Here is a quick write up:
Daily Fantasy Soccer Basics
Scoring (Draft Kings):
Players will accumulate points as follows:
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
Team Selection (Draft Kings)
Rosters will consist of 8 players and must include players from at least 3 different EPL teams.
The 8 roster positions are: GK, D, D, M, M, F, F, Flex (any non-goalie)
Key Thoughts on Team Selection:
GK - Clean Sheets are pretty massive, but so are saves. You should always look to pick a GK thatís playing at home, and preferably with a team that has a good defensive record. It can be hard to balance a gk that makes a lot of saves and gets clean sheets, so looking for teams that are heavy home favorites is a good rule of thumb for GK selection.
Defenders - Outside defenders (fullbacks) are your bread and butter. The more attacking the better as they can provide cross points and assist points. You want to look for attack minded full backs that have favorable home fixtures where they may get clean sheets also. Some defenders such as Leighton Baines you take set pieces are even more valuable.
Midfielders - You generally want to avoid defensive midfielders, but you get penalized less so in Draft Kings since fouls committed donít cost you points (this is massive shift in strategy from stat clash). The ideal midfielders are those playing the 10 role (lined up in the middle of the pitch behind the striker) and also wingers who are heavy attack minded. A lot of times you will find out of position players who are basically forwards but classified as midfielders in 4-2-3-1 setups who are great to pick up. Players you put in a lot of crosses, are creative/tricky (get fouled alot), and set piece takers.
Forwards - Having your forwards produce goals is a must, if your forwards are a bust you are going to get hammered badly. Look for high scoring sides with home fixtures, or teams with a home fixture against a side with poor defenses. Players that have penalty / set piece duty are great targets for players.
Recommended research -
Always look at the betting lines, and then find out the projected starting line ups for the home teams that are most favored to win.
After this take a look at home teams that score a lot of goals, or home teams that are playing teams that give up a ton of goals.
Keep heavily up to date on injuries and starting rotations. Soccer unlike other sports if someone you play doesnít start they are unlikely to get any game time where in american football 2nd and 3rd WRs or RBs may still get reps. If one of your player doesnít play or barely plays you are basically screwed. Player rotation is huge for the top teams who are participating in multiple competitions. Perfect example is Diego Costa for chelsea who is the hottest scoring player in the PL. Unlike football you will see him benched vs poor sides if they have big games in other competitions coming up. Usually you can get lineups on twitter an hour before game time by searching teamname xi. Always be ready to have subs in case starting 11ís change.
Resources for player stats and fantasy advice:
(im currently using this to work on developing a predictive model)
Please note the two fantasy sites are geared toward season long leagues so some advice may not apply, but it will provide some good tips and advice on any given game week.
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