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FanDuel Fantasy Soccer: Saturday Premier League Targets

Andrew M. Laird

Andrew M. Laird, the 2017 FSWA Soccer Writer of the Year, is RotoWire's Senior Soccer Editor and a fantasy football contributor. He is also a two-time finalist for the FSWA's Football Writer of the Year Award.

For detailed odds and stats, check out the Fantasy Premier League: Saturday Cheat Sheet.


10:00 a.m: Chelsea v. Leicester City
10:00 a.m: Watford v. Southampton
10:00 a.m: Newcastle v. Swansea City
10:00 a.m: Crystal Palace v. Burnley
10:00 a.m: West Brom v. Brighton
10:00 a.m: Huddersfield v. West Ham
12:30 p.m: Tottenham v. Everton


Harry Kane, TOT v. EVE ($12,000): Kane is likely to be very popular Saturday, as Tottenham are the biggest favorites on the slate and he has the best anytime goal scorer odds. His 2.38 shots on goal per 90 minutes is the best mark in the league, and he created five chances in his last four games. The price is hefty, but there is no forward with more upside or a more stable floor from shots.

Marko Arnautovic, WHU at HUD ($8,500): Arnautovic has been dealing with a hamstring injury of late, but he could be a nice value if he does get the start. He's taken at least three shots in five of his last six games, scoring five goals on 21 shots (eight on target) and assisting one on nine chances created over that span. He's also chipped in a bit on the defensive end, registering 16 clearances over that six-game run; it's not a huge total, but it's unexpected from a forward.

Richarlison, WAT v. SOU ($9,500): It's been nine straight league games without a goal for Richarlison, but his ability to contribute in different stat categories keeps him as an attractive fantasy option. He continues to draw fouls at a decent rate (19 of his last four games) while also registering tackles and creating a few chances. The matchup against Southampton isn't bad, as they've committed the fourth-most fouls among teams on the slate while also giving up the second-most shots on goal per match.


Willian, CHE v. LEI ($8,500): Willian's value greatly depends on whether Cesc Fabregas ($9,500) is in the first XI too, as Fabregas tends to take most free kicks and Willian is kind of left out on the wing alone. However, if Fabregas sits, Willian will have the keys to the team with the highest implied goal total after creating 17 chances in his last four starts while also adding two goals on 14 shots (five on target) and four assists.

Bakary Sako, CPL v. BUR ($5,500): With Andros Townsend ($7,000) and Ruben Loftus-Cheek ($6,500) dealing with injuries, Sako could be in line for his first Premier League start since Sept. 30 against Manchester United. He scored one goal on three shots (two on goal) against Brighton in the FA Cup earlier this week while leading the line, and while he's likely to share those duties with Christian Benteke ($9,000, forward), it actually will provide him with more opportunities to create chances. There's also a possibility he ends up on corners and free kicks, which only enhances his upside.

Christian Eriksen, TOT v. EVE ($10,000): While Eriksen isn't taking nearly as many free kicks and corners as he used to, he's still creating chances at a high level and has even scored two goals and assisted two others in his last seven games. Tottenham are heavily favored at home against Everton, and there is certainly a reason to think Eriksen could surpass 25 fantasy points for the sixth time in his last seven games even without getting on the scoresheet.


Christopher Schindler, HUD v. WHU ($6,500): Schindler was one of the more consistent fantasy defenders until a four-game run with fewer than 15 fantasy points. However, he bounced back in a big way in his last two, scoring 22.5 and 30.5, respectively, thanks to 22 clearances, seven interceptions and five tackles. Huddersfield are slight favorites in Saturday's match, but West Ham have good enough attackers to give Schindler more opportunities at racking up the defensive stats.

Phil Jagielka, EVE at TOT ($5,000): Tottenham come in with the third-most shots and most crosses in the Premier League this season, which should give Jagielka a plethora of chances for blocked shots, clearances and interceptions. In fact, Tottenham have forced the most clearances per game among teams on the slate, which should provide Jagielka with a solid fantasy floor.

Allan Nyom, WBA v. BHA ($5,000): Nyom has a chance of slotting back into the starting XI thanks to Kieran Gibbs' muscular injury, which provides a solid opportunity to grab a player who can contribute across a number of stat categories while playing as a fullback. We could also see a rare start for Gareth McAuley, and his low $4,000 salary would certainly open things up elsewhere, but Nyom is the one worth targeting because of his contributions in tackles, clearances and interceptions while occasionally creating chances when he moves up in the attack.


Lukasz Fabianski, SWA at NEW ($5,000): Fabianski leads the league in saves by a comfortable margin while Newcastle come in having forced the third-most saves. Working further in Fabianski's favor, only five teams in the league have scored fewer goals than the Magpies this term. A Swansea City clean sheet while playing away from home is unlikely, but there's a decent recipe for Fabianski to succeed.

The author(s) of this article may play in daily fantasy contests including – but not limited to – games that they have provided recommendations or advice on in this article. In the course of playing in these games using their personal accounts, it's possible that they will use players in their lineups or other strategies that differ from the recommendations they have provided above. The recommendations in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of RotoWire. Andrew M. Laird plays in daily fantasy contests using the following accounts: FanDuel: kingmorland, DraftKings: andrewmlaird, Yahoo: Lairdinho, TheSix: Lairdinho.