BIG MONEY RECAP
We had some big money on the line this weekend in DKs January Jams soccer edition. The $25,000 Clean sheet was won by doom with a score of 132. He took home the top prize of $5000 for his efforts in the big game. We had a pretty high scoring week in the EPL and the DKFC because of it. User waltduece turned $2 into $300 by putting up a day high of 154.25 in the Nutmeg to be the winner there. Some big games out of a few highly used midfield and forward options was the reason. Let’s take a look at some of the top performers by position on the weekend.
We had a lot of scores at or around the 10 point mark on Saturday from a lot of the higher owned GKs on the day. There’s 3 performances in net that were head and shoulders above the rest though and none were very highly owned. The top score was Simon Mignolet of Liverpool who put up an 18.75 on the back of a a Clean sheet win with four saves and a foul drawn. In the large field Nutmeg he was only 6% against an Aston Villa team that struggles to score and I guess being on the road was the reason. For $100 cheaper you could also have taken David De Gea of Man U who had 18 points himself with a a stat line matching Mignolet’s minus the foul drawn. Mignolet was slightly better on a Points per dollar basis, but not by much. The best guy on a point per basis was the third keeper I wanted to mention and that was Asmir Begovich of Stoke City who had 16.75 DK points at only $4400. He too was 6% owned, but honestly other then just targeting against a weak offense there was nothing in his past performance to suggest his break out game was looming. Those were the three guys who were most seen at the top of leader boards across all by in levels.
The top player on the day was again Kieran Trippier. We have mentioned numerous times that his crossing rate per game alone makes him a playable defender week in and week out. He added 11 more to his total this weekend at one point apiece and threw in an assist to end with 20 DK points as the weekend’s highest fantasy scoring defender. He is a fantasy stud you should be using regularly if you are not already. Danny Rose of Tottenham also had a big time performance. He did not score or assist but had a bunch of shot attempts and a 1 GA bonus that got him to 14.75 DK points and the best value of those who were in the high scoring category. Branislav Ivanovic of Chelsea again put his best foot forward with a 12.75 DK point score. Him and Trippier were more pricey than Rose, so despite the scores Rose made for a slightly better option to fit in the big time strikers and mids. Two other names seen on a few top rosters at all in buy in levels include Kyle Walker of Tottenham and Alan Hutton of Aston Villa who had 11.75 and 10 DK points respectively at a lower price than those mentioned to be useful cheap options worthy of mention. It was not a huge day for defender scoring but these names were the ones most seen who carried a few rosters.
We had quite a few well priced midfield options have huge 20+ point games this weekend. Top of the list is Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen who had a whopping 29.75 DK points at $7900 and around 15% ownership. He now has scored 13 or more DK points in 4 of his last 7, but also threw in a 2 and 3 DK point performance in each of the last two which kept his ownership down. He is a solid player in a team stacked with options so I like him but he is not a must play for me. It was a great showing though and I can understand why people were on him. Chelsea’s Oscar also falls in this category. He was $7400 and finished with 28 DK points at ownership levels just south of Eriksen. Many more people spent up for his teammate Eden Hazard, but the wunderkind was the way to go today. The surprise stud performance was definitely the one belonging to Eljero Elia who had 27 at $4000 for easily the day’s best value. He had 2 goals on 2 shots in only his second appearance in the EPL this season so it was more luck than anything else. Maybe somewhere someone mentioned him as a viable option but it wasn’t me and I would not expect those numbers to continue. If you were one of the luck 1% who saved a boatload of salary and caught lightning in a bottle you had money left over to pay up for the Diego Costa’s of the world and were probably pretty happy. The last 20+ point scorer was a guy who is making it a habit to get mentioned here and that is Jason Puncheon of Crystal Palace who added a goal and an assist to his tally and gave himself back to back 21 point games at low cost and still pretty low ownership in spots. We had a lot of other solid mid teens performances as well, but those four mentioned were the studs needed to cash highly.
The top goal scorer today was an obvious, yet very expensive one in Diego Costa. The Chelsea front man has been doing this all season and added 2 goals and an assist to his impressive resume. His 32 DK points were the top raw score on the day and at 25% ownership in spots he was on most if not all of the top 10 rosters across all buy in levels. The top points per dollar performer was Crystal Palace forward Dwight Gayle who had a brace that led to a 28.75 DK score on the back of a 20 point effort last week. His price is very roster friendly at $4500 and he was seen paired with Costa on a few rosters near the top to allow them both to fit in. We had two other performances of note and they belonged to Danny Ings who is becoming a staple here and Bojan Krkic or Krki? as he is know on DK. Ings has four straight double digit DK scores and has seen his price rise to $8000 from $6000 a few weeks back. He continues to produce so you really can not argue with it. Krkic has become a bigger part of his teams attack as well in recent weeks and his cost friendly $5900 price make him a guy you need to look at each week as well. Remember with so many players gone off to the African Cup you will be able to find some value until they all return and work their way back into the line ups. Finding even one of these low priced gems who have big days could be the key to leading your team to victory in next weeks games.