Hello again everyone! Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving and are looking forward to a fantastic Christmas. This is one of the busiest times of year in the EPL, we had our first midweek slate of the season this week with more to come over the course of Decemeber, it’s a great time to be be playing DFS Soccer, or trying it for the first time, if you haven’t already played. Hopefully my article can help you make it a profitable experience. As always, I will go position by position and try to give you a range of options at different price points. Lets dive in.
Hugo Lloris $5,400 – Tottenham have not been good at keeping clean sheets this season to say the least, that is why I am always sceptical to suggest Lloris. However, Spurs will be desperate to bounce back from a disappointing loss to Chelsea in which, if you watched the game, they actually dominated to start and could have been 2-0 up by the time Chelsea scored their first goal. Now they are at home to Crystal Palace. Palace have a nice offence, they should get some shots, but I really like Spurs to win the game and limit their opponents to 1 goal at most. There are no predictable clean sheets in EPL as we have seen in recent weeks, we are just taking people in the best spot and hoping they have a good day, this weekend, I think that person is Hugo.
Ben Foster $3,900 – This is a real GPP play. Foster is a great keeper, in terms of natural talent. However he plays for a team in a bit of a slump. I think both him and Allan McGregor $4,000 are in play in West Brom’s visit to Hull on Saturday. Its a tough game to predict but if either side can come out with a win, their keeper is going to need to make a reasonable number of saves to keep it. Both offences have been stuttering too, so there is the potential one side sneaks a 1-0 win and you get 4-5 saves from the winning keeper. That is real 20pt upside from two of the cheapest starting keepers on the slate. As I said, GPP only but if you get this game right, it could pay off in a big way.
Others I like: Joe Hart $5,300, Wojciech Szczesny $5,000 (if he passes his fitness test), Costel Pantillimon $3,500 (if you think Sunderland can get a result at Liverpool.
Note: I am not completely ignoring Rob Green and Tom Heaton in the QPR vs Burnley game, however I see them as in the same spot as Foster and McGregor, a close game, could go either way, the difference being I like the offences much more in the QPR-Burnley game and could easily see a 3-2 either way rather than 1-0 which is why i’m inclined to go with the West Brom – Hull game if I’m taking a risk on a cheaper guy.
Kieran Trippier $5,000 – If you read regularly you will know i’m a big fan of this guy’s offensive talent. If he played for a bigger club with more clean sheets we’d be raving about him as one of the top DFS Defenders in the league. I see Burnley looking to utilise him again this week and can see another 7-10 cross performance. That being said, i’ll keep riding this train until i’m forced to get off.
Ben Davies $3,700 – If he draws another start for Spurs then I, for the first time this season, may well be rostering him. This is mainly for if you want to stack defenders with Lloris in goals and hope for a clean sheet. With all the injury question marks for Spurs right now its hard to predict who will start but I like Davies. He should have more opportunity to get forward in this game than he did against Chelsea. If he gets 4-5 crosses i’d be satisfied because with Harry Kane in the middle there is always chance he gets on the end of a cross and Davies grabs an assist. He does have upside and I like the clean sheet potential, he just doesn’t have the ‘safe’ floor of a Trippier, but he doesn’t have the lofty price, either.
Others I like: Pablo Zabaleta $4,500, Calum Chambers $4,300, Kieran Gibbs $4,100 and Andre Wisdom $2,400 as a punt.
Christian Eriksen $8,300 – Priced the same as Raheem Sterling, made this a tough choice on which one to write up. I love Sterling but as a Liverpool fan I watch every game and Sterling looks tired. Every game he does ok, but is missing a step and I think it is fatigue, which is limiting his upside. That leads me to Eriksen who really pulls the strings for Spurs. He had goals in his last two games prior to having that little streak snapped by Chelsea on Wednesday, but still managed 9 points. Spurs should really be looking to attack this game and I can see Eriksen being at the heart of it all. He has great upside both from assists and/or goals, if i’m paying up, I think it is for him this week.
Jesus Navas $5,800 – People underestimate this guys importance to Man City. He is the only true winger with pace that they have at the moment and they are coming to rely on him more and more. He is safe enough providing you 5-10 points from crosses, fouls drawn and shots on a weekly basis. Playing in that offence though it’s the upside we are looking for. He should matchup directly with Leighton Baines this weekend, who, although he is a good defender, we all know, loves to push forward. If that is the case, Navas should have a LOT of running room down that side should Baines get caught upfield and one thing we know, nobody is catching Navas if you give him a head start and space to run into. Oh, and with Aguero finishing in the clinical manner he is, i’m going to bump ANYONE feeding him the ball because of extra assist potential.
Others I like: Yaya Toure $7,700, Santi Cazorla $6,600, Erik Lamela $6,400 (if starting), Adam Lallana $5,700, Ahmed Elmohamady $5,300, Wilfried Zaha $4,500 (if starting).
Sergio Aguero $12,900 and Alexis Sanchez $12,200 – Both are fantastic players and plays almost every week. I love both, its really tough to decide which to take. I won’t spend long trying to sell them on you, just look at their stats. I’ll lean Aguero this week just because he is at home and against the older Everton defence I don’t think they can keep up with his feet. However, i’m not going to talk you out of either.
Charlie Austin $8,400 – Finally had an off game in midweek on the road at a talented Swansea side, however, prior to that he had 7 double digit fantasy point games in his last 8 and 3 of those were over 20pts. QPR are better at home than on the road and I think Austin gets back on track and finds the net this weekend against the visiting Burnley.
Danny Ings $6,900 – Other side of the same game from Austin. Ins has been in fine form himself scoring double digits in 5 of his last 6. Hopefully this shows the reason why I skipped over Heaton and Green in the goalkeepers section. I really like these two in form strikers to get up for this game. Both sides know they need to take points from the teams around them at the bottom and will rely heavily on their talisman strikers to do the business. Both players have multi-goal upside and nice prices.
Others I like: Harry Kane $8,200 (GPP only as doesn’t get many peripherals, very goal dependent), Olivier Giroud $7,100 (underpriced if starting), Nikica Jelavic $5,800, Connor Wickham $5,200.
That wraps things up for another week. I’ll be tweeting out lineups as they are released on Saturday morning, so give me a follow @cjhopkins07 and good luck in all your games!