A six-game Premier League slate is upon us, and without any of the top four teams featuring on Saturday’s main slate, we’re forced to look elsewhere for production this week. Let’s dive right in and look at the top targets and values to consider when building your DraftKings lineups on Saturday.
Johan Berg Gudmundsson, Burnley ($8,500) – Gudmundsson swung in an eye-popping 18 crosses in last Saturday’s 2-1 win over Everton, and he now has 30 crosses over his last two games. Other than maybe Riyad Mahrez, I’m just not convinced that we should pay top dollar for another forward given the consistent fantasy point production from JBG over his last four games.
Others to Consider – Willian, Chelsea ($10,900); Riyad Mahrez, Leicester City ($9,600); Marko Arnautovic, West Ham ($8,400)
Nathan Redmond, Southampton ($5,700) – Speaking of eye-popping crossing totals, Redmond turned in 16 crosses against Stoke last weekend, and he’s delivered as a budget forward over the last two weeks. If James Ward-Prowse returns to the lineup he would cut into Redmond’s potential, but even with JWP in the lineup, Redmond took three of Southampton’s five corner kicks.
Others to Consider – Andros Townsend, Crystal Palace ($5,800); Salomon Rondon, West Bromwich Albion ($5,300)
Marc Albrighton, Leicester City ($7,800) – Albrighton’s crossing numbers have simply been ridiculous over his last five games. He has a combined 60 crosses over that span and has topped 15 crosses in each of his last two games. The crazy thing is that he’s been putting up those numbers without a set piece monopoly as he splits that duty with Mahrez. He’s not going to break the bank and makes for a relatively safe play in cash lineups.
Others to Consider – Eden Hazard, Chelsea ($11,200); Theo Walcott, Everton ($8,600); Gylfi Sigurdsson, Everton ($8,100)
Chris Brunt, West Bromwich Albion ($6,100) – Brunt had nine crosses in his last start, and he continues to produce serviceable fantasy numbers at a reasonable price. West Brom has a big hole to dig themselves out of with just nine games to go, and I think we can continue to ride Brunt especially at home in a near must-win situation.
Others to Consider – Matt Phillips, West Bromwich Albion ($5,900); Rajiv van La Parra, Huddersfield Town ($5,800); Ki Sung-yueng, Swansea ($5,600)
Aaron Cresswell, West Ham ($5,600) – There’s not a lot to like from the defender selections this week, but Cresswell has done enough of late to put his name back on the fantasy radar. He has an assist in two of his last three games, and he continues to be involved on a share of West Ham corner kicks.
Others to Consider – Ryan Bertrand, Southampton ($5,500); Cedric Soares, Southampton ($5,400)
Martin Olsson, Swansea ($4,300) – With a lack of attractive options, I might be inclined to punt on a cheap center back in tournaments, but Olsson’s 5.9 fantasy point per game average keeps him in the fantasy conversation. Olsson was written up in this spot last week and while he only managed 4.5 points, he continues to cross the ball enough to warrant consideration.
Others to Consider – Stephen Ward, Burnley ($4,200); Matthew Lowton, Burnley ($4,100)
Thibaut Courtois, Chelsea ($6,000) – Courtois and Chelsea are the biggest favorites on the slate by a wide margin, which most of the time means we’re locking in five points if we decide to pay all the way up at the position. Courtois has kept a clean sheet in five of his last six matches at home, and facing a bottom-three Crystal Palace squad gives him a good chance to continue his run of good form at Stamford Bridge.
Others to Consider – Jordan Pickford, Everton ($5,200); Jonas Lossl, Huddersfield Town ($5,000)
Wayne Hennessey, Crystal Palace ($3,600) – While Courtois looks to be the safest play on the board, at the opposite end of the field a case can be made for Hennessey at nearly half the price. Crystal Palace put up a fight in a 3-2 loss against Manchester United in their last game and considering they’re facing relegation as it stands, they’re going to have to put their best foot forward from here on out. The opportunity for saves will be there, and with Palace fighting for their Premier League lives I wouldn’t be surprised to see Hennessey finish with a respectable fantasy score.
Others to Consider – Nick Pope, Burnley ($4,400)
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