The Premier League is back in full swing with seven games to choose from on Saturday’s main slate. Let’s take a closer look at some studs and values to consider when building your DraftKings lineup.
Alexis Sanchez, Manchester United ($9,300) – Sanchez and Manchester United have arguably the juiciest matchup on the board playing at home against Swansea. While Sanchez has put up mostly pedestrian numbers since joining Manchester United in January, he also carries arguably the biggest fantasy potential of any player on the slate. Strike partner Romelu Lukaku is also in a smash spot here, but he’s more goal dependent where Sanchez has a share of set pieces and is more likely to rack up stats across multiple categories.
Others to Consider – Kevin De Bruyne, Manchester City ($10,800); Riyad Mahrez, Leicester City ($10,000); Romelu Lukaku, Manchester United ($9,000)
Salomon Rondon, West Bromwich Albion ($5,600) – Rondon has taken two or more shots in six straight contests, and he’s hit double-figure fantasy points in each of his last three outings. West Brom are in desperation mode with relegation looming, and while it seems impossible that they’ll climb out of their hole, Rondon should continue to fire off shots at will as they make a last-gasp effort.
Others to Consider – Troy Deeney, Watford ($5,600), Wayne Rooney, Everton ($4,800)
Johann Berg Gudmundsson, Burnley ($8,400) – Gudmundsson’s set-piece monopoly and multi-position eligibility plants him high on the fantasy radar. He’s capable of exceeding double-digit points through crosses alone, and a matchup at Watford isn’t one to shy away from. Look for JBG to continue to produce as a worthy target in all formats.
Others to Consider – Raheem Sterling, Manchester City ($8,800); Leroy Sane, Manchester City ($8,700); Junior Stanislas, Watford ($7,700)
Chris Brunt, West Bromwich Albion ($6,000) – Brunt is a serviceable option at this price tag considering he stands over the majority of West Brom’s set pieces and flirts with double-digit DraftKings points on a regular basis. If West Brom are to make a run at avoiding relegation, they need a big result against Burnley on Saturday in which Brunt would surely be involved.
Others to Consider – Juan Mata, Manchester United ($6,100); Rajiv van La Parra, Huddersfield Town ($5,500); Jonjo Shelvey, Newcastle ($4,400)
Jose Holebas, Watford ($5,900) – Holebas has topped double-digit points in three of his last four, and he just continues to deliver as Watford’s primary corner kick taker. On a slate where there aren’t many defensive options that stand out, don’t overthink paying up for Holebas at home against Bournemouth.
Others to Consider – Ashley Young, Manchester United ($5,800); Aaron Cresswell, West Ham ($5,300); Cedric Soares, Southampton ($5,200)
Chris Lowe, Huddersfield Town ($4,400) – Lowe returned to the field for the first time since January when he subbed on at halftime of a 2-0 loss to Crystal Palace. He proceeded to churn out 7.5 points in 45 minutes through a smattering of crosses, including a small dose of corner kicks. On the opposite side of the field, teammate Florent Hadergjonaj is also in play at Newcastle as he continues to pile up crosses.
Others to Consider – Florent Hadergjonaj, Huddersfield ($4,500); Stephen Ward, Burnley ($4,300)
David De Gea, Manchester United ($6,000) – De Gea has helped Manchester United reel off three wins in a row, including a pair of big ones against Liverpool and Chelsea. Up next is a date with Swansea, who failed to score in their last outing at Huddersfield. While DDG hasn’t posted a clean sheet in over a month, the five-point win bonus seems likely, and he’ll have an easier time keeping the ball out of the net against lesser opposition.
Others to Consider – Ederson, Manchester City ($5,800); Martin Dubravka, Newcastle ($5,300)
Jordan Pickford, Everton ($3,700) – Yes he’s up against league leaders Manchester City, but with the Citizens sitting comfortably at the top and also keeping one eye on Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Liverpool, I think we can take a shot with Pickford here. He has a combined 20 saves over his last five appearances and is logging useful fantasy points regardless of conceding goals.
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