EPL DFS Breakdown – 12/10/17

After a tough main slate on Saturday in which just one of the said “big six” EPL teams was in action, we get 4(!) of those teams in Sunday’s main slate.  Since there are only two games on Sunday’s main slate, I will be including the early game (Arsenal @ Southampton) in this article if you want to put together an all-day lineup.

Target Forwards

Roberto Firmino (Everton @ Liverpool, $10,500) – After a huge 2-goal performance last weekend against BHA, Firmino draws a big plus matchup this weekend at home against Everton.  Liverpool has been a goal-scoring machine this season, especially at home where they average 1.86 goals per game.  Everton also gives up an average of 2.29 goals per game on the road.  After a massive win during mid-week UCL action, I expect Liverpool to roll again on Sunday and Firmino should be right in the middle of the action.

Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal @ Southampton, $10,500) – Arsenal has been another goal-scoring machine in the EPL this season, scoring 29 in 15 games.  After battling injuries early in the season, Sanchez has worked his way to 4 goals and 2 assists.  He also leads the league in chances created (33).  Sanchez is averaging 35.56 fantasy points per game over his last 4 games.  Arsenal need to keep winning to stay on pace with the other top teams, so they should be pressing hard for points from here through the end of the season.  With that said, if they keep pace, Sanchez will play a huge part.  If you play the all-day slate, Sanchez is a great option.  Forward teammate Alexandre Lacazette ($9,500) leads the EPL in assists so far, and is a very viable play on Sunday.

Also like: Romelu Lukaku ($10,000)

Cheap Forwards

Charlie Austin (Arsenal @ Southampton, $8,000) – Despite his deceptive 8.1 fantasy points per game average on FD, Austin is actually performing a lot better.  In his last two games, he is averaging 35.63 fantasy points.  Austin also draws a nice matchup this weekend.  Arsenal has given up 12 goals in 8 road games so far, which is a concern for a top team.  Austin will look to continue his hot streak Sunday, and is a fair option to save some money at forward.

Target Midfielders

Mohamed Salah (Everton @ Liverpool, $11,500) – This man still leads the EPL in goals scored, and he is still my favorite midfield play.  He has a plus matchup against Everton, and will be a very popular play this weekend.  He will be in a large number of my lineups.  Midfielder teammate Philippe Coutinho ($10,500) had a massive game in the UCL this week recording 83.25 total fantasy points.  After missing about a month of action with an injury, it is safe to say that Coutinho is back.  Pairing him and Salah together could be incredibly successful, but also very costly.  Both players, along with Liverpool’s other midfielders Leroy Sane ($8,500) and Jordan Henderson ($8,000), are good plays Sunday.

Mesut Ozil (Arsenal @ Southampton, $9,500) – Ozil is in a similar situation right now as Coutinho.  He missed some time with an injury, but he’s strung a few successful games together and looks back in form.  He is averaging 36.5 fantasy points in his last 3 games, and much like Sanchez, he draws a good matchup this weekend against Southampton.  Ozil makes for a great pivot off Liverpool and Manchester City midfielders.  Midfield teammate Aaron Ramsey ($8,500) has also put together 2 nice EPL games in a row, and could be a great option to save $1,000.

Also like: Kevin de Bruyne ($10,500), Raheem Sterling ($9,500)

Cheap Midfielders

Jesse Lingard (Manchester City @ Manchester United, $7,500) – Lingard has two consecutive 50+ fantasy point games.  MCI’s defense has looked more and more susceptible with every game.  With Paul Pogba out due to a suspension, Lingard takes over as the best attacking midfielder Manchester United will have on the field.  In a rivalry game that should be very free-flowing, I expect Lingard to be involved on both ends of the field.  He’s a nice option at 7.5k.

Also like: Oriol Romeu ($7,500), Granit Xhaka ($7,000)

Target Defenders

Nicolas Otamendi (Manchester City @ Manchester United, $6,500) – Otamendi is Manchester City’s best defender, and they’re going to need some good defending Sunday against their biggest rival.  United have scored 20 goals in 7 home games and they have some big-time attacking players.  Otamendi will be involved early and often tomorrow.  Plus, he always carries a threat to score as a defender.

Trent Alexander-Arnold (Everton @ Liverpool, $6,000) – I am a big fan of attacking defenders, especially lately.  TAA is one of those attacking defenders for Liverpool.  Sunday he’ll be able to join the offense because Everton’s defense has been very poor this season.  Everton has been giving up 1.87 goals per game, and this number jumps to 2.29 when playing on the road.  Liverpool should dominate all facets of this game, and TAA is in line for a good game.

Chris Smalling (Manchester City @ Manchester United, $6,000) – Smalling has been very consistent as a defender this season fantasy-wise if you look at his game logs.  Like I mentioned before, this game should turn into one of the more open/free-flowing games.  Both Manchester teams are off to a good start, and this game means a ton.  Smalling, like Otamendi for MCI, should be involved early and often.

Also like: Virgil van Dijk ($6,000), Ryan Bertrand ($5,500), Dejan Lovren ($5,000), Cuco Martina ($5,000)

Goalkeepers

David de Gea (Manchester City @ Manchester United, $6,000) – David de Gea finds himself priced at 6k on this slate, which is expensive for GK.  He should get a good number of saves, and United’s defense is good enough for him to get a clean sheet if MCI has a poor day offensively.

Also like: Simon Mignolet ($4,500), Petr Cech ($4,500)

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