The Dawg Pound: Initial Reactions to DS World Cup scoring/contests
First off, here are my qualifications (or lack thereof) for any analysis/punditry concerning World Cup DFS: I am a die hard soccer fan. I probably follow it closer than any other sport, except possibly MLB. That being said, I must give full disclosure that I am primarily knowledgeable about CLUB soccer more-so than international soccer. It’s the same players, but it’s very different tactics/rosters/etc. (So basically that will be my excuse if my analysis/picks are off. Just kidding. Maybe.)
I have to give props to fellow blogger “hambazaza” as he has already rolled out a detailed primer on the World Cup as a whole, and Group A. I’m assuming he will be going over the other groups in time, so I will leave that up to him. My focus will eventually be on daily analysis for Draftstreet contests (once they start) so I will primarily be analyzing particular targets and plays based on each day’s unique circumstances.
That being said, I have some initial thoughts/reactions to Draftstreet rolling out their first big WC tourney and the scoring system along with it. (If I’m allowed/able to link to it – it’s http://www.draftstreet.com/l/world-cup-2014.aspx?r=grinders). Looks like a solid tourney with a good payout and structure. It’s interesting, and I’m sure intentional, that they are running it on A- a 4-game slate, and B- a slate that includes the US. That should pretty much optimize interest from the casual fan.
Thoughts on scoring:
Category Players Included Score
Goal Scored Fwd, Mid, Def 5
Assist Fwd, Mid, Def 3
Shot Attempt Fwd, Mid, Def 0.5
Shot On Target (Bonus) Fwd, Mid, Def 0.5
Missed Penalty Kick Fwd, Mid, Def -2
Clean Sheet (Goalie + Def.) Goalie, Def 2
Saves (Goalie) Goalie 1
Penalty Shot Save (Goalie) Goalie 2
Goal Allowed (Goalie) Goalie -1
Wins (Goalie) Goalie 2
Foul Drawn ALL 0.3
Foul Committed ALL -0.3
Red Card ALL -1
Sorry that the scoring table loses it’s form when I copy and paste it.
From a scoring standpoint (based on the scoring system on the RG main page article that I pasted… not sure if that is subject to change), this system seems VERY attacking/forward-centric. Defensive midfielders are basically useless in this scoring system (and in most online soccer contests, to be fair) but since Tackles are not currently worth anything, we’ll be needing to make sure that our midfielders are OFFENSIVE minded. We’ll need MF’s who get forward and shoot or draw fouls. I’m on the fence about defenders. While defenders who are set-piece specialists like David Luiz and Leighton Baines have some value because of getting points from free-kicks, and aerial specialists like Sergio Ramos have a chance to score goals from set-pieces (corners or free-kicks, for anyone new to some of these phrases), I would tend to think they will be priced VERY highly. The next train of thought would be to target average defenders on good teams, to try and get points for a clean sheet. While I think that’s a viable method, if the team gives up 1 goal, or if the player gives up a few fouls despite the clean sheet, they lose their value quickly. That still might be a risk worth taking. We shall see. I think the big-time scoring forwards and midfielders will probably be our focus. I have many more thoughts to follow in future blog posts, and I will also be analyzing individual matchups and targets once we closer to actual games!