A round of Europa League fixtures on Thursday night means that we’ve got a bulky four-game slate of games this Sunday. The following article looks at the best options at each position to fill your DraftKings line-ups.
Petr Cech – ($5,800) – Arsenal – November is usually a torrid month for Arsenal, however, by beating Bournemouth they can escape the month unbeaten. Cech has made four saves in two out of his last three home games in the Premier League and it goes some way to explaining how he is still on an average of 7.8 fantasy points per game (FPPG) for the season. This is a match Arsenal need to win to keep pace with the top sides and I expect them to do so. Cech will benefit from just that.
Fraser Forster – ($5,200) – Southampton – Forster acquitted himself very well in the 1-0 defeat to Sparta Prague on Thursday, making three saves. That followed nine fantasy points against high flying Liverpool, mostly thanks to a fourth clean sheet of the season. Next up are Everton, who have won just one of the last six games and picked up just one point from a possible 12 in their last four away trips.
Seamus Coleman – ($5,100) – Everton – The Irishman is starting to string together a decent set of fantasy performances, his latest a 17.5-point effort in the 1-1 draw against Swansea that owed a big debt of thanks to his second goal of the season. Coleman averages 3.3 tackles per game, which is good enough for the place in the top five defenders in that category, and he will be busy against a Southampton side that plays with a lot of width. It’s also important to note that Southampton will rotate after Claude Puel’s side played in Europe on Thursday night and this will give Coleman an advantage.
Antonio Valencia – ($4,900) – Man Utd – Valencia is a fantasy manager’s dream thanks to his attacking prowess and he illustrated just that by picking up an assist in United’s 4-0 romp over Feyenoord. It means that over the last four games for the Red Devils, Valencia has 10.5 FPPG and will have plenty of chance to attack against a West Ham defence that has been woeful for large parts of the season.
Ryan Bertrand – ($4,500) – Southampton – Black Friday weekend means plenty of shoppers clamouring for bargains and the biggest one in the world of DK fantasy footy may just be Ryan Bertrand. The England international has hit double figures for fantasy points in two of the last three games and gets to face Everton next, who have been far from their best at the back. There’s also the Ronald Koeman factor to think about and sweet revenge will be on the minds of a fair few Saints players, Bertrand likely to be among them.
Glen Johnson – ($3,700) – Stoke City – Johnson should make his return to the starting XI following his first appearance in six weeks last weekend as a second half substitute for the injured Phil Bardsley. It explains why Johnson’s price is surprisingly low. Even though he has just 4.7 FPPG, past seasons show what Johnson is all about and he should get a fair amount of scope to attack against a Watford side that plays with attacking wing backs. That in turn will give him plenty of work on the defensive side of things and makes Johnson a bit of a bargain.
Dimitri Payet – ($8,500) – West Ham – Not many things are completely certain in life, but Payet putting in decent fantasy returns every week is one of that is. In the defeat to Spurs, Payet had 11pts without getting a goal or an assist and he has not failed to hit double figures in any of his last 10 games for club and country. Payet’s average sits at a healthy 16.8 FPPG for the season and United’s defence is not the force that it once was, something that will encourage the French magician.
Juan Mata – ($7,400) – Man Utd – Mata, the man Jose Mourinho loved to get rid of at Chelsea, has two goals in two games for the Red Devils and 21.5 FPPG across those fixtures. That average shows that there’s more to the Spaniard than simply goals and his two shots per game is the third best among all United players (behind Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba).
Etienne Capoue – ($6,300) – Watford – Capoue finally made it past five goals for the season by notching in the win over Leicester City and it maintained his impressive 12.4 FPPG for the season. It was the third game running that Capoue has hit double figures for fantasy points and it’s not too much to expect the Frenchman to do the same against a Stoke side that cannot be trusted defensively.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic – ($8,400) – Man Utd – Zlatan missed the 1-1 draw against Arsenal due to suspension but returned to pick up an assist and 10 fantasy points in the 4-0 romp over Feyenoord. The Swede, who is rumoured to be on the verge of agreeing to stay on for a further season at Old Trafford, averages 5.4 shots per game, which is higher than anyone else. Can West Ham stop him? It’s unlikely.
Olivier Giroud – ($7,400) – Arsenal – Giroud is making up for lost time and has scored five goals in his last five games for the Gunners, including the late equaliser last weekend against Manchester United. At $1K less than Zlatan, you’re getting a bargain here.
Odion Ighalo – ($6,000) – Watford – Whilst his recent form suggests otherwise, Ighalo can score goals and is playing for a home favourite in Watford who I expect to keep up their good form. Even though the Nigerian has only scored once this season, Walter Mazzarri shows no signs of dropping him and he is the only Hornets player to average over two shots per game (2.5).