Through the first eight games of the season, Manchester City and Manchester United have emerged as the teams to beat and are the only two remaining unbeaten in the Premier League. Both Manchester clubs have targetable matchups on Saturday, but there are several other players to consider fitting in around The Citizens and Red Devils. Let’s have a look at the studs and values at each position.
David De Gea – $5,800 – Manchester United – If you’re paying up at the position, both De Gea and Ederson ($6,000) have been remarkable recently, with De Gea topping double-digit points in nine of his last 10 games across all competitions and Ederson with 10 or more in seven of his last eight. While Ederson is an enticing option in a favorable matchup against Burnley at home, it’s hard to ignore Huddersfield’s dismal run of no goals in their last four games. Things won’t get any easier for them considering De Gea and Manchester United have allowed just two goals through eight games this season.
Others to Consider – Ederson (Manchester City; $6,000)
Lukasz Fabianski – $4,700 – Swansea City – Fabianski is coming off his fourth clean sheet in eight EPL appearances and is up against a Leicester attack that has just one goal in its last three road games. Add in the fact that the Foxes will be without a true manager after sacking Craig Shakespeare on Tuesday, and it’s very possible Swansea and Fabianski turn up with another strong outing at home.
Others to Consider – Jonas Lossl (Huddersfield Town; $3,800)
Cedric Soares – $5,500 – Southampton – Soares swung in seven crosses against Newcastle last weekend and now faces a West Bromwich Albion squad that has allowed the most crosses (199) amongst all 12 teams on the slate. With a relatively shallow defender pool, Soares sticks out as one of the safer players at the position, as he regularly hovers around double-digit points.
Others to Consider – Antonio Valencia (Manchester United; $5,700), Kyle Walker (Manchester City; $5,400), Martin Olsson (Swansea City; $4,600)
Kieran Gibbs – $3,900 – West Bromwich Albion – Scraping for value at the defender position on this slate is admittedly tricky, but Gibbs gives us a sub-$4K defender capable of hitting 2x value through peripheral stats alone. He’s averaging five crosses in his last three starts, with seven fantasy points per game (FPPG) across that span.
Others to Consider – Patrick Van Aanholt (Crystal Palace; $4,100), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City; $3,600)
Matt Ritchie – $8,100 – Newcastle – Ritchie leads all players on this slate in total crosses this season and is third overall in the Premier League. While Jonjo Shelvey siphons a share of Newcastle’s set pieces, Ritchie is still involved enough in the attack to put up another double-digit score at home against last-place Crystal Palace. He’s averaging 15 fantasy points per game over his last five games, and Ritchie provides a nice discount compared to some of the other top-tier midfielders.
Others to Consider – Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City; $10,400), Xherdan Shaqiri (Stoke City; $8,300)
Tom Carroll – $5,400 – Swansea City – Carroll is averaging 13 FPPG at home and is coming off an 18-point effort against Huddersfield Town in his last outing. He’s amongst the top-10 in Premier League in crosses this season, and while his price continues to rise, he continues to provide good bang for your buck.
OOthers to Consider – Andros Townsend (Crystal Palace; $6,000), Yohan Cabaye (Crystal Palace; $4,100), Rajiv Van La Parra (Huddersfield Town; $3,700)
Sergio Aguero – $11,500 – Manchester City – Aguero is set to return after suffering injuries in a car accident that has kept him off the field for over three weeks. He didn’t appear in Tuesday’s Champions League match against Napoli, but he was back on the bench and could be inserted back into the starting lineup on Saturday with Manchester City’s congested schedule. If he doesn’t start, Gabriel Jesus ($10,600) and Raheem Sterling ($8,800) have both been scoring goals and are salary-saving pivots. Exposure to their attack is almost necessary, and they’ve been spreading the fantasy goodness around enough that really all of their attacking options are in play until they slow down. It’s been a combination of Manchester City attackers in recent tournament winning lineups, and it’s possible we see deja vu with another juicy home match against Burnley up next.
Others to Consider – Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United; $11,100), Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City; $10,600), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City; $8,800)
Tammy Abraham – $6,500 – Swansea City – Abraham has been hit-or-miss through the first eight games of the season, but he gave us a look at the boom he can bring as a boom-or-bust fantasy play with a two-goal, 26-point performance against Huddersfield last Saturday. He can’t be trusted in cash games, but he’s worthy of including in tournament lineups in the event that his first EPL brace gives him a boost of confidence ahead of a home fixture with Leicester City.
Others to Consider – Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (Stoke City; $6,200), Jordan Ayew (Swansea City; $6,000), Nathan Redmond (Southampton; $5,700)
I am a promoter at DraftKings and am also an avid fan and user (my username is MONEYMACHiNE) and may sometimes play on my personal account in the games that I offer advice on. Although I have expressed my personal view on the games and strategies above, they do not necessarily reflect the view(s) of DraftKings and I may also deploy different players and strategies than what I recommend above. I am not an employee of DraftKings and do not have access to any non-public information.