12 points): Kljestan benefitted with a second assist to Bradley Wright-Phillips' goal in the NYCFC game after feeding Kemar Lawrence down the left wing. Kljestan has performed admirably the last seven games since his red card. He is living up to his #1 allocation pick, traded from Montreal.
A real test for the Red Bulls on Saturday when they host the red host Sebastian Givovinco and Toronto FC.