This article is part of our DFS Soccer 101 series.
Punting a defender spot is a time-honored tradition on DraftKings, as fantasy players scroll to the bottom of the position salary scale hoping to unearth a luck-box goal (thanks to Jordan Cooper for that phrase) to propel them to the top of GPP standings. We've all been there, staring at names like Steve Cook, Ryan Shawcross and Federico Fernandez wondering if this is the week they score one of their three goals on the season (if they even reach that many). All it takes is one time getting a goal out of a $2,800 defender to make you think you're the center-back whisperer and that you'll be able to nail the next one, even if you've been wrong the last 18 slates.
Don't get me wrong, I'm just as guilty as anyone else in thinking that the day I pick a $2,900 Ashley Williams is the day he'll bag his first career hat trick. I was curious what process other people use when trying to catch lighting in the center-back bottle, so I asked on Twitter how people decide on their punts. While some referenced chasing clean sheets (three fantasy points on DraftKings), pairing them with their goalkeeper, or what kind of low floor their tackles and interceptions provide, the general consensus was goal upside, specifically targeting teams that are poor at defending set pieces (Hi, Arsene!). And while that line of thinking makes sense in theory, defenders don't score that many goals and rarely, if ever, have