What We Learned - EPL Matchday 27
EPL – Saturday
You no longer need to stack Manchester City anymore. You don’t even have to worry about them as much as you did before. Although Mahrez was a good play on Saturday, you technically did not need him to have a good day. And if it wasn’t evident enough, Saturday just proved once again that when Mahrez is on the pitch, you can expect De Bruyne to take a step back in terms of fantasy production. That is why Grealish was the more sought after player in the midfield, albeit underperforming.
However, what I would really like to point out is the commonality of plays across the board. There is not an overload of information out there in terms of researching soccer slates, but the information that is there, is all the same. This inclines DFS users to pick the same players in every positional category. Considering my line had no player under the 20% ownership line, that is quite concerning. The DFS soccer product is becoming more diluted which is a shame. It is really coming down to having that one differential play in your line or owning the goalkeeper who gets a rare but destructive 15+ point performance. I think the scoring system has to change and bring back a bit of new excitement into the product. And it shouldn’t be too hard for DraftKings to do this as there are plenty of loyal and long-standing soccer DFS junkies who have ideas. The problem is nothing ever gets done.
EPL – Sunday
It’s crazy that with a score of 124 it was hard to cash in GPP style games on Sunday. Reason being once again what I reiterated above – highly owned plays across the board give you no leverage, so it’s not about creating a solid eight player lineup. Instead, it’s about selecting the one random play who is a bit under owned across the masses. I had all the first three goals of the slate but it honestly did nothing to get me excited. Jota continues his hot goal streak and Fernandes notched his first goal in a Manchester United jersey. Promising stuff for the Portuguese national team. It’s also evident that targeting non-set takers on highly favored teams provides you better returns than targeting that one, monopoly set-piece taker on the drastic underdog. And congrats to Arsenal who seem to have new life under Arteta.