Soccer has returned! We have game week 30 approaching quickly and tomorrow’s slate should be fairly fun despite no great matchups in the main slate for your viewing pleasure. However, fantasy value is plenty, so let’s look at this slate.
Ben Foster ($3,700) – Foster has been tremendous for West Brom this season and is one of the main reasons they are eight in the league. They’ve only allowed 38 goals, which should be considered a success considering their roster and pre-season expectations. Manchester United force the most saves to opposing goalkeepers, and this matchup is primed for shots faced. If Foster can keep a clean sheet (and he can, especially without Zlatan Ibrahimovic playing), he has a 20+ point upside. The floor is also solid considering the price. Use him in all formats.
Tournament Targets (in order of preference): Tom Heaton, Wayne Hennessey, Lee Grant, Artur Boruc[sociallocker id=110379]
Jose Holebas ($4,400) – My favorite fantasy defender, but this isn’t a biased pick, I promise! Holebas missed out on Watford’s last match but is expected to return to the starting XI this week and the price has fallen from where it was earlier in the season. Holebas shared set pieces for Watford, which help to solidify his floor. He is also involved enough in the attack to get assist or goal upside, making him a solid pick in both cash and GPP formats. Sunderland have allowed the second most crosses in the league this season and that combined with this being a home match will help Holebas in achieving value.
Arthur Masuaku ($4,400, if he starts) – Masuaku did not start in the last match but there are rumors he will replace Aaron Cresswell now that he’s up to full speed. Masuaku is dangerous on the wings and faces Hull City, who allow the third most crosses in the league. Despite playing on the road, Masuaku should have plenty of changes to get up the field, especially with Michael Antonio missing. If he starts, Masuaku is cash and GPP viable.
Cedric Soares ($5,200) – Cedric is the safest play on the slate at the defender position. He averages over five crosses per match and finds ways to contribute in other categories, mainly tackles won and fouls drawn. The matchup is great against Bournemouth, and there’s even some assist upside there. Due to price, I prefer Soares in cash over GPP, but he is certainly usable in all formats.
Christian Eriksen ($10,200) – I hate paying over $10k on a single player, but Eriksen is in a fantastic spot here. Harry Kane is out, increasing Eriksen’s shot usage and boosting his touches in general. Eriksen is on most set-pieces for attack-happy Spurs, and Burnley allow the most crosses, shots, and chances created in the league. Eriksen’s floor in this matchup is likely in the double digits, and the upside is huge. He is a play across all formats and a lock for cash games
Willian ($8,300) – This is only a play if Cesc Fabregas doesn’t start. Willian gets part of his floor from set-pieces, which are dependent on Fabregas starting, but if he is set to take corners, the matchup for him is great here. Crystal Palace struggle defensively, and with Diego Costa questionable, the wingers may need to carry some extra shooting responsibility for Chelsea. The price is right to roster Willian in cash games here.
Dusan Tadic ($6,400) – A tournament only target, Tadic has played well as of late. He struggled against Tottenham, but that was largely matchup related, and his previous two games were a success at 36 and 13 fantasy points, respectively. Here, we get a home match against Bournemouth, which should see Tadic attack from the start. With Manolo Gabbiadini out, there will be extra responsibility for the Southampton midfielders, and Tadic can create and finish with ease. He is not quite the play he was at the beginning of the season since James Ward-Prowse has taken over corner kick duties, but the upside is still there. Speaking of JWP, he is viable in cash games as long as he starts here, but I wouldn’t use him in tournaments.
Tournament Targets: Pedro, Robert Snodgrass, Marc Albrighton, Mark Noble (light GPP sprinkle)
Anthony Martial ($7,700) – With Zlatan Ibrahimovic suspended, Martial should assume a larger role in Manchester United’s attack. He contributes through a variety of stats and is not nearly as goal dependent as Marcus Rashford, and the matchup is fantastic. West Brom are not horrible, and Ben Foster is capable of miracles, but Martial will have chances to score and Manchester are likely to get on the board in a home match here. There is upside and some safety, although it is definitely a risky a cash play.
Riyah Mahrez ($7,200) – Mahrez has finally returned to form this season and has lead Leicester to three big wins in their last three Premier League matches. Stoke City allow the fourth most shots in the league and Mahrez will stay busy here. Leicester City are a full week and a half away from their Champions League match, so hopefully they’re not looking ahead too far and focus on getting a win here. Teammate Jamie Vardy is much more binary in terms of fantasy outcomes but also possesses upside.
M’Baye Niang ($5,200) – Niang has played well over the past few weeks but has failed to get on the score sheet. Part of that was matchup driven, and part was him just not converting his chances. In a game against Sunderland, he’ll have a chance to break the curse and get on the scoresheet. He showed his upside against Burnley last month, and he can do similar damage here. Teammate Troy Deeney could miss out with a stomach issue, which would give Niang further upside and shot potential. At this price and with the lack of forwards on the slate, I wouldn’t mind Niang in cash games at this price.[/sociallocker]