Premier League action returns for its ninth week this Saturday and there are eight games in total. The main slate of the day on DraftKings focuses on the seven games taking place from 3pm onwards and this article breaks down the best picks by position. As always, you can hit me up @JamieHinksDK.
Petr Cech – ($6,000) – Arsenal – Cech was called into action on plenty of occasions last week against Swansea, making four saves to paper over the fact they conceded two goals in the game. Cech averages 9.0 fantasy points per game (FPPG) and Middlesbrough don’t look up to scoring against a very good Arsenal side.
Kasper Schmeichel – ($5,200) – Leicester City – Leicester are a different side on home soil and are unbeaten in over a year. Schemeichel had 18 fantasy points against Copenhagen including four saves and is on a run of four straight home games of over 14 fantasy points.
David Marshall – ($4,800) – Hull City – Hull’s motley crew of goalkeepers make a huge number of saves every week and last time out against Bournemouth was no exception, Marshall making four stops. It was a pity they conceded six but they won’t do the same this time around against Stoke and at a price this cheap he’s worth taking.
Tom Heaton – ($4,000) – Burnley – My favourite goalkeeper on this Saturday’s slate, Heaton costs less than any other starting keeper and has one of the best averages around with 9.3 FPPG.
James Milner – ($7,600) – Liverpool – The question that you’re probably asking yourself is whether you can justify taking Milner at this price. The answer is that you 100% can. The Englishman had 25 points and 32 points in the two games before the tough clash with United on Monday. He is basically a winger playing at full back, up against a defence that will sit back all game and he also takes set pieces. Milner’s point scoring is cash game and GPP relevant every single week.
Jose Holebas – ($5,700) – Watford – The Greek full back is quite rightly the second highest priced defender this week. Last week Holebas scored his second goal of the season and smashed it with a 25 fantasy point performance. Watford’s left back now has 10.2 FPPG and is regularly hitting the 10pt mark, something he can emulate once again this week.
George Friend – ($4,800) – Middlesbrough – Few defenders have a better set of numbers for tackles (3.6) and interceptions (4.6) per game than George Friend. Expect him to have a busy afternoon against Arsenal and that means more tackles and ultimately more points.
Laurent Koscielny – ($4,200) – Arsenal – The Frenchman has scored over 10 fantasy points in two of his last three appearances for the Gunners and the game against Ludogorets saw him reach 11 points without the aid of a goal or an assist. An appearance against Boro looks primed for him to hit those heights once more.
Dimitri Payet – ($10,400) – West Ham – In a spot this good it would be silly not to select Payet. In what has been a disappointing start by his standards, Payet is still scoring 16.9 FPPG and all but one of his starts in the Premier League has resulted in over 10 fantasy points. His corner and free kick taking brings Payet’s scoring potential up even further and that’s before you throw in the bonus ball: they’re playing Sunderland this weekend. He’ll fill his boots.
Gylfi Sigurdsson – ($9,200) – Swansea City – After a long summer with his country Iceland, Sigurdsson is finally hitting form. Before Bradley’s arrival as manager, Sigurdsson had already scored 21 fantasy points in the loss to City. He followed that up by scoring a goal and bagging 23 fantasy points against Arsenal in a position where he played as a false nine. A similar return this time around against Watford is by no means out of the question.
Wahbi Khazri– ($6,600) – Sunderland – A fantasy favourite from last season, Khazri is back in the starting XI and back scoring plenty of points for Sunderland. West Ham are without the suspended Aaron Cresswell and that will give Khazri plenty of joy out wide. Khazri has scored double digit points on both starts so far this season and looks cracking value to continue that run against a shaky West Ham defence.
Wilfried Zaha – ($6,600) – Crystal Palace – Prior to last weekend’s defeat to West Ham, Zaha had scored double digit fantasy points in three straight games and there’s enough in that to suggest he will do similar against a surprisingly poor Leicester City side. With Christian Benteke leading the line, there’s always the opportunity for Zaha to get an assist on one of Benteke’s towering headers. Zaha also draws 2.1 fouls per game, the 10th highest total in the division.
Alexis Sanchez – ($10,500) – Arsenal – Arsenal are playing some lovely stuff right now and Alexis is at the centre of it all. The Chilean scored once in the rout of Ludogorets in midweek and has a goal or an assist in five of the last seven games. A game against Middlesbrough feels like easy bait for this confident Arsenal side. If Wenger leaves Sanchez out of the side, simply get Theo Walcott in.
Romelu Lukaku – ($9,200) – Everton – Lukaku has six goals already this season and is up against a Burnley defence that has forced its goalkeeper to make more saves than any other team. If there’s something that Lukaku loves to do that’s shoot, he is on a run of six goals in five games and when Lukaku is in this kind of mood it’s tough to stop him.
Nacer Chadli – ($7,200) – West Brom – Chadli celebrated his first clash with former club Spurs by scoring West Brom’s only goal and it was so very nearly the winner. It’s now four goals and two assists in six games for the Baggies and a Liverpool defence that has kept just one clean sheet is next on the list. Don’t be surprised to see Chadli on the scoresheet once more.