Of the two slates taking place this weekend, the one that everyone is waiting for takes place on Sunday. The pick of the games is the North London Derby at the Emirates Stadium and the likes of Liverpool plus Manchester United are also playing. This article goes through each position on the pitch and picks out the very best guys to draft. As always, if you have any questions or comments feel free to reach out to me on Twitter @JamieHinksDK.
David De Gea – ($5,500) – Man Utd – For all Manchester United’s faults, De Gea is one of the few bright spots and faces one of the Premier League’s worst attacks this weekend in the shape of Swansea City. De Gea already has four clean sheets after 10 games and Swansea are yet to win at home. It all adds up to a strong reason to take De Gea.
Fraser Forster – ($5,400) – Southampton – Forster has not kept a clean sheet in five games across all competitions, yet a fixture against Hull City is the perfect way to put an end to that run. Mike Phelan’s side have not won a game since the opening weeks and have tasted defeat four times in a row on home soil, scoring a single goal. As a result, Forster looks the best option on the board this Sunday.
Ron-Robert Zieler – ($5,100) – Leicester City – An injury to Kasper Schmeichel allows Zieler to make the step up and he comes into a side that is unbeaten at home in the Premier League in over a year. Of their five unbeaten home games this season, three have been clean sheets. Add in that West Brom have not won in four away games and it’s clear that Zieler is good value.
Lukasz Fabianski – ($3,900) – Swansea City – Fabianski has kept just two clean sheets this season but faces a Manchester United side this weekend that fired off a ridiculous 38 shots (11 on target) in their last game, against Burnley. The scoring of goalkeepers at this price level is often dependent on saves and when you’re playing a team like United, the likelihood of a big day increases. So if you need salary relief elsewhere, Fabianski is your guy.
James Milner – ($6,700) – Liverpool – Milner’s price has dropped off ever so slightly after missing last week’s game due to injury and those days of a $7K+ salary feels far away. Don’t discount Milner just yet though. He does average 15 FPPG this season, has four goals and 6.8 crosses per game. Milner takes the corners, handles the penalties and is a midfielder converted into a defender so his attacking is very reliable.
Christian Fuchs – ($5,100) – Leicester City – Fuchs has managed to reach the 10-fantasy point benchmark in his last two Premier League games and is getting back towards something like his best. In those games, which were against Palace and Spurs, Fuchs had six crosses per game and this season averages 2.6 tackles and 2.0 interceptions per game. At the top of the defender pool, Fuchs is a safe pick to score points in a home game against West Brom.
Ryan Bertrand – ($4,600) – Southampton – Bertrand sneaked back into the Saints starting XI for the loss to his former club Chelsea last Sunday, scored 11 fantasy points and showed the kind of performance we’ve come to expect from him. Southampton will get plenty of joy on the attacking side of things against Hull, who are still without plenty of players and don’t keep clean sheets. Hull score very few goals and, all in all, Bertrand looks a very strong pick in this spot and at this price.
Daley Blind – ($4,600) – Man Utd – With all the injuries and uncertainties surrounding United’s defensive players, Blind is the only one that deserves a place here and the fact he is modestly priced is a bonus. Blind reached 10 fantasy points last weekend and had six crosses in that game. As long as he continues to take set pieces, which he will here, that number will stay steady and make him a good pick.
Philippe Coutinho – ($8,900) – Liverpool – Coutinho picked up his third and fourth assists of the season in last weekend’s 4-2 win at Palace and remains third in shooting with an average of 4.1 shots per game. That game ended with 29 fantasy points for the Brazilian. Coutinho also has four goals this season to go along with the assists and offers a very reliable floor almost every week.
Gylfi Sigurdsson – ($8,200) – Swansea City – Sigurdsson has been enjoying some quiet success for the Swans and averages 18 FPPG since the arrival of Bob Bradley as manager at the start of October. The Icelandic midfielder has had at least three shots and seven crosses in all three of those games, and offers such reliable point scoring that he is a solid player to start your line-ups with.
Nordin Amrabat – ($5,400) – Watford – Walter Mazzarri’s three centre-back system lends itself very well to the wing backs and Amrabat should continue in that role this weekend. Amrabat managed 12 crosses last time out against Hull City on a 13 fantasy point day and faces a Liverpool side that allowed Palace to attack down the wings at will last weekend.
Roberto Firmino – ($8,600) – Liverpool – In a team that basically plays with a load of attacking midfielders, Firmino is the one who is most like a recognised centre-forward and scored his fourth goal of the season last weekend. Firmino has scored double-digit points in three of his last four games for Liverpool and the only one when he didn’t, was that rotten 0-0 draw against Manchester United. With Arsenal v Spurs taking place on this day, Liverpool players are a far safer way to get points at this price level.
Harry Kane – ($7,800) – Tottenham – Spurs are praying that their main man is back for Sunday’s game against Arsenal and it’s little wonder when you look at his record: four goals in three games in the North London derby. This season, he scored in the two games before sustaining an injury last month. Should Kane not start, pivot to either Olivier Giroud ($7,700) or Alexis Sanchez ($9,300). The former has scored three goals in two games since returning from injury and Sanchez already has eight goals and seven assists this season. Whoever you pick from the three will be a solid choice.
Nathan Redmond – ($6,700) – Southampton – Take out the defeat to Chelsea last Sunday and Redmond’s numbers in recent games are very impressive indeed. The former Norwich winger scored twice and averages 16.6 FPPG in the three games, one of which was the 2-1 win over Inter Milan. Played as a second centre-forward, Redmond is not afraid to shoot and leads Southampton with 2.8 shots per game. Up against a very poor Hull City team, Redmond will once again have plenty of shots and as a result, score a lot of points.