Galin Dragiev highlights the best EPL DFS Saturday picks on FanDuel and DraftKings…
The weekend is almost here! I’ve been a bit sick this week so I certainly can’t wait for the weekend to come, but still found some energy to research the soccer slate and get everyone prepared. The Premier League returns with a sweet six game slate, featuring two of the top teams and a lot of mid-range clubs. The difficulty in the slate comes from a few unpredictable games such as West Brom vs Sunderland and Manchester City vs Tottenham, so let’s dive in.
Vito Mannone ($3,900) – Warning: West Brom are never my friends. I’ve had some tough luck with West Brom historically, but hopefully this pick turns it around. Vito Mannone faces West Brom on Saturday in a game where he should see a lot of shots, and despite West Brom’s insane finishing so far this season, I still expect room for regression. If they regress even slightly, Mannone can rack up saves.
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Christian Kabasele ($3,500) – The chalk from last week paid off and Kabasele will be chalky again as long as he starts in midfield. He’s too cheap for what he offers, especially from a defender slot, so it’s not a hard decision to slot him in. Crosses, shots, and some defensive stats will pay off the cheap price tag.
Charlie Daniels ($5,100) – Daniels has a bit of a low floor for the price, but I enjoy his upside, even in cash games. There aren’t many defenders with his upside and it’s worth pursuing in cash games, especially on slates like this where there aren’t a ton of expensive options in midfield.
Antonio Valencia ($5,000) – If you’re looking for a slightly more stable floor, Valencia can suit that. The Manchester United defender goes up to join the attack often and they’ll be attacking all game long against Stoke City. There is upside here too, as Valencia can pick up assists and will have a solid chance at one for a defender.
Further GPP Targets: Fabio, Daley Blind
Kevin De Bruyne ($9,500) – A few weeks ago this would have been chalk, but today, the word on the street surrounding De Bruyne isn’t great. People are scared of the last four games, which were admittedly poor, but this is Kevin De Bruyne after all. Manchester City haven’t looked good – in fact the got embarrassed last week against Everton, but they’ve done this in past seasons and always recovered. There isn’t a scenario where they crash and burn, especially with the talent on their roster, and I expect De Bruyne to be involved in that recovery. I really like him this week, especially in a home match with what will be his lowest ownership of the season.
Sofiane Feghouli ($5,000) – Feghouli wasn’t sold last week and seems destined to stay at West Ham. He’s recovering from a slight injury and missed practice on Wednesday, but he is considered likely to play on Saturday. His goal last week saw him crush value, but his involvement and quality look to make him another solid cash choice this week. Teammate Manuel Lanzini is a viable GPP target.
Matt Phillips ($6,700) – I’m not a huge fan of Phillips in cash games, but he is admittedly in the best spot he can be in this week. He faces Sunderland at home and his upside and ownership are big enough to where he is certainly cash viable. If anything, I’ll be looking to use him to block out others with him in case he goes off. The situation here is definitely interesting, especially since there are also other ways to get into the West Brom side in fantasy, but Phillips is almost a must in cash with his combination of price, upside, and ownership. However, don’t be afraid to fade him in GPPs.
Junior Stanislas ($6,700) – At the same price as Phillips, Stanislas is the perfect GPP pivot. He’ll likely come with lower ownership and has equal – if not greater upside. The matchup for Stanislas is similarly worse, but Watford aren’t a power house and are certainly beatable.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan ($7,400) – Mkhitaryan has been impressive for Manchester United lately and finally has a consistent starting job. He is cheap enough to be cash viable and in this matchup he is a great way to get Manchester United exposure in cash games. The only risk here is Mourinho’s tendency to sometimes sub out Mkhitaryan early, but we’ll have to live with those risks and hope he can meet value in 65 minutes if he indeed is subbed out.
Further GPP Targets: Gabriel Jesus, Paul Pogba, Ross Barkley
Sergio Aguero (9,100) – I touched on Manchester City’s struggles above and how I think they rebound and Aguero is too good to be ignored here at this price. He is simply too good and in a fairly good spot at home to not be considered. I would hesitate to recommend him for cash games, but I certainly think he’s viable there. In GPPs, there isn’t a better target out there. With Kevin De Bruyne being forward eligible, he is also viable in this section.
Salomon Rondo ($6,900) – There is absolutely zero floor here, but Rondon has three-goal upside in this matchup. He is a great GPP play at a reasonable price.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic ($8,800) – Ibrahimovic has been a model of consistency over his last ten games, but a match away from home is tough to trust in cash games for a goal-dependent striker. In GPPs, however, Zlatan is worth every penny as he has hat-trick upside anytime he plays.
Further GPP Targets: Michael Antonio (depends where he starts), Jermain Defoe[/sociallocker]