Lock of the Day
Dimitri Payet (West Ham) Midfield – Salary: $8,700:
Dare I say that Dimitri Payet is this seasons POTY through the first seven weeks…? I know that sounds crazy, but honestly for me the best player is the top performer on the most impressive team. With West Ham sitting 3rd and Payet the catalyst behind most movements it makes you realize such nonsense is not inconceivable, even if only for a week. What better way to celebrate one of the best spells in recent times with a matchup vs. Sunderland and a chance to move even further up the table. In a game they are expected to win, expect Payet to lead by example with an efficient performance on Saturday.
Second Choice: Sergio Aguero (Man City) Forward – Salary: $11,000:
I know it hasn’t been the start we had hoped for, but Kun Aguero is still Kun Aguero. Unfortunately, when he isn’t 100% he just really doesn’t put in the shift we expect. This inconsistency is certainly a problem for fantasy owners, but if you think he’s fully healthy then expect a good performance. He’s been healthy now for a few weeks, gets David Silva back to team up with and has a game vs. Newcastle who I just can’t see getting points against Chelsea and Man City in back to back weeks.
Worth Your Buck
Sadio Mane (Southampton) Forward – Salary: $9,000:
Against the biggest disappointment in world football, a Southampton forward has to score. Who knows what’s going on with that Chelsea backline and I think another week goes by before anyone is able to figure it out. A loss at midweek has only added to the frustration at Stamford Bridge, which I fully expect Southampton to exploit. They may not be playing as well as they would like, but on the attacking end things have still clicked pretty well. Mane is my favorite of the three because of his individual threat and versatility, in contrast to the other more one dimensional options they have, such as, Tadic (crosser) and Pelle (Poacher).
Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) Midfield – Salary: $10,100:
Leicester City need every point they can before an insanely difficult fixture list sets in at the end of November for a six week stretch. In a friendly matchup vs. Norwich City I think the league’s highest scoring side continues their finishing ways with Mahrez leading the charge. Obviously this isn’t the most amazing call of the week, but in every lineup you need a few players you believe will do well and a few guys that the numbers tell you will do well. Mahrez might be the later, but it isn’t even like he has risk either so honestly you almost have to go with him until he shows us otherwise.
Aaron Cresswell (West Ham) Defender – Salary: $5,200:
We are going with Cresswell simply because he is the best wingback, playing the worst team. This tends to be my strategy each week with the exception of a few attacking defenders that consistently preform. While Cresswell is close to being a top tier defender anyway, he’s got a matchup vs. Sunderland where I see him having more room than usual to get forward and be a constant threat with his service. West Ham are likely winning this matchup and Cresswell has a good opportunity of having a successful night as a result.
Bojan Krkic (Stoke City) Forward – Salary: $5,200:
I’m a Barca fan so I pick him most weeks, but honestly; there are not too many guys in the league who have as much ability as the Spaniard. Since his return, he’s been a bundle of energy in the middle of the park, providing versatility with a mix of both a playmaking and goal threat. I love guys like this and you should too, especially against Aston Villa who have given up more goals then everyone except for two sides in the league this season. Stoke desperately need a win and that means they’ll be looking for Bojan to be the difference maker.
Scott Sinclair (Aston Villa) Midfield – Salary: $4,500:
I know he comes off the wing, but I see him as a forward more than a winger. His track record in the league has always been one of a goal scorer and his play is not limited to the wide areas. For me, when a player can show composure in front of net and find himself in goal scoring positions fairly regularly that to me is a great gamble at $4,500. If DraftKings saw him as a forward he’d likely be priced a thousand dollars higher, so take the gift they’ve presented you for the upside he provides and hopefully he rewards you big with a goal.
Jose Holebas (Watford) Defender – Salary: $3,200:
Watford week in and week out are impressive. While Holebas has been overshadow by the play of almost everyone else on the roster, he remains an important piece off the left side, preforming admirably on both ends of the pitch. While not the most gifted guy in the world, Holebas has excellent energy and commitment to the side and that could be rewarded this week in a friendly matchup with Callum Wilson-less Bournemouth.
The In Betweeners
Diafra Sakho (West Ham) Forward – Salary: $8,600:
Jenkinson, Tomkins, Reid, Cresswell
Lanzini Payet Moses
Man, do you guys see this squad? Hey Sakho, you’re living the dream with this lineup behind you.
Nathan Redmond (Norwich City) Midfield – Salary: $6,000:
Redmond just always scores. He scores as a sub, he scores as a starter, and he just consistently scores goals on a side with very little EPL experience. You’d think with such little talent around him it be difficult for the young Englishmen to create space, but for some reason the math just doesn’t add up that way. Maybe Norwich brings an air of complacency upon opposing sides, or maybe Redmond is really a top talent, but regardless of the reason Nathan Redmond is an excellent play in this price range for sure.
Heurelho Gomes (Watford) Goalie – Salary: $4,300:
Surprisingly Watford have only conceded 6 goals; meaning only United and Tottenham have conceded less. Anyone giving up less than a goal per game, playing in a favorable matchup vs. Bournemouth and on the cheaper side of the goalkeeping options sounds like a good play to me. Watford protect their goal first and I love a goalkeeper who’s well protected.
Traps to Avoid
Odion Ighalo (Watford) Forward – Salary: $7,200:
Deeney and Ighalo have been a tremendous tandem and who would have thought this would happen from two guys who have never played a single minute of Premier League Football. While I think Watford will win the game I just can’t see Ighalo continuing such unbelievable form with yet another performance, so go with Deeney who’s cheaper if you want a Watford frontman.
Eden Hazard (Chelsea) Midfield – Salary: $10,200:
I think I’m going to put him here every week until I see him play the way I know he should. Mourinho should honestly make a statement and bench him, but he obviously won’t. However, I can bench him and I will because at this price he hasn’t showed me once that he’s worth his buck.
Cedric (Southampton) Defender – Salary: $4,200:
Southampton vs. Chelsea is going to be a great fixture and will likely feature a number of goals. However with Hazard on his side, even though the Belgian is out of form I really don’t see him contributing in attack much with the threat he still possesses. Mesh the goals and his reduced attacking role and his chance of having a big day is reduced significantly.
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