Midweek Champions League/Europa League action is done and we’ve got another two-day bonanza of Premier League action on the way. Saturday’s main slate on DraftKings includes the five games taking place from 15:00 GMT (10:00 EST) onwards, finishing with what will be a tense London Derby between Chelsea and Spurs. The following article picks out the best players at each position to consider for your DraftKings line-ups.
Thibaut Courtois – ($5,300) – Chelsea – Last weekend’s win against Middlesbrough hoisted Courtois to a run of six clean sheets in a row and sent Chelsea to the top of the Premier League. Until this run comes to a halt, consider Courtois a must pick who is matchup proof even in a London Derby against Spurs.
Victor Valdes – ($4,200) – Middlesbrough – Aitor Karanka’s side have started to show some of the defensive solidity that made them such a force in the Championship last season and have lost just once on their travels this season. Leicester’s long unbeaten home run came to an end against West Brom just a few weeks ago and Boro have already kept two away clean sheets this season. It all plays into the hands of the former Barca stopper Valdes.
James Milner – ($6,700) – Liverpool – Milner continues to show that he is one of the best fantasy full backs out there and the notion of him being a boring central midfielder is a distant memory. The former England international is back in the mood after scoring double digit points in each of the last two games and averages 12.5 fantasy points per game (FPPG) over that pair of fixtures. With a home game against Sunderland up next…yeah, you know what to do.
Marcos Alonso – ($5,600) – Chelsea – One of the key beneficiaries of Chelsea boss Antonio Conte’s move to a back three, Alonso is finally at a salary level that he deserves. Alonso is on 17 FPPG since that move and averages a decent number in almost every category. Up against a beleaguered Spurs side, expect Alonso to continue to make waves.
Ahmed Elmohamady – ($4,600) – Hull City – Make no bones about it, Hull City have been on a woeful run of form. Thankfully for fantasy managers, the Egyptian full back has still been putting in a shift and averages six crosses per game over the past four matches. Whilst he hasn’t topped 10pts in any of those games, a home game against a West Brom side that they will expect to beat is as good an opportunity as any to improve his stat sheet.
Jan Vertonghen – ($3,200) – Tottenham – A suspension for Danny Rose and injury to Ben Davies leaves Mauricio Pochettino scrambling for a starting back four and by process of elimination Vertonghen will start at full back. He knows the position well having played there for Belgium on a many occasions and you will not find a better value full back in a team as good as Spurs on this matchday.
Philippe Coutinho – ($9,500) – Liverpool – Jurgen Klopp’s side don’t have Europe to worry about and it means that Coutinho et al are 100% fit for the visit of Sunderland. That’s terrible news for David Moyes. Even in a 0-0 draw against Southampton last weekend, Coutinho still scored 11pts and it would be a crime not to pick the player of the season so far against the Premier League’s second-worst side.
Gylfi Sigurdsson – ($8,100) – Swansea City – Sigurdsson has really stepped things up since new manager Bob Bradley arrived and is yet to record a points total below 10pts in that time. The Icelandic midfielder scored Swansea’s only goal in last week’s 1-1 draw against Everton and it resulted in a 25-point day for him. Next up is a Palace side yet to keep a clean sheet and Sigurdsson is by far the most likely player in the white of Swansea to make sure Palace’s terrible defensive run continues.
Wilfried Zaha – ($6,900) – Crystal Palace – Last week, Zaha created a goal for one of his team-mates for the fourth consecutive game but it still wasn’t enough to prevent Palace slipping to a 2-1 defeat to Man City. It leaves him on five assists for the season, the joint-second highest total behind Kevin De Bruyne, and a quirk to Zaha is that he averages 2.6 tackles per game, the second highest among Palace players. There’s enough here to suggest that Zaha will get another 10+ point return in this visit to the Premier League’s bottom club.
Matt Phillips – ($6,200) – West Brom – Phillips’ Baggies career spectacularly sparked into life in November as he followed a one-goal, one-assist performance in the win over Leicester by doing the same on Monday night against Burnley. It means an average of 25.5pts over those two games and there’s reason to believe he will keep that form going for the trip to Hull City this weekend.
Diego Costa – ($9,200) – Chelsea – Costa’s goal tally entered double figures for the first time this season after last weekend’s 1-0 win over Middlesbrough and whilst he remains fit and not suspended, Costa is a must pick for his stellar goal threat. There’s more to him than just goals as the Spanish striker also has three assists this season, averages 3.3 shots per game and has managed to avoid being booked since Antonio Conte altered the formation to a 3-4-3. Spurs are suffering at the back due to a spate of injuries and Costa is just the man to take advantage.
Riyad Mahrez – ($8,200) – Leicester City – The Algerian wide man made it three straight double digit fantasy performances after scoring the vital second goal against Club Brugge to make sure of Leicester’s passage to the UCL Knockout Phase. He also has a goal and an assist in his last two Premier League games, takes corners, free kicks, and penalties. Add it all together and you realise that Mahrez is cracking value at this price.
Jermain Defoe – ($6,200) – Sunderland – One of the major reasons for the mini revival up on Wearside is the little Englishman, who has three goals and two assists over the course of the last three games. His goal in the 3-0 win over Hull made it seven goals for the season and up next is a Liverpool team that has kept just two clean sheets all season.