EPL Targets: October 30/31

Chelsea may have the opportunity to go top of the Premier League on Sunday afternoon as they travel to Southampton in one of three games taking place on Sunday/Monday. DraftKings is offering contests that involve the trio of games and the following article goes through the best players at each position ahead of contests. As always you can follow me on Twitter @JamieHinksDK.


GOALKEEPER

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Lee Grant – ($5,400) – Stoke City – Grant picked up a second straight clean sheet in last weekend’s win over Hull City and it was enough to score 14 fantasy points. Swansea are struggling to score goals and Grant, who also averages 3.3 saves per game, looks well placed to get a third successive clean sheet this weekend.

Adrian – ($4,100) – West Ham – Adrian is part of another side starting to put together a good run of form, the Irons winning their last two games and keeping two clean sheets in the process. The Spaniard has made 3.2 saves per game and against an Everton team never afraid to shoot. That should translate to a decent return for the modest $4,100 outlay.


DEFENDER

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Aaron Cresswell – ($4,600) – West Ham – On his first appearance of the season, Cresswell picked up the assist on West Ham’s winner against Palace. He was unlucky to get a red card in that clash and the way he links up down the West Ham left with Dimitri Payet makes him a particularly strong fantasy play.

Erik Pieters – ($4,900) – Stoke City – Pieters hit another respectable fantasy point total in the win over Hull City, scoring nine points. It’s likely that Stoke will get a third straight clean sheet of the season against Swansea and that will see Pieters put up yet another respectable total.

Marcos Alonso – ($4,000) – Chelsea – Alonso picked up his first assist in Chelsea colours in the emphatic 4-0 win over Man Utd and the Blues are yet to concede a Premier League goal with Alonso on the pitch.


MIDFIELDER

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Dimitri Payet – ($9,100) – West Ham – Payet remains a must play in cash games after another 20+ point performance. Even if it was in the balance until his late assist on Winston Reid’s winning goal, Payet still had 14 crosses in the game and remains a player that should be considered every week.

Xherdan Shaqiri – ($7,800) – Stoke City – Shaqiri’s importance to the Stoke cause was underlined by his two magnificent goals last weekend and the Potters have not lost any games this season when Shaqiri has been on the pitch. The Swiss midfielder finished up with 31.75pts last weekend and is the best midfielder available on this small slate.

Nemanja Matic – ($3,800) – Chelsea – Matic has benefited to the tune of four assists in nine games since the arrival of N’Golo Kante and ended last Saturday’s clash against Manchester United with 13 fantasy points. As long as Conte sticks with this formation, Matic remains a great value pick.


FORWARD

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Romelu Lukaku/Yannick Bolasie – ($8,100/$7,500) – Everton – Bolasie opened his goalscoring account for the Toffees in the losing effort at Burnley but actually reached an impressive 22 fantasy points after whipping in eight crosses and snapping off four shots (two on target). Lukaku, meanwhile, has scored in his last eight appearances against the Irons and is the Premier League’s second top scorer with six goals. West Ham have been continually exposed by almost all opponents this season and the tandem of Bolasie and Romelu Lukaku should prove very fruitful.

Charlie Austin – ($7,100) – Southampton – Austin reached a surprising 10.25pts, which was out of kilter as he didn’t need a goal or an assist to reach that number. Chelsea are still not completely water-tight at the back and a team of Southampton’s calibre can expose them. There’s a high likelihood that manager Claude Puel will play Austin and rest him in the Europa League next Thursday. If that happens he’s worth picking.