DraftKings Daily Fantasy Soccer Helper for Matchweek 7
Matchweek 7 gives us a six-game slate in the English Premier League on DraftKings.
This slate isn't dominated by one overwhelming favorite like last week's with Manchester City, instead giving us a mixed bag of odds across the board, per FanDuel Sportsbook. Tottenham and Chelsea are similarly sized favorites, Crystal Palace and Wolves are laying a little bit of money as favorites, and Aston Villa and Bournemouth are getting odds, even if them winning is listed as the most likely result.
This makes an interesting list of players who we want target on Saturday.
Forwards to Target
Harry Kane ($10,900): Kane is always in play when Tottenham are a reasonable favorite. When that's the case, he usually will have the best goal-scoring odds on the slate. That's true here, with Kane being -180 to score at anytime. His 20 shots are tied for fifth in the league. He is in play in all formats.
Tammy Abraham ($8,400): Abraham finally cooled off and didn't score against league-leaders Liverpool. He can easily regain his scoring form when he gets to face Brighton at home this week. Like Kane, Abraham is a favorite to score at -110. You can save $2,500 by playing Abraham instead of Kane, and he's in nearly as good of a position to score, per the odds. Abraham has scored 58% of Chelsea goals this season, the second highest contribution from one player to a team's total in the league, per WhoScored.com.
Adama Traoré ($6,600): Traoré is a bit of a cult hero, because of his dribbling highlights on YouTube and his ability to rack up fantasy points off the bench. Last week, his production came when he was in the starting XI, scoring 22.1 DraftKings points. His pace and ability to get crosses in makes him dangerous to opposing defenses. Luckily for him, he faces a Watford defense that has conceded the most goals in the league this year with 18. Traoré offers the rare floor from a lower-priced forward, and that is something you look for when building lineups.
Gerard Deulofeu ($6,300): On the opposite side of the Wolves-Watford match is Deulofeu, another forward with a good crossing floor. In last week's destruction at the hands of Manchester City, a data point to take away for Watford was Deulofeu taking all four of Manchester City's corner kicks. If that role were to continue, Deulofeu would be a great value play at $6,300.
Midfielders to Target
Mason Mount ($9,000): Mount has kept his place as Chelsea's corner taker, taking 26 of the team's 31. This situation makes him more desirable than a Tottenham midfielder in cash games because of the clarity we have that he will get most, if not all, of these opportunities. He also has a nice shooting floor as his 17 shots are tied for second among midfielders in the Premier League.
Luka Milivojevic ($7,800): Milivojevic is a player who sometimes was hard to buy into in terms of fantasy viability due to him playing a more defensive midfield role. However, his set-piece taking has made him impossible to ignore. Milivojevic actually leads all players on this slate in crosses with 45. He also is normally Crystal Palace's penalty kick taker, too, having scored 10 goals from the spot last season.
Pablo Fornals ($5,500): Fornals is a newcomer to the Premier League, having joined from Villareal over the summer. He made his second start of the season last week against Manchester United, and with Manuel Lanzini out due to injury, Fornals took all the corner kicks. The hope when rostering him is that he will get more corners than the three he took last week, and that one of them will turn into an assist.
Ashley Westwood ($5,500): Westwood is in play at the same price as Fornals. Last week, Westwood took five of Burnley's seven corners. He had been a guy who would only get you a few points on crosses and not much else, but he also is adding shot assists, with three in his last two games. Now he gets to face Aston Villa, who are averaging the second most crosses against this season with 24.
Defenders to Target
Marcos Alonso ($6,300): Alonso didn't even start the last game against Liverpool, but he managed to rack up 11 crosses after coming on. The bench has typically been where you would find Alonso this season, but with Emerson set to miss time due to injury, the left-back job is now his. He has been a threat on direct free kicks in the past, scoring four during his time at Chelsea.
Serge Aurier ($5,400): Aurier is an all-action type of fullback who loves getting involved in the attack. He showed this last week when pushing up the pitch even when Tottenham were 1-0 ahead and scoring a goal that eventually was disallowed. Aurier has 10 crosses in his 180 minutes in the Premier League this season, which is a better rate than teammate Danny Rose ($5,500), who might be more popular and costs $100 more.
Diego Rico ($5,300): Rico has received a bump in value in recent weeks due to Ryan Fraser missing time. Rico has taken over corner duty and likely would continue to do so if Fraser misses again. In his three starts this season, Rico has scored at least 9.2 fantasy points in every one.
Frédéric Guilbert ($4,400): A value defender to go after is Aston Villa's Guilbert, who has impressed in his brief time in the Premier League. He has done a bit of everything, getting 12 crosses and 15 interceptions. He was able to get six crosses in at Arsenal last week, and now gets a much easier matchup against Burnley at home.
Goalkeepers to target
Rui Patrício ($5,400): Selecting a goalie in DFS comes down to more matchup and win probability than actual keeper talent, and the matchup for Patrício doesn't get much better. Watford have only scored four goals this season, but they average the fourth most shots per game. This gives Patrício upside to make a good amount of saves and keep a clean sheet, which would result in a big game.
Michael McGovern ($4,200): Another team that have only scored four goals in the league this season is Crystal Palace, and they face Norwich this Saturday. With Tim Krul set to miss this game, McGovern will be between the sticks. For only $4,200 against a low-scoring team, McGovern is worth a punt at a high variance position.
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