March Madness is here and my bracket is busted already! Who knew? Well, at least the EPL is ramping up the intensity with every game crucial at both ends of the table. With that said we have a six game slate on Saturday, we exclude the Man City – West Brom early kickoff, which leaves us with five games at the 11am ET kickoff time (thats right! You still get your extra hour in bed!) Followed by the late kickoff between West Ham and Sunderland. Its an interesting slate with a variety of options, on a personal level i’m just glad my beloved Liverpool against Man Utd are NOT on this slate or I would have a breakdown of head vs heart.
Lets get into some position by position plays to hopefully help you out, unless otherwise stated the majority of my plays will be focussed around GPPs.
Hugo Lloris $5,800 – Man, its hard to look post Spurs in all aspects of this game. Leicester are really struggling and travelling on the road to London I don’t really see much hope for them in this game. I think Lloris is your safest play for a win bonus and also the most likely for a clean sheet. However, as always with high priced goalies in games their team should dominate, he may not face many shots, which means if he gives one up, even with a W and 1GA bonus he may find himself outscored by some cheaper players. Cash games I would just lock him in.
Fraser Forster $5,400 – Southampton have a home matchup with Burnley on Saturday. Where I give Forster a GPP advantage over guys like Lloris is the same reason I would worry slightly about him and that is that I actually like Burnley going forward in general. They are a talented team and pose a threat to almost any defence. That said, Southampton are one of the top defences in the league and with the potential to face a few more shots I like Forster a lot. Southampton have looked close to returning to early season form in recent weeks and I like the spot for their team in general.
Others I like: Adrian $5,400, Julian Speroni $4,600
Kieran Trippier $4,900 – I find this guy impossible not to play in almost any matchup. His floor by comparison to others is just astronomical. 6 of his last 8 games have been in double digits, including games against Man City, Man Utd and Chelsea so its safe to say he is relatively matchup proof. We know Southampton love for their full backs to get forward and attack which may open up some more room for Trippier on the offensive end. I like both sides of this game for the full backs for this reason.
Danny Rose $4,500 – Rose is starting to show his offensive flair in recent weeks. He has had a goal, an assist 3 shots and 12 crosses across his last 3 games in much tougher matchups than he will face this weekend. I think with Leicester not offering him much to worry about on the defensive end, he won’t need to be asked twice to push forward and get involved. An added assist upside applies when you are crossing to a striker like Harry Kane, which is always nice.
Others I like: Ryan Bertrand $4,600, Nathaniel Clyne $4,500, Kyle Walker $4,000, Phil Bardsley $3,800, Alan Hutton $3,700.
Christian Eriksen $8,000 – I want to make it clear, I like the Arsenal guys, I am not deliberately glancing over them. However I see them as being quite popular this slate and quite often it is hard to pin down which one will do the damage. With Spurs on the other hand I think after a couple of down weeks they look to flow everything through Eriksen on offence and he could be in for a bounce back game with good upside and a low ownership if some point just look at his inconsistent game logs.
Yannick Bolasie $6,700 – Okay, so he isn’t the super cheap guy anymore like he was when I was writing him up earlier in the season. But that is for good reason, he is producing. I like him especially this week, he has the pace to really trouble Stoke and with potential injuries to Wilfried Zaha and Jason Puncheon (if either does play I like them, particularly Zaha) Bolasie is going to find himself relied upon all the more. Coming off a two assist game last time out this is a good matchup for a repeat performance.
Others I like: Santi Cazorla $8,500, Gylfi Sigurdsson $7,400, Aaron Ramsay $6,100, Andros Townsend $5,800, Wilfried Zaha $4,000 (if he is passed fit to start).
Alexis Sanchez, Harry Kane and Olivier Giroud are all fantastic high priced options this slate, I won’t spend too long on them but here is how I break it down: Alexis has the safest floor coming from crosses, fouls drawn and shots etc though is not in his best form. Giroud is the opposite, goal dependant but has been in fantastic form recently with 5 in his last 6 games. Harry Kane is Harry Kane, I really rate Spurs highly this weekend and expect to see Kane on the scoresheet but as with Giroud, at his price he needs a goal at least to pay it off, unlike Alexis. Given the matchups I could see all 3 on the scoresheet but for once I’m actually leaning towards the central strikers rather than Alexis.
Christian Benteke $7,900 – Is it time to get back on the Benteke train? New coach, new found belief and 3 goals in his last 2 games bring him certainly back into consideration. Villa need wins, so you know they have to play hard in every game and a home matchup with Swansea is not the worst for the Villains. By no means is he reliable but I would not be surprised to see his name on the scoresheet again this week.
Sadio Mane $6,700 – I consider Mane a slightly inconsistent, Alexis Sanchez-lite, he provides a spark and pace to the Southampton offence and matches up quite well to the game against Burnley this weekend. 8 of his last 10 games he has scored double digits DraftKings points, I like him to at least make that plateau again with the upside for 20+.
Others I like: As listed above you have a top tier of at least 3 in Giroud, Alexis and Kane, I have given two mid-range options in Benteke and Mane. If you are looking for value i’d suggest Danny Ings at $6,100, yes he is against Southampton, yes he has dipped in form without a goal in his last 4 but prior to that he had 5 in 6 and showed us his talent, I think if anyone is going to break through for Burnley it will be him and the $6,100 price tag makes him worth a shot in a GPP with an anticipated low ownership.
That’ll do it for this week, best of luck everyone! Give me a follow on twitter @cjhopkins07 and I will be tweeting out lineups as they are released by the clubs on Saturday morning.