The Premier League is back on the board after a brief respite for FA Cup. Let’s hone in on the top targets and values at each position for your DraftKings lineups.
Mohamed Salah, Liverpool ($12,000) – Salah is over $2,000 more than any other player on the slate, and rightfully so. He can’t stop scoring and has arguably the best matchup on the slate at home against West Ham. He’ll look to make it five straight games with a goal, and considering the Hammers let in three goals at Brighton in their last road game, they’ll have a hard time keeping Salah off the scoresheet.
Others to Consider – Roberto Firmino, Liverpool ($9,900); Sadio Mane, Liverpool ($9,600), Gylfi Sigurdsson, Everton ($8,300)
Johann Berg Gudmundsson, Burnley ($7,400) – JBG has taken 34 of Burnley’s last 37 corner kicks, and he continues to provide a near double-digit floor through peripherals alone. A forward with set-piece monopoly is a player we can build around, and Gudmundsson won’t break the bank either.
Others to Consider – Jordon Ibe, Bournemouth ($7,300); Gerard Deulofeu, Watford ($6,500); Salomon Rondon, West Bromwich Albion ($6,200)
James Ward-Prowse, Southampton ($8,700) – Ward-Prowse has been a bright spot despite Southampton’s struggles this season. Southampton are in the thick of a relegation battle, and they’ll rely on JWP to continue to create opportunities down the stretch. He’s hit 12 or more points in four of his last five with the majority of those points coming from shots and crosses.
Others to Consider – Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Liverpool ($8,100); Pascal Gross, Brighton ($7,900)
Ki Sung-Yueng, Swansea ($4,100) – Ki scored his first goal of the season in his last outing, and he’s had a hand in each of Swansea’s last two goals. While the Swans don’t generate a ton of set pieces, Ki stands over the majority of set pieces they do get and provides good value as a set piece taker in the $4K range.
Others to Consider – Matt Phillips, West Bromwich Albion ($6,300), Solly March, Brighton ($6,100), Jonjo Shelvey, Newcastle ($4,300)
Jose Holebas, Watford ($5,400) – Holebas has lined up centrally each of his last two appearances, but the positional shuffle has yet to impact his share of Watford set pieces. His point totals have left a lot to be desired but considering he’s sent in eight crosses in two of his last three games, he’s still a viable option regardless of where he lines up.
Others to Consider – Andrew Robertson, Liverpool ($5,600); Charlie Daniels, Bournemouth ($5,300); Ryan Bertrand, Southampton ($4,700)
Virgil van Dijk, Liverpool ($4,400) – Full disclosure that I generally don’t recommend rostering center backs, but depending on where Holebas lines up this could be the first (and last!) time you’ll see two center backs in this space. I like Van Dijk here because not only has he helped Liverpool shore things up in the back, but he’s been aggressive on the attacking end too and looks hungry for his first goal with his new club. The 6-foot-4 Dutchman is a towering presence in the box on set pieces, and he’s been known to strike a pretty mean free kick from time to time. With no clear-cut options in this price range, VVD makes for a viable GPP play as he’s eligible for potential defensive and clean sheet points and has goal upside to boot.
Others to Consider – Martin Olsson, Swansea ($4,100); Charlie Taylor, Burnley ($3,600)
Ben Foster, West Bromwich Albion ($5,400) – Foster has conceded three goals in each of his last three outings, albeit two of those were on the road to Chelsea and league leaders Manchester City. He’s in a good bounce back spot at home to Huddersfield, who have failed to score an away goal in three straight.
Others to Consider – Loris Karius, Liverpool ($6,000); Mat Ryan, Brighton ($5,200)
Jonas Lossl, Huddersfield ($4,100) – Huddersfield sit just one spot clear of the relegation zone and now face a West Brom squad that is desperate for a result. While I’m not confident in a clean sheet here, I do think Lossl will see several shots come his way as West Brom fight to claw their way out of last place. He could have the opportunity to rack up points through multiple saves while saving some salary in tournament lineups.
Others to Consider – Lukasz Fabianski, Swansea ($4,400)
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