With Champions League group stage in the rear view mirror, Premier League is front and center with 20 games and four DraftKings slates spread over the next five days. Here are my top targets at each position for Saturday’s five-game main slate.
Lukasz Fabianski – $5,100 – Swansea City – Looking past the 10 goals Fabianski has let in over the past three games, he’s posted a pair of serviceable nine point showings. Recently appointed head coach Bob Bradley is inching closer to the hot seat, and has been vocal about shoring up the backline. While they work out their defensive issues, Fabianski will likely continue to be peppered with shots and makes for a boom-or-bust play in tournaments.
Tom Heaton – $4,300 – Burnley – Heaton has missed the past two games with a calf injury but returned to training this week and looks likely to return to the starting lineup against Bournemouth. He boasts tournament winning upside as seen in a recent three game span where he reeled off 29 saves, conceded just one goal and amassed 59 points against the likes of Manchester United, Everton and Southampton. He’ll likely go overlooked after Bournemouth dropped four goals on Liverpool, but as one of the cheapest home goalkeepers on the board, Heaton warrants consideration.
Others to Consider – Petr Cech (Arsenal; $5,700), David Marshall (Hull City; $4,600), Ron-Robert Zieler (Leicester City; $4,000)
Nacho Monreal – $5,300 – Arsenal – The defender pool is thin, with no clear cut options jumping off the board to me. Despite a two point effort in his last outing, Monreal is in a good bounce back spot at home against Stoke. He registered his first assist of the season in his last home game, and with Arsenal the biggest favorite on the slate, he stands a good chance to pick up fantasy points on both sides of the ball.
Matthew Lowton – $4,600 – Burnley – As noted above, there really aren’t any must-plays for me at the position, so keep an eye on starting lineups to see if any values emerge. Lowton has a combined 16 crosses spread over his last three games and has averaged a modest 8.5 FPPG (fantasy points per game) over that stretch. Admittedly I’m not thrilled about rostering Lowton, but even if you’re paying up, it’s slim pickings at the back on Saturday.
Others to Consider – Patrick Van Anholt (Sunderland; $5,500), Adam Smith (Bournemouth; $5,100), Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull City; $4,800)
Mesut Ozil – $9,600 – Arsenal – Ozil is coming off a one goal, one assist, 25 point showing against West Ham in his last EPL outing and also assisted midweek in Champions League play. With Santi Cazorla out, the majority of Arsenal’s set pieces fall to Ozil. He has a combined 28 crosses in his last three home games and will continue to fuel the Arsenal attack in a promising fixture versus Stoke.
Gyfli Sigurdsson – $8,800 – Swansea City – Sigurdsson plummeted back down to earth, following up a monster 40 point outing two games ago with a dismal four point performance last Saturday at Tottenham. He’s in a good spot to get back on track at home with a favorable matchup against Sunderland, who have shipped 14 goals in seven away games.
Others to Consider – Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City; $9,800), Robert Snodgrass (Hull City; $7,900), Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace; $7,800)
Alexis Sanchez – $10,500 – Arsenal – Sanchez erupted for a hat trick and 45 points last Saturday at West Ham and has racked up 75 points in his last two EPL appearances. With a lack of big names on the board, combined with a juicy matchup, Sanchez emerges as one of the top plays on the board in both cash and GPP contests in my opinion.
Christian Benteke – $7,500 – Crystal Palace – Benteke has played a big part in Crystal Palace’s recent goal scoring binge, scoring three goals and assisting on another over the last two games. While Hull City have conceded just one goal in each of their last three home games, a case can be made for rostering an in-form Benteke considering Palace have scored multiple goals in four of their last five.
Others to Consider – Theo Walcott (Arsenal; $8,600), Kelechi Iheanacho (Manchester City; $7,200), Jermain Defoe (Sunderland; $7,100)
Victor Anichebe – $6,100 – Sunderland – Anichebe piled up 18 points last Saturday without a goal or an assist. He rattled off eight shots and swung in six crosses against Leicester, and has now hit 17 or more points in three of his last four appearances. He’s clicking with strike partner Jermain Defoe, and the partnership is sure to cause fits for a Swansea defense that has conceded a league high 31 goals thus far.
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