EPL DFS Slate Notes (+CHEAT SHEET) – 4/15/2018
Hopefully, y’all read my article or looked at my cheat sheet for yesterday’s slate because it was super successful. I took down the $2 tournament on FanDuel with a lineup heavily based off what I wrote. I also dropped a few keys on my Twitter account (@vdray5) leading up to lock, so make sure to follow me there as well. Since Saturday’s article was successful, I have decided to break down Sunday’s slate in the same manner. Enjoy!
There are a lot of plays I recommend on Arsenal this week; enough to make a stack. At the top I have Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ($12,000). The newly-acquired Arsenal striker has scored 5 goals in his last 4 EPL games, making him one of the hottest (if not the hottest) player. He’s matched up against Newcastle this weekend, whose defense is not all that bad. However, Aubameyang has the talent, the supporting cast, and the form for a good fantasy performance. I also like Mesut Ozil ($9,500) this week to pair with Aubameyang. Ozil carries most of Arsenal’s creativity while getting most of his fantasy points through chances created and assists. Even more of a load will be on him on Sunday with Granit Xhaka and Henrikh Mkhitaryan out with injury. Aaron Ramsey ($9,000) will be a cheaper, lesser-owned, more risky version of Ozil. Due to the injuries mentioned, either Jack Wilshere ($6,500) or Mohamed Elneny ($6,000) or both will start for Arsenal. I like the value there. As far as Arsenal defender goes, I am okay playing all of them: Shkodran Mustafi ($6,500), Laurent Koscielny ($6,000), Hector Bellerin ($5,500), or Nacho Monreal ($5,500). I would prefer to pay up for Mustafi, with Monreal as my choice for value over Bellerin. Arsenal GK, Petr Cech ($5,000), finds himself in what should be another good position taking on a team that only scores an average of 1.0 goals per game. Arsenal’s defense should have the advantage.
I have 3 Newcastle United players on my cheat sheet; 2 GPP punts, and 1 safer option. The safest option here is going to be Mohamed Diame ($7,000) who has been an absolute monster in cash games. I have written about Diame many times before, and he is one of my favorite value midfielders. Although his price is up recently, he is in a good matchup this weekend. Kenedy ($6,500) is one of my punts for Newcastle. The youngster has the talent and speed to catch Arsenal off guard on a counter attack. He is a GPP-only option, and he’s cheap enough to provide salary relief while still getting a good player. Ayoze Perez ($7,500) is my other punt for Newcastle. Perez has scored in two consecutive games, and he is playing at home. Perez is really the only forward not named Aubameyang, Sanchez, or Lukaku that I have any interest in.
Manchester United draws a wonderful matchup this week from an attacking perspective. Their opponent, West Bromwich Albion, is in dead last in the EPL with little to play for. Both Alexis Sanchez ($12,000) and Romelu Lukaku ($11,000) should be in for good games. If either Marcus Rashford ($8,000) or Anthony Martial ($7,500) start, I would like them given the other value forwards available. United’s midfield is not my favorite this week given how they’ve been playing, and the other options on the slate. On defense, I do like Ashley Young ($7,000). Young is one of the most potent attacking defenders in the EPL, and should be able to showcase his talents in this game. David de Gea ($5,500) has been incredible this season, and is my favorite keeper on the slate.
West Bromwich Albion
Like I said above, WBA is the last place EPL team who are basically just waiting for this season to end. Playing an away game at Old Trafford will not be a good matchup for them at all. I would only recommend Ahmed Hegazi ($6,500) and Craig Dawson ($5,500). Hegazi has been a really good cash play all season, but Dawson has played well recently and provides more value.
Here is the cheat sheet I created based on my ideas above: