Welcome to the Fixtures, Flyers and Fades column for FanDuel EPL soccer. We have a twelve team slate spread over three fixture times to cash with this week!
There is a great slate this weekend in FanDuel EPL and I can’t wait to hit it tomorrow. Last week there was no column – spring break took me out – but my picks on Twitter came good for another great cash week.
My defensive picks had outstanding weeks; both picking up assists giving a solid foundation. But it was Steve Mounie and Christian Eriksen who brought home the cash.
The slate this week in well set up to attack some big team stacks. Liverpool have a prime matchup against Bournemouth at home after their Champions League victory in midweek. The big game on the slate in Man City v Spurs which is at 2:45pm EST so you will have to keep checking line ups into the afternoon this week.
City can’t clinch the title with a win at Wembley but they desperately need a result to halt their three game losing streak. That game should be primed for goals.
I break down this column into three categories: Fixtures are those you need to build your lineups around. Flyers are the gambles and the punts; cheaper or lesser known players in great positions for a break out game. Fades are those you need to avoid; I think who you choose to fade in soccer DFS is more important than in any other DFS sport.
I’ll be on Twitter @davidgatesports to chat through lineups changes and team sheet surprises from 9:00am ET.
FanDuel EPL Soccer: Fixtures
Liverpool, Man City and Spurs stacks are all good options this week. Liverpool have an elite matchup with Bournemouth who they beat 4-0 earlier in the season. The Cherries are realtively safe – ten points above the relegation zone. There is a good chance they rollover at Anfield which should be bouncing with Liverpool doing so well in the Champions League.
There is a chance that Mohamed Salah (12500) or Roberto Firmino (12000) will be rested. That makes Sadio Mane (10500) the best value player in the lineup. If two of Salah, Mane & Firmino start then I am all in on those two. If it just Mane then I may shift to Spurs and Man City.
Harry Kane (11500) and Christian Eriksen (10000) look a little overpriced on first glance but City have conceded eight goals in three games and will not have either John Stone or Benjamin Mendy back. Dele Alli (8500) is incredible value, especially after his match winning performance against Chelsea two weeks ago.
Those bad results have sunk the Man City price points. Gabriel Jesus (9500) and Kevin de Bruyne (9000) are as cheap as you will ever find them. I can’t walk away froom the Belgian midfielder this week at that price. He has been the second best player in the league this year and that is excellent value.
I will be supplementing some stacks with defenders; hoping to hit a goal/assist combo. Trent Alexander-Arnold (5500) will play and has the same ceiling as van Dijk and Robertson but is $1.5k cheaper! I love Davison Sanchez (5500) up against City as well. He has looked very good lately.
FanDuel EPL Soccer: Flyers
Will Hughes (8000) is the best player at Watford and they are finally realizing it. They have given him the ‘number 10’ attacking midfielder role and shifted Doucoure deeper and it is reaping dividends. His price is creeping up but I still love him especially this week. He has a great matchup and there is a crowded field of players in his price range.
I’m looking at Wes Morgan (5000) this week as a good option on the cheaper side of DEF. He has an elite center back matchup with Burnley and should be busy making clearances this week. He is a top cash play.
I am hoping that either Christian Benteke (7500) or Andrew Sorloth (7000) can recover for Crystal Palace. The matchup with Brighton and Hove Albion is excellent for strikers who are good in the air. Both these players are on my radar and either will help me stack the bigger teams.
My goalkeeper pick is Swansea’s Lukasz Fabianski (5000). The Swans always give up chances and he makes a ton of saves. I also fancy him for a clean sheet against the tepid Everton attack.
Callum Wilson (6500) is ridiculously cheap for Bournemouth. It’s not like Liverpool never concede either.
FanDuel EPL Soccer: Fades
There is nothing that I am preaching ‘stay away’ from this week. I can see a case for players across the roster who are fairly priced for their upside. I like to narrow down the number of games I draw MID & FWD from in soccer DFS because is a game is a dud – say, 0-0 – there is usually very few FanDuel points available.
The games I am avoiding the attackers of are Swansea v Everton and Burnley v Leicester. Both Swansea and Everton aren’t very good at defending so there could be goals here but I don’t like either attack enough to back them in DFS.
Leicester have players like Jamie Vardy (10000) and Riyad Mahrez (9500) who are good enough to rise above any game but this really is a bad matchup. I’m hoping punters are drawn to Vardy’s four game goal streak and that he flunks this week.
I am definitely avoiding Hugo Loris (5500) and Ederson (5500) at the GK spot. Both have made terrible errors in recent weeks. Try out Kasper Schmeichel (5500) or Nick Pope (5500) if you have plenty of budget for a keeper.
FanDuel EPL: Lineup
Note: this is a sample lineup and are not optimized. The only guarantee I can give you is that I will playing it too. I will also have some lines that are not here. Best thing is to take some of these picks and build your own lineup – especially in GPP – as lineup sharing only reduces the amount you can win.
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FWD: Jesus – Man City
FWD: Sorloth – Crystal Palace
MID: de Bruyne – Man City
MlD: Mane – Liverpool
MID: Hughes – Watford
DEF: Alexander-Arnold – Liverpool
DEF: Sanchez – Tottenham Hotspur
GK: Fabianski – Swansea
Best of luck in your FanDuel EPL contests and stay tuned to Fantasy CPR as we take prepare you for all your fantasy leagues and DFS contests!