This week’s slates is one of the toughest we’ve had on DraftKings for a while as there are no reliable ways to pick up points. That will lead us to make some difficult decisions, but expect the slate to be a little more variant than we’re used to. With that in mind, it may be a good week to cut down on cash games a little and embrace the variance in GPPs. There are some fun ones on DraftKings this week, including some more qualifiers for the King of the Pitch tournament. Let’s take a look at the plays.
Heurelho Gomes ($3,600) – As always, there’s some risk here of Gomes going negative, but overall it’s been the right move more often than not to go with a very cheap goalkeeper who will face plenty of shots. Manchester United are fantastic for putting up plenty of shots on target and Gomes should have the most save opportunities of anyone on the slate. At just $3,600, he’s a solid cash game option.
Tournament Targets: Victor Valdes, Wayne Hennessey[sociallocker id=110379]
Phil Bardsley ($4,400) – Bardsley should start for the missing Glen Johnson, who is set to miss another week through injury. Bardsley at full-back is in play in cash games, especially against a very, very weak Crystal Palace team. He finds a way to get a few crosses in on top of enough defensive categories to get himself to a good floor. Bardsley is a cash building block.
Lamine Kone ($2,600) – I’m sad I couldn’t play last week as I missed Kone scoring! Now, I’m not expecting a goal again, but I’m just playing Kone for the purposes of salary cap relief. He’s one of the cheapest available starters and does enough to not crush you in cash, while allowing you to spend on other positions. He is also GPP viable with goal upside.
Cedric Soares ($5,100) – Soares has virtually the same floor and upside as Antonio Valencia but comes at $800 less. He crosses frequently and contributes via other statistic as well to solidify his floor. He has assist upside to give himself a shot at upside and faces Sunderland, where a clean sheet isn’t out of the question even on the road. He is safe for cash games if you decide to avoid Kone and approach the slate in a safer way.
Ross Barkley ($6,800) – Barkley is still under $7,000 and faces a soft matchup against Middlesbrough. He’s gone six games straight by contributing in double digits and has two goals and three assists in that time-span. He isn’t a crossing machine like most other cash game plays, but he finds way to get points through crosses, shots, fouls drawn, and tackles won. I’m taking the safety here and not thinking twice in cash games.
Christian Eriksen ($9,500) – Eriksen is extremely expensive but has been a staple this season. He is Tottenham’s best player by a margin and is on both free-kicks and corners. His only single-digit performance in the last ten games is a four-point outing at Manchester City, but that’s admittedly a much tougher matchup than Liverpool. Liverpool have been sub-par on the defensive end this season and I can’t see them keeping a clean sheet here. I expect Spurs to score, and Eriksen will have a good chance to be involved.
Paul Pogba ($7,600) – Pogba is a great tournament pivot off of Henrikh Mkhitaryan. Mkhitaryan scored and assisted last week but doesn’t really do much outside of being involved in goals. That’s a risky proposition, and Pogba has the same upside at a similar price, for half the ownership. Pogba is potentially cash viable in a good matchup if you’re prone to risk, but he’s better for tournaments.
James Ward-Prowse ($5,800) – James Ward-Prowse is someone who gains most of his value from free-kicks and corners. He crosses often, and against a side like Sunderland where the Saints will control the ball for the majority of the game, that increases his opportunity for set pieces and crosses. The Saints are the second biggest favorites in this slate, so involvement in a goal is not out of the equation either.
Tournament Targets: Charlie Adam, Philippe Coutinho, Robert Snodgrass
Zlatan Ibrahimovic ($9,700) – The most expensive player on the slate. Zlatan is a monster in the opposition box and is a scoring threat every week. He’s had a very mediocre last three weeks with just one goal and one double digit performance but I am not afraid of a slump and will be owning him heavily in tournaments this weekend. Ibrahimovic is cash viable for those who wake up looking for risks. Play him at your own risk in cash, and understand the floor is two points, despite the incredible ceiling.
Kevin Mirallas ($6,400) – I really hope that we can get Mirallas starting this weekend. The slate has a horrific selection of forwards that may steer some towards Ibrahimovic in cash, but Mirallas is a great option if he starts as he takes corners for Everton. Middlesbrough aren’t unbeatable and I’d pay the price for Mirallas, although there is risk he only plays 60 minutes.
Tournament Targets: Romelu Lukaku, Wilfried Zaha[/sociallocker]