Yahoo DFS Soccer: Saturday - Sunday EPL Picks
Yahoo DFS Soccer: Saturday - Sunday EPL Picks

This article is part of our Yahoo DFS Soccer series.

MATCHES (ET)

Saturday, 10:00 am: Crystal Palace vs. Everton

Saturday, 10:00 am: Fulham vs. Cardiff City

Saturday, 10:00 am: Southampton vs. AFC Bournemouth

Saturday, 10:00 am: Watford vs. Wolverhampton

Saturday, 12:30 pm: Brighton & Hove Albion vs. Newcastle United

Sunday, 7:00 am: Leicester City vs. Arsenal

Sunday, 9:05 am: Burnley vs. Manchester City

Sunday, 11:30 am: Manchester United vs. Chelsea

FORWARDS

Raheem Sterling, MCI v. BUR (£26): The decision here is between Sterling and Sergio Aguero (£27). Both players find themselves with the highest anytime goal scorer odds, with Sterling trailing only Aguero and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£27) among projected starters. While Aubameyang is a doubt for Arsenal's clash against Leicester City due to a sinus problem, both Sterling and Aguero are expected to start against a Burnley side who concede the most shots and third-most shots on goal. My preference is Sterling due to his form (four goals and one assist in his past five matches) over Aguero (one goal, two assists in five). City are heavy favorites, so a stack isn't out of the question, especially because Burnley are the fourth-worst defensive side in the Premier League when playing at home.

Aleksandar Mitrovic, FUL v. CAR (£20): Despite Fulham's guaranteed relegation, Mitrovic continues to produce. He scored in last Saturday's win over Bournemouth and provided an assist in the match before, but that's not why he makes my pick: he leads all Premier League players in shots and is fourth in shots on goal this season. He took 17 shots, including eight on goal, in his last three matches, and that has a good chance to continue given Cardiff concede the fourth-most shots and and second-most shots on goal among teams on the slate. Callum Wilson (£21) is another option at this price range, though he'll hit the road as Bournemouth travel to Southampton, and he is a bit more goal-dependent than Mitrovic. The United attacking line of Anthony Martial (£21), Marcus Rashford (£21) and Romelu Lukaku (£20) gives very little confidence due to their current form.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin, EVE at CRY (£14): Over in the forward bargain bin, I've landed on Calvert-Lewin, who is coming off an assist during last Sunday's demolition of Manchester United. Aside from the assist, he's been consistent enough to warrant consideration at this price, especially with many of the Premier League's top options available for selection. Over the past eight matches, Calvert-Lewin has hit at least seven fantasy points five times, including double digits twice. Palace are middle of the road when it comes to conceding shots and shots on goal, so this isn't necessarily a matchup to exploit, but they're not a defensive fortress either. Richarlison (£20) is a major doubt for Saturday's match, which could put even more pressure on Calvert-Lewin to produce.

MIDFIELDERS

Luka Milivojevic, CRY v EVE (£24): Even when Milivojevic isn't scoring from the spot, he's contributing across the board. He's in the top-10 for accurate crosses, interceptions and tackles won, which is a main reason his price has climbed as high as it has. Everton concede the most accurate crosses among teams on the slate, which is a matchup boost. He is the most expensive midfielder on the slate, so cheaper midfielders may be a better alternative if the City attacking stack is your route.

James Maddison, LEI v. ARS (£19): I'm going to include both Maddison and Ryan Fraser (£17) because both players have a similar fantasy profile and are as reliable as it comes for midfielders. They both have set-piece monopolies for their respective teams, they are in the top three in accurate crosses, and both have seven goals and at least six assists (Fraser has 11). In last week's column, I noted that Maddison is one of the easiest decision on the slate because he's so consistent. The same could be said for Fraser, particularly because he offers a slight savings to Maddison. Fraser has a moderately better matchup on the road against Southampton, though Maddison plays at home against an Arsenal side that conceded three goals and generally looked lost defensively against Wolverhampton on Wednesday.

Matt Ritchie, NEW at BRI (£13): Ritchie has scored at least eight points in four of his past five matches. While those numbers are boosted by two assists and a goal, Richie rarely dips below four points. A consistent four points obviously won't move the needle for most players, but consider Ritchie has two assists in consecutive matches and continues to be a league leader in accurate crosses. Newcastle also aren't facing 'The Invincibles,' they're facing a Brighton side that hasn't scored a goal or won a match in their past seven outings.

DEFENDERS

Aymeric Laporte, MCI at BUR (£17): Laporte has been City's pass master out of the back, and they are expected to have lots of possession against Burnley. He averages 81 completed passes per 90 minutes and could exceed that number with Burnley expected to bunker. Manchester City have the highest clean sheet odds and will head to Turf Moor as heavy favorites. He consistently hits six points and should have no problem reaching that against the Clarets.

Lucas Digne, EVE at CRY (£16): Digne comes from the Maddison and Fraser mold of set-piece takers, but he doesn't have quite the same upside as a full-back. He leads all Premier League players in accurate crosses and will face a Palace side that concede the most accurate crosses and the second-most tackles won among teams on the slate.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka, CRY v. EVE (£14): I may have gotten a little crazy with the Everton - Crystal Palace matchup but it's only because that's what jumped out to me in the stats. Over his past two matches, Wan-Bissaka has won eight tackles and intercepted 13 passes, which has helped him to consecutive six-point performances. It'll be tough to depend on a clean sheet here, but at least you can depend on Wan-Bissaka for quality defensive work.

GOALKEEPER

Martin Dubravka, NEW at BRI (£14): Manchester City have absurd clean sheet odds in an away match at Burnley, which puts Ederson (£17) firmly in play, but it's tough to spend up with one Burnley goal wiping out the clean sheet bonus. Brighton and Newcastle face off with both teams sitting in the bottom five in goals scored. As noted above, Brighton haven't scored in seven matches, which puts Dubravka firmly in play. On the other side, Mathew Ryan (£13) and Brighton somehow have the second-best clean sheet odds on the slate. Overall, this match has the lowest implied goal total, so if you don't go with Dubravka, Ryan is worth an alternative look.

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