DraftKings Fantasy Soccer: Saturday EPL Targets
DraftKings Fantasy Soccer: Saturday EPL Targets

This article is part of our DraftKings Fantasy Soccer series.

Time EDT Home (win odds) (draw odds) Away (win odds)
10:00 Aston Villa (5/1) (3/1) Newcastle (4/7)
10:00 Bournemouth (10/11) (5/2) West Brom (16/5)
10:00 Crystal Palace (21/20) (12/5) Stoke (11/4)
10:00 Sunderland (15/8) (5/2) Chelsea (7/5)
10:00 West Ham (4/9) (10/3) Swansea (7/1)
12:30 Leicester (5/6) (13/5) Everton (10/3)

GOALKEEPER

Vito Mannone, SUN vs. CHE ($3,500): Sunderland, currently in the last relegation spot with a game in hand on Newcastle, has a very realistic chance to stave off relegation. At home this season, they actually hold a goal differential of minus-1 as opposed to minus-17 away. Chelsea is sitting ninth in the table, seven points behind eighth with close to nothing left to play for this season. Chelsea has another game at midweek and we'll likely see some squad shifting to both rest players and get some younger prospects into the rotation.

Adrian, WHU vs. SWA ($4,400):Adrian is a pretty easy chalk play. Swansea, while being safe from relegation, has had troubles scoring throughout the season and will be without their best attacking asset in Gylfi Sigurdsson. With a projected attack including Modou Barrow, Andre Ayew, Wayne Routledge, Leroy Fer, Jack Cork and Leon Britton, the weapons to score on a West Ham squad still fighting for a spot in Europe simply aren't present.

DEFENDER

Simon Francis, BOU vs. WBA ($4,000): Since moving back out to his preferred right-back position, Francis has regained fantasy relevance with two assists in his last four appearances while scoring at least 12 fantasy points in each of those games.

Vurnon Anita, NEW at AVL ($3,600): Scoring 17, 12 and 11 fantasy points against Manchester City, Liverpool and Crystal Palace, respectively, Anita scoring double-digit fantasy points in a must-win match against last-place Aston Villa seems like a more-than-reasonable expectation.

DEFENDER

Andros Townsend, NEW at AVL ($6,600): Townsend didn't just score a goal last weekend, he finished with 30 fantasy points. With three goals and an assist in his last five games, Townsend has led a late charge for the Magpies to stay in the Premier League another year. With both Sunderland and Norwich having a game in hand on them, however, Newcastle simply must extract points from this fixture, and Townsend has been their best fantasy contributor.

Jeffrey Schlupp, LEI vs. EVE ($3,300): Everton has struggled defensively all season and missing names like Gareth Barry, Seamus Coleman, Phil Jagielka and Ramiro Funes Mori will only weaken it that much more. Leicester may have already clinched the league title, but the parade they've been on this season is far from over. Schlupp has recently replaced Marc Albrighton in the starting XI and has scored 17 and 11 fantasy points, respectively.

Xherdan Shaqiri, STK at CRY ($6,000): Shaqiri made his return last weekend, with a docile seven fantasy points in 78 minutes. With a week of fitness under his built, it's safe to expect the Swiss international to both be more active and be more likely to stay on the pitch for the entire 90 minutes. In a four-game stint towards the end of February and beginning of March, Shaqiri averaged 23.25 fantasy points per game while playing 90 minutes each time out. Health has been up and down throughout his career, but the fact remains that when healthy, he can be very dynamic.

FORWARD

Callum Wilson, BOU vs. WBA ($4,100): Wilson was fairly quiet in his first start since September last weekend against Everton, but he had five goals in his first five matches of the season and that form stands a good chance of eventually returning while his price sits barely above $4,000.

Jamie Vardy, LEI vs. EVE ($7,000): After a two-game suspension (and watching Leicester win the title from the sidelines), Vardy returns against a dilapidated Everton defense that seems prime for him to exploit and add to his already impressive 22 goals this season. The Vardy party is not over.

Andy Carroll, WHU vs. SWA ($5,200): Carroll is in sparkling form with five goals and an assist in his last four appearances. West Ham is the heaviest favorite on the day, and there's no reason to fade Carroll while on such a hot streak.

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. Alex Spalding plays in daily fantasy contests using the following accounts: FanDuel: ajump08, DraftKings: ajump08.
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Alex Spalding
Alex splits his expertise between College Basketball, NBA, NFL, MLB, and Saturday morning BPL. You'll find him under the username ajump08 on DraftKings and FanDuel.
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