Back with another weekend of soccer on DraftKings. Slightly smaller slate this Saturday but actually seems to be a really good looking set of games. There are five 10am ET games and then the Merseyside Derby between Liverpool and Everton at 1230. Unfortunately we miss out on the North London Derby between Tottenham and Arsenal as it is the early game but with Chelsea and Man City also on the slate and in prime matchups we have plenty of big guns to target! SO, without further ado, lets get to it:
Thibaut Courtois $5,700 – It is really hard not to love Chelsea this week, even on the road. Aston Villa have not scored a goal in over 10hrs of league play… that is not good. Their ineptitude going forward combined with Chelsea’s dominance makes Courtois probably your safest keeper on the day. He may not face too many shots but his chances of a clean sheet are as high as any other goalie so far this season.
Joe Hart $5,600 – In case you hadn’t guessed I am recommending you pay up this week for your goalkeeper. The matchup for Chelsea and Man City is just too good. Hart is your pivot from Courtois if you buy into the theory that you shouldn’t really take a goalie on the road (personally I’m perfectly fine taking them home or away). Hart finds himself at home to a Hull side who are also really struggling. In a game Man City should control from beginning to end if you can afford either of these two goalies I would strongly advise you take one, as to which, its personal preference.
Others I like: Fraser Forster $4,900, Simon Mignolet $4,900.
Branislav Ivanovic $5,100 – As I said previously Chelsea have a very high chance of a clean sheet in this game. We have all seen Ivanovic knows how to get forward and has assist and goal upside. This is the perfect game for him to show it, if Villa don’t offer much going forward it will reduce his defensive responsibilities and only make him more likely to get involved in the attacking play. Defence is not the deepest position this week so I think he should be very high on your list of players to consider.
Nathaniel Clyne $4,100 – Southampton haven’t really been themselves recently but as a result, their players prices have dropped. We all loved Clyne/Bertrand/Forster stacks earlier in the season, Bertrand is suspended tomorrow but I think there is value to be found in Clyne at this price. Southampton welcome back Wanyama and Shneiderlin in midfield this week whose influence can not be understated on this team. I think it sparks them back to life on the road at QPR and we know, when they are on, they love to push the fullbacks forward which is when Clyne can show his upside.
Others I like: Leighton Baines $5,700, Pablo Zabaleta $$4,600, Gael Clichy $4,300, Felipe Luis $3,900.
Going to offer you two great value plays here, but there are a lot of the Man City/Chelsea big guns worth paying up for if you choose to go that way:
Riyad Mahrez $5,600 – He is back from African Cup of Nations duty and it has been made clear by the coach that they need him immediately. Normally I am skeptical about players returning from high intensity tournaments on the other side of the world but it is clear Leicester are going to be relying on him to get right back into the action. He is a key player for them and accumulated 21,20 and 17FP in his 3 games prior to leaving on international duty. You may get him slightly under owned too as people might be scared off/think he is still away. I love the matchup for all the players in this Crystal Palace – Leicester game which leads me too…
Jason Puncheon $5,500 – I won’t lie i have been using this guy for weeks. He wasn’t getting consistent minutes on the wing earlier in the season but now that he is, I don’t think his price has yet caught up to his production. This game should be an intense, and I think, open one. That suits Puncheon perfectly. A goal in 2 of his last 3 games from midfield at this price and a decent floor from crosses/shots, he makes a solid play in all formats for me until his price rises.
Others I like: Eden Hazard $9,100, David Silva $8,800, Raheem Sterling $8,500, Cesc Fabregas $7,400 (assuming he is fit), Oscar $7,300, Jesus Navas $6,600, Philip Coutinho $6,200.
Sergio Aguero $10,300 – I love Aguero as a player, I love Aguero in this matchup and I love Aguero at this price. He hasn’t been in the best of form if you want to be critical, but they have also had a run of tough games playing Chelsea on the road, Arsenal at home and Everton on the road in the last 3. At home to Hull is what i would describe as the perfect bounce back spot for one of the most lethal finishers in the game.
Daniel Sturridge $8,100 – Call this a biased pick if you like. I make no attempts to hide the fact that I am a huge Liverpool fan. Sturridge is back from 5 months out injured and has looked like himself instantly. A Merseyside Derby is a game in which no player will ever need added motivation but having been out for so long Sturridge is desperate to announce his return on the big stage. The game could be an open one and I can see him banging in a goal or two. I may be speaking with my heart over my head on this one, you decide. I think both are telling me he is a great play.
Others I like: Charlie Austin $8,800, Graziano Pelle $8,700, Loic Remy $7,400, Jermain Defoe $5,900, Kevin Mirallas $5,900.
That wraps it up, give me a follow on twitter, @cjhopkins07 I will be tweeting out the lineups as they come out and good luck in your games!