Another weekend is upon us, another fun slate of EPL soccer on DraftKings. We have 5 games on Saturday with 4 at 11am ET and Man City facing Burnley in the late kickoff at 1.30pm ET. So a slightly shorter slate than the usual 6 or 7 games on a Saturday makes finding a way to differentiate yourself in a GPP even more important. As always i’m going to go position by position and give you a few plays to target which will hopefully help you build a winning lineup. Without further ado…
Joe Hart $5,400 – I talked in my introduction about differentiating yourself in GPPs, this is by no means a differentiation play, I expect Hart to be popular, particularly in cash games. However, being on the road often puts people off and with Ospina of Arsenal at home this weekend it is possible people look that way. Burnley are not a side to try and sit back at home and they are also not afraid to shoot. I think both of these factors play into the hands of Man City to get the win and Joe Hart to face a few more shots than normal against a team in the lower half. With limited margin for error on a shorter slate, I’d trust Joe Hart in my cash games and wouldn’t be afraid to use him in a GPP.
Allan McGregor $4,100 – I am high on Hull this weekend as you will see in later plays. I really think they have been galvanised as a team over the last few weeks, really since the arrival of their new striker (spoilers i’ll be writing him up). McGregor has played well recently giving up no more than 1 goal in any of his last 5 games. We’ve seen his upside of near 20pts if his team can get him a win and for what its worth I believe they have a great chance of doing exactly that on the road at Leicester on Saturday. At $4,100 I think McGregor offers great value with the potential upside of outscoring the highest priced goalies on the board in GPPs.
Others I like: David Ospina $5,200, Ben Foster $4,700
Andrew Robertson $4,800 – I must admit, this is a player who has probably gone under appreciated by me. His minutes on the pitch have been a little uncertain which made me wary but he has shown his upside with 7 crosses in 2 of his last 3 games. He is in my mind a slightly less reliable version of Kieran Trippier but with similar upside. This weekend I may find myself going Robertson based on the matchup and grouping him maybe with a mini Hull stack in GPPs.
Aleksander Kolorov – I hope Kolorov starts. He is by far my favourite Man City defender to take, just because he brings the most to the table offensively. Particularly since Zabaleta has stopped doing his Branislav Ivanovic impressions from last year, which is a shame. Kolorov offers solid production with high upside. I give him a good chance of at least the 1GA bonus if not a CS this weekend. Add into the fact that he isn’t afraid to cross or shoot and Man City let him take some set pieces I can see him being in most of my lineups on a day when defender is not all that deep.
Others I like: Kieran Tripper $4,900, Hector Bellerin $4,500, Kieran Gibbs $4,000, Phil Bardsley $3,300.
Victor Moses $6,700 – It feels odd to be writing him up over a player like Yaya Toure for just $500 more but I am loving Moses’ play recently. He is being aggressive and playing with confidence, that is all he needs to go from a liability on the pitch to a threat to be the difference maker and game winner week in week out. It has shown in his fantasy production, scoring 22,11,19,12 in his last four games. For his salary i’d lock in any of those numbers happily and move on. He has a great matchup this weekend, if he can really get at West Brom there is potential for another game in the 20s.
Riyad Mahrez $5,700 – Okay, I have made it clear I like Hull this weekend. This is the one guy who scares me from Leicester and he just happens to also be a fantasy goldmine. A relative under performance in his last two games but prior to that, 5 straight games in double figures on DraftKings. As much as I like Hull, they are much less intimidating than the teams he has faced recently, Leicester need wins, heck, they need goals. If they are going to get either they will have to lean heavily on Mahrez and I think he is the one Leicester player i’ll give strong consideration to.
Others I like: David Silva $8,700, Santi Cazorla $8,200, Ahmed Elmohamady $6,200, Jesus Navas $6,000, Chris Brunt $5,000.
Alexis Sanchez and Sergio Aguero are both in good matchups and my clear 1a and 1b this weekend, if you can afford either/both don’t be afraid to plug them in, I won’t spend too long on them. Here’s a couple of guys if you are looking to get off or pair someone with, the big names:
Saido Berahino $8,300 – Goals in 3 of his last 4 games is usually a good sign for a striker. Particularly a young one who was in great form prior to some legal issues which many believe took his focus away from the football pitch. However, looking back to his old self and in a home matchup with Stoke this weekend I like him a lot. A word of caution, he is carrying a ‘knock’ though nobody can get any further information on the severity of it, be sure he is starting if you plan to use him. As a side note, they said the same thing last week and he started and scored, so I am optimistic.
Dame N’Doye $6,400 – Unfortunately I expect heavier ownership on this young man than we have seen in recent weeks. In his last 3 starts we have seen DraftKings scores of 27, 18 and 18. He has really turned Hull’s season around and made himself a firm fan favourite. He plays well when he starts along side Nikica Jelavic and comes at a very reasonable price.
Others I like: Olivier Giroud $9,400, Wilfried Bony $8,200, Nikica Jelavic $6,000, Gabriel Agbonlahor $4,900.
That wraps it up, give me a follow on Twitter @cjhopkins07, I’ll be tweeting out lineups as they are released on Saturday morning. Best of luck to you all!