We have a great slate of games this Saturday highlighted by a huge matchup between Liverpool and Arsenal, who are battling for a top-four spot. Liverpool have disappointed in the past few weeks, losing three of their past five matches, and they’ll have their work cut out for them tomorrow. Most of the value, however, will be outside of that match, so let’s get into it.
There really isn’t a simple cash game choice for goalkeeper this weekend. There isn’t a team that’s supposed to dominate the entire match and force the opposing goalkeeper to make saves, and clean sheets aren’t guaranteed anywhere either. There are, however, a few choices:
Petr Cech ($4,400) – Cech is a bit underpriced here. He is still a top goalkeeper in the Premier League and will face several shots from the often-attacking Liverpool. A clean sheet isn’t out of the question, and I like the mixture of floor and ceiling at the price for Petr Cech. He is my primary cash game target, and is just as good in tournaments.
Eldin Jakupovic ($4,100) – Jakupivc is viable if you really need the extra $300. Hull City allow 18.2 shots per game when away from home, third most in the league, and Leicester City should take advantage as they seem refueled with a new coach. If they attack most of the match, as they should, Jakupovic will have save opportunities and a shot at showing off his save upside.
Cedric Soares ($5,300) – there isn’t anywhere to spend up on defense this week so I’m going with Cedric Soares if you wanted to pay up. James Milner is a non-option for me in cash games, as he’s too expensive and faces too difficult of a matchup against Arsenal. Soares is more of a “best available” yet not that good of an option, but I think his floor makes him viable if you end up in this range as your last spot. Overall uninspiring.
Alfie Mawson ($3,300) – Mawson is only an option in tournaments as his floor is very low, but he’s found goal a few times in the past several games and has the upside to crush value. The thing is Mawson is that he won’t kill you from minimum cashing since he is so cheap, but you get the upside of an involvement in a goal.
Andrew Robertson ($3,800) – Robertson has reached six fantasy points in six of his last seven games and has gotten there mostly from crosses and defensive stats. He will have another chance at a solid outing this weekend against Leicester City. At $3,800, your saving aren’t great if you decide to drop down further, but the fantasy point floor with Robertson is way higher than someone around the $3,000 range. Use him accordingly.
Robbie Brady ($6,300) – Despite my hatred for Robbie Brady, I recommended and played him last week and he found a way to crush value with 18 points. This week, he gets another good matchup – at Swansea. Burnley are not favored, but Brady takes both crosses and shots from set pieces and is on corner kick duty – all signs towards a stable floor.
Kamil Grosicki ($6,500) – Grosicki’s price has risen but his production is hard to ignore. He is on partial free kick and corner kick duty and is currently Hull’s primary creator in attack. Last week against Burnley, he crossed 12 times, and the floor here seems to be around six to seven points, which is solid for something in his price range. I think Grosicki’s ownership might be too high in tournaments, but in cash games there aren’t many better options.
Gaston Ramirez ($5,400) – Ramirez has been inconsistent this season but started against Crystal Palace and could very well start again this Saturday. When he starts, he has the upside to crush value in tournaments, especially against a weak Stoke City side. Ramirez has 51 crosses from set pieces on the season, and has dabbled in some shots as well. He also takes occasional corners, helping his floor further.
Tournament Options: Marc Albrighton, Liverpool starters – mainly Coutinho and Mane, Chris Brunt
Gylfi Sigurdsson ($9,300) – It’s Gylfi week. Sigurdsson has produced single digit score in just one of his last ten matches, and that outing saw him turn in nine fantasy points. He gets an amazing matchup of Burley at home and is somehow only $9,300 on DraftKings. He produces in almost every important, reliable category in fantasy soccer. Find whoever fades him tomorrow and send them H2H invites for the rest of the season.
Alexis Sanchez ($10,400) – Sanchez’s floor is probably somewhere around three to four points, making him very, very tough to play in cash games. However, Liverpool aren’t very good, and Arsenal will be motivated to win as they battle for fourth place. Sanchez will have chances to score, it’s just going to be a matter of whether he converts. In tournaments, I think Sanchez is a great play that should come with decreased ownership this week.
Jamie Vardy ($5,900) – Vardy, who is having a horrible season, has really picked up in the last two games with a total of three goals. He gets Hull City on Saturday, who are a bottom three team in the league. The opportunities will be there for Vardy to score again, and at this price, he is a great play. My guess is that he’ll go undrowned in tournaments and make for a great semi-contrarian play.
There is a fun tournament on DraftKings that awards the top finisher a trip to see Arsenal vs Manchester City in April 2nd. It’s only $3 to enter, so get in there and give it a shot.