EPL DFS Advice – Saturday 10/28/17
Alexis Sanchez (Swansea City @ Arsenal, $10,500) – Alexis Sanchez is finally coming into form here at the end of October. After grinding through injuries and the international break, Sanchez looked great in last week’s 5-2 romping over Everton. He put 7 shots on goal and created 4 chances. The best part about Sanchez this week is his price. $10,500 is solid for a guy who could find himself in the 12k range at some point in the season. Arsenal also draw a pretty decent matchup this week at home against Swansea City. With Sanchez and Ozil finally coming into form, Arsenal’s attack could be a force to be reckoned with. Fellow forward Alexandre Lacazette is also a decent play at $9,500 if you need to save the money.
Alvaro Morata (Chelsea @ Bournemouth, $10,500) – Like Sanchez, Morata returned from injury to be Chelsea’s main-man in the attack. In his absence, Michy Batshuayi (not a recommended play this week) proved that Chelsea’s striker depth isn’t good. Morata did not look great in his first game back from injury, but with more time to train and gain fitness, he should be back on the score sheet. Morata has scored 7 goals in 8 starts across all competitions this season, and even against Bournemouth’s steady defense he should see a lot of action this week. In a season that could be slipping out of Chelsea’s hands quickly, Morata will be relied on heavily for the foreseeable future.
Chicharito (West Ham United @ Crystal Palace, $8,500) – Chicharito is several thousand dollars less expensive than he was to begin the season, and for good reason. Chicharito has struggled in his return to the PL, averaging only 16 fantasy point per game. However, Chicharito proved last season that he is still a threat to score. Chicharito has a great matchup this week against Crystal Palace who have given up 19 goals so far this season (2nd most). Chicharito is a struggling striker against a poor defense. He is a high risk, high reward option this week.
Just like most weeks, Sergio Aguero ($12,000) and Gabriel Jesus ($11,000) of Manchester City remain viable options if you have the money. I was tired of writing a paragraph about each of them, but they should not be forgotten about.
Also like: Richarlson ($9,500), Steve Mounie ($6,000)
Fade: Roberto Firmino ($9,000)
Eden Hazard (Chelsea @ Bournemouth, $9,000) – Hazard is just about as important to Chelsea’s attacking success as Morata. Hazard has been nursing an injury for most of the season, but in the last 1-2 weeks he seems like he’s overcome those troubles. Even though Hazard has not scored in the PL yet this season, he’s been incredibly dynamic lately when creating chances on goal. Bournemouth is not strong enough to contain Hazard, and for $9,000 he’s almost a lock. With teammate Cesc Fabregas (also $9,000 and also a nice play this week) look for Hazard to finally record a goal in the PL this week.
Mohamed Salah (Huddersfield Town @ Liverpool, $10,000) – Salah has been one of my roster staples so far this season, especially in lineup when paired with cheaper forwards. His ability to attack down the outside of the field is almost unparalleled. Salah is extremely steady in all attacking facets of the fantasy game providing goals, shots on goal, chances created, and passes at a high rate. With his price climbing, I need to find another mid-tier midfielder to rely on, but I still like Salah this week. He has a fair matchup this week, and should continue to be an important piece for Liverpool going forward along with Philippe Coutinho ($9,500) until Sadio Mane makes his return from injury.
Abdoulaye Doucoure (Stoke City @ Watford, $9,000) – As an attacking-minded midfielder, Doucoure has a plus matchup this week against Stoke City who lead the PL is goals allowed. He is not known for his ability to score, but so far this season he has thrived in that category with Watford. Along with attacking, Doucoure gets involved defensively so he provides some upside in defensive statistics compared to other attacking midfielders. Watford should be able to create many chances this weekend against Stoke City, many of which will come from Doucoure.
All Manchester City midfielders, however expensive, remain viable options in on FanDuel.
Also like: Aaron Ramsey ($8,500), Manuel Lanzini ($8,000), Junior Stanislas ($7,000), Tom Cleverley ($6,500), Etienne Capoue ($6,000)
Fade: Granit Xhaka ($9,000), Aaron Mooy ($8,500), Tiemoue Bakayoko ($8,000)
Ahmed Hegazi (Manchester City @ West Bromwich Albion, $6,500) – Averaging 17.5 fantasy points per game, Hegazi is likely to go over that this week. West Brom draws Manchester City’s stellar attack, so Hegazi will have the opportunity for a lot of defensive statistics.
Federico Fernandez (Swansea City @ Arsenal, $6,000) – Fernandez is another defender who should see the ball in his own half often. Arsenal’s attack is finally coming together, and although they should score some goals (no point penalty on defenders for conceding a goal), all of Swansea’s defense will be under fire for most of the game.
Also like: Nathan Ake ($6,000), Nacho Monreal ($6,500), Charlie Daniels ($6,000), Ryan Shawcross ($5,500)
Fade: Cesar Azpilicueta ($7,500), Marcos Alonso ($7,000), Fabian Delph ($7,000)
Ederson (Manchester City @ West Bromwich Albion, $4,500) – One of my go-to GKs this season has been Ederson. Manchester City is so good at attacking and keeping possession that opposing teams rarely get many chances. This week will be no different. West Brom is scoring less than 1 goal per game, so Ederson is in a good spot for yet another clean sheet.
Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea @ Bournemouth, $4,500) – Facing a team in Bournemouth that struggles to score goals, Courtois is another solid bet for a clean sheet. Chelsea’s defense has been somewhat suspect recently which could provide Courtois the benefit of being able to make some saves too and get points that way.
Also like: Petr Cech ($4,500)
Fade: Ben Foster ($5,000), Jonas Lossl ($5,000)
**GK tip: In article 1, I said to target GKs who play poor attacking teams so you can get the 10 point bonus for getting a clean sheet. I stand by that strategy especially since these GKs are usually less expensive as well. On FanDuel, the higher priced GKs are usually ones who play good attacking teams who will take many shots, so you get points for the GK making a save. However, these are also the GKs who are most likely to get scored on, so you will also see a point penalty when the concede a goal. My strategy is still to take the cheaper GKs who are more likely to get the clean sheet bonus and save money to spend on field players.