After a brief FA Cup hiatus, the Premier League is back with a featured seven-game slate on Saturday. Let’s dive into some of the top options and best values on the board.
Harry Kane, Tottenham ($12,000) – Kane bagged a pair of goals on 10 shots in Tottenham’s FA Cup win over AFC Wimbledon on Sunday, amassing 35 points on DraftKings. He has a combined eight goals on 33 shots across his last four starts, good for a whopping 33.5 fantasy point per game average over that stretch. That’s the kind of output we’ve come to expect when paying top dollar for Kane and — in another favorable matchup at home against Everton — he’ll be in high demand once again on Saturday.
Others to Consider – Alvaro Morata, Chelsea ($9,900); Son Heung-Min, Tottenham ($8,500); Richarlison, Watford ($7,500)
Pascal Gross, Brighton ($6,800) – Gross has taken five or more corners in each of his last four starts, totaling a combined 34 crosses over that span. He’s been involved in nine of Brighton’s 17 goals on the season, which includes a thrilling two goal, one assist performance against Saturday’s opponent – West Bromwich Albion.
Others to Consider – Johann Berg Gudmundsson, Burnley ($7,200); Jay Rodriguez, West Bromwich Albion ($6,100); Victor Moses, Chelsea ($5,600)
Matt Ritchie, Newcastle ($7,700) – Yes, Ritchie has been a frustrating player to own this season, but he’s back in play at home against lowly Swansea. While he’s failed to score in 20 appearances, he leads Newcastle with five assists on the campaign. Ritchie lacks the appeal of an Eden Hazard ($10,500) or Christian Eriksen ($9,100), but he saves a sizeable chunk of salary and is in a spot where I wouldn’t be surprised if he outperforms any of the “elite” midfielders on this slate.
Others to Consider – Eden Hazard, Chelsea ($10,500); Christian Eriksen, Tottenham ($9,100); Cesc Fabregas, Chelsea ($7,500)
Chris Brunt, West Bromwich Albion ($6,600) – James McClean ($6,300) came alive in West Brom’s win at West Ham in their last Premier League outing, amassing 26 DK points when all was said and done. He benefited from Brunt’s absence, but with Brunt projected to return to the starting XI, he’s back on my radar. McClean’s recent history could make him popular, and while he’s certainly not a bad play, I prefer to find the extra 300 bucks to lock in Brunt’s near double-digit floor if he’s back in the mix.
Others to Consider – Yohan Cabaye, Crystal Palace ($6,400); James McClean, West Bromwich Albion ($6,300); Tom Cleverley, Watford ($5,800)
Ben Davies, Tottenham ($6,000) – A defender taking set pieces for the biggest favorite on the slate checks all the boxes we want to see from a defender on DraftKings. While Davies doesn’t have quite the set piece share to make him an elite play, he does stand over the occasional corner when the opportunity arises. He hit nine crosses in his last outing and has topped double-digit points in two of his last three appearances.
Others to Consider – Kieran Trippier, Tottenham ($6,300); Ryan Bertrand, Southampton ($5,000)
Daryl Janmaat, Watford ($4,400) – Janmaat racked up 16 points in FA Cup play last weekend, combining eight crosses with a handful of peripheral stats. He put up similar numbers — less the crosses — against Manchester City in his most recent league match and while the peripherals are a nice bonus, Janmaat is also a goalscoring threat out of the back. The Dutchman is not afraid to let one fly when given a sniff at goal, and he’s already tickled the twine twice this season.
Others to Consider – Tommy Smith, Huddersfield ($4,100); Martin Olsson, Swansea City ($4,100); Marvin Zeegelaar, Watford ($4,100)
Karl Darlow, Newcastle ($5,300) – Darlow has impressed since filling in for usual goalkeeper Robert Elliot ($5,200) the last two games. He’s notched back-to-back shutouts and now faces last-place Swansea, who have been held scoreless in two of their last three. Be mindful of Elliot returning to training this week, and if he returns to the starting lineup he’d be a fine pivot for $100 less.
Others to Consider – Hugo Lloris, Tottenham ($6,000); Thibaut Courtois, Chelsea ($5,900); Ben Foster, West Bromwich Albion ($5,200)
Lukasz Fabianski, Swansea City ($4,100) – Sticking with the Newcastle vs. Swansea game here as Fabianski could very well emerge as the goalkeeper to have from this game. Newcastle have scored just once in their last three games and have been shutout in back-to-back home games. Fabianski leads the league with 86 saves, and up against a floundering Newcastle attack, he’s worth considering if you’re looking to save some salary at the position.
Others to Consider – Mat Ryan, Brighton ($4,300), Jordan Pickford, Everton ($3,700)
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