FanDuel Fantasy Soccer: Saturday EPL Targets
FanDuel Fantasy Soccer: Saturday EPL Targets

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For detailed odds and stats, check out the Fantasy Premier League: Saturday Cheat Sheet.

MATCHES (EDT)

10:00 a.m: Bournemouth v. Leicester
10:00 a.m: Huddersfield v. Crystal Palace
10:00 a.m: Newcastle v. Arsenal
10:00 a.m: Chelsea v. Cardiff
10:00 a.m: Manchester City v. Fulham
12:30 p.m: Watford v. Manchester United

FORWARDS

Sergio Aguero, MCI v. FUL ($12,500): Similar to two weeks ago, Aguero is the easiest play on the slate no matter what kind of contest you're in. His upside is unmatched, but more importantly his floor has floated around 15 fantasy points. Playing on the biggest favorite in a game with the highest implied goal total, he'll accrue numerous chances created and shots on goal. I'm not sure anyone else on the slate is in that category, especially since none of the other top forwards are in as good a situation. Alvaro Morata ($10,000) is at home but his floor is zero points, which he's already done twice. Most of the others are worth looks in GPPs, namely Gabriel Jesus ($11,000) if he starts, but Aguero is the one who's almost guaranteed to hit 20 points without goals or assists.

Alexis Sanchez, MUN at WAT ($9,000): It probably makes more sense to go after Alexandre Lacazette ($9,500) for this price, but Alexis is intriguing. There's always the risk of not playing 90 minutes, though it's hard to deny how effective he is when on the pitch. He has four chances created in each of his starts, and that adds to the couple tackles he gets. This could be a tricky spot for United, but as long as Alexis starts, his floor may be enough to reach value. As for guys like Jamie Vardy ($9,000) and Wilfried Zaha ($9,000), it's goal or bust.

Callum Wilson, BOU v. LEI ($8,500): Wilson may be off the radar after a couple down performances, but a return home against Leicester should help. Outside of the trip to Stamford Bridge, he's had at least one chance created and shot on goal in each match and that could be enough, especially as a second forward. The Cherries are slight favorites and have scored two goals in each of their home games, so I'm comfortable backing them again. Aleksandar Mitrovic ($8,000) will be considered because of his high FPPG, but I'm not sure how many times he'll touch the ball as Man City have allowed a league-low 28 shots, including eight on target. If you need to go cheaper, Troy Deeney ($7,500) isn't a bad choice in case Man United slip up again.

MIDFIELDERS

David Silva, MCI v. FUL ($11,000): Silva is in the same mold as Aguero without the hat trick upside. He's more of a cash play because spending this much without getting a goal isn't worth it. On the plus side, he has 13 chances created and three shots on goal in three starts. As a huge favorite, his floor should be at least 15 fantasy points given he hit 23.3 against Newcastle last time out without a goal or assist. He probably won't be a popular play with Raheem Sterling ($11,500) and Eden Hazard ($12,000) not that much more expensive, but I don't think those guys are worth it in cash games. Hazard has about the same floor and finished with four fewer appearances on the score sheet last season while Sterling's floor in the early season has been around 10 fantasy points.

Luka Milivojevic, CRY at HUD ($7,500): If you go with two expensive players, you'll likely need to look further down the midfielder list for your second and third options. Milivojevic fits the bill as he's hit 11 fantasy points in every match and Crystal Palace are actually favored away to Huddersfield. While it's hard to expect two chances created from him every match, Milivojevic is always good for clearances, tackles and interceptions as a defensive midfielder. Blocks and chances created would only add to an already solid floor. James Maddison ($7,500) and Andros Townsend ($7,500) have slightly more upside in attacking roles, but their floor can also drop below 10 points.

Rachid Ghezzal, LEI at BOU ($6,000): I didn't think there was upside in this range until I saw Ghezzal. The Algerian got his first start before the break and should be rested coming into this trip. Bournemouth may be favored, but not by much and Ghezzal was plenty active against Liverpool, finishing with two chances created and two crosses, and that doesn't include the goal he scored from a goal-keeping miscue. If you don't want someone who can score, Jefferson Lerma ($6,000) and Jordon Ibe ($5,500) are there for the taking.

DEFENDERS

Aaron Wan-Bissaka, CRY at HUD ($6,000): I'm never going to be in the Benjamin Mendy ($8,000) and Marcos Alonso ($7,500) camp because they cost a bunch and don't have high floors. The upside is there for GPP, but I'd rather write about someone who can surpass both of them because of simple defensive stats. Wan-Bissaka is still a bit underpriced, as the match he was sent off in is included in his rating. His floor has been extremely high, but 15 fantasy points is more likely with five clearances, three tackles, two interceptions and a chance created a good prediction. Add one or two onto those and he's at 20 fantasy points, which is what most of the higher-priced guys are doing.

Sol Bamba, CAR at CHE ($5,500): Not much lower in price is Bamba, the clearance master with 36. On the road, he should have plenty of opportunities to rack up close to eight clearances, with tackles and interceptions also in the picture. Chelsea have allowed 25 interceptions and 74 clearances to defenders, which are near the top in the league. Alfie Mawson ($5,500) is in the same mold, and if he gets another start he can be considered against Man City. Guys like Ben Chilwell ($5,500) and Ciaran Clark ($5,500) are also in the mix, as they consistently put up at least 10 fantasy points.

Diego Rico, BOU v. LEI ($4,500): There always seems to be at least one player who isn't priced correctly and Rico gets that title this week. That's mostly because he was suspended for the first three games and then started for Charlie Daniels at Chelsea and still managed 24.6 fantasy points with a surprising three chances created and four corners. Now at home, I'll take my chances on the former Leganes defender hoping he'll draw another start. No one else at this price has the same upside, so there's no use trying to separate between the numerous defenders who have floors near eight fantasy points.

GOALKEEPER

Wayne Hennessey, CRY at HUD ($5,000): Kepa Arrizabalaga ($6,000) makes the most sense and should be widely owned, but if you don't have the money then Hennessey is a sneaky play. I had Asmir Begovic ($4,500) here, but he's not a guarantee to make multiple saves. Hennessey is favored on the road and also has at least three saves in every match, averaging just over four. Unless you really like forward Steve Mounie this week, Hennessey is a good place to turn at goalkeeper.

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Adam Zdroik
Adam writes on sports ranging from NFL and MLB to soccer and college basketball. Outside of writing, he has worked with a professional soccer team, Sporting Kansas City, and in the stats department at ESPN. He is a former Streak for the Cash winner and Michigan State graduate.
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