May 11 EPL DFS Picks: Ery’day We Sunderland
Hello everyone! We have a short little slate on Wednesday and I figured since we are so close to the end of the season, I’d write up the slate and get everyone another shot at qualifying for the last day for the season tournament.
We only have three games:
Norwich City vs. Watford
Liverpool vs. Chelsea
Sunderland vs. Everton
These games are extremely unpredictable. Norwich needs to win, and face Watford at home. They are actually favored to win, which is surprising considering how bad they’ve been. Sunderland also need the points to ensure they stay up, and Everton has been horrible, but to assume Sunderland will dominate is tough. This game, too, could go either way. Chelsea – Liverpool is as big of a toss-up as we can get at this stage in the season. We don’t know which team will be resting starters, but my assumption is that Liverpool will be going for the win as they still have a shot at finishing in the top six. I prefer them over Chelsea, but once again, this one is tough to call. Let’s look at some plays.
The Cash Play – Vito Mannone ($4,200) – Mannone is not in the best of spots, but needing points and playing at home, he is probably our best option in the back. It’s always scary facing Everton, as they have players who can make a difference in any match, but the truth is that Everton look like they’ve given up on the season. To add to why I like Mannone, he has kept three clean sheets in his last six matches, and Sam Allardyce has always built solid defensive teams. Mannone is my cash choice for Wednesday.
The GPP Play – Heurelho Gomes ($3,400) – It’s important that Watford haven’t been great in defense lately, but it’s also important that Norwich cannot score. Norwich have 22 goals in 18 home matches, and that’s not too inspiring for a huge outing on Wednesday. I expect them to attack the entire match since they need the win, but the lack of finishing could mean a huge day for Heurolho Gomes. He’s a great GPP target at a low price
Cash Option – Leighton Baines ($4,800) – Baines is expensive, but I have no problem using him on a slate that comes with few premier options. Baines crosses a lot and is on select set-piece duties. He has a great floor for a $4,800 player and is worth spending up for.
GPP Option – Watford fullbacks – Watford have been starting a number of odd players at fullback in the last few weeks, but there are a number of guys who go up and love crossing. The one that I love the most is Holebas, but Nyom, Carlos Paredes, and Nathan Ake are also options if they start. They are better GPP options because they could be subbed out early, but they are cash options for those who are OK with a bit extra risk.
The Boring Cash Option – James Milner ($6,800) – Like I mentioned earlier, Liverpool will be trying to win this game as they have a shot at a top six finish. James Milner is the second most involved player in Liverpool goals this season and crosses at a very high rate. He is a safe cash option who is very likely to get 10 crosses for a heavily attacking team, and a goal or assist gets him into a fantastic spot to crush value.
GPP Option – Wahbi Khazri ($5,600) – Khazri plays on a team favored to win and has sparked Sunderland’s attack since joining them. He is an exciting player to watch and provides some spark to their attack. In terms of fantasy output, he has provided at least eight points in every match over the past ten, except the one where he only played 45 minutes. If Khazri starts, he is a prime GPP target and is usable in cash games.
The Cash Option – Jermain Defoe ($5,600) – Defoe features as the “highest percentage to score” player in this slate according to sports books. He is likely to face a weak Everton goalkeeper and with Sunderland attaching the majority of the match to try and secure a place in the Premier League next season, Defoe features to have a fairly high floor from shots and fouls drawn. He has also been in great scoring form, so a goal is definitely possible if you feature him.
The GPP Target – Daniel Sturridge ($6,100) – Sturridge faces a tough match in Chelsea but the Blues will be missing John Terry and their defense is certainly hurt right now. They can’t really handle a high attacking team like Liverpool, and I expect goals in this one. Sturridge is a prime candidate at a two-goal outing and I love him in tournaments on Wednesday.
Good luck everyone! Just to let you know, we will not be having alerts for Wednesday’s slate, but will be on as schedules this Sunday for the huge slate!