Tournament Soccer Alert
We had a very high scoring week in the DKFC with scores in the 140’s being needed to take down some larger field GPPs. There is no mid week soccer action on DraftKigs, so the next slate of games will be for the EPL action on Saturday. Game slates should be available mid week, so be sure to sign up early as the tournaments have been filling.
The big news this week at goal keeper was avoiding the landmine. Fraser foster of Southampton was the top owned keeper on the day in a great match up. He was hurt 20 minutes into the game and needed to be replaced. He was 40%+ owned in some spots and losing him that early meant he was not eligible for the Clean sheet or the Win. Since he made no saves before he left it was a big fat zero on many rosters. We did have some nice games from other spots if you were lucky enough not to use him. West Ham United’s Adrian had his best start in almost two months as he finished with a day’s high 16 DK points in his clean sheet win. He was $5400 and owned at roughly 10% across the board. The two other useful GKs were Julian Speroni and David Ospina. Ospina was 20% owned across the board and finished with eleven DK points on the day. He picked up the win, had a few saves, and allowed one goal in the process. He was the more expensive option, but also the much safer route to go. Speroni on the other hand was the cheap play of the day. He was only $4600 against a weak Stoke City attack and finished in double digits for his third of four straight games.
Once again the first name I am going to mention is Kieran Trippier. Even against a tough team like Southampton, he was still able to return nice value for his elevated price. Trippier is the unique defender that does not rely on goals, assists, or clean sheets to score. If he does accumulate any of those stats it is just gravy on top of his normal production. Trippier had 15 crosses on his way to 16 DK points this weekend. He now has reached 12 or more Fantasy points in seven of his last 9 starts. He is high scoring and consistent. I roster him on a weekly basisand am very seldom disappointed with the return. I know Burnley’s defense is porous and allows goals all the time, but if you only look at potential clean sheets, than you are not using the defender spots correctly. Of course there is nothing wrong with targeting clean sheets as long as the players you use also have other ways to score fantasy points. That was the case this weekend with the duo of Nataniel Clyne and Ryan Bertrand from Southampton. They were both highly likely to receive the Clean Sheet bonus and they did. They both added a few other stats in to the mix and finished in double digits. Bertrand had 12.5 and Clyne added 10 to make them a very useful pairing on Sunday if you were able to go a different route at Goaltender. The other Pairing that made sense and has the ability to score regardless of a Clean Sheet bonus is the West Ham backs. Aaron Cresswell and Carl Jenkinson are both guys who pepper the box with a lot of crosses. Both also were awarded the CS bonus on the day. Cresswell finished with 16 DK points and Jenkinson had 12 for the Winners. Both guys are able to use their high cross rates to create a nice floor and should be given a look when they have the potential to add that clean sheet.
We had a bunch of solid 12-17 point performances from some mid field players this weekend. The top scorer on the day was Charlie Adams of Crystal Palace with 20.5. He has been playing well lately and is always involved in Palace scoring chances. He created a nice pairing with teammate Wilfred Zaha. He had scored over 15 DK points in two of his last four games including a 22 last time out. He was still only $4000 and surprisingly went off very low owned at under 10% all over. If he was priced up in the $6000 range I could understand, but at $4000 he was one of the best plays to save the salary for higher priced Forwards and defenders. At his price and level of production he returned over four points per $1000 of cost and was one of the top options on the day. Moussa Sissoko of New Castle was probably second on both of those lists. He was a $4900 player on Saturday and was very low owned at under 2% all over. He did not have a recent track record or any upside in his match up, but he was within a point of the top scoring Zaha, although I would not look to recommend him as much going forward. His midfield partner Remy Cabella also chipped in nicely with 13 DK points. Again it was not the ideal spot to target him against a tough Arsenal squad, but he has shown the ability to get at least 8 points in six of his last seven games, so it was a solid play. Two other useful players on the day were Stewart Downing of West Ham and Santi Carzola of Arsenal. Downing was a weekly play for me earlier in the year, but had fallen out of form in recent matches. He looked better and seems to be rounding back into that stud guy we were using a lot at the beginning of this EPL campaign. Carzola had been on fire and is still playing at a very high level. Since seeing more time on the pitch he has produced above expectations. He had a run of games with scores in the mid to upper teens. Lately he has been more in the 5-10 point range, but he is always capabe of picking up a goal or an assist.
This was a very big week for forwards. We had so many useful ones that made sense and came through in good spots. The expensive guys paid off and so did some of the price savers. This was a week with more than one way to make it to the top. The one guy most top rosters did have though was Tottenham’s Harry Kane. He now has 20 or more points in 6 of his last eight and is averaging 23 points per game over that stretch. He added a hat trick on Saturday for a day high score of 38.75 DK points and was almost a must use if you wanted to win big money. He was very pricey, so you had to build around him. He was 60% owned in some spots, so it was no secret. Some of those who choose to fade him did so by using another player in that price range, namely Olivier Giroud. Giroud has also been on fire lately for Arsenal as he has ten points or more in every game in the last two months where he has played over 60 minutes. He has five straight with at least 17 DK points and 20+ in his last three. Both guys have seen their prices come up, but the production they are giving you is elite. Those two guys were the top priced and highest scorers on the day, but we had quite a few cheaper options to pair with them in order to make it all work. Jamie Vardy of Leicester City had a goal and an assist on his way to 19.75 DK points at only $5400 and under 1% owned. Glenn Murray of Crystal Palace was the best value on the day as he was a minimum price of $3000 and put up 20 DK points. He now has 31, 17, and 20 in three of his last four games. If his price remains low, he should be considered weekly while he is in good form. Diafra Sahko of West Ham is the only healthy forward they have remaining. He added another 20 point game to his resume and now has at least 9 in four of his last five. As long as he is playing as the lone frontman with Downing tucked in behind him, he should find the net a few times. Swansea City’s Bafetemi Gomis is also in the same boat. With Bony shipped out of town, he is seeing more time upfront in the attack and that has led to some nice games. He added another 19.75 this weekend to his tally and is an option to consider weekly moving forward. As you can see, this was a god week for forward and their were plenty of ways you could have gone with them to make some money.