DraftKings Fantasy Soccer: Saturday EPL Picks
DraftKings Fantasy Soccer: Saturday EPL Picks

This article is part of our DraftKings Fantasy Soccer series.

MATCHES (EDT)

10:00 a.m: Bournemouth v. Swansea City
10:00 a.m: Leicester City v. West Ham
10:00 a.m: Watford v. Newcastle
10:00 a.m: West Brom v. Tottenham
12:30 p.m: Everton v. Southampton

FORWARDS

Harry Kane, TOT at WBA ($12,200): Kane comes in with a goal in two straight games, and the bookmakers are giving him by far the best shot at scoring again Saturday. He is $2,900 more than the next highest-priced forward, but there's no argument that he has the highest upside on the slate. He scored one goal on eight shots (three on target) in the teams' matchup earlier this season (Nov. 25), and he sits five goals behind Liverpool's Mohamed Salah for the Golden Boot. Kane bagged eight goals in his last three games last season to win the scoring title, and with Tottenham needing a few more points to guarantee a top-four finish, there's no reason to think Kane will take it lightly on the 20th-place team in the Premier League.

Jordan Ayew, SWA at BOU ($5,600): Ayew's fantasy returns haven't been great of late, though plenty of that has to do with playing at Man City and home to Chelsea in the last two games. Swansea are still playing away, but the matchup at Bournemouth is significantly earlier and the Swans are still desperate for points to stay in the Premier League. Ayew has shown many times this season that he can provide a decent floor from shots, tackles won and fouls drawn, and his price could certainly make him a viable cash-game option.

Marko Arnautovic, WHU at LEI ($7,700): West Ham sit 15th in the table, but they are only three points ahead of Southampton for the final relegation spot (West Brom and Stoke, who are 19th and 20th, will need to get very lucky to stay up), which makes me think they'll be very motivated to get some points at the King Power Stadium. Meanwhile, Leicester are in ninth, sitting on 44 points, which puts them well out of the relegation zone and well out of a Europa League spot. They certainly look checked out after getting slaughtered 5-0 at Crystal Palace last week, and while the return home will be comforting, they'll find a West Ham side ready to attack. Arnautovic, who leads the line and has the second-best anytime goal scorer odds among players in the game, put 10 of his 19 shots over the past six games on goal, finding the back of the net three times while also picking up an assist. His floor isn't quite as strong as Ayew's, but the upside is there for sure.

MIDFIELDERS

Dusan Tadic, SOU at EVE ($7,400): Tadic came up huge in last weekend's win over Bournemouth, scoring both of Southampton's goals while also winning two tackles, drawing three fouls and sending in five crosses. The absence of James Ward-Prowse ($7,300) from the starting XI helped his dead-ball upside, but I'm still interested in Tadic even if Ward-Prowse returns. Tadic's peripheral floor has been more dynamic, and with Southampton also desperate for points, Tadic will be a key piece if they walk out of Goodison Park with three points.

Christian Eriksen, TOT at WBA ($10,600): Eriksen is the safer cash-game option for those looking to get access to the Tottenham attack, as Kane is much more reliant on goals to pay off his hefty price. Pairing the two together could be a popular strategy as well, even though I don't think it's the optimal play. Eriksen didn't take any of Tottenham's four corners last week, ceding two each to fullbacks Ben Davies ($5,800) and Kieran Trippier ($6,200), but he still does more than enough to open play to warrant his high price.

Lewis Cook, BOU v. SWA ($3,400): Finding cheap pieces will be key for those looking to pair Kane and Eriksen, and Cook fits the bill for cash games after taking half of Bournemouth's corners last week. He'll never have a monopoly, but he's taken at least one in three of the past four games. It hasn't equated to many crosses, but his price doesn't require too much more.

DEFENDERS

Ryan Bertrand, SOU at EVE ($5,300): Southampton's recent move to a back three has helped Bertrand and Cedric Soares ($5,000) cross more, and we should see them maintain that if Charlie Austin starts again. Bertrand has been the more reliable crosser of the two, and it doesn't have much to do with his minimal role on corners. Nevertheless, Southampton need to score in order to get three points, so we should expect their fullbacks to be attacking as much as they can.

Connor Roberts, SWA at BOU ($4,000): Sticking with teams that need to win, Roberts could get another start as a right wingback after sending in six crosses, winning one tackle and drawing one foul in 63 minutes last week against Chelsea. His insertion in the starting XI pushed Kyle Naughton ($3,900) into a centerback role, so just make sure you check the formations before locking in either player or Martin Olsson ($4,400), who has a longer track record of crossing than Roberts.

GOALKEEPER

Lukasz Fabianski, SWA at BOU ($4,400): Fabianski's 123 saves this season are the second-most in the Premier League, and the most among goalkeepers on the slate. He's allowed multiple goals just once in his past four starts (a 5-0 loss at Man City), and Bournemouth attack enough regularly where he should have plenty of save potential while playing for a side that will be doing all it can to leave with a win.

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.
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Andrew M. Laird
Andrew M. Laird, the 2017 and 2018 FSWA Soccer Writer of the Year, is RotoWire's Head of DFS Content and Senior Soccer Editor. He is an eight-time FSWA award finalist, including twice for Football Writer of the Year.
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