As per tradition, every year there are those who decide to start the Fantasy Football from the first day of the championship and who, taking into account that the summer market ends at the end of August, decides to start the competition from the third day. It may seem like a minor difference but in reality it is not at all. Two days, 180 minutes of play, but above all those 10/15 days that separate the start of the Serie A from the end of the transfer market they often prove to be decisive for the choices of the fantasy coaches. Last minute purchases or sales, injuries or changes in hierarchy can affect an entire season.
Goalkeeper, the key element of the squad
A fantasy coach who aims to win the Fantasy Football can’t ignore having at least one top in pink porter and a good reserve. This season of Serie A the goalkeepers of the top teams (Handanovic, Szczesny, Maignan, Meret, Reina, Rui Patricio, Musso all with prices between 14 and 17) have been snatched from the competition for often crazy figures because on paper they are those who suffer fewer goals. Next to them, to save money, the fantasy coaches usually buy their respective seconds in order to be covered in case of injuries or disqualifications. We remind you that any of the eleven players on the field are able to bring bonuses, but if it is the goalkeeper who does it, you often have some odds more than victory. Keeping a clean sheet, conceding a goal but making a great performance, taking advantage of the “defense modifier” factor or saving a penalty kick are all elements that combine to emphasize the importance of an extreme defender.
Low cost goalkeepers at the start of the season
Excluding the seven mentioned above, there was a small group of goalkeepers belonging to the middle range that the most spendthrift fantasy coaches have decided to buy next to a role top. Among these we had Audero area of Sampdoria, Advice of Sassuolo, Dragowski area of Fiorentina, Cragno of Cagliari e Silvestri dell ‘Udinese with prices between 10 and 12. With an initial share of 9 fantamillioni instead it was possible to bring home one between Milinkovic-Savic of Torino, Montipò of Verona o Skorupski of Bologna.
Low cost goalkeepers after 7 days
After seven days of the championship the hierarchies seem to have changed: some mid-range goalkeepers now have a higher price than some top tenured players. The performances and networks suffered by the big names help us understand this trend reversal. The Napoli has the best defense (3 goals conceded, one by Meret in two appearances and two from Ospina in five appearances) but the Colombian has a lower share than the former Udinese; Maignan of Milan has suffered five goals and then, surprisingly, we find Milinkovic-Savic of Torino that of networks has only suffered seven.
On the negative side, the twelve goals conceded by Queen area of Lazio and ten o’clock in the Polish Szczesny area of Juventus. Currently, statistics in hand, in addition to the goalkeeper of the grenade also Advice of Sassuolo is one of the “top roles”; the goalkeepers of Juventus e Lazio, listed at 12 and 10 million, are currently in the mid-range. We also find in the same range the Empoli Vicar, valued 9 fantamilioni, who has conceded twelve goals, of which just two away.
Our advice (1): Follow the alternations
This year, the most attentive will have already noticed it, for the first time the calendar of the Serie A it is asymmetrical: this means that the first round and second round are staggered. For the fantasy football, in reference to goalkeepers, it is an element not to be underestimated. With a view to alternating (home / away races) based on the calendar it is possible to evaluate which are the best low cost couples. The couples Sirigu-Audero e Dragowski-Vicar in this sense they are the best ever since they are always alternating (31/31 remaining).
As for the first pair there is little to add as they defend the gates of Genoa e Sampdoria, two clubs from the same city; similar speech for the other two (respectively Fiorentina ed Empoli) which in compiling the calendars were considered as two clubs from the same city. Then there are two other couples who, following the alternation criterion, tease a lot: the first is made up of Advice of Sassuolo e Audero area of Sampdoria (24/31). The first has collected nine goals and has one average of 4,93; the second has collected thirteen goals and has a phantom average of 4,14. The other very interesting pair you can bet on is composed of Silvestri dell ‘Udinese e Milinkovic-Savic of Torino (23/31). The former Verona has conceded eleven goals so far while the Serbian just seven.
Our advice (2): Trust the numbers
Making a mix between the goals conceded so far, the current odds of the players and the potential they can show in the coming weeks we end this long article with those that, in our opinion, are the two best pairs of low cost goalkeepers to buy in order to have guaranteed some bonuses. The first pair includes Dragowski area of Fiorentina e Milinkovic-Savic of Torino: the Polish goalkeeper has played five games and conceded six goals (five of which between Inter e Napoli), also has an expulsion on the first day against Roma and a penalty kick saved to Insigne in the last turn. His fantamedia is 5,20, the solidity of the back department of the Fiorentina and its excellent performances on goal prompt us to recommend it as the first choice of your squad. The goalkeeper of the Torino instead he has only conceded seven goals as much as the defense granata is one of the least used of the Serie A. The team of Juric the giant goalkeeper has lost three games but always of measure Serbian so far he has never conceded more than two goals in a single game and has one average of 5,21.
It is also the goalkeeper who recorded the greatest increase in his price: from the initial 9 million, it is now worth 13. The other couple we recommend, a bit risky but just as reliable, is composed of Advice of Sassuolo e Vicar dell ‘Empoli. They are two profiles that complement each other. For the goalkeeper emilian what was said for Milinkovic-Savic: has conceded nine goals in seven games but never went beyond two goals per game. Al Mapei Stadium the former Atalanta has a good performance having collected only three goals (one with the Torino and two with theInter). Next to Advice if you want to risk it you can try the shot Vicar: the 25-year-old from Udine, despite the twelve goals he has conceded, impressed in this first part of the championship thanks to his beautiful saves that often saved the goal of the team of Andreazzolli. The fantamedia of the extreme defender Empoli è 4,57, to stand out are the two goals conceded away from home against ten received at home, which is why the combination with Advice (portcullis within friendly walls) seems perfect.
Di Roberto Cusimano