Tuesday Soccer Alert
We had a nice weekend in the EPL with a six game slate. Five of them went off simultaneously, but the sixth game late hammer was the Man City 5 goal explosion. If you did not have exposure to it, then you probably slid down some in the standings. We have another shot Tuesday with the return of Champion’s League action in the DKFC, so check out these tournaments below:
We had a slew of keepers score between 7-10 points this week. Courtois, Ospina, Begovic, and MacGregor all pulled it off. Yet the only keeper to be used in any of the top 10s and get over the double digit hurdle was Manchester City’s Joe Hart. Hart had a pretty easy day with only one save made, but he was the top scorer based on the Clean Sheet win he picked up in the 5-0 drubbing by City. He was about 12% owned across all buy in levels and he was pricey at $5500. Still he did what most expected of him and since no one else was able to hold the clean sheet, he was the top dog on the day. Most of the others mentioned were only three or four DK points away from him, so you had a lot of options that kept you within striking distance. GK was not a position that catapulted you up the leader boards last weekend.
Across all price points we really only saw three names pop up over and over again. Most of the top scorers had a pair of these guys as their scores were head and shoulders above some of the other highly used options. The first is a man who has been on fire lately in the DKFC and that is Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic. This guy has been putting up numbers in all competitions on DK. He can stuff a stat sheet with the best of them. Check out his line from Saturday: 1 Goal Against, 1 Goal, 3 Shots, 1 Shot On Goal, 3 Crosses, 2 Fouls Drawn. It was good for 20.5 DK points making him by far the top play on the day in raw score and on the value scale. He was very highly owned reaching above 50% in some large field tournaments, but his scoring lately has been consistent with nine of ten games over 9 DK points and an average of 13 per game over his last ten. I’m not sure at what price I stop using him, but I know we are not even close to it yet. Another guy on this list was on the other side of the field Saturday and that is Kieran Trippier. The Burnley defender rarely ever gets a clean sheet bonus, but his cross rate is so high his scores are nice every week anyway. He has at least 9 points in all of his last five games and is averaging 15 points a game over that stretch. He added another 14.75 this weekend and did so at only 10-15% ownership against a tough Chelsea Attack. What makes him great in my eyes is that he is match up proof. Even against a good attack his game is such that he still racks up fantasy points. If you ever get him a clean sheet opportunity in a home game against a weak attacking side he is almost a must start. He was a tad pricey, but you have to pay up for the type of consistency he brings to the table. The final guy who was well used and represented in top 10s was Aleksander Kolarov. Kolarov was not cheap either at $4600, but the Man City defender managed to put up 10 DK points thanks in large part to Man city’s clean Sheet win. The CS was a high probability and many linked him with Hart to get the max bonus. Kolarov is a serviceable player, but his upside is no where near the top two choices and that is why they are both match up proof at this point. Even with Kolarov being the only one to get a CS Saturday the other two outscored him again. To me it is worth the few hundred bucks to pay up for the stud defenders given the difference in point potential weekly.
We had about a half dozen really nice games come out of the midfielders this weekend and none was better than David Silva‘s. The Manchester City Maestro was on point Saturday. He lofted a perfect pass into the box for Dzeko to chest down and slot home before scoring two goals in about 90 seconds to seal the victory before coming off early. He was spectacular setting up teammates and finishing his chances. It makes me very excited for this mid week match up with Barcelona the way Man City is playing right now. In a five goal explosion you expect to see multiple guys have nice DK scores and Samir Nasri was the other big time player for Man City’s midfield Saturday. He finished with 18 points on the back of a goal and an assist. It was a really solid day for him as well and the Man City duo would have netted you about 50 points if you paired them together as some did. They were not the only big scorers though as we had some of the usual suspects doing work. The high priced and consistent Angel Di Maria had 17 DK points and is always a solid source of predictable scoring. Arsenal’s Santi Carzola continued his strong play with a 17.75 DK score as well. Di Maria was 20% owned in spots and Carzola was under 5%. Di Maria’s price has dropped and Carzola’s has creeped up so they were basically the same cost Saturday. I prefer Di Maria’s upside a little more, but you can not be mad about Carzola’s recent performance. For those who wanted to save Stoke City’s Victor Moses had a nice game with 18.5 DK points. He was bested on the value scale by Queens Park’s Matt Phillips who also had 18.5 DK points on the back of an assist and 11 crosses. Man U’s lesser used MF Ander Herrara also had a big day. He added 15.5 DK points to his tally and was a solid start. That’s three really strong games in a row for him now and his price is still a measly $4000 for a midfielder who has averaged 14 DK points over his last three games. Others worthy of note include Ahmed Elmohamady and Eden Hazard who finished right around the double digit mark and were useful. All of these guys are players to watch going forward.
We did not have any huge games from the forwards, but many of them were able to do their jobs and find the back of the net. The real key for me this week was how many of the value guys went off. Dame N’Doye of Hull City had 18 DK points for only $4800. He was no secret as he was near 50% owned in the equalizer and over 40 in other spots. His Teammate Robbie Brady also had a nice DK score with 17.25. He was under 3% owned all over and cost a minimum salary of $3000 on the day. Expensive and highly used Sergio Aguero came in with a 19.75 DK score. He has been very good and you pay up for that kind of consistency. He could have had more, but left the game early and watched his teammates all get into the act in the 5-0 victory. Another Hull city forward in Nikica Jelavic also made the list with 16.75 DK points. The front three for Hull really pressed the attack Saturday and it shows in their scores. No surprise but Charlie Austin fresh off his return from the African Cup added another goal to his totals. I almost just assume anytime I see a goal for QPR that he was the one who scored it. He had 17.75 more DK points to continue his dominance of the EPL this season. His Teammate Dwight Gayle had another 14.5 DK point day giving him 4 double digit scores in his last 6. He is still only $5000 and a worthy cheap flyer to start looking at. Lastly the goal of the day may have belonged to Man City’s Edin Dzeko. He took a perfect pass onto his chest, calmly knocked it down, and then methodically slotted it right into the net for a beautiful and nearly unstoppable goal. The percision on it was so perfect from start to finish there is no way you could have prevented it. Sometimes great players link up for great plays and this was one of those instances. He was higher owned then I expected him to be and I think it was because of price and the late news that Wilfred Bony would not start. Still he came through with a big 22.5 points to help me and many others shoot up the leader board.