DFS Soccer: Trying to Solve the Goalkeeper Conundrum
DFS Soccer: Trying to Solve the Goalkeeper Conundrum

This article is part of our DFS Soccer 101 series.

Choosing a goalkeeper in daily fantasy soccer has been a roller coaster this season, as keepers who put up big save numbers can overcome allowing three goals, while top-tier players at the position (or at least those we thought were in the top tier) can go through a match with his side dominating but they barely produce for fantasy managers because of one penalty goal allowed in the 88th minute. But just because it's felt like a dart throw each week doesn't mean we shouldn't try to figure out if there are any patterns or stats that can lead us in a better direction.

Picking a visiting goalkeeper at Manchester United has paid big dividends this season; just ask anyone who rostered Burnley's Tom Heaton during his 11-save clean sheet or Hull City's Eldin Jakupovic when he had a six-save shutout (both matches were scoreless draws). In fact, of Manchester United's 14 home matches this season, only one time did they score more goals than the opposing goalkeeper had saves, while one other time it was even. To go a bit further, half of this season's visiting goalkeepers at Old Trafford have scored at least 10 fantasy points on DraftKings (not including win points) and six of 14 have scored at least 20 fantasy points on FanDuel. Only once has a keeper scored negative points at Old Trafford, and that was back in Gameweek 6.

So, is it as simple as taking a visiting goalkeeper against a top club who's

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Andrew M. Laird
Andrew M. Laird, the 2017 and 2018 FSWA Soccer Writer of the Year, is RotoWire's Head of DFS Content and Senior Soccer Editor. He is a seven-time FSWA award finalist, including twice for the Football Writer of the Year Award.
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