Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I can’t decide which is better, all the food or all the sport. Either way, we get a nice 7 game slate of games on Saturday. Six 10am ET games and the later Chelsea at Sunderland game at 12.30ET. Given that the Blues are coming off the back of a Champions League game, be sure to have pivots available when rostering Chelsea players in this game, just in case Mourinho decides to pull any tricks with his lineup.
Okay, lets get down to business, position by position as usual, I will try and give you plays at a variety of price points.
David De Gea $5,800 – This is my first risk of the day. Man Utd and their massively depleted defence get a home game against Hull. I feel like off the back of a very impressive win at Arsenal last week, the Red Devils will really look to capitalise on that confidence boost and get some momentum going in their season. The injury concerns at the back do give me cause to worry a bit but Man Utd should over power Hull going forward so De Gea should be safe enough for the win and I wouldn’t be surprised to see a clean sheet to go with it. I will say, if everyone is still out injured in the defence and that puts you off, Thibaut Courtois is the clear pivot at $5,700 on the road at Sunderland.
Lukasz Fabianski $4,800 – Comes in at a nice $1,000 discount over the top guys, which given the tighter pricing, is very helpful. A home matchup with Crystal Palace is an appealing one on paper, I will caution that I like this to be an offensive game and end to end at times. Fabianski should see a good number of shots, but of course that puts his clean sheet at risk. As we have seen, a cheaper goalie conceding one goal but making 5-6 saves is a better result than a high priced goalie getting a clean sheet but making no saves. Fabianski makes for my favourite happy medium. He should get a win from a nice home matchup, should see plenty of shots to provide the upside and if he is really on his game and grab a clean sheet, we could see a 20pt game from him at a very nice price point.
Others I like: Robert Green $4,300 & Rob Elliot $3,000 is the punt value play if Tim Krul, who is doubtful, misses out.
Kieran Trippier $5,000 – I’m going back to the well. Trippier went from 10 crosses the previous week to 0 last week. Which sucked, if like me, you paid up for him thinking you were getting a nice floor, to be left with 2 points. This week, I anticipate a bounce back. Aston Villa visit Burnley, Villa are a counter attacking team, which should mean more possession for Burnley and more opportunities for Trippier to push forward and deliver a high number of crosses. A clean sheet and/or assists are not out of the question in this game, PLEASE, Kieran, don’t let me down again.
Aaron Cresswell $3,700 – Another guy I wrote up last week, which I think was justified considering he put up 7 points from crosses alone. He proved the floor is there without any assists or clean sheet bonuses. The upside is there and the price is nice. He gets a home match against Newcastle this weekend. Which is not the best on paper but could also be much worse. Newcastle are very inconsistent and prone to let down games. West Ham are playing well, but regardless of the final result I think Cresswell can do enough to pay off his price tag.
Others I like: Branislav Ivanovic $5,100, Alberto Moreno $4,300, Daryl Janmaat $4,100, Massadio Haidara $3,800 & Marcos Rojo $3,700 (faces a late fitness test).
Angel Di Maria $12,700 – Always in play, especially in this amazing matchup at home to Hull. However at $3,100 more than any other midfielder, it changes your entire lineup dynamic if you choose to roster him. He is in a category of his own in reality and the choice is yours.
Raheem Sterling $8,300 – I have no idea if this is my Liverpool fandom and wishful thinking or if I really believe this, BUT I really think Liverpool have to, and will, turn a corner this weekend at home to Stoke. If that is the case, Sterling will be at the heart of it. He grabbed an assist in the Europa League on Thursday with what was one of his better all round performances of the season, I think now may be the time to jump on him at the depressed price, as we all know, the potential is there for a huge game and this weekend is as good of a chance as any.
Yannick Bolasie $6,100 – I have been VERY impressed with him in recent weeks. I have been making a special effort to watch his games because he appears ready to really break out this season. I wouldn’t be surprised if he secured a move to a big club if he can maintain current form. 3 of his last 4 games have been double figures in DraftKings points, without the aid of assists and goals. He also managed an assist in the last game but has shown that with his explosive and direct running style, his floor is there. One of these days he is going to have a multi-goal or assist game and win someone a GPP, I urge you to get on him while the price is depressed.
Others I like: Eden Hazard $9,600, Steward Downing $7,200 (assuming he passes his fitness test), Willian $5,700, Jefferson Montero $5,100, Ashley Young $3,000 punt.
Diego Costa $12,800 – He concerns me. He was taken off midweek after a knock and has had a rough time of it with injuries this season. I really fear that in any game Chelsea get up by a couple of goals he will get pulled off early. Now, if he scores the goals to get them there, fine. But in midweek Chelsea managed 5 goals and he scored 5 points in 66mins. That just doesn’t cut it at his price tag. I’d be concerned he doesn’t get the full 90mins again at weekend and much as I love him, i’m just not sure with pricing as it is, if I can play the price.
Robin Van Persie $9,600 – This seems too cheap. He will be looking for a bounce back game this week after putting up a 0 against Arsenal. He may also be re-united with Falcao for this game which should bump all Man Utd attacking players. There is less chance they can double team a guy like RVP if he has a partner like Falcao to draw attention away too. The two showed a good understanding in the games prior to Falcao’s injury too. I will say, i’m not sure I would risk Falcao even if he does start, I think he may only play an hour.
Wilfried Bony $8,400 – Another guy who seems too cheap, I love the matchup and having got himself on the scoresheet last time out I would look for Bony to repeat it this week. He has always been a streaky striker and this might just be the start of another. He is averaging double digit points so far on the season with as much upside as almost anyone.
Others I like: Charlie Austin $8,000 (is on fire), Danny Ings $6,800, Rickie Lambert $6,100 (should lead the line again with Sturridge/Balotelli ruled out), Gabby Agbonlahor $6,000, Eduardo Vargas $5,500, Bojan Krkic $5,400.
That wraps up another week of plays for you guys. Hope they help. As usual I will be tweeting out starting lineups as I get them tomorrow morning so feel free to give me a follow @cjhopkins07 and good luck!!