Galin Dragiev highlights the best EPL DFS Saturday picks on FanDuel and DraftKings:
Hello everyone! We’re back at it for another week of Premier League action and we get a seven game slate that doesn’t have as much chalk as usual. Let’s look at the slate:
- Burnley – Southampton
- Hull City – Bournemouth
- Sunderland – Stoke City
- Swansea – Arsenal
- Watford – Middlesbrough
- West Ham – Crystal Palace
- Leicester City – Chelsea
This is an interesting slate for sure. Chelsea are on the road and face what is an underrated defensive squad in Leicester, despite their poor form this season. Southampton and Burnley could be a very boring affair, and Watford – Middlesbrough isn’t exciting anyone. But there will be goals in this slate, and we’ll have to work hard to find them. Let’s go position by position. [sociallocker id=110379]
Crystal Palace starting goalkeeper – Wayne Hennessey faces a late fitness test so might not start, but whoever gets the nod at goalkeeper for Palace is a good choice given the price. West Ham should theoretically attack at home, or at least try to, and Palace are horrible defensively so I expect them to give up shots. However, without Dimitri Payet, the Hammers will struggle. Hennessey (or replacement) will have save opportunities but also an opportunity for a clean sheet and a win. I like the upside here and the floor.
GPP Targets – Kasper Schmeichel, Vito Mannone, David Marshall
Once again, we’re looking for value at this position. There is nothing exciting up top and the goal would be to save as much money as possible in an attempt to pay for expensive players in midfield and attack. If you do want to spend up, Jose Holebas or Charlie Daniels are likely your best bet.
Glen Johnson – Johnson hasn’t been great this season, but the mix of pricing and matchup make him viable in this one. He finds ways to grab fantasy points and I expect him to join the attack against Sunderland. From this same game, we could also decide to go with Papy Djilobodji, who is the cheapest option on the slate. Papy is horrible, but the money is really just well spent elsewhere at other positions.
We need to monitor starting lineups for value this weekend. With the transfer period going on and players leaving for the African Cup of Nations, it’s almost impossible to predict starting lineups right now. But almost always around this time of the year, unexpected values pop up. Monitor Twitter on Saturday for late news on values coming up.
Note: With Hector Bellerin ruled out, whoever starts for Arsenal at full-back will likely be an option against a poor Swansea side.
Junior Stanislas – Stanislas gets one of the worst teams in the Premier League in Hull City. On top of that, Bournemouth have really found an attacking mindset this season and continue to impress from week to week on that side of the ball. Stanislas will be involved through some set pieces and has the potential for a goal or assist on top of a good floor. He is a cash viable option on this slate.
Demarai Gray – With Riyad Mahrez gone to AFCAN, Demarai Gray should start in his spot. Gray has impressed in the last few weeks and has gotten really close to goal a few times. He is a very talented youngster who can created chances out of nothing and possesses the speed necessary to succeed in the Premier League. As long as Gray starts, and he should, he is cash game viable. Teammate Marc Albrighton is also a consideration at $5,700.
Manuel Lanzini – If Sofiane Feghouli is still at West Ham, he will be a lock for cash games, but it looks more likely he gets sold by Saturday. If Feghouli is gone, the attack will likely flow through Manuel Lanzini. Lanzini would be on some, if not most corners, and his goal upside makes him a virtual lock for cash games as well. Follow this conversation closely and look at the starting lineups before deciding.
Robert Snodgrass – Snodgrass has gotten expensive, but he really is all Hull City have going in attack. He is involved through every set piece, shoots, scores, crosses like a mad man, and assists. He contributes in almost every attacking category, and can be trusted in cash games to at least not kill you, even if he doesn’t get involved in a goal.
Alexis Sanchez – Sanchez is very expensive, but with good reason. He has been a monster this season and continues to crush week after week. Theo Walcott is still out and Sanchez will be handling the attack alongside Mesut Ozil. With a general lack of expensive options, I expect Sanchez to actually be quite heavily owned and a must for cash games. Lock him in.
Diego Costa – Costa is just a bit cheaper than Alexis but possesses similar upside. The striker is on fire this season and despite his low floor, he has double goal upside every time. He is a great GPP pivot who should have considerably less ownership.
Jermain Defoe – Defoe has three goals in his past two games and now gets Stoke City. Stoke haven’t been good defensively this season, and despite Sunderland being horrible, Defoe has found ways to score and get involved. At home this week, I expect Sunderland to push up and create chances for Defoe, who is a great tournament target at the price. [/sociallocker]