Tuesday Soccer Alert
We had some average scores just shy of 120 win many of the tournaments this weekend in the DKFC. A lot of solid performances, but nothing truely spectacular. We get ready to reload with another Champions League slate starting tomorrow. Check out the Guaranteed Pools below:
We had four of five useable keepers that kept popping up on the top ten rosters across all price points. In the largest pools though the main one seen was American Brad Guzan of Aston Villa. Villa was on the road against a weak Sunderland squad, yet many were picking this game to go the other way. Sunderland goalie Costel Pantilimon was more than twice as owned as Guzan across all price points, yet the Shoutout went to the underdog road keeper. Guzan had a clean sheet win with two saves for 14 points on the day. The highest scoring keeper with 15.75 was actually Mark Schwarzer of Leicester City. That game finished in a scoreless tie, but he was able to make five saves which accounted for his high score. He too was under 5% owned and cost only $4100 to Guzan’s $4400. That made him the top scorer and best value at the position on the day. David Ospina of Arsenal was the chalk play at close to 30% or more in spots. He was pricier, but had a save, win, and clean sheet to finish with a respectable 12. Alan McGregor of Hull City was the other side of that scoreless tie with Leicester City, and his 11 DK points were also a useful addition at under 9% in most places.
We only had two defenders seen on top 20 rosters all over that score double digits this week. That’s pretty shocking with the number of clean sheets we had, but that is the truth. The first guy is one we always mention and that is Kieran Trippier of Burnley. This guy is a crossing machine and has one of the safest floors of any defender in the league. He does not rely on Goals, Assists, or clean sheets for his bonus and if he gets any of those you consider it gravy. His crossing rate and number of fouls drawn are usually enough to keep him in the positive for your cash games and GPPs. This now makes it five of his last six where he was able to get at least 12 points. He is averaging 13 points per game over that stretch as well. He is as consistent as it gets and a staple worth paying up for almost every week. The other guy was Aston Villa’s Cieran Clark. This was a little more of a surprise as Villa is not know for keeping clean sheets. Clark is also not know for scoring many fantasy points, but he added an assist to his clean sheet this week and had his best score in two months. The 11 point Clark put up where very hard to see coming, but really helped the 2% of people in the largest field who did have him. I can not recommend him going forward as both scoring plays were completely out of the norm for him.
We saw some decent games here by the likes of Riyad Mahrez and Mesut Ozil who finished just shy of 10 DK points, but again here we really only had two guys who were seen on multiple rosters to make the top 10s at midfield. The top player on the day in terms of raw score and value was Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey. Ramsey had a day’s high of over 25DK points for his stat sheet stuffing performance which included a goal, an assist, a few crosses, shots, shots on goal, and fouls drawn. He was around 10% or less across all price points, but was seen on the majority of top ten rosters due to his performance. Arsenal were a heavy favorite and while Ramsey has seen less minutes recently, back when he was playing a full 90 he produced very well. His rice was very low at $5500 too, so if you thought he was going to get a full 90 minutes today as he did, it was a great play. The other mid who had a solid showing was Charles N’Zogbia of Aston Villa. He rarely sees full time, so it’s always a gamble, but at $4200 I think he was a reasonable dice roll if you needed the savings. I can not find him anywhere for over 1% ownership, so this was definitely not a highly used strategy or play. It did pay off today as he went almost three points per thousand of salary in this one.
We had a trio of big scoring front men lead the way this weekend, and you really needed at least two of them to contend for big money. The best play for value and raw score turned out to be the 26.5 DK points you received if you were part of the 4% or less who roster Gary Agbonlahor of Aston Villa. The Talented yet underperforming striker was able to score two goals and add a few other stats to help Villa who exploded for a surprising four goals. He was only $4900 making his performance a return of over five points per thousand dollars of cost. If you missed out on him and wanted to keep pace the man you needed was Christian Benteke. The more expensive option at forward for Villa also found the back of the net twice and added a few stats to finish with 25 DK points on the day. He was also owned around 3% or less at all price points, yet he was a $7300 player so the return per dollar was no where near his teammate’s. The other guy who many choose to pay way up for was Olivier Giroud. He was $9400 and in a great spot. He was owned over 33% all over and it was no surprise that he was able to find the back of the net again. He now has double digits in seven of his last ten and has at least 17 in four of the last five. Some choose to spend up for Sergio Aguero over Giroud this weekend. Aguero did reach 10.75 DK points, but was disappointing based on his $10,100 price and the fact it meant not being able to afford Giroud. Aguero was on more than half the rosters in the largest pool tournaments, so he may have reached 60-70% in some smaller spots. Those points did not kill you as many top rosters had him, but he was not the ideal play on Saturday.