Galin Dragiev highlights the best EPL Soccer Week Eight DFS picks on DraftKings:
GPP Choice – Claudio Bravo – I expect Bravo to be fairly highly owned this weekend but he provides a huge upside. With Everton being a fairly attacking team, I expect them to try to counter Manchester City and not lock in into their own half. That could provide Bravo with several save opportunities, and if he can do his job and keep a clean sheet, the upside is immense. The concern is that Bravo has been fairly mistake prone so far this season and a single allowed goal could ruin the day. With Everton countering, the chance of a conceded goal is probably a bit higher than the sports books indicate, and I would be a bit worried to use Bravo in cash.
Cash Choice – Lee Grant – Stoke City have a fair 33% chance at a clean sheet and they’ll certainly allow shots to Sunderland. Playing at home, they get a boost in win percentage, especially with Shaqiri back into the fold. Grant had an insane eight save performance against Manchester United, and although I don’t think Sunderland can get eight shots on target, Grant should have a decent chance at a four save game with a potential clean sheet and win. The upside is huge, and I think the floor is certainly there through saves and poor Sunderland shot selection.
Cash Game Play – Phil Bardsley – Bardsley is only $3,100 and with a huge priority on saving money in defense this week, he is an almost essential play. Playing against Sunderland should allow him to move up and get a few crosses in, and the clean sheet potential provides a small boost as well. There is nothing too exciting here, outside of the chance to roster a heavy slate of midfielders/forwards.
GPP Play – Charlie Daniels – Daniels is a solid fantasy contributor that has a very safe floor. He also takes some set pieces and gets involved in the attack often, so I expect him to go up in what should be a game where Bournemouth dominate Hull City in terms of possession. For what he provides, Daniels’ price is very fair at $5,000.
Cash Game Play – Junior Stanislas – Stanislas has been great this season since returning to injury. He’s on some set pieces, although newcomer Jack Wilshere has been taking corners away from him in recent weeks. Stanislas can score and set others up, and Bournemouth get the easiest matchup of the weekend – at home to Hull. I expect Stanislas to be involved enough to be worth it in cash games and GPPs, and you can use him willingly in all formats. Jack Wilshire is a great GPP options as he’s been fairly involved but hasn’t produced a big line yet, meaning he’ll likely be low owned.
Manchester City bunch – There will be a lot of value here depending on who starts. With de Bruyne likely being out, corners should go to Silva, but he’s a bit expensive for what he provides in floor. Nolito is a cheap option that becomes available given he starts, which he should now that he’s coming back from suspension. In cash games, things are difficult since everyone is fairly expensive and you need to get exposure here, and in cash I’ll be gravitating towards Raheem Sterling. Sterling is also forward eligible, so that makes him really attractive in cash games. Sergio Aguero is obviously a fantastic GPP play with a huge chance at a brace.
Cross Master – Jason Puncheon – Puncheon has at least six crosses in each of his last five matches as he’s on corner kick duty. He’s usually good for at least two shots, especially when playing at home. This week, Crystal Palace face off against a very poor West Ham defense. Puncheon will be heavily involved in the attack and should meet value from just crosses and shots alone. A goal or assist would put him heavily over value, and that’s a likely scenario in this matchup. He is a cash game lock. Dimitry Payet is basically guaranteed 15 points in every match, but he is VERY expensive and I’d defer to Arsenal and Manchester City exposure this weekend instead.
Another cash choice – Xherdan Shaqiri – Shaqiri is on corners and gets the cream of the crop matchup – Sunderland. He is also on set-pieces and the upside is huge through goal and assist potential. The attack will funnel through him, and he’ll get crosses through open play as well as his corner kick duty. There are lots of midfield options from Manchester City and Arsenal, so Shaqiri will likely go under owned in GPPs. Joe Allen has scored in three matches in a row but is only a GPP option if he starts (he’s questionable). From this same match, Wahbi Khazri is a secondary cash and GPP option.
Arsenal – Arsenal are obviously huge favorites here and you will need to get exposure in both cash and GPP. You can try to get your exposure at forward through Alexis Sanchez and then fit in a lot of the midfielders above, but with limited value plays, it’s also an option to get some exposure through Santi Cazorla at just $7,800. Cazorla is one of the better GPP plays with him being on both penalty kick duties and some corners. He can be considered in cash but probably isn’t an ideal candidate considering the options from above. Alex Iwobi is certainly usable in cash and GPP in this matchup, and he should start.