Manchester City and Chelsea jump out as the big home favorites on Saturday’s six-game main slate and feature several enticing fantasy options to consider. Let’s take a closer look at some targets and values that could lead your team to the top of the leaderboard in the EPL $50K Backheel Special [$10K to 1st].
Sergio Aguero, Manchester City vs. Newcastle, $11,100 – Aguero went off for a hat trick and 44 fantasy points in his last home game, and now he’s back home in another favorable spot against Newcastle. He’s already taken 16 shots through the first three games and should continue to fire at will against a vulnerable Newcastle side.
Others to Consider – Raheem Sterling, Manchester City ($9,900); Gabriel Jesus, Manchester City ($9,400); Alvaro Morata, Chelsea ($8,000)
Cenk Tosun, Everton vs. Huddersfield Town, $6,500 – Despite no goals to his name through the first three games, Tosun has contributed a pair of assists and is knocking at the door to open his 2018-19 account. For $1,400 more, teammate Gylfi Sigurdsson ($7,900) is the safer play given his role on set pieces, but with Richarlison suspended for this one look for Tosun to shoulder the load in the attack and potentially breakthrough with his first goal of the season.
Others to Consider – Theo Walcott, Everton ($7,400); Marko Arnautovic, West Ham ($6,700); Nathan Redmond, Southampton ($4,800)
Eden Hazard, Chelsea vs. Bournemouth, $10,800 – Hazard delivered the goods in his first start of the season last Sunday, scoring his first of the season and hitting 25 fantasy points along the way. He stood over the majority of set pieces, and with another good matchup at home against Bournemouth he’s back in play this week.
Others to Consider – Riyad Mahrez, Manchester City ($9,800); Wilfried Zaha, Crystal Palace ($8,800); Pedro, Chelsea ($8,400)
Ilkay Gundogan, Manchester City vs. Newcastle, $5,900 – With Kevin De Bruyne on the shelf, Gundogan has seen an uptick in dead ball duties and he came away with 17 DKFP in last weekend’s draw at Wolverhampton. With roster rotation possible, it’s yet to be seen if he continues to shoulder the lion’s share of set pieces but at this price he’s certainly worth strong consideration as the potential primary set piece taker on the biggest favorite on the slate.
Others to Consider – Felipe Anderson, West Ham ($6,400); Luka Milivojevic, Crystal Palace ($5,500); Jean Michael Seri, Fulham ($5,200)
Benjamin Mendy, Manchester City vs. Newcastle, $7,300 – Mendy has been a fantasy monster to start the season, averaging over 18 FPPG through the first three games. At first glance his price looks too high for a defender, but considering he’s logged six shots, 25 crosses and three assists thus far, Mendy is worth finding the funds for in another good matchup at home versus Newcastle.
Others to Consider – Marcos Alonso, Chelsea ($6,700); Kyle Walker, Manchester City ($5,400); Leighton Baines, Everton ($5,100)
Florent Hadergjonaj, Huddersfield Town at Everton, $3,900 – Hadergjonaj logged seven crosses for the second time in three games last time out and even on the road he provides good value with the crossing upside he carries.
Others to Consider – Ryan Bertrand, Southampton ($4,600); Joe Bryan, Fulham ($4,500); Cedric Soares, Southampton ($4,100)
Ederson, Manchester City vs. Newcastle, $6,000 – Ederson and Manchester City were held to a shock draw at Wolves in their last game, but are in a good bounce back spot on Saturday. City should have their way against a Newcastle squad that have yet to win a game through their first three games and were held scoreless at Cardiff in their only road game of the season thus far.
Others to Consider – Kepa, Chelsea ($5,800)
Jonas Lossl, Huddersfield Town at Everton, $3,900 – Lossl started the season as Huddersfield’s backup ‘keeper but was forced into action when starter Ben Hamer picked up an injury 13 minutes in last game. He proceeded to reel off three saves and register a clean sheet and, while The Terriers are underdogs on the road at Everton, the price and matchup are reasonable enough to roll Lossl out to save some cash at the position.
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.