Yahoo DFS Soccer: Saturday EPL Picks

Yahoo DFS Soccer: Saturday EPL Picks

This article is part of our Yahoo DFS Soccer series.

MATCHES (ET)

FORWARDS

Marcus Rashford, MUN v. EVE (£25): Everyone got in on the scoring against Southampton and Rashford was no different as he scored one goal on two shots. He's been consistent for large parts of the season, scoring eight goals and providing five assists in Premier League play. Anthony Martial (£22) is an alternative to Rashford, while Edinson Cavani (£16) has better goal-scoring odds than both. Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£23) broke a goal drought against Leeds United and is Everton's best option against a tough Manchester United defense. 

Neal Maupay, BRI v. BUR (£21): Burnley concede the most shots on the eight-team slate, which could be a good opportunity for Maupay to have a big day. Brighton are also favored against a side that conceded two goals in each of their past three matches. I think Jay Rodriguez (£22) is too expensive to consider, while Matej Vydra (£11) hasn't done a whole lot since earning more playing time due to Chris Wood (£16) and Ashley Barnes (£14) being sidelined. Danny Ings (£21) is the same price as Maupay and will benefit from playing a Newcastle side that has conceded the second-most shots and have allowed the fourth-most goals. 

Ademola Lookman, FUL v. WHU (£10): Despite being a consistent starter since October, Lookman is minimum priced on this slate and is absolutely worth considering. He takes the majority of set pieces for Fulham, especially if Ivan Cavaleiro (£14) doesn't start again. Lookman's goal production hasn't been very high, but at this price a goal could help you break the slate. Said Benrahma (£13) provided an assist Wednesday and his price didn't change that much, making him a viable play again.

MIDFIELDERS

Bruno Fernandes, MUN v. EVE (£29): Manchester United are heavy favorites and Fernandes has been their best attacking option all season. He has the best goal-scoring odds and was influential during Tuesday's 9-0 win over Southampton, scoring a goal and providing two assists to bring him to 12 goals and nine assists in 22 Premier League appearances. Paul Pogba (£25) is an alternative for United but doesn't have the attacking upside of Fernandes. Gylfi Sigurdsson helped Everton to a decisive win over Leeds United on Wednesday with a goal and two shots, while James Rodriguez (£10) was left out of the side Wednesday but would be a must start at this price if he makes the starting XI.

Michail Antonio, WHU at FUL (£19): Antonio's price didn't rise from Wednesday despite providing two assists and taking five shots (two on target). West Ham continue to play well and Antonio remains a focal point of their attack. A matchup against Fulham is favorable, and it wouldn't be surprising to see Antonio continue his rich run of form. Tomas Soucek (£25) has been instrumental in West Ham's improvement this season, as he's scored eight times in 22 starts as a defensive midfielder. That sort of production from his position is rare and does make me a bit weary of his price. Jesse Lingard (£20) scored twice in his West Ham debut Wednesday and should stay in the starting XI after an impressive performance. 

Jonjo Shelvey, NEW v. SOU (£13): At this price, it's tough to ignore the production Shelvey has put forth over his previous three matches, taking 10 shots (two on target), scoring a goal, providing an assist and supplying five accurate crosses. Southampton just conceded nine goals to Manchester United and could provide another good opportunity for Shelvey to have a formidable day. Yves Bissouma (£12) is another cheap midfield option who has produced, though his production has come more from the defensive end of the pitch.

DEFENDERS

Luke Shaw, MUN v. EVE (£16): Lucas Digne (£16) and Shaw operate in similar roles for their teams, so you can go either way here. Manchester United have the best clean sheet odds, which is why I opted for Shaw, who has taken the majority of set pieces for United lately, which has led to a high number of accurate crosses for the left-back, now averaging around two per 90 minutes. 

Aaron Cresswell, WHU at FUL (£15): Cresswell is the main man on set pieces typically, especially if Jarrod Bowen is out of the lineup. This has helped Cresswell to third in the Premier League in accurate crosses. West Ham have the third-best clean sheet odds and Cresswell is their best defensive option. Antonee Robinson (£13) has been solid for Fulham and is a reasonably cheap play, while Vladimir Coufal (£12) is has been a good source of accurate crosses and tackles won over his past four matches. 

Ryan Bertrand, SOU v. NEW (£13): James Ward-Prowse (£23, midfielder) and Bertrand have shared set pieces the past two matches, and if this continues Bertrand is a defensive option worth selecting. He's no stranger to interceptions and tackles won and is a good source of accurate crosses when he takes set pieces. Newcastle allow the most accurate crosses on the slate and Bertrand could take advantage of that. 

GOALKEEPERS

David de Gea, MUN v. EVE (£14): Robert Sanchez (£18) has kept four straight clean sheets and Brighton have the second-best clean sheet odds, but Sanchez is the most expensive goalkeeper. Nick Pope (£16) rarely produces negative performances and would be a safe bet. de Gea has scored double-digit points in five of his past eight options and has the best clean sheet odds on the slate, while being one of the cheaper starting goalkeepers. 

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