After a weekend break for the FA Cup, the Premier League returns with a tidy three game set on Tuesday. With such a small slate, it’s more important to be frugal with your $50,000 and to that end we’ve recommended the very best players at each position.
Adrian – ($3,700) – West Ham – Being a three game slate, there are only six goalies to choose from and Adrian has a marginally better matchup than David de Gea and Wayne Hennessey. Over his last five games, the Spanish stopper is averging 10.6 points per game and has made a total of 58 saves this season. That’s more than Tuesday’s other top drawer ‘keepers and he’s played three less games due to a suspension earlier in the season. An away match with Bournemouth will mean plenty of save opportunities plus a big chance that West Ham win the game thanks to the return of Dimitri Payet to midfield and Winston Reid to the back line.
Brad Guzan – ($3,600) – Aston Villa – Only 13 of the 37 goals they’ve conceded have come at home and Palace have struggled in front of goal recently to such an extent that they have failed to score in three straight games. Yannick Bolasie will still be missing and it’s 50-50 as to whether Connor Wickham will return. All Guzan needs to do is make a few saves to push his total into the double figures.
Rob Elliot – ($3,200) – Newcastle – Newcastle have been oddly good on live TV this season and that, combined with a game against Man Utd makes it the perfect chance for Elliot to tally up the points. Man Utd have scored just four goals in six Premier League games and will set up defensively because…well…that’s what Louis van Gaal does. Since Elliot came into the side he has averaged an impressive 7.4 fantasy points per game, which goes up to 8.8 when only home games are considered. At $3,200, that’s cheap points.
Pape Souare – ($3,500) – Crystal Palace – With Palace struggling to find fit players in wide areas, Souare has been growing in influence and that will continue against a very poor Villa side. Since Yannick Bolasie’s injury, Souare has been averaging 10.3 fantasy points per game whereas across the season he has been putting up just 7.1 FPPG. Villa’s ineptness means there’s would be every chance of an assist, however, Palace’s lack of a fit striker means that is far less likely.
Aaron Cresswell – ($4,400) – West Ham – Cresswell has been one of the key beneficiaries of Andy Carroll’s insertion into the lineup and an away fixture at Bournemouth offers a great chance for big points. The left back has averaged at least five crosses in three of the last four games and has scored at least 10 fantasy points in all of those games.
Aly Cissokho – ($2,400) – Aston Villa – It’s very much of a case of blink and you’ll miss Cissokho both at this price and at Aston Villa Football Club. Cissokho has appeared once since returning from a loan spell at Porto and picked up six points at Sunderland. A home game against Crystal Palace gives him plenty chance to get forward, something that comes naturally to the French full back and should allow him to score double figures points wise.
Scott Dann – ($2,800) – Crystal Palace – Dann is on the fringes of the England squad for a reason and offers plenty of point potential in a nice looking fixture at Villa Park. Two of Dann’s goals this season have come away from Selhurst Park and the third one was against Tim Sherwood’s Villa back in August. Dann is always a threat from corners and with Yohan Cabaye back taking set pieces, the prospect of a goal is even higher. That’s before you take into consideration that he’ll almost definitely pick up a clean sheet.
Yohan Cabaye – ($6,200) – Crystal Palace – Palace welcome back their creative fulcrum and top scorer to wreak havock against Aston Villa on Tuesday night. Cabaye takes all of Palace’s set pieces and has averaged 1.6 key passes and 2.1 shots per game this season. His absense was abundantly clear against Chelsea as he also leads the team with 3 tackles and 3.7 interceptions per game – both statistics that are scored by DraftKings. When you take all that into account and the fact it’s only Villa, his price tag is cheap.
Matt Ritchie – ($6,100) – Bournemouth – Ritchie has shown that regardless of the opposition he is good for double digit point returns and that will be true once more, this time against West Ham. His lower price can be put down to the fact that he scored 13 points combined in his last two games but they were against Arsenal and Leicester, and as such can be discounted as minor blips. Expect him to return to form against West Ham with a glut of crosses and another point-laden evening.
Jordan Veretout – ($4,600) – Aston Villa –Veretout continues to fly under the radar purely because the team he plays for is by-far the worst team in the Premier League. Veretout has been a huge factor for daily fantasy players since Remi Garde arrived as manager and prior to the Sunderland game, he put up double digit numbers in the cross column for three straight games. Villa will need to attack against Palace purely by virtue of the fact they have 8 (yes, EIGHT) points. Veretout’s set pieces are a key part of this and will mean plenty of points.
Michail Antonio – ($3,700) – West Ham – Antonio will continue to be a factor for West Ham thanks to an injury crisis that claimed its latest victim against Liverpool in the shape of Manuel Lanzini. Payet’s return should mean even more points for Antonio, who has scored in his last two games and is averaging over 16 fantasy points per game in his last three games. The attacking midfield trio of Antonio, Payet and Enner Valencia will put Bournemouth to the sword and his sub-$4,000 salary will be money well spent.
Andy Carroll – ($4,600) – West Ham – Top level forwards are hard to come by this match day and Carroll is the best option out there form-wise. Carroll, who apparently won’t be leaving this January if Slaven Bilic is to be believed, has scored in his last two games (against Southampton and Liverpool) and scored 15 and 20 points in the respective fixtures. Bournemouth is likely to be the first time that Carroll and Payet start together in a game and it only adds to his value on this matchday.
Juan Iturbe – ($4,000) – Bournemouth – Eddie Howe moved early to sign another attacking player to add to his stable of talent down on the South Coast and with the FA Cup at the weekend, Iturbe could get a first Premier League start against West Ham. The Argentine forward is known for his dribbling and it’s likely he’ll find a place out wide with Junior Stanislas moved into a central role. At $4,000, his value is low enough to take him. Just check lineups to find out whether he starts.
Jordan Ayew – ($4,000) – Aston Villa – Ayew gets his first Premier League chance of 2016 when Villa face Palace on Tuesday night and the Frenchman comes into the game with two goals in three league games. Palace’s defence is by no means inpenetrable and with Veretout and Carles Gil feeding him, there’s every chance that he nets for a third time in four games.