After a midweek of EFL Cup football, Premier League action returns this Saturday with no fewer than seven games. The main slate on DraftKings focuses on the six games taking place from 3pm onwards and this article looks at the best player picks at each position. As always, you can hit me up on Twitter @JamieHinksDK.
David De Gea – ($5,900) – Man Utd – United have slipped five points adrift of the Champions League spots and get to host Burnley at just the right time. The visitors have lost all three away games so far and scored just one goal on their travels. It speaks volumes as to why De Gea is this price and he is easily the best option on this slate.
Hugo Lloris – ($5,400) – Tottenham – Spurs have kept more clean sheets than any other side this season and face a Leicester side that has picked up zero points away from home. On their last visit to London, Leicester failed to score a goal and Spurs are even more stingy than Chelsea in that department. Expect a sixth clean sheet of the season for the Lilywhites.
Artur Boruc – ($4,700) – Bournemouth – Boruc picked up a third clean sheet of the season by shutting out Spurs on Saturday. Even though all of those clean sheets have come on home soil, Middlesbrough have not won at the Riverside this season and scored just three goals. The Polish stopper is also fourth in saves with 31 and it all makes Boruc look a strong value pick this Saturday.
Ben Foster – ($3,900) – West Brom – Foster is one of a handful of ‘keepers, most of them English, who make a lot of saves every week and over the last two games he is averaging six per game against title hopefuls Spurs and Liverpool. Another title challenger is up next in the shape of Man City and, on home soil, Foster will prove good value thanks to an anticipated large save count.
Jose Holebas – ($5,500) – Watford – With James Milner in-form that is too poor to be considered at his price level, Holebas is the best option and in a matchup that he will exploit. Holebas scored nine points in the 0-0 draw at Swansea and he is consistently scoring around that number every game, something illustrated by his 10 FPPG.
Danny Rose – ($5,400) – Tottenham – Rose has now shed an injury that had been troubling him for some time and averages 4.2 tackles per game, the highest of any Premier League defender. In three starts since returning from injury, Rose has 10.6 FPPG and much of that is down to the three clean sheets that Spurs have kept. Up against a Leicester side that is awful away from home, expect Rose to put up another 10+ point day.
Antonio Valencia – ($4,800) – Man Utd – Valencia has acquitted himself rather well in his last couple of appearances, scoring 10.5 FPPG in two distinctly average performances from the Red Devils. In the Chelsea fixture he had 10 crosses in total and Burnley provides a nice platform for him to push his 9.9 FPPG into the double figures.
Scott Dann – ($3,600) – Crystal Palace – Dann has previous with Liverpool having scored a headed goal against them last season and the Reds are coming off a game against West Brom where central defender Gareth McAuley netted. Liverpool have kept just one clean sheet this season and Dann will put to the test once again on Saturday.
Read more ahead of Saturday’s games…
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Kevin De Bruyne – ($8,800) – Man City – De Bruyne was afforded just 45 minutes last week against Southampton and, after being rested for the midweek’s EFL Cup action, expect De Bruyne to return to form at West Brom. Looking at his numbers for the season as a whole, very few players come close to his 15 FPPG average and the three games before the Barca defeat saw him score 32-16-22 points. Never overthink selecting De Bruyne, especially when he’s at a price this modest.
Philippe Coutinho – ($8,400) – Liverpool – Coutinho averages 4.1 shots per game and no midfielder boasts a better figure than that. In fact, just two players in the entire Premier League rank higher and they go by the names Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Sergio Agüero. Coutinho scored 23 points last weekend thanks to a goal, which pushes him to become joint top scorer at the club. He also had six points in that game and up next is a Palace side yet to keep a clean sheet.
Wilfried Zaha – ($6,700) – Crystal Palace – No player runs with the ball more than Zaha, his 4.8 dribbles per game the most of any Premier League player. The English winger had Palace’s only assist in the 3-1 loss at Leicester City and already has two assists this season, more than he had in 34 games last season. With Andros Townsend costing so much more, Zaha is proving Palace’s best value fantasy pick right now.
Gaston Ramirez – ($6,300) – Middlesbrough – Ramirez turned in some fantasy relevant numbers for the first time in a while against Arsenal, his 13 fantasy point performance illustrating that he still has the tools to produce numbers if not goals. Few Boro players create more than Ramirez.
Sadio Mane – ($8,000) – Liverpool – Mane reached four goals and three assists for the season by notching one of each in Saturday’s 2-1 win over West Brom. The Senegalese forward had 22 fantasy points in that clash and looks a threat every single time he pulls on the red shirt.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic – ($7,300) – Man Utd – No player has a better average than Zlatan’s five shots per game in the English top flight and next up is one of the worst away defences in the league, Burnley. Granted, Zlatan hasn’t scored in weeks in the Premier League, but he will break that run sooner or later and has enough chances to suggest that will be sooner rather than later. At this price, it’s a no brainer.
Odion Ighalo – ($6,600) – Watford – You have to like Watford to score a few goals against an ailing Hull side and it feels like time for Ighalo to start a scoring run. He only has one goal so far this season but averages 2.5 shots per game, which is the most of any Hornets player. At $300 cheaper than team mate Troy Deeney, Ighalo is the Watford centre forward to rely on this weekend.
Callum Wilson – ($6,300) – Bournemouth – After a campaign in 2015-16 that was cruelly cut short by a serious knee injury, Wilson has already scored three times this season. Up against a Middlesbrough team that has struggled at home and is in the bottom three, Wilson should get his fourth of the campaign.