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TheSix Fantasy Soccer: Saturday Premier League Value Plays

Schuyler Redpath

Schuyler Redpath writes about fantasy soccer for RotoWire, DraftKings Playbook and MLSsoccer.com.

MATCHES (EST)

7:30 a.m: Brighton v. Chelsea
10:00 a.m: Arsenal v. Crystal Palace
10:00 a.m: Burnley v. Manchester United
10:00 a.m: Leicester City at Watford
10:00 a.m: Stoke City v. Huddersfield
10:00 a.m: West Ham v. Bournemouth
10:00 a.m: Everton v. West Brom
12:30 p.m: Manchester City v. Newcastle

STRIKERS

Danny Welbeck, ARS v. CRY (€7M):
Welbeck could see more playing time with the impending move of Alexis Sanchez, and at home against Crystal Palace is a spot where he should see his fair share of sniffs at goal. He got off just one shot in 90 minutes at Bournemouth last Sunday, but still finished with a respectable 9.5 fantasy points. Given the current state of the Arsenal attack, Welbeck will shoulder more of the scoring load.

Cenk Tosun, EVE v. WBA (€6M): Tosun managed eight points in 62 minutes during his Everton debut and now gets a better matchup at home against West Brom. Everton brought him in to score goals, and Tosun has been vocal about his desire to emulate former Everton great Romelu Lukaku.

Michy Batshuayi, CHE at BHA (€5M): Batshuayi stands to benefit from the absences of Alvaro Morata and Pedro, who both saw red in Wednesday’s FA Cup win over Norwich City. He scored Chelsea’s lone goal in that one, and with more playing time opening up he’ll be tasked with added responsibility in the attack.

MIDFIELDERS

Willian, CHE at BHA (€9M):
With Morata and Pedro out, Willian is another player expected to take on a larger role in the Chelsea attack. He racked up 23.15 points in his last Premier League start with one goal and two assists against Stoke City, and now up against a Brighton defense that has conceded at least two in three of their last four -- including against Chelsea less than a month ago -- look for Willian to take advantage.

Solly March, BHA v. CHE (€7M): Considering there’s no late swap on The Six, it’s vital to sit up and take note of the starting lineups for the first game of the slate. While we can project who will start in the later games, a late scratch is always looming and with it, a potential lineup-killing goose egg. If March is announced in Brighton’s starting lineup, he makes for a player who can get seven to 10 points while bringing some peace of mind knowing he’s guaranteed minutes in the early game.

Aaron Ramsey, ARS v. CRY (€4M): Ramsey played 14 minutes last Saturday in his return from a month-long absence. He’s expected to return to the starting lineup once fully fit, and that could come as soon as Saturday against Crystal Palace. He averaged over 13.25 points across three starts prior to the injury, which wouldn’t be too bad of a return for €4M.

DEFENDERS

Andreas Christensen, CHE at BHA (€7M):
Christensen continues to serve as a cheap way into the Chelsea backline, and he even dropped a little in price after coming off the bench last game. He’s expected to slot back into the starting lineup at Brighton, and playing in the early game we’ll know for certain if we can lock him in.

Chris Smalling, MUN at BUR (€7M): Smalling hit 12 fantasy points in Monday’s win over Stoke City, and he’s expected to keep his place in the starting XI. He’s a double-digit threat anytime he’s in the starting lineup, and for €7M he’ll help open up salary space to spend up elsewhere.

Nacho Monreal, ARS v. CRY (€4M): With Arsene Wenger revealing Thursday that Arsenal should have him back for Saturday’s match versus Crystal Palace, Monreal could return to the pitch after missing the last four games. He topped 15 in his last start and regularly flirted with that total when he was playing regularly, and while it’s no guarantee that he’ll slot right back into the lineup, it’s awfully tempting to take that risk for €4M.

GOALKEEPER

Petr Cech, ARS v. CRY (€9M):
The majority of expected starting goalkeepers are all priced fairly close to each other, and with no bargain bin goalkeepers jumping off the page, Cech stands out as one of the biggest favorites on the slate. While he only managed 5.8 points in his last outing, he’s topped double digits in his last three at home.

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. Schuyler Redpath plays in daily fantasy contests using the following accounts: DraftKings: MONEYMACHiNE, FanDuel: coincollector, Play The Six: DraftKicks, Yahoo!: DraftKicks.