DraftKings Fantasy Soccer: Understanding the New Scoring Rules
DraftKings Fantasy Soccer: Understanding the New Scoring Rules

This article is part of our DraftKings Fantasy Soccer series.

After significant lobbying (or Twitter complaining, however you want to look at it), DraftKings has made a few big changes to their soccer scoring rules ahead of the upcoming 2019/20 European season. While the salary cap is the same, as are the number of roster spots and positions, they've added two scoring categories while reducing the value two others. 

The changes won't drastically adjust the way we build lineups for GPPs or cash games, though there are certainly some players who will benefit while others will see their values decline. Added to the scoring categories are shots assisted, which are also known as chances created or key passes, and completed passes, two stats that are already available in DraftKings' showdown formats. Additionally, the value of crosses has declined, though for those who longed for their value to increase back to the full-point they used to be worth, the addition of shots assisted should ease that pain.

Completed passes are fairly easy to understand, but for those who aren't aware of what shots assisted/chances created/key passes are, they are passes that lead to a direct shot. Set-piece takers are generally near the top of the league lead in the category, and it's entirely possible that a player could be awarded with a cross and a chance created on a single action (i.e. kicking the ball from the wing that leads to a header in the box). However, not every chance created results from a cross, and there are certainly players who

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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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