When our Soccer (SOC) experts have important information or updates on individual players, injuries, match-ups, positions, or other specific aspects of a sport, they share it in a Spotlight. These articles provide in-depth analysis on how to reveal hidden value in the world of daily fantasy sports. This is where you will find key advantages that can launch your lineups to the top of your contests.
Monterrey vs. America: This is definitely the most appealing game of the two today, as shown by their thrilling 3-3 draw last month. The big news out of the America camp is that captain, and arguably best player, Rubens Sambueza (DK: $8,600) is back, rested and motivated to knock out the #1 seed, Monterrey. Taking a look at defense and GK positions, our research shows a couple value plays to pick from. First, Miguel Samudio (DK:$3,100), who since coming back from injury and suspension has only managed 6 FPTS in two games. However, with two 90 minute games under his belt we believe he has potential for a breakout game up against a dynamic Monterrey attack. If you are looking for a GPP threat play look no further than Paul Aguliar (DK:$4,900) and Walter Ayovi (DK:$3,400). Both have high ceilings but our research suggests that Ayovi has a lower floor being away from home. Moving onto midfielders and forwards it begins to get more expensive because this will most likely be a high scoring affair like last game. If you’re looking away from the stars this slate consider Osvaldo Martinez (DK:$5,300) who takes set-pieces for America and will have plenty of work offensively and defensively versus Monterrey. Out of the expensive players in this game, our research suggests that the player with the least potential to bust is Darlon Pabon (DK:$7,600) he too is Monterrey’s set piece taker and leads the team in shots taken followed by Edwin Cardona (DK:$7,700) who might break out any game now.
Pachuca vs. Leon: Starting with defenders and GK players, one player to keep your eye on is William Yarbough (DK: $4,400). He hasn’t lost a game since the beginning of April, with our research indicating he is the favorite GK play because of his matchup. This is because he faces a Pachuca team who only managed 4 goals on 38 shots to a back up GK and back up centerback from Santos last week. Another play from this game is John Stefan Medina (DK: $2,700). Opposing teams have struggled to get past him the past few games and it’s showing in his stat line, making his stock go up from $2,100 a month ago. At a ceiling of 19 and floor of 4, we believe he is a steal at his price. If there was a DFS MVP for Liga MX my vote would go to Elias Hernandez (DK:$8,000). He has been nothing short of amazing week in and week out. In addition, for the past 2 months he has scored or assisted in all games except two, so even if he doesn’t score he makes up for it with shots and crosses.
There you have it, in an depth-look into the semifinals of Liga MX and players to watch out for.
Atlas vs. Leon: This matchup is the place where our research indicates that not a whole lot of defense will take place, so we took a look at which players can benefit the most. Since both teams are better offensively, that eliminates picking any defenders and goalkeepers. Not only is Atlas the worst team in the league, they haven’t won a game since February and have allowed a whopping 11 goals during that span. Bearing this in mind, Leon’s Elias Hernandez (DK: $8,200) is a must-have who will exploit Atlas’ weaknesses. Hernandez has been lighting up the Mexican league all year, especially as of late with 20+ FPTS in his last four. With 10+ in his repertoire as well, it is impossible to pass him up. Also, always consider the opposing striker when facing Atlas which Saturday will be Mauro Boselli (DK: $6,300) who broke out last week for a hat-trick. Other strong candidates include Maximiliano Moralez (DK: $4,400) and Arturo Gonzalez (DK: $3,400).