With the larger roster sizes and updated scoring system, it will be interesting to see how the first weekend of the new soccer contests on DraftKings play out. In today’s EPL Targets I will be analyzing some of the best plays for this slate of games and point out some of the best values based on price. Also follow me on Twitter (@jwl_15) for injury and lineup updates throughout the weekend.
Joe Hart – ($3,900) – Manchester City – Joe Hart is the clear top goalkeeper for Saturday’s slate as he is in good form and has a great matchup. Hart earned his fifth clean sheet on the season last weekend in a scoreless draw to Manchester United. He has four wins in his last five starts, and now faces Norwich City in Manchester. Norwich City were unable to score last weekend against West Brom and are struggling to find consistent play out of either striker, Cameron Jerome or Dieumerci Mbonki.
David De Gea – ($3,600) – Manchester United – De Gea was opposite to Joe Hart last weekend in that scoreless draw and recorded his third clean sheet of the season. If you take out the Arsenal game, De Gea has only conceded two goals over his last five appearances. In their last away match against Everton, he made three saves and picked up a clean sheet. Manchester United will now face Crystal Palace away from home, a team that has cold down from their hot start, scoring only five goals over their last six games. De Gea is likely the second best goalkeeper on Saturday in this favorable matchups.
Adrian – ($3,000) – West Ham United – Adrian and the West Ham defense have been very inconsistent so far this season, but back to back wins over quality opponents are very promising results. Although rarely troubled, Adrian made two saves and allowed one goals in a win over Chelsea last weekend. West Ham will now travel to Watford and face a team who have been held to a clean sheet in two out of their last four games. At only $3,000 in this new format, Adrian may be a steal on Saturday.
Aleksandar Kolarov – ($4,700) – Manchester City – Kolarov is once again the top defender for Saturday’s slate and he is expected to have an outstanding game on Saturday. As mentioned before, Manchester City have a great defense matchup meaning a clean sheet bonus isn’t out of the realm of possibilities. He also averages nearly six crosses per game in the Premier League this season, and with Wilfried Bony continuing to replace Sergio Aguero, expect Bony’s aerial ability to benefit Kolarov on Saturday.
Aaron Cresswell – ($3,600) – West Ham United – Cresswell had a very solid game last weekend against Chelsea and was rewarded with his second assist on the season. He made seven crosses as well and looked very sharp in attack against a potentially dangerous Chelsea team. Cresswell has another good matchup on Saturday as I mentioned with Adrian, and expect Cresswell’s role in attack to continue to grow with Andy Carroll’s return from injury.
Daryl Janmaat – ($3,100) – Newcastle United – Janmaat has been one of Newcastle United’s most consistent performers this season, not to mention he is putting up decent numbers in fantasy as well. He has nine crosses and an assist over his last two starts. Newcastle will be at home on Saturday against a Stoke City team that only have scored two goals over their last three weeks. Janmaat has a great opportunity to pick up points both in attack and defensively on Saturday.
Christian Fuchs – ($2,300) – Leicester City – Fuchs was a guy who I was very high on going into the season due to his reputation he earned over in Germany. He is finally starting to earn some consistent playing time and he isn’t disappointing. He has 19 crosses over his last three appearances and is providing another dynamic to that lethal Leicester City attack. With Jamie Vardy in top form right now, don’t expect it to be very long until one of those crosses find the back of the net.
Kevin De Bruyne – ($6,500) – Manchester City – De Bruyne is proving to be a monster signing for Manchester City and with David Silva still injured his performances have been much needed. Not only is he finding the back of the net, but he is creating plenty of chances for his teammates, with 19 crosses over his last two starts. Norwich City have given up seven goals over their last two games and Manchester City are destined to increase that total in game three on Saturday. Also to note is that corner kicks are now counted as crosses, so De Bruyne and others should benefit greatly.
Dimitri Payet – ($6,700) – West Ham United – It is a testament to his play so far this season, but we were all surprised not to see Payet on the scoresheet in West Ham’s win over Chelsea last weekend. That was the first in three straight games that he didn’t score a goal or pick up an assist. He did provide fantasy value with his nine crosses and four shots. Payet now has 46 crosses over his last four games and with set pieces being recorded as crosses now, Payet is primed to become even more valuable. Not to mention that his crosses will likely increase when Andy Carroll in on the field.
Xherdan Shaqiri – ($4,500) – Stoke City – Shaqiri has been somewhat of a disappointment this season, but continues to be one of Stoke City’s most important players in attack. He has a solid matchup this weekend against Newcastle United, who have conceded five goals over their last two games. Shaqiri has four shots and 12 crosses over his last two games and if there will be a breakout game for Shaqiri in the Premier League, this could be the one.
Andre Ayew – ($5,800) – Swansea City – Ayew has officially been moved to a midfielder on DraftKings, making him one of the best value midfielders this weekend. Although he will be in a difficult matchup with Arsenal, Ayew still provides a goal scoring threat at any time. His crossing numbers don’t stack up to other wingers in this slate, but his threat for a goal can not be overlooked. Arsenal looked very bad midweek in the League Cup against Sheffield Wednesday and Ayew will hope their form doesn’t improve on Saturday.
Jamie Vardy – ($7,000) – Leicester City – Vardy increased his goal scoring streak to seven games after he scored a goal against Crystal Palace last weekend. There is really nothing more to say about him other than his price is still too low for the amount of points he is producing. He has a solid matchup against West Brom on Saturday who have given up 11 goals on the season and Vardy should be considered in most lineups.
Alexis Sanchez – ($8,000) – Arsenal – Sanchez struggled to get into the game last weekend against Everton, but he should be rested and ready to go on Saturday against Swansea City. For having such a potent attack, Swansea City have only won once since week four and will struggle to pick up another win on Saturday, as Arsenal and Alexis Sanchez will be determined to keep pace with Manchester City at the top of the league table.
Wilfried Bony – ($5,200) – Manchester United – Bony has been very inconsistent since replacing Sergio Aguero in the starting lineup, but he does have a great matchup on Saturday against Norwich City. As mentioned before, Norwich have conceded seven goals over their last two games and the lethal Manchester City attack should be excited about this matchup. Expect Bony to get his chances in front of goal and if he converts them, then he will be a steal in fantasy lineups on Saturday.
Salomon Rondon – ($4,000) – West Brom – Rondon scored only his second goal of the Premier League season last weekend in a 1-0 win over Norwich City. The chemistry between Rondon and Saido Berahino looks to be developing over the past couple of weeks, meaning both should increase in value as the season progresses. West Brom have a great matchup at home on Sunday, as Leicester City have given up 17 goals on the season so far and play a very open style that creates plenty of chances for both teams.