It’s a third helping of EPL action in just a week this Saturday, and there’s a big sis game slate on DraftKings. This article goes through some players to target at each position.
Willy Caballero – ($6,000) – Man City – Saturday’s slate is a tough one when it comes to goalkeepers, but my top option is Caballero thanks to the fact they’re playing Hull City. Marco Silva has overseen a brilliant run at home; however, it’s a completely different story away from the KCOM. They’ve scored just once in five games, and no one has scored less than their seven goals.
Victor Valdes – ($5,000) – Middlesbrough – No one has ever questioned Boro’s defensive abilities this season, and the three goals conceded at Hull City on Wednesday was the exception, not the rule. Boro have not won in five home games, yet they welcome a Burnley side that hasn’t won away from home all season. I expect a big performance from Valdes between the sticks.
Lee Grant – ($4,100) – Stoke City – Grant has managed to hold onto the number one jersey at Stoke all season, and his home form has meant six clean sheets in 13 appearances. Their only loss on home soil in the last six came against Chelsea, and the Stoke stopper also has a decent 2.7 saves per game average. With Liverpool suffering from a glut of injuries, I won’t be surprised to see Stoke get the win that will guarantee them safety.
James Milner – ($6,200) – Liverpool – Liverpool were chasing the game for certain periods against Bournemouth, and it allowed Milner to whip in nine crosses to reach 7.25 fantasy points. Milner averages 7.4 crosses per game, which explains his high price, and once again you should always consider his penalty taking ability as Liverpool have scored the joint highest number in the top flight (seven).
Cedric Soares – ($4,800) – Southampton – The top level of defenders is weak enough this week that the fifth highest priced defender is Cedric at a modest $4,800. Cedric is coming off an assist and 15.5 fantasy points in the win over Palace with West Brom up next, who themselves are in a poor patch of form. I don’t expect a clean sheet from Cedric, but his stat-line of 2.8 tackles and 5.0 crosses per game tells you he can score points.
Gary Cahill – ($3,400) – Chelsea – Whilst he won’t be challenging Diego Costa in the scoring charts any time soon, Cahill has a decent four goals this season and may make it to five against Bournemouth. Why? Well, the Cherries have conceded 12 headed goals already this season, which is the second worst record of any team. Cahill also brings good-for-a-centre-back stats of 1.3 tackles and 1.3 interceptions per game. Add it all up and Cahill is worth a look as one of your cheaper defenders.
Gylfi Sigurdsson – ($11,700) – Swansea City – Up against the league’s second best side in Spurs, Sigurdsson still managed to reach 9.25 points in midweek. West Ham, this weekend’s opponents, have lost five on the bounce and are on a run of just one home win in the last six games. The Icelandic playmaker’s solid 3.2 shots and 7.7 crosses per game are enough to get him consistent fantasy points each game.
Kevin De Bruyne – ($8,800) – Man City – Kept to just five fantasy points against former club Chelsea, KDB will resume the run against Hull that has seen him hit double digits in two straight games. De Bruyne provided an assist in the draws against Liverpool and Arsenal, plus averages 10 crosses per game across those two. Hull at home is one of those games where you can see City running riot and De Bruyne would likely be a significant part of that.
Adama Traore – ($4,600) – Middlesbrough – It’s last chance saloon for Boro and they showed fight in going down 4-2 to Hull on Wednesday, Traore picking up an assist and 22 fantasy points a big part of that. There are few players that possess the raw pace that Traore has, and the fact he averages 3.75 fouls drawn per game over the last four appearances shows exactly how teams are prepared to deal with it.
Sergio Aguero – ($10,200) – Man City – Anyone that knows Aguero realises that Hull at home is one of those games where he is likely to run riot and score. He comes into it having scored in three consecutive league games and is averaging one goal every 125 minutes in the Premier League. The diminutive Argentine also has 4.3 shots per game, the joint-highest of any player.
Eden Hazard – ($8,900) – Chelsea – Chelsea returned to winning ways thanks to a double from Hazard on Wednesday night that helped them to overcome Man City. It was enough to earn him 29 fantasy points, and the Belgian now has four consecutive double digit outings for the Blues. I think that will continue against Bournemouth.
Alvaro Negredo – ($5,700) – Middlesbrough – Negredo scored just his seventh goal of the season in the loss to Hull, and it’s likely that if he gets to 10 this season it will be too little, too late. However, this weekend could be one of those times when he registers a goal, such has been the state of Burnley’s away form. Boro will need to start scrapping for their lives sooner or later, and the Spaniard will need to be at the forefront. He’s also at a cheap enough price that will allow you to afford one of the top players.