Yahoo DFS Soccer: Friday-Sunday EPL Picks
Yahoo DFS Soccer: Friday-Sunday EPL Picks

This article is part of our Yahoo DFS Soccer series.

MATCHES (EST)

Friday, 2:45 pm: Cardiff City vs. Watford
Friday, 2:45 pm: West Ham United vs. Fulham
Saturday, 7:30 am: Burnley vs. Tottenham Hotspur
Saturday, 10:00 am: AFC Bournemouth vs. Wolverhampton
Saturday, 10:00 am: Newcastle United vs. Huddersfield Town
Saturday, 12:30 pm: Leicester City vs. Crystal Palace
Sunday, 9:05 am: Arsenal vs. Southampton
Sunday, 9:05 am: Manchester United vs. Liverpool

FORWARDS

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, ARS v. SOU (£24): Aubameyang has the highest goal-scoring odds on the slate by a fair amount and has arguably the best matchup of any of the top forwards. Mohamed Salah (£25) and Liverpool travel to Manchester United, while Harry Kane (£24) is coming back from injury. Arsenal have the highest implied goals scored total and will be playing at home, and while Aubameyang has lacked consistency this season, it makes Alexandre Lacazette (£23) an option. Neither forward found the back of the net in Thursday's Europa League win as Lacazette was rested for the match.

Son Heung-Min, TOT at BUR (£21): Kane is back in training and could make his return against Burnley, though it's unlikely he's brought straight back into the starting XI after missing five weeks. During his absence, Son has done the majority of the heavy lifting for Tottenham, scoring in four straight matches. Burnley have bounced back from early season struggles, but still allow the most shots and shots on target of any team in the Premier League. A cheaper, but much riskier pivot from Son is Fernando Llorente (£15), though a starting spot is hardly a guarantee.

Wilfried Zaha, CRY at LEI (£18): Suprisingly, Crystal Palace have actually been a better attacking side way from home. They've scored twice as many goals on the road as they have at Selhurst Park (18 versus nine) and will face a Leicester City team low in confidence as they haven't won in their past six matches. Zaha is riding a two-match scoring streak and has had at least 7.95 points in each of his past four starts. Salomon Rondon (£17) is a viable option with Newcastle hosting Huddersfield, though the Venezuelan has been feast or famine and is pretty goal dependent.

MIDFIELDERS

Christian Eriksen, TOT at BUR (£23): Eriksen comes in as the most-expensive midfielder alongside Paul Pogba (£23) and was one of my first selections. Eriksen's matchup with Burnley versus United's clash with Liverpool was the main reason I selected Eriksen over the Frenchman. Both Eriksen and Son Heung-Min have been the key men with Dele Alli and Harry Kane sidelined as Eriksen has provided two assists and scored a goal in his past three matches. He and Kieran Trippier have shared set-piece duty, giving Eriksen's floor a boost. The Danish midfielder has scored eight or more fantasy points in 10 of his past 12 outings, including seven instances with 11 or more points. None of the Tottenham midfielders can come close to his consistency, though Harry Winks (£13) is a consideration due to his price. The majority of his value comes from completed passes as his floor sits around five points. He's unlikely to get involved in the attack all the match but is a safe bet for a discounted price.

James Maddison, LEI v. CRY (£19): There's a few different options for mid-tier level midfielders and none that I feel extremely confident in. James Maddison (£19) is facing a late fitness test, which could gvie Rachid Ghezzal (£14) a bigger share of set-piece duty if the former Norwich midfielder is unable to play. Demarai Gray (£14) has seen his fair share of set-piece duties while Maddison has been sidelined in the past and has a much better shot at starting than Ghezzal. Youri Tielemans (£20) is a bit out-priced for my preference. Outside of the Leicester midfield, Granit Xhaka (£16) is coming off two assists in Thursday's Europa League win but is always a candidate for a yellow card. Luka Milivojevic (£18) puts in enough defensive work to give him a solid floor and has control over the penalty duties for Crystal Palace.

Joao Moutinho, WOL at BOU, (£15): This is the most expensive Moutinho has been this season, which is arguably the wrong time to invest, but a matchup with the Premier League version of Jekyll and Hyde awaits. Bournemouth have been shutout in their previous two matches with Cardiff City and Liverpool after they had beaten West Ham and Chelsea. Moutinho's price has increased because he's provided five assists in his past four matches, while scoring at least 6.60 fantasy points, including two performances above 12.25. Matt Ritchie (£13) is another cheap midfield option with a favorable matchup, especially considering his role on set pieces and the amount of accurate crosses he provides.

DEFENDERS

Ricardo Pereira, LEI v. CRY (£15): Pereira has been consistent enough to stay on my radar for much of the season. His past three matchups with Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham led me to fading him, but he's surely back in the mix during a home match against Crystal Palace. The majority of his floor comes from his defensive work, as he wins 2.11 tackles and 1.80 interceptions per 90 minutes. While a clean sheet is certainly not a given here, Leicester do have the fourth-best clean sheet odds in the friendly confines of King Power Stadium. Harry Maguire (£15) is also an option, along with Christian Fuchs (£13), who may come into the starting XI to replace Ben Chilwell if he's unable to pass a late fitness test.

Trent Alexander-Arnold, LIV at MUN (£15): This is as cheap as Alexander-Arnold has been all season and he's coming off a his first start following a month-long absence. Obviously a matchup against Manchester United at Old Trafford isn't ideal but Alexander-Arnold is no stranger to the big stage after a 9.95-point performance during Tuesday's scoreless draw with Bayern Munich. Most notably, he was back on set-piece duty with Mohamed Salah and produced five accurate crosses. Andrew Robertson (£16) is more expensive and doesn't have the floor set-piece duty can provide, while Virgil van Dijk (£15) has connected 100+ passes in four of his past five starts.

Fabian Schar, NEW v. HUD (£13): In typical fashion, I like to pair a defender with my goalkeeper due to the clean sheet bonus, which can be a slick point boost if you get it right. In this case, Newcastle will be hosting a Huddersfield side who rank dead last in goals scored (14 in 26 matches). Schar is hardly an attacking defender, so we're not banking on a Benjamin Mendy-like output, but I am willing to roll the dice on a defender at this price who has scored at least 7.50 fantasy points in six of his last nine appearances. There were two duds (-0.80 and 0.45) in that sample size so he's not exactly a sure thing but a matchup with Huddersfield is as good as it gets for defenders in this price range. Florian Lejeune (£15) has a slightly higher floor while he dictates play from center-back and connects more passes, but I'm not willing to spend the extra currency to acquire him over Schar.

GOALKEEPER

Martin Dubravka, NEW v. HUD (£14): A matchup against the worst attacking side in the league is appetizing for any goalkeeper. Dubravka and Newcastle have the highest clean sheet odds, along with the lowest implied total for goals allowed and total goals in their match. Huddersfield have just one goal in their past six matches and haven't won a match since late November, making Dubravka my top choice at goalkeeper. Tom Heaton (£12) is another cheap option, though he'll have a tough matchup against Tottenham. He's scored at least 3.0 points in each of his seven starts and could be in line for a high amount of saves with Tottenham expected to have the majority of possession. Bernd Leno (£15) has the highest clean sheet odds with Arsenal set to host Southampton, while Hugo Lloris (£16)

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