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FanDuel Fantasy Soccer: Saturday Premier League Targets

Kevin Swanson

Kevin is a contributing fantasy soccer writer for RotoWire and focuses primarily on the Premier League. He has been active in DFS soccer since 2014 and is an avid supporter of Chelsea and anything Didier Drogba.

MATCHES (EST)

10:00 a.m: Liverpool v. Southampton
10:00 a.m: Crystal Palace v. Everton
10:00 a.m: Leicester City v. Manchester City
10:00 a.m: West Brom v. Chelsea
10:00 a.m: Bournemouth v. Huddersfield
10:00 a.m: Burnley v. Swansea City
12:30 p.m: Manchester United v. Newcastle

PLAYER RECOMMENDATIONS

FORWARD


This week is wide open across the board for each position. There are general favorites, but we are not short of potential options with several top teams available. If going expensive in the forward spot, the one to look at first is Romelu Lukaku ($10,500). Manchester United are the biggest favorite on the slate and Lukaku has the third-best goal-scoring odds. While the twin towers (small towers) in blue playing for Manchester City have better goal-scoring odds, it is difficult to choose one when they are together, and when they're separate you basically only get 70ish minutes of playing time. In Lukaku, you get very similar goal scoring and team odds, but likely 90 minutes and a main focus of the team. It goes without saying that there is nothing wrong with playing a City forward and another expensive option is Alvaro Morata ($9,500), in line for 90 minutes with Michy Batshuayi ($8,000) out because of an ankle.

As often hypothesized, FanDuel is not kind to the forward position in terms of floor (removing assists, goals and clean sheets). For this week, there are no eligible forwards listed in the top 69 players for average floor; the top one is Roberto Firmino at number 70, with a 14.2-point floor and a $10,500 salary. Goals are needed to win GPPs on FanDuel more than any other site so think of goals first when choosing forwards.

Cheaper options include: Marcus Rashford ($8,000), Christian Benteke ($7,000) and Joshua King ($7,000).

MIDFIELDER

Much has been said this season about the fantasy prospects of Kevin De Bryune ($11,500); is he too far back? Is he still performing? Is he covering up with goals and assists? If we remove goals, assists and clean sheets, no player (at any position) is averaging more points on FanDuel than KDB. Leicester away isnít the best matchup, but his floor and upside are rarely matched in this format.

Two Liverpool players have started to emerge on FanDuel: Mohamed Salah ($11,500) and James Milner ($7,500). While both are Premier League household names, they both started slowly and are now in good form heading into a home match against Southampton. If Liverpool starts Salah, Milner and Philippe Coutinho ($9,500), it will be tougher to rely on any of them as they tend to cannibalize each other, but if one is out there should be enough opportunities.

Other options include: Leory Sane ($9,500), Aaron Mooy ($8,500), Grzegorz Krychowiak ($7,500), NíGolo Kante ($7,500) and Oriol Romeu ($8,000).

DEFENDER

New manager, new priorities, for Leighton Baines ($5,500). He is still priced for his role this season but he is going to be charged with carrying more attacking responsibilities going forward. If Christian Benteke ($7,000) starts, Michael Keane ($5,500) could be in for a few more clearances as they look to feed the big Belgian. Crystal Palace are already one of the higher crossing teams without their target man playing much of the season.

In terms of safety, Ben Mee ($7,000) has the highest floor of any defender this week, and while Swansea arenít a powerhouse, they should do enough to give Mee decent opportunities (his upside is limited not counting goals).

Other options include: Harry Maguire ($6,500), Ciaran Clark ($6,000), Virgil van Dijk ($7,000) and Davide Zappacosta ($4,500).

GOALKEEPER

Robert Elliot ($5,000) seems like the natural choice here given price and potential shots he will face, but Fraser Forster ($4,500) and Kasper Schmeichel ($5,500) are also fine choices. In terms of shots on goal this season, Manchester City have the most, followed by Liverpool and then Chelsea and Manchester United are fifth and sixth, respectively. In terms of saves forced, Liverpool have the most with Manchester City third, and Chelsea and Manchester United sixth and seventh, respectively.

The author(s) of this article may play in daily fantasy contests including – but not limited to – games that they have provided recommendations or advice on in this article. In the course of playing in these games using their personal accounts, it's possible that they will use players in their lineups or other strategies that differ from the recommendations they have provided above. The recommendations in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of RotoWire. Kevin Swanson plays in daily fantasy contests using the following accounts: FanDuel: kswan613, DraftKings: kswan613.