EPL DFS 3/2 Picks: Stoked on Shaqiri
Welcome back everyone. Let’s get into my EPL DFS 3/2 Picks.
We are back with another edition of our Premier League content and I’m here to help you build some rosters for today’s matches. Before we get started, I want to mention that this slate doesn’t seem very good to play cash games on. It’s quite small, and unlike yesterday, there don’t seem to be any safe sources of salary cap relief. There is also a high number of unpredictable games, such as the one between Manchester City and Liverpool, which make this a risky endeavor in cash play. It’s quite different in GPP, where there are some extremely fun plays that could explode. Let’s go over some of these GPP targets.
The Top Play – Petr Cech ($4,200) and David de Gea ($4,300) – These two goalkeepers are the main choices of this slate. If you were to try and play cash games, you would need one of these two. They both play at home, against weaker opposition, and both headline the sportsbook odds for clean sheets and wins in this one. They’ll be heavily owned, but chances are you’ll need spend up here to have a good day.
For the Risk Taker – Joe Hart ($3,900) – Joe Hart travels to Liverpool for this one in a match that could go either way. His range is likely [-4 to 16], so when I mean this game could go either way, I really mean it. His upside is worth taking a risk at in GPPs, especially in a slate that could feature a lot of goals, so the need to differentiate yourself in the back is important.
The Top Choice – Alberto Moreno ($4,500) – Moreno is playing in a match that should be fast paced and entertaining and figures to lend a lot of opportunities for defenders to go on the attack. He gets most of his value from crossing, but is also active with the defensive stats, giving him a safe floor. Pieces like Moreno are good ones to build around for both cash and GPP.
Salary Cap Relief – Stoke City Backline – Stoke City have suffered yet another injury to their back-line as Phil Bardsley has been injured. This hurts them, but it presents some values in fantasy. It’s hard to predict who will get the start against Newcastle, but any defender starting on the outside that costs less than $2,500 is worth taking a shot at in GPPs.
The Top Tier – This is where it gets interesting. Mesut Ozil, Dimitri Payet, Christian Eriksen, Gylfi Sigurdsson are all viable in tournaments today. One of the reasons I was reluctant to play cash on this slate was the number of great midfielder plays and the difficulty they presented in building rosters. If I had to choose a top one from here, I would likely go with Dimitri Payet or Mesut Ozil due to home advantage, but all four of these players have reason to be trusted in games today.
Tier Two – James Milner, Philippe Coutinho, David Silva, Xherdan Shaqiri, Erik Lamela. This is another great set of midfielders here. Milner and Coutinho face a very tough matchup, so I would prefer a slightly lower exposure to them. David Silva is not extremely reliable, and Erik Lamela faces a mediocre matchup away from home. That leaves us with Xherdan Shaqiri. Shaqiri is in a prime spot for another great performance and he will be highly owned in cash games. He provides a fairly cheap price tag, so building around him is not impossible, and his upside is immense. There is, of course, reason to not go 100% in on Shaqiri, as his high ownership percentages make him a fun half-fade in GPPs.
Salary Cap Relief – Andros Townsend, Michail Antonio, Manuel Lanzini – Lanzini was off to a huge start this season before he went down with an injury but he’s back with the squad now and played 65 minutes last time out. He is a great place to save money and has both a nice floor and upside.
The Top Tier – Sergio Aguero, Harry Kane, and Alexis Sanches. All three can go for 30 fantasy points today. This is an extremely stacked slate, despite just five games being available. We prefer Alexis Sanchez due to the home field advantage and the high number of phantom stats that raise his floor, but Kane and Aguero will have fairly low ownership rates and make for extremely fun GPP plays. I think it’s worth mentioning once again how the high number of expensive players make this an extremely tough slate to play, making it better for tournaments than cash games.
Salary Cap Relief – Seydou Doumbia ($3,200) – Doumbia still hasn’t earned a start at Newcastle, but his time is coming. He has had plenty of time to get fit, a concern when he first came to town, and he provides a set of skills Newcastle desperate need. He is extremely cheap, and a great source of salary cap relief in tournaments with his upside. If Doumbia finds himself on the bench once again, look at Stoke City’s starting forwards to cap relief, as there aren’t any other ways to save money.