We have yet another horrible slate this weekend as there are no top teams playing on Saturday and we’re lacking anyone over $9,500 on DraftKings. Sorry to start us off on a poor note, but the Premier League needs to do a better job of putting good teams on Saturday to keep interest up across the whole weekend. Now that I’m done ranting, let’s take a look at the slate ahead and see what we can salvage.
It’s really hard to go wrong at goalkeeper on this slate. There aren’t really any standout options and you could get away with making a case for almost anyone! There aren’t really any goalkeepers expected to see a huge number of shots and none that pose a great chance at a clean sheet, and we’re set for an extremely volatile situation here once again. In cash games, I’m likely turning to:
Jack Butland ($4,400) – Butland is a bit expensive compared to what I usually pay for goalkeeper but he’s extremely affordable on this slate. Bournemouth have averaged just over 13 shots per game at home and tend to play a fairly attacking style. The concern here is that Bournemouth have converted their chances well this season, but there’s room for regression and Butland should be able to get saves in even if he concedes a goal or two.
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The defender position is once again very thin. The lack of expensive options at any position make us lean towards spending up at defender to be able to guarantee some kind of performance here and that leads me to:
Christian Fuchs ($5,500) – Although expensive, Fuchs provides you with a level of comfort at an otherwise horrible position. He crosses frequently and gets involved in the Leicester City attack, which has been resurrected in recent weeks. The matchup is great, as he’s at home to Watford. In his last five home matches, Fuchs has produced seven or more DraftKings points in each one, and that performance warrants cash game consideration on this slate.
Daryl Janmaat ($3,700) – With Janmaat, we’re saving money due to a lack of any other playable options past Fuchs up top. Janmaat is not providing us with anything to write home about, but he’s acceptable at the price considering everything else available at the defender position this Saturday.
Ryan Fraser ($7,700) – Fraser’s price has increased steadily over the past month and with good reason. He’s been on most corners and continues crossing from open play. Bournemouth have been good in attack and Fraser has been involved in goals in multiple ways, giving himself floor and upside between all the ways he can contribute. With the lack of solid options at the higher price range in this slate, Fraser is up for high cash game ownership and you should roster him as well. In tournaments, he is not a must have but he is certainly viable, and you should own him in 30-50% of your lineups there.
Riyad Mahrez ($8,500) – Mahrez is both midfield and forward eligible and gives us a solid option for cash games. He has eclipsed six points in each of his last ten games and has reached double digits in six out of those ten. That’s great consistency for someone who now gets Watford at home. Mahrez has returned to certain set pieces and will get an extra boost of Marc Albrighton doesn’t start, but he’s in play either way. His higher than 35% chance to score makes him tournament viable as well.
Kamil Grosicki ($7,100) – Grosicki has been extremely tilting the past three weeks as he’s contributed 5, 5, and 8 fantasy points. The matchups weren’t horrible in all three weeks but two were on the road, and Grosicki was still able to contribute through crosses. The lack of shots is concerning, but expect a bounce back here against a very poor Sunderland team that allows the second most shots in the league at 17.4 and the second most crosses in the league. With Grosicki’s price decline, this is the perfect bounce-back spot.
Wahbi Khazri ($5,400) – Khazri has a total of eight shots and 27 crosses in his last three games and his price still hasn’t increased to where it should be. He is active and he is playing as if he has something to prove, which makes him a safe play in an environment where we may not get as many dedicated teams at this time of the season. The matchup against Hull City is great, and that boosts Khazri. Use him in all formats.
Gylfi Sigurdsson ($9,500) – Gylfi salvaged a point for Swansea in the last match against Manchester United and is back to his fantasy point producing ways. Outside of the two-game stretch where he had 8 and 9 fantasy points, he has eclipsed double digits in every other game in his past ten. In the last ten matches, no one on Swansea has taken a corner outside of Gylfi, which gives you an idea of the monopoly he has on set pieces at Swansea. Fire him up even in a tough matchup against Everton.
Joshua King ($8,000) – Although a bit expensive, King can be considered in tournaments. He has played lights out in the past few months, scoring eight goals in the past nine matches. Against Stoke City, the upside here is a hat-trick, and it’s well worth pursuing in tournaments. Even at just one goal, King will be at value and he is at almost 40% chance to score according to sports books. Utilize him in tournaments.[/sociallocker]