Yahoo DFS Soccer: Saturday EPL Picks

Yahoo DFS Soccer: Saturday EPL Picks

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MATCHES (ET)

FORWARDS

Mohamed Salah, LIV v. EVE (£31): There's very little value down the price scale, as the two other matches hold very little attacking firepower, so I do think it's worth targeting the most in form player with the highest goal-scoring odds, which is Salah. He has scored five goals in his past five matches and is likely to be the most popular player on the slate even despite his high price. Sadio Mane (£28) is an alternative after he broken a goal-scoring drought during Tuesday's win over RB Leipzig. Roberto Firmino (£24) is the cheapest of the three and has a floor of around three points if he's unable to find the back of the net. Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£28) is the preferred option for Everton, as he's scored in consecutive matches, while Richarlison (£24) scored in their previous match and offers slight savings. 

Ashley Barnes, BUR v. WBA (£16): Chris Wood (£18) is unlikely to play once again and Barnes will be asked to lead the line. He's been productive in three of his past four matches, finishing with at least six points in all three and topping 13.55 in two. West Brom have conceded the most shots of the six teams (slightly more than Burnley), which could allow Barnes a high number of shots. Matheus Pereira (£21) takes almost all set pieces for West Brom and is the most expensive forward in this match. Mbaye Diagne (£19) scored in his previous match and has now started three consecutive matches. Jay Rodriguez (£10) is worth pursuing due to his price if he starts, as he has been productive with 9.05 and 16.55 points in his past two starts. 

David McGoldrick, SHU v. FUL (£18): It's slim pickens in this match, especially with oddsmakers expecting both teams to struggle for goals. Ademola Lookman (£23) has the benefit of taking set pieces for Fulham, but his price doesn't necessarily reflect his production as he hasn't scored more than 5.5 points in his past six matches. David McGoldrick (£18) offers a better price and has taken six shots (five on target) over his past three matches, finishing with more than five points in two of those three.

MIDFIELDERS

Curtis Jones, LIV v. EVE (£15): Liverpool's injury concerns have allowed Jones to start the past three matches, and he's excelled. Although he picked up a yellow in one of those games, he produced 6.3 and 8.3 points against Manchester City and RB Leipzig, respectively. Considering the options on this slate, I'd bet on Jones again, as he has earned a spot in the starting XI. James Rodriguez (£20) is the most expensive midifelder on the slate (not saying much) and I would also include him in your lineup if he makes the starting XI given his place in the Everton attack. 

Ashley Westwood, BUR v. WBA (£13): Both Westwood and Sheffield United's Oliver Norwood have a similar profile, as they don't offer a ton in attack but do have a share of set pieces for their clubs. Westwood has scored at least 4.5 points in his past three matches, while Norwood hasn't quite matched that production but regularly hits three points. Additionally, West Brom concede the most accurate crosses, further bumping up Westwood's value. 

DEFENDERS

Trent Alexander-Arnold, LIV v. EVE (£19): The decision here is between Alexander-Arnold or Andrew Robertson (£17), though I would take both if you can fit them in. They have about a 50-50 split on set pieces and can add value with corners won, while Alexander-Arnold has added more defensive stats to his game. It's tough to bet on a clean sheet for Liverpool given their recent form, so I'd rather spend up for the defenders who I know can produce even if they don't keep a clean sheet. Ozan Kabak (£10) should start his third straight match at center-back and is a decent option for a minimum price. 

Tosin Adarabioyo, FUL at SHU (£16): Heading into the season I hardly thought Fulham would be a good source of defensive fantasy value, but they've performed well over the past month. Adarabioyo has been a big part of that, helping to keep a clean sheet in three of six matches. He's scored more than 5.5 points in his past four and will be starting in a match with the lowest implied goal total, creating an opportunity for another clean sheet. Joachim Andersen (£13) is his center-back partner and has been as good, while Ola Aina (£14) is more involved in attack and has scored a goal and provided an assist over the previous two matches. 

Erik Pieters, BUR v. WBA (£10): While James Tarkowski (£14) is the steadier option, Pieters has an appealing price and is a decent play. He's not going to offer much in attack, but his defensive stats are enough and this match could be goal-challenged considering the clubs involved. If you have the budget, spend up on Tarkowski, who ranks sixth in block in the Premier League.

GOALKEEPERS

Alphonse Areola, FUL at SHU (£17): Alisson Becker (£19) is the most expensive keeper and has the second-best clean-sheet odds, but he's had a few key mistakes recently and is playing in a derby. Nick Pope (£17) has the best clean sheet odds against West Brom and has been hot and cold with his performances, though this match could easily end nil-nil. Alphonse Areola (£17) has been the most consistent of the six goalkeepers and would be my choice in a winnable match against two teams stuck in a relegation scrap. Aaron Ramsdale (£10) is minimum price and won't incur much risk if you opt for him. Finally, Jordan Pickford (£18) is likely to see the most number of save opportunities against Liverpool and Sam Johnstone (£13) will be in that same relegation scrap as Areola. 

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