DraftKings Daily Fantasy Soccer Helper for Matchweek 24
We've got a midweek treat with another set of Premier League matches beginning on Tuesday. There are six games for us to sink our teeth into, so let's see which players we want to target in these matches.
Forwards to Target
Riyad Mahrez ($10,300): Since this game is just three days after their last fixture, Manchester City could rotate some players. If Mahrez were to get a start in this game away to Sheffield United, he would make for a good play. He's a forward who does a little bit of everything for City, with seven goals and seven assists in 19 appearances in the league. He scored two goals and added an assist in his last league start against Aston Villa.
The Algerian also has the fourth most crosses on the team, so he can get points through accumulation as well as goals or assists. Man City are once again the biggest favorites on the slate at -270, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. Mahrez is expensive at $10,300, but his ability to contribute in different ways makes him viable for cash games as well as tournaments.
Callum Hudson-Odoi ($7,500): Hudson-Odoi has been productive in DraftKings scoring since being re-inserted into the Chelsea starting lineup. He has 17 crosses in the two matches and also chipped in with a goal. In the last match against Newcastle, Hudson-Odoi took five of Chelsea's 10 corner kicks, more than anyone else on the team. If he is going to continue that role, $7,500 is a discount from where his price should be. Chelsea face an Arsenal side that still can't find their way, and the Blues are -130 favorites at home. Hudson-Odoi is in play in all formats if he gets the start.
Neal Maupay ($7,000): Another forward who is too cheap for what he has done is Neal Maupay of Brighton. He leads the Seagulls with seven goals on the season. Brighton go away to a Bournemouth side that hasn't won in six Premier League games and sits in 19th place in the table. The Cherries have also conceded the fifth most goals in the league this season. Maupay is +120 to score at any time, which is shorter odds than most players would see at this salary. He's a good play if you're looking for a goal at an affordable price in a tournament.
Midfielders to Target
Kevin De Bruyne ($11,100): In true KDB fashion, he put up 27.6 DraftKings points without a goal or assist on Saturday. He did it by getting six shots, six shot assists and 18 crosses. His ability to produce like this makes him the clear top play at the midfield position as there is no one else on the slate capable of these type of games. While Sheffield United have been solid defensively this season, they have the third worst possession rate in the league, according to WhoScored.com. This sets up for De Bruyne to pick apart the Blades' defense with crosses and set up his teammates for shots, which could lead to a few assists. De Bruyne has the highest DFS floor out of anyone in the Premier League, making him a great play in cash games.
James Ward-Prowse ($6,900): Another good floor play is James Ward-Prowse of Southampton. Ward-Prowse is fourth in corner kicks and fifth in crosses in the Premier League this season. The Saints march into Selhurst Park to face Crystal Palace in what the bookmakers have as a fairly even matchup. Palace have allowed the third most crosses per game in the Premier League. Ward-Prowse is also a threat on direct free kicks, giving him better goal upside than most midfielders in a similar price range to him.
Anwar El Ghazi ($6,000): El Ghazi is listed as a midfielder on DraftKings but played as a center forward last game. He replaced the injured Wesley in the position and should remain there for the foreseeable future. El Ghazi was also on penalties two matches ago against Manchester City, giving him even more goal equity. He also took three of Aston Villa's four corner kicks in the last match. All of these roles for a $6,000 midfielder gives El Ghazi a ton of value and potential for a massive game.
Defenders to Target
Lucas Digne ($7,000): With Gylfi Sigurdsson out on Saturday, Digne reprised his role as Everton's corner kick taker. He took all six they had against West Ham. With Sigurdsson out again, Digne should have all the opportunities once more. He has the third most crosses in the league, and that was with some of his corner kicks going to Sigurdsson in recent weeks. Now hosting a Newcastle team that allows the second most crosses per game, including the most in away games, Digne should be able to play the ball into the box a ton. Newcastle have also scored the third fewest goals in the league with just 22, so the potential for clean sheet bonus is also in play. Digne is one of the top plays on the entire slate, regardless of position.
Matt Targett ($4,200): Targett returned to the Aston Villa lineup on Saturday. He is a player who has put up solid fantasy statistics in the past when playing for Southampton, including 5.84 crosses per 90 minutes last season. Now he will play in a wing-back role for Villa, which should give him more chances to cross. Targett and Aston Villa face Watford, who allow the eighth most crosses per game. Watford also have scored the fewest goals in the league, which could mean a rare clean sheet for the Villains.
Goalkeepers to Target
Mat Ryan ($4,900): Ryan and Brighton are on the road against struggling Bournemouth, and they are slight favorites. Ryan has allowed more than one goal just once in his last seven matches and now faces a Bournemouth side that is tied for the fewest goals in the league. Ryan's 82 saves are the third most in the Premier League this season.
Vicente Guaita ($4,500): Guaita is on the cheaper end of goalkeepers, despite being at home and being on the team that has conceded the fourth fewest goals in the league. Southampton are very slight favorites due to recent form, but the Saints should not strike too much fear in a solid Crystal Palace defensive unit. Guaita is a good value goalkeeper who has been fairly reliable. He has conceded more than one goal just once in his last 10 matches, and that was on Saturday at Manchester City.
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