Saturday’s main slate features none of the top-four Premier League teams, but there are some relegation battles that could have big fantasy implications. Let’s take a closer look at my top plays at each position.
Johann Berg Gudmundsson, Burnley ($9,700) – Gudmundsson is priced up this week but on an unconventional slate and in a good matchup at home versus Brighton, he checks in as arguably the safest forward on the board. He’s hit 15 points in five of his last six appearances, with a majority of his points coming through shots and crosses.
Others to Consider – Willian, Chelsea ($10,600); Alvaro Morata, Chelsea ($9,300); Wilfried Zaha, Crystal Palace ($9,400)
Wayne Rooney, Everton ($6,100) – Rooney has taken Everton’s last eight corner kicks and he’s managed two shots in each of his last two games. He hasn’t been filling the stat sheet up, but given his involvement on set pieces coupled with his ability to show up with a goal, a case can be made for England’s all-time top scorer.
Others to Consider – Steve Mounie, Huddersfield Town ($6,000); Demarai Gray, Leicester City ($5,900); Shane Long, Southampton ($5,900)
Riyad Mahrez, Leicester City ($9,100) – Mahrez sent in 10 crosses and ended with 14 points in his last appearance, highlighting his ability to get to double-digit fantasy points through shots and crosses alone. Even on the road, he has the ability to explode for a big score, and he’s not too far removed from a stretch that saw him top 22 points in three straight games.
Others to Consider – Eden Hazard, Chelsea ($10,500); Andros Townsend, Crystal Palace ($8,400); Kenedy, Newcastle ($8,100)
Chris Brunt, West Bromwich Albion ($5,700) – Brunt turned in his seventh assist of the season in last weekend’s spirited draw with Liverpool. He sent in eight crosses and finished with 14 points in that one, and as West Brom’s primary set-piece taker, he gives us a little bit of a floor to fall back on even if he doesn’t turn up on the scoresheet.
Others to Consider – Alex Pritchard, Huddersfield Town ($6,200); Yohan Cabaye, Crystal Palace ($5,900); Matt Phillips, West Bromwich Albion ($5,400)
Ryan Bertrand, Southampton ($5,800) – Bertrand has topped double figures in back-to-back games, logging seven or more crosses in each of those. He shares a small dose of Southampton’s set pieces and with their backs against the wall, it’ll be all systems go at home against Bournemouth.
Others to Consider – Emerson, Chelsea ($6,300); Cedric Soares, Southampton ($5,400) Ben Chilwell, Leicester City ($5,300)
Martin Olsson, Swansea City ($4,100) – Olsson has a tough matchup at home against Chelsea, but with Swansea just one spot above the relegation zone I think we see a competitive game. He’s averaging over seven fantasy points per game across his last three, and if Swansea come out swinging, we could see Olsson flirt with double digits again.
Others to Consider – Terence Kongolo, Huddersfield Town ($4,800); Seamus Coleman, Everton ($4,600); Matthew Lowton, Burnley ($4,400)
Alex McCarthy, Southampton ($5,300) – McCarthy notched a clean sheet in his last appearance, and with Southampton fighting to stave off relegation, he’ll need to turn in another big performance at home. He’ll face off against a Bournemouth side that have been held scoreless in two straight.
Others to Consider – Thibaut Courtois, Chelsea ($5,600); Jonas Lossl, Huddersfield Town ($4,900)
Lukasz Fabianski, Swansea ($3,900) – Swansea sit just one spot above the relegation zone and given Chelsea’s lack of motivation in league play, it wouldn’t be too surprising to see Fabianski turn in a good showing here at home.
Others to Consider – Asmir Begovic, Bournemouth ($4,000)
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