Hello Everyone! I am preparing for a cross-country move this week so I’ll be keeping this write-up short as I’ve focused all time I’ve had this week on the research! Let’s get to it!
Eldin Jakupovic ($3,800) – Jakupovic has reached five fantasy points in each of his last four home games and in a matchup against Southampton he should have no trouble keeping the good floor. Southampton are good enough to push early while not good enough to score four or five, and Jakupovic should have plenty of save opportunities in this one. As this has become the play this season, continue going with a cheap goalkeeper and spend elsewhere. They’re too volatile to spend up on.
Cedric Soares ($5,600) – Soares is the most expensive defender this weekend and deservedly so. There just aren’t many options at the position that can actually earn fantasy points and Cedric has shown time and time again he’s reliable. In a home matchup against Hull City, Cedric will have the opportunity to join the attack and rack up crosses. There is also assist upside here, so he’s viable in both cash and tournament games.
Matthew Lowton ($3,800) – Last time these two teams met, the game was very fast paced and exciting. This is a scenario where that could happen again despite the changes at both clubs since, and that should give Lowton extra opportunities for tackles and crosses. Crystal Palace have improved considerably but are nothing to really be afraid of, and Burnley will get a chance to at least counter-attack. Lowton is fine in cash games but there probably isn’t a ton of upside for him here.
Javier Manquillo ($3,300) – I like Marquillo for more than his cheap price this week. He’s been contributing in multiple categories and his production is safe when he’s on the pitch. Sunderland have subbed him when they need attacking, but this is a game that could be a draw for the entire duration, meaning Manquillo will have a shot at staying on the pitch for 90 minutes. At this price, he is a strong cash option.
Dusan Tadic ($8,200) – We haven’t had Southampton chalk in recent weeks but here we are! Tadic is expensive, having played 90 minutes in recent weeks, and if the trend continues he’ll return value to ease. Gamelog watchers will be surprised at his two ineffective games last week and the week before but the opposition there was Chelsea and Manchester City. The knock on Tadic is that he’s splitting corners with James Ward-Prowse, but the upside is there as he has a better chance to score and his set-piece upside makes his price worth it. Ward-Prowse can be considered as well.
Andros Townsend ($9,000) – When I first looked at the slate I thought there was 0 chance of considering Townsend at this price. But I quickly realized there aren’t many places to spend up, as there isn’t a single top six team in the slate. That’s almost depressing, but it also makes Townsend a viable play. Burnley aren’t great, and Townsend is a crossing machine. On this slate, he can be on GPP winning teams even without a goal or assist, and he’s certainly a cash game lock.
Xherdan Shaqiri ($8,500) – Shaqiri is expensive but considering the state of the slate, we are once again tempted to overspend. There just aren’t many forward options in the high price range, so I could see some interesting lineups with three higher range midfielders. Shaqiri hasn’t crossed as much as we have expected the last two weeks as he’s played a very central role, but the upside is there and he is on some set-piece duty to boost his value.
Wahbi Khazri ($5,100) – In cash games, Khazri will be immensely high owned. With his upside and price, he makes for a strong cash game play. However, in tournaments, there are routes to fading Khazri and paying up entirely in midfield. He isn’t necessarily a lock for value, and if he struggles, this could be an opportunity to get a big advantage in tournaments by fading him. Long story short, he’s mainly a cash play for me at this time.
Manolo Gabbiadini ($8,500) – Gabbiadini was extremely impressive in his first few matches in the Premier League but has struggled since his injury. With that said, those games have been against Manchester City and Chelsea. He now gets Hull City, who allow the third most shots in the league and are battling for safety. If Hull try to attack or at least counter regularly in an attempt to win a point, Gabbiadini will get plenty of chances. He is cash viable on this slate. Wilfried Zaha is the other forward option in this price range and he’s viable in place of Gabbiadini, but he isn’t as likely to score and his floor is not much higher, so my preference is for Gabbiadini.
Victor Anichebe ($4,400) – Anichebe has looked solid in his return from injury and although not doing anything major in the last three games, he’s found ways to produce fantasy points. In a home match against Bournemouth, I am expecting a high number of shots and crosses, and the floor should be there at a price of just $4,400. Solid choice at a solid price, and certainly cash viable. If you play both Anichebe and Khazri, there should be little reason to have to save anywhere else, and you can complete the rest of the roster with high priced studs. That’s likely the best route in cash games, while in GPPs it’s probably best to play just one of Anichebe or Khazri.
Best of luck to everyone playing this weekend!