Yahoo DFS Soccer: Saturday EPL Picks
Yahoo DFS Soccer: Saturday EPL Picks

This article is part of our Yahoo DFS Soccer series.

MATCHES (EST)

10:00 a.m: Manchester City v. Crystal Palace
10:00 a.m: West Ham v. Watford
10:00 a.m: Chelsea v. Leicester City
10:00 a.m: Huddersfield v. Southampton
10:00 a.m: Bournemouth v. Brighton
10:00 a.m: Newcastle v. Fulham
12:30 p.m: Cardiff City v. Manchester United

FORWARDS

Raheem Sterling, MCI v. CP (£26): Most of the chatter heading into the Palace matchup is whether Gabriel Jesus (£24) will start up front in what is expected to be a slaughter at the Ethiad. Although either Jesus or Aguero would be a solid choice, I'd like to take the guessing game out of the City attack and go with Sterling. Besides Eden Hazard, it's fair to say no other attackers has been as productive as Sterling this season, as he's been involved in 16 of City's 48 Premier League goals.

Danny Ings, SOU at HUD (£18): Ings shook off a hamstring injury to score a brace in last Sunday's 3-2 win over Arsenal, with both goals coming from Ings getting into dangerous positions between the defensive lines and pinpoint delivery from the wings. He's struggled to stay healthy, which has been a narrative for much of his career, but he's been productive when on the pitch, averaging 3.61 shots, including 1.61 shots on target, per 90 minutes. There's a good chance he and Charlie Austin (£17) either split time or pair at striker against Huddersfield, though Ings is my preferred option when it comes to the Southampton attack.

Salomon Rondon, NEW v. FUL (£17): Fulham's defense is laughably bad, and anyone who has followed the Premier League this season is well aware of their frailties. Meanwhile, Rondon has scored double-digit fantasy points in his past three appearances and will be facing a side that have allowed the most goals and shots on goal this season.

MIDFIELDERS

Eden Hazard, CHE v. LEI (£25): As noted above, Hazard and Sterling have been the two most productive attackers this season, as the former has been involved in nearly half of Chelsea's 35 league goals (eight goals, nine assists). He came off the bench in Wednesday's 1-0 Carabao Cup win over Bournemouth and is poised for another big performance against the Foxes. You'll have to pay up for him, but a goal justifies his price, while anything more will be extra.

Ander Herrera, MUN aat CC (£14): The departure of Jose Mourinho makes United's midfield lineup against Cardiff tough to predict, especially with Paul Pogba (£23) likely being restored to the starting XI. Herrera has been solid but not spectacular over his past three matches, mostly due to his plethora of interceptions and tackles won. After Fulham, Cardiff City and Burnley are tied for the second-most goals conceded, and though Herrera isn't known as a goalscorer, he should see plenty of the ball in possession if he starts again. I do have to admit I'm attracted to the Pogba return narrative, though his lack of consistent playing time over the past month gives me little to back it up with.

Etienne Capoue, WAT at WHU (£14): Prior to Capoue's red card against Leicester City on Dec. 1, no midfielder had more interceptions than Capoue (36). Watford v. West Ham has the second-highest implied goals total and is a good spot to deploy the low-risk Capoue, especially if you're looking for a midfielder to help with budget relief.

DEFENDERS

Kyle Walker, MCI v. CP (£16): Walker is the cheapest projected defensive starter against Palace and should have a solid base value due to the number of passes City connect on while in possession. A clean sheet is what you're playing for here, while anything Walker can add in the attack will be extra. Aymeric Laporte (£19) and John Stones (£18) cost a small fortune to get in your side, which makes me unwilling to spend up for them, especially when that savings could go to rostering one of the City attackers.

Jose Holebas, WAT at WHU (£15): I wrote about Holebas last week and he scored. While there's no way I can depend on that outcome again, his set-piece monopoly keeps him consistently in consideration. Holebas has been a walking yellow card in the past and isn't in the best matchup for a clean sheet, so his ability to whip in crosses and potential to contribute in attack is what we're playing for here.

Chris Lowe, HUD v. SOU (£13):Aaron Mooy's continued absence will keep Lowe on a portion of the Huddersfield set pieces with Juninho Bacuna. When looking into the defensive bargain bin, there aren't any other defenders in Lowe's price range with as many clear-cut opportunities on dead balls.

GOALKEEPER

Asmir Begovic, BOU v. BHA (£13): Bournemouth have the fourth-highest clean sheet odds on the slate after Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United. Ederson (£18), Kepa (£17) and David de Gea (£16) are all good bets for clean sheets, but I'd rather save the money for Begovic knowing that one goal could stain my goalkeeping investment. Brighton average the fewest number of shots and shots on target among teams on the slate, so it may be difficult for Begovic to make a lot of saves.

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Christopher Owen
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