When playing Daily Fantasy soccer you’ll pick a roster made up of a goalkeeper, defenders, midfielders and attackers. Apart from the goalkeeper, all of the other positions will include a wide variety of player types and knowing which type to pick will be a great aid in picking your roster.
Soccer has once again entered the Daily Fantasy Sports arena, as DraftKings have introduced weekly contests based around both the English Premier League and the UEFA Champions League. The Premier League features games most weekends of the season, whilst the Champions League features games on select midweek dates, these games being played on a Tuesday and Wednesday.
Soccer works in the same way as other Daily Fantasy Sports with a salary cap of $50,000 for the roster. Each roster has eight players, with two defenders, two midfielders, two forwards, one Flex player (this player can be a defender, midfielder or a forward) and a goalkeeper. Each roster of eight players may only include three players from one team.
Goal = +10 PTs
Assist = +6 PTs
Shot = +1 PTs
Shot on Goal = +1 PTs
Crosses = +1 PTs
Fouls Drawn = +0.75 PTs
Red Card = -1 PTs
Saves (GK) = +2 PTs
Goal Allowed (GK) = -2 PTs
Clean Sheet (GK, D) = +5 PTs
One Goal Allowed (GK, D) = +2 PTs
Win (GK) = +5 PTs
Penalty Kick Save (GK) = +3 PTs
Goalkeepers and defenders must play at least 60 minutes to be awarded the clean sheet or one goal allowed bonus, the same 60 minutes needed for a goalkeeper to qualify for a win.
DraftKings will offer live scoring throughout the contest, the points awarded based upon the information the site has received from their official stats provider. These points are for information purposes only and could be liable to change, up until the official scores and results are posted at the conclusion of the games.
When playing DFS on the NFL, the NBA, the NHL and MLB you’ll find a great many stats that you’ll be able to call upon to select your players, however soccer over the years has suffered in this respect. Up until around a decade ago, the only statistic available in the game was how many goals a player had scored, or how many clean sheets a goalkeeper has (try finding out how many assists a player had in 1985/86 and it’s not going to happen). This has changed immensely in recent years, with the advent of many sites tracking a great variety of measurable stats. Now you’ll instantly know how many passes a player has made and the percentage of those that have been completed, how many dribbles a player has made, the total distance they have covered in a game and in which area of the pitch the player spent the majority of the match. Obviously you’ll not need all of this information when selecting a roster, however if you want an edge, you’ll use as much information as you deem important.
There are many sites who offer stats on players, many of these sites making use of the excellent statistics generated by Optasports.com. You might find the following site is a great resource for DFS.
Check out www.whoscored.com This site specializes in individual statistics on players. During every live game (they feature all Premier League and Champions League games, as well as many other leagues around the world) they’ll rate the players out of ten on a live basis, basing the rating on a number of performance pointers. Individual player information on the site includes appearances, goals, assists, yellow/red cards, shots per game, pass success %, aerial duels won per game and the average rating. You’ll also see the strengths and weaknesses in a player’s game as well as the style of play – for example current Premier League top scorer Diego Costa is listed as a ‘Strong’ at Finishing and Headed Attempts, and ‘Weak’ at offside awareness and discipline, and his style of play comments point to the fact that he ‘likes to dribble’ and ‘gets fouled often’.
You’ll find many contests on offer every week at DraftKings, however there are three standout contests that you’ll find particularly attractive.
Nutmeg – For a $2 entry fee, take part in this $5,000 guaranteed event, with a top prize of $500.
Equalizer – This $20,000 guaranteed event has an entry fee of $27 and features a first prize of $2,500.
Golden Boot – This is the big stake game of the week, and for $200 you’ll be in with a chance of claiming the top prize of $3,000 in this $15,000 guaranteed event.
When playing DFS soccer, it’s not always easy to work out which players are the best to pick on a given week – soccer doesn’t have the same proliferation of stats as some of the other DFS games. One of the best ways to pick up tips is to actually watch the games and see what role a player is actually employing – you can really gain an edge by doing this.