Good evening chaps! No Champions league midweek play this week however there was League Cup action in England. Liverpool, Manchester City, Everton, and Stoke City all advance to the Semifinal leg of the Capital one Cup. Lets jump into what looks to be a high scoring weekend in the English Premier League.
Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea, $3,500) - Big news for Chelsea. Courtois is rumored to return immediately to the starting XI replacing Asmir Begovic. If this is the case Courtois is a must start at this price paired with a home matchup against Bournemouth. Courtois when healthy is the best keeper in the Prem arguably the world. Of course if he doesn't draw the start Begovic is the replacement and a great play as well.
Petr Cech (Arsenal, $4,600) - Cech is the most expensive goalie on this slate considering a home matchup against Sunderland where avoiding relegation is a constant theme every season. Cech and Arsenal are looking to overcome a draw last weekend in Norwich. Cech should get a victory here racking up a couple of saves in the process. Arsenal are undefeated in their last 9 matches against Sunderland in all competitions.
Simon Mignolet (Liverpool, $4,000) - Although Adam Bogdan drew the start mideweek, Liverpool still won 6-1 in a resounding fashion at St Marys Park home of Southampton. Mignolet will most likely be the starter against Newcastle the last place team in the prem. Liverpool should continue the hot streak earning another clean sheet along the way.
Hector Bellerin (Arsenal, $3,900) - We wrote about Bellerin last week and we have to write about him this week given the matchup paired with his potential. He will be very active again throwing in an abundance of crosses. He will probably find Giroud for a Goal. Bottom line is the potential for points is through the roof from a defender position.
Christian Fuchs (Leicester City, $3,600) - Fuchs, like Bellerin, is a very active and offensive LB. He will always be motoring up the left side looking to slip in a ball to Vardy as he did last weekend. Fuchs was man of the match from whoscored.com racking up an assist and a bunch of tackles and interceptions. Leicester has scored a goal in every game this year majority of them by one man but still don't look for the
scoring to stop here in Swansea.
Virgil Van Dijk (Southampton, $2,800) - Van Dijk is an interesting player, he acts as Southampton's center back but he also mysteriously takes free kicks from a certain distance outside the box. He is always pushing forward looking for that header goal in the box with Pelle. He is a GPP play for sure. He has good upside also given the new stat changes implemented a couple of weeks ago. Given a good matchup against Aston Villa and looking to bounce back from the mid week beatdown if Van Dijk starts look for him to be active.
Other options to consider: Nacho Monreal (Arsenal, $4,100), Eric Dier (Tottenham, $3,500), Nyom (Watford, $3,100), Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool, $4,100)
Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City, $7,700) - KDB is one of two players who we consider a must play. Since joining Manchester City he has accounted for 9 goals and 6 assists in all competitions. He is in insane form. He is virtually a lock for 20 DK points without even scoring a goal or an assist as crazy as it sounds. He is the engine behind all of City's attack right now.
Sadio Mane (Southampton, $7,200) - If anyone wants revenge from that midweek disaster its Sadio Mane. He is always hungry on the field looking to make the homerun play. He scored off a header in the opening 45 seconds on Wednesday before his team ended up conceding 6 goals. He has a great matchup against Aston Villa at home a team that has given up at least 2 goals in their last 6 away matches in the Premier league. Mane should account for one of those goals.
Mesut Özil (Arsenal, $7,400) - Santi Cazorla has been ruled out for 3 months with a knee injury. Alexis is also ruled out for this match. This means Ozil's role will increase more in that central attacking midfield position. He is under valued at this price given a home matchup against Sunderland.
Other options to consider: Dusan Tadic (Southampton, $7,600), David Silva (Manchester City, $5,800), Christian Eriksen (Tottenham, $6,700), Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal, $5,200)
**A Preface on Jamie Vardy** - Yes the man has scored in 11 straight Prem games. Yes we can write about him just like every other DFS website and article. He is obviously the top play of the slate but we want to give you value elsewhere.
Olivier Giroud (Arsenal, $6,700) - With Alexis and Cazorla out, Giroud and Ozil should find the back of the net at least once. Giroud is the best option for a goal behind Vardy.
Odion Ighalo (Watford, $5,700) - Coming off a goal last week. Ighalo with another great matchup against a lackluster Norwich team. Ighalo will continue his groove blasting shots, making great runs, and eventually finding the back of the net.
Romelu Lukaku (Everton $7,900) - Lukaku has been in sensational form. In Everton's last 6 games he has accounted for 6 goals and 2 assists. He's close to Jamie Vardy form but not quite yet. Coming off a midweek goal look for him to find the back of the net against Palace in what should be a high scoring affair.
Other options to consider: Harry Kane (Tottenham $7,700), Gerard Deulofeu (Everton $4,700), Diego Costa (Chelsea, $6,700), Roberto Firmino (Liverpool, $4,800)
Jordan Henderson (Liverpool, $2,700) - Henderson came on as a substitute in the last two Liverpool games. I think its time Jurgen gives the Captain back his Captaincy and starting midfield position. If Henderson starts he will rack up all those new miscellaneous stats that you don't necessarily see. He will also be moving forward in an attacking fashion looking for his first Premier League goal this season.
Dele Alli (Tottenham, $3,600) - Alli got his name called last week and delivered. He racked up an assist and an abundance of crosses. Alli is a young English star in the making. Alli had a beauty of a goal against France in Euro qualifiers a couple weeks back. If he gets his name called again he will be in that central role behind Kane surging forward. For this price he's simply undervalued for the upside.
DF: Bellerin, Fuchs, Van Dijk
MF: Ozil, Mane, Delph
FW: Giroud, Ighalo
UT: Alli, Nyom
Who are you pulling into your team this weekend? Good luck!