After what seems like an eternity, the Premier League is back in the DraftKings lobby! A two-week international break came to a close on Wednesday, with Peru punching the final ticket to the 2018 World Cup. Several players took part in international action with their respective countries, some coming away with notable injuries that could affect their status this weekend as EPL play resumes. As always, be sure to double check starting lineups when they are released (usually an hour before kickoff) to ensure your players will be on the field. Let’s take a look at the top studs and values on Saturday’s main slate.
Marcus Rashford – $8,300 – Manchester United – Rashford may not carry as much goal scoring upside as some of the top tier forwards on the slate, but given his recent role on set pieces, he makes for a relatively safe play across all formats at a fraction of the cost. Rashford has taken 11 of Manchester United’s 13 corner kicks over the last two games, and he’s tied for second on the team in both goals (3) and assists (3) this season. We’ll want attacking exposure to the biggest favorite on the slate, and Rashford provides just that without breaking the bank.
Others to Consider – Mohamed Salah (Liverpool; $11,000), Alvaro Morata (Chelsea; $9,900), Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United; $9,700)
Demarai Gray – $4,600 – Leicester City – After notching just one start through the first nine games of the season, Gray has started and topped double-digit fantasy points in each of the last two games. A matchup against league leaders Manchester City isn’t the most attractive, but taking into account his role on set pieces and the fact that Leicester could be chasing goals, Gray is in a good spot to make value at $4,600 despite the tough matchup.
Others to Consider – Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City; $6,100), Nathan Redmond (Southampton; $5,000)
Philippe Coutinho – $11,100 – Liverpool – Coutinho is set to return after missing Liverpool’s last three games due to a thigh injury. He put in a 68-minute shift in Brazil’s 0-0 draw with England on Tuesday, and his return gives a nice boost to a Liverpool attack that has been firing on all cylinders this season — regardless of who lines up in the attack. There’s a good chance he’ll resume his role as primary set-piece taker and, with Liverpool looking to stay unbeaten at home, we can expect Coutinho to be heavily involved both on dead ball situations and in open play.
Others to Consider – Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City; $10,100), Gabriel Jesus; (Manchester City; $9,800), Roberto Firmino (Liverpool; $8,500)
Yohan Cabaye – $5,800 – Crystal Palace – Cabaye has forced his way into fantasy consideration with double-digit fantasy points in back-to-back games. He’s taken over as the primary corner kick taker, amassing 23 crosses over his last two appearances. If that’s not enough — Cabaye has also been contributing points via defensive stats, with nine tackles won and six interceptions across that two-game span.
Others to Consider – Rajiv van La Parra (Huddersfield Town; $4,300), Sam Clucas (Swansea; $4,100), Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United; $3,900)
Leighton Baines – $5,200 – Everton – Baines had a goal, an assist and 23 points in a vital win over Watford prior to the international break. He’s just two games removed from a 12-cross performance, and while he picked up more points through set pieces than usual with Gylfi Sigurdsson starting on the bench, he’s been more involved in the attack recently and has another decent matchup against last-place Crystal Palace.
Others to Consider – Alberto Moreno (Liverpool; $5,900), Ashley Young (Manchester United; $5,600)
Cedric Soares – $4,300 – Southampton – Soares is coming off a nine-cross game against Burnley, and he’s swung in at least five crosses in five straight games. He’ll certainly have his work cut out for him on the road against Liverpool, but The Reds have shown some vulnerabilities at the back, and Soares is certainly capable of exploiting those. This could be the cheapest we’ll see Cedric all season and, with a lack of value options at the position, he jumps out in a game that could prove to be more fantasy-friendly than it appears.
Others to Consider – Ryan Bertrand (Southampton; $4,200), Martin Olsson (Swansea City; $4,100)
Nick Pope – $5,300 – Burnley – Pope has back-to-back clean sheets and now hosts a Swansea City team that have been held scoreless in six of 11 games this season. He’s coming up with multiple saves regularly and has no less than eight points in each of his last seven games.
Others to Consider – David De Gea (Manchester United; $6,000)
Kasper Schmeichel – $3,700 – Leicester City – While Manchester City have scored three or more goals in four straight EPL contests, Schmeichel is unbeaten in five straight and he kept a clean sheet in his last home game. It’s a bold proposition recommending a goalkeeper against the most potent attack in the Premier League, but one that opens up valuable salary to spend up at other positions. Manchester City lead the league in Shots On Goal, presenting Schmeichel the opportunity to rack up multiple saves and potentially turn in a big score if he’s up to the task.
Others to Consider – Ben Foster (West Bromwich Albion; $3,900)
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