It’s been a while! Hope everyone has had a productive start to the year. EPL is back this weekend with a fun looking 7 game slate on Saturday. As usual the bulk of the games are at 10am ET with one late game at 12.30pm, and what a game it is. Man City visit Chelsea in a meeting of the league’s top two teams. I think how people approach that game and how the game plays out will play a huge role in dictating who wins GPPs tomorrow.
I guess its time that we get started with some position by position plays to hopefully help you out. I’ll try and give you options at a variety of price points and as usual, these picks are aimed predominantly at GPP play unless otherwise stated.
David De Gea-($5,600): Okay, so firstly, lets ignore the insanity that took place when these two met in the league earlier in the season and focus in on the fact that De Gea makes a fantastic play this weekend at home against a struggling Leicester side. Man Utd are as close as it gets to a sure thing for a win and with good clean sheet upside, he may be the most expensive but with good reason, I really don’t think De Gea is going to let you down this weekend.
Asmir Begovic-($4,800): If you are looking for a bit of a saving I like Begovic this weekend. QPR have been horrendous on the road so far this season and have had real trouble scoring goals. They are always a little scary given that they have Charlie Austin up front but I think Begovic is worth the risk this weekend in GPPs. His side are at home and will be looking to take advantage of one of the weaker teams in the league and secure a win for their talented keeper.
Others I like: Hugo Lloris-($5,000) and Tom Heaton-($4,600).
Kieran Trippier-($5,300): I love this guy, I know there was a slight issue with his scoring a few weeks back and maybe that put some people off, but he is seriously as close to a lock as you can get at the position for production. A defender on one of the weaker teams in the league but is still averaging 10FP per game on the season and with high upside. I like the matchup for a potential clean sheet or 1GA bonus tomorrow too which only adds to his appeal.
Luke Shaw-($4,300): This is a matchup play. His production has been seriously capped this season because of health issues preventing him from finding form and getting a prolonged run in the side. However, if you are thinking of paying up for De Gea I like pairing him with Shaw for the potential clean sheet. Given the matchup Shaw should also have plenty of opportunity to push forward giving the upside of an increased number of crosses and assist potential.
Others I like: Leighton Baines-($5,500), Seamus Coleman-($4,700), Danny Rose-($4,000), Kyle Walker-($3,800), Ben Mee-($3,300).
Tough not to want to pay up here, I really like Eden Hazard at $9,300 to step up in the big game and Angel Di Maria is tough to resist at $9,900 in a fantastic matchup. Both are great plays if you can afford them.
Christian Eriksen-($7,500): This guy has been in some fantastic form. He scored 30FP last time out in the EPL and if you haven’t seen it, check out the vine of his classy free kick goal in the FA Cup this week. I like Spurs on the road in this matchup to be overlooked and Eriksen has shown his upside.
Jason Puncheon-($5,500): If I told you he has scored 21FP in each of the last two EPL games, would I need to tell you any more? He seems to really be gaining confidence under new manager Alan Pardew and he’s the type of player you want to ride while he’s hot. His price certainly hasn’t caught up to recent production so I suggest taking advantage.
Others I like: Raheem Sterling-($8,200), Juan Mata-($7,300), Philippe Coutinho-($6,500), Victor Moses-($5,500).
Danny Ings-($7,600): 13FP or more in each of his last 4 EPL appearances is some very nice consistency. I’ve already said I like Burnley in this matchup and its clear Ings has become their focal point this season. I really don’t see how his price is this low and with some prime players to pay up for he makes a great addition to your lineup at a great saving over the ‘big names’.
Romelu Lukaku-($7,400): Lukaku is in play for exactly the opposite reasons Ings is. He is a player who is vastly under performing recently, Everton in general are under performing if truth be told, but his price has dropped sufficiently that I think its time to take a risk on Lukaku. This is a fantastically talented player with hat-trick upside in a great matchup. Most will look at his game log and move on, but if you can get back on him on the day he returns to form, it could be a GPP winning play.
*Others I like: Sergio Aguero-($10,300), Harry Kane-($10,000), Charlie Austin-($9,200), Didier Drogba-($6,200) or Loic Remy-($5,800), whichever starts for Chelsea assuming Diego Costa receives his expected suspension tomorrow, keep an eye on the news on this one.
Thats it for this week, thanks again for reading guys. Give me a follow on twitter and i’ll be tweeting out the starting lineups as they are released on Saturday morning. Good Luck!