SO, interesting slate this weekend. 5 games on Saturday, with four 10am ET games and one 12.30pm ET game as Man City visit QPR. So just a friendly reminder as we won’t have lineups for the late game and i’m sure Man City players will prove popular, make sure you use your FLEX spot for a late game player where possible to give you as much flexibility as possible to pivot elsewhere should the lineup not be what you anticipated.

Let’s get started on some picks!

Goalkeeper

It is going to be really hard to get off the top 3 price plays here and borderline impossible in cash games. With two close games on the slate which are near 50-50 for me and three clearcut favourites, I really don’t expect to see many people on a goalkeeper not from Man Utd, Southampton or Man City. So those are my three, now lets try and order them and pick who of the three will be the highest performer.

Fraser Forster $5,500 – So priced in the middle I think I actually like Forster as my 1a this weekend. He plays on (shockingly) the BEST defence in the entire league this season, confidence is as high as its ever been in that Southampton locker room. This weekend they get a home matchup with a Leicester side who have failed to score in 4 of their last 5 games. It is a prime spot for Forster to add to his clean sheet tally for the season and it would be a major upset if he didn’t get the win to go with it.

Joe Hart $5,400 – Hart is my 1b this week. Edge to Forster being at home but Hart has a tasty matchup himself in the late game traveling to London to take on QPR. Man City have had their form questioned in recent weeks, the coach and players will know that failure isn’t an option in this game and I expect them to really try and make a statement, especially following their capitulation in the Champions League midweek. I do believe that with the form of Charlie Austin there is a good chance Hart is forced to make more saves than Forster, which means if he does get the clean sheet, he may be the higher scorer when all games are over. Also, late game hammer, for those who love that kind of thing.

David De Gea $5,600 – Crystal Palace at home. In theory, a prime matchup, should be fine… now, do you trust Man Utd right now? Their defence is decimated, you can add Rojo and Rafael to the injury list, Smalling suspended. No clean sheet in the last 6 games. Can they get it done this weekend? Yes. Should they win? Yes. Will they? Man, I have no idea. I really don’t know that I will be going this way given the other two being cheaper.

If you want a keeper not in the big three, i’d lean Adrian $4,400 but I don’t feel great about any of them.

Defender

Ryan Bertrand $5,500 – I love this guy. The move to Southampton on loan may be looked upon as the best one he makes in his career when its all said and done. He has improved his game exponentially, he’s the most expensive defender on the slate this weekend yet here I am trying to get him in. The home matchup against Leicester should offer him great opportunity to add to his offensive stats as well as great potential for another clean sheet.

Gael Cichy $3,800 – Kolorov being hurt for around the next month should lock Clichy into safe playing time. The matchup is a good one, he isn’t a sparkling offensive full back but he’ll get you a few crosses and exposure to the Man City defence at a nice discount over Pablo Zabaleta $4,700.

Luke Shaw $3,500 – I list him because if you think Man Utd can get the clean sheet this weekend, Shaw is the only reliable (and most offensive) defender they have listed. He comes in at a really nice price point, he’s put in 15 crosses in 5 games so far and I like his chances of upping that with about 5 more this weekend, I also give him a good chance of grabbing an assist in this game.

Others I like: Nathaniel Clyne $4,800, Pablo Zabaleta $4,700, Kieran Trippier $4,700, Carl Jenkinson $2,000.

Midfield

Disclaimer: I love Angel Di Maria and Dusan Tadic as always, regardless of price, both have stellar matchups again this week and if you can afford them, play them. I’m going to focus on some of the mid-range guys in this section.

Stewart Downing $7,200 – Downing has been in great form recently, having watched his games closely i’m ready to really start trusting this guy. I feel like he is still a little under priced and gets his favourite target back this week (which I will get to later). He gets a home matchup with Aston Villa this weekend. If I had to pick, I think West Ham take this game and if so, Downing should be the creative force driving them forward. I’d even consider him a relatively safe cash game play.

Jesus Navas $6,000 – This is not a cash game play for me. If you could guarantee me 90minutes, then fine, but he’s always at risk of being pulled off (including at half time in midweek). He does however, offer all the upside of a great winger on a very attacking team. I really like Navas as a player, especially in this matchup. My issue is trusting his coach.

Yannick Bolasie $6,000 – If you don’t trust Man Utd’s defence, this guy could be the great pivot. Many people will see Crystal Palace playing at Man Utd and immediately ignore their players, that could be a mistake. Bolasie is a crosses machine with 15 in his last 2 games. If Palace are to get anything in this game, it will be on the counter attack down the wings using Bolasie and Jason Puncheon $5,700 who should start, with Zaha ineligible against his parent club.

Others I like: Yaya Toure $7,700, Ahmed Elmohamady $5,700, Samir Nasri $4,200. Nasri may start if the coach decides to make changes from the Champions League debacle, if thats the case he offers great value.

Forward

Disclaimer: I love Sergio Aguero and Graziano Pelle, as with the midfielders, if you can afford them, play them, both in dazzling form in amazing matchups, I won’t spend too much time writing them up.

Robin Van Persie $10,500 – I am far from convinced with him this season but Man Utd should go out and dominate this game. With guys like Rooney, Di Maria, Mata and others feeding him the ball, I genuinely think he finds the net this weekend and who knows, maybe he finally sparks his season. Either way, I don’t think you’ll ever see RVP this price with this matchup at home, it may be time to take a chance on him.

Sadio Mane $9,200 – Man, I miss this guy being the value play everyone ignored. He should be fit enough to return to the starting lineup this weekend. I love him as a player and find myself wanting to roster him even at this price, he is the perfect Tadic compliment if you can’t afford to get Pelle in there. I just wish he played the full 90 rather than being subbed off with 15mins to go in most games.

Diafra Sakho $7,300 – I was so bummed out when this guy hurt his shoulder a couple of weeks ago. Prior to that he had a goal in each of his last 5 games. I find myself banking on the fact he comes right back in that form on Saturday. A home matchup with Aston Villa, on a slate where so many people will focus on Man Utd, Man City and Southampton players, I LOVE the Downing/Sakho stack in GPPs. Sakho is the perfect target for Downing crosses and I can see him getting in the scoresheet again at an awesome price tag.

Others I like: Enner Valencia $9,000, Abel Hernandez $6,800, Andreas Weimann $5,000.

That wraps up this week. Thanks again for reading. Feel free to follow me on twitter if you have any questions or feedback. I’ll also tweet out the lineups as they are released on Saturday morning.

Good Luck!