Premier League Previews & Projections: Matchday Seventeen (Saturday)
Chelsea v Crystal Palace
The early game Saturday features league leaders Chelsea traveling to fellow Londoners Crystal Palace. The big question mark heading into this one is the status of Eden Hazard ($10,000 DK), around a ’50/50′ call as of Friday night. In terms of the Saturday games, this one actually holds the highest over/under and Chelsea the heaviest favorites. If both Eden and Cesc Fabregas sit out, Willian ($8,400 DK) steps into an even more active role – a few steps ahead of fellow winger Pedro ($7,400 DK). The goal dependency for scoring leans against the utility of Diego Costa ($9,600 DK) given his substantial price tag. Marcos Alonso ($6,300 DK) has arrived at a price tag where one should be tentative. On the other side of the ball, goalkeeper Wanye Hennessey ($4,000 DK) could be a decent source of saves at a discounted price. If you’re going to take a dog keeper, best to do it over the home ground.
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Middlesbrough v Swansea
For Swansea, Gylfi Sigurdsson ($9,000 DK) has reached the levels peripherally to merit use in any decent matchup. I don’t see Middlesbrough and they’re competent defense being taken advantage of, so while the floor is great maybe temper overall expectations from the Icelandic man. Left back Fabio ($4,600 DK, $5,000 FD) fits squarely on the defensive side with solid all-around contributions recently, projected to continue on here. The Swansea defense has proven extremely weak of late. While not one in particular stands out, the trio of Alvaro Negredo ($6,500 DK, $7,800 FD); Viktor Fischer ($6,200 DK, $5,500 FD); and Adama Traore ($5,800 DK, $4,800 FD) all merit tournament considerations.
Stoke v Leicester
Xherdan Shaqiri ($7,600 DK) has enough from crosses here to be solid on DK. Overall, this game doesn’t elicit much response on the fantasy front. On the defensive end, Chistian Fuchs ($5,600 FD) and Erik Pieters ($4,800 FD) have some intrigue. I’d like to see Riyah Mahrez ($8,800 DK, $8,200 FD) score a non-PK goal before I jump on that ship.
Sunderland v Watford
Speaking of projected low scoring, low upside games. Donald Love ($3,800 DK, $3,200 FD) looks probably to get the start here and a cheap option on both sites. Fellow fullback Patrick van Aanholt ($5,500 DK, $5,700) is Sunderland’s most consistent performer, with more offensive upside that generally available in defenders. Staying in the discounted zone, Adnan Januzaj ($5,200 DK, $4,500 FD) merits cheap consideration whenever he gets the start. A young talented winger, Januzaj has been up-and-down on the season with injuries playing their part, but in terms of upside may have the brightest future of any player in this game.
West Ham v Hull
West Ham plays host to the auto-play of the day in Dimitri Payet ($9,100 DK, $9,800 FD). The Frenchman’s talents can’t be overstated and an extremely favorable matchup against a struggling Hull side awaits. With his return, Andy Carroll ($6,400 DK, $8,100 FD) ranks among the very best chances for a goal Saturday. The Payet to Carroll connection led the Hammers to a Europa League qualification last season, both healthy for the first time this season could prelude an offensive revival this campaign. Following the first clean sheet of the season last out, Darren Randolph ($5,300 DK) stands a solid chance at both the win and clean sheet here.
West Brom v Manchester United
West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster ($4,100 DK, $6,800 FD) is my highest projected goalkeeper on both sites. Manchester United has been on a good run, but not always all that efficient in front of goal. The aforementioned Randolph recently made seven saves, allowing just one goal against the Red Devils. Paul Pogba ($9,500 FD) despite a rough start to the season, has come into form and is two-way contributions make him valuable under the FanDuel scoring system.