An eight game slate means there are plenty of options for this Saturday’s Premier League action. We’ve given you the very best plays at each position and with line-up indicators now embedded into the app, there’s no excuse to have players in your team that have been left out.
Hugo Lloris – ($3,900) – Tottenham – Facing a team that hasn’t scored in five games, Lloris understandably gets top billing this matchday. Palace are on a rotten run of five games without a win or a goal and there’s nothing to suggest that will change any time soon. The Frenchman was rested for the FA Cup tie in midweek, already has seven clean sheets this season, and is part of the joint-best away defence in the Premier League (nine goals conceded).
David de Gea – ($4,200) – Man Utd – United own the Premier League’s meanest defence on home soil and it plays in to de Gea’s hands this matchday. Despite missing the opening month of the season due to a protracted transfer saga involving Real Madrid, de Gea’s 48 saves still ranks in the Premier League’s top 10. United have conceded just four times at home this season and Southampton have scored just nine goals in 10 away games.
Jordan Pickford – ($3,300) – Sunderland – After getting rid of Costel Pantilimon this week, Sam Allardyce seems to have decided that the young Englishman is his number one. Pickford, who had seven saves in the 4-1 defeat to Tottenham last time out, was one of the only visiting players to come out of that game with any credit. Another performance like that this time out plus a clean sheet to go with it makes him good value.
Mark Bunn – ($3,200) – Aston Villa – Don’t say it too loudly but Villa haven’t lost a game since Remi Garde opted for Bunn between the sticks and a visit to West Brom is a good opportunity to extend that run. Villa do have the third worst away record when it comes to conceding goals, Brad Guzan conceding all 24 of them, and Bunn has yet to see any action away from the friendly confines of Villa Park.
Alberto Moreno – ($4,500) – Liverpool – The Spanish full back remains a must pick on daily fantasy football as he shows no signs of ceasing his relentless runs forward. In a losing effort against Man Utd last weekend he still managed nine points and is one of a select number of full backs averaging over 10 fantasy points per game (FPPG) (he has 10.5 FPPG). Moreno has the second highest number of accurate crosses (21) among all defenders and there is far more chance of an assist as a result. Roughly translated: Norwich will hold no fears for the young Spaniard.
Patrick van Aanholt – ($4,100) – Sunderland – Another Sunderland player may seem like overkill but going forwards there hasn’t been anyone close to van Aanholt among defenders since Christmas. Over his past three games he has averaged 18 FPPG, scored two goals and assisted another. Big Sam’s preference for playing a 3-5-2 system means that the Dutch full back finds himself in midfield most weekends. Bournemouth, Saturday’s opponent, have conceded 21 away goals in just 11 games and van Aanholt looks Sunderland’s biggest threat to extend that.
Aly Cissokho – ($3,000) – Aston Villa – Undervalued once more, Cissokho has outperformed all his defensive team-mates since returning early from a loan spell at Porto. The Frenchman is your archetypal wing back and has put in over four crosses on all three of his appearances for Villa. Two of those games, against Palace and Leicester, have ended in double-digit point returns for a modest user outlay. Expect more of the same this week against West Brom.
Ivo Pinto/Russell Martin/Andre Wisdom – ($2,000/$2,600/$2,400) – Norwich – It’s unclear who Alex Neil will play at right full back but if he opts for Pinto then he must be taken at this low price. In three Champions League games, Pinto averaged four crosses per game, made plenty of tackles, and scored at least 10 fantasy points on two occasions. Whether he’s fit enough to start Saturday’s fixture against Liverpool remains to be seen. If he isn’t then Martin or Wisdom will start instead and don’t look like awful plays against a Liverpool team that has struggled at times this season.
Dimitri Payet – ($7,200) – West Ham – The Frenchman remains an excellent daily fantasy play and has carried on the form that made him such a valuable pick earlier this season. Payet put in nine crosses on a goal-scoring return to the side against Bournemouth and floated in another eight from the wing in the loss to Newcastle. He will up his game against a Man City side that is weak defensively at full back. Payet also averages 3.7 key passes per game, which is second only to Mesut Özil thus showing how potent he is at creating chances.
Dusan Tadic – ($6,800) – Southampton – Even though Ronald Koeman keeps leaving Tadic on the bench, he continues to score fantasy points for fun and has history at Old Trafford. He scored the only goal on the last time these two sides met in the North West and Tadic has contributed to nine goals (five goals, four assists) this season – joint highest among Saints players with Sadio Mane. United away is a tough ask and at $6,800 he really needs to be starting, so pay close attention to the line-ups come 2pm.
Ben Watson – ($4,000) – Watford – His club’s form may be diabolical right now but it hasn’t stopped the fair haired midfielder bringing home the points for anyone that picks him. Watson takes the vast majority of Watford’s set pieces and has consistently been posting above five crosses. Watson also put up a 13-point performance in the loss to Swansea on Monday night. Newcastle at home is hardly the toughest fixture and the fact he doesn’t need to score in order to tot up points is valuable.
James McClean – ($4,300) – West Brom –Another player that benefits from a favourable match-up, the hot-headed Irishman will be good for your line-up just as long as he doesn’t pick up a red card. Since returning from suspension, McClean is averaging 16.5 FPPG and floated in eight crosses in last weekend’s heavy defeat to Southampton. Villa haven’t won away from home since the opening day of the season and McClean’s link up play with Salomón Rondón will cause them problems.
Sergio Aguero – ($8,600) – Man City – The attacking weapons available to the Argentinean make him very hard not to pick and that’s before you remember that Aguero has five goals against West Ham during his short time at City. Aguero comes into the game on a run of three goals in three games and justifies his price considering he has at least Kevin de Bruyne and David Silva feeding him; possibly Raheem Sterling too. He will also get you points in the shots column thanks to his average of 3.7 per game, which is behind only Philippe Coutinho, Alexis Sanchez and Harry Kane in the Premier League.
Wayne Rooney – ($7,100) – Man Utd – Rooney has suddenly realised that the Euros are on the horizon and translated it into a run of four goals in his last three Premier League games. It means Rooney is averaging 25.3 FPPG over the last three games and even at this astronomical price, he’s worth a pick. Southampton have actually only conceded 11 goals away from home this season but have lost their last four and looked far from safe defensively. All this plays into Rooney’s hands.
Benik Afobe – ($4,100) – Bournemouth – It took Afobe just two games to open his Premier League account for Bournemouth and to show why they plundered £10 million on him. Afobe could have Matt Ritchie back to feed him the ball and make sure that the 17-point performance last week was not a fluke. The Englishman is already averaging 1.5 key passes per game in his two appearances and looks a shrewd pick-up.