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 am: Crystal Palace vs. West Ham United
10:00 am: Huddersfield Town vs. Arsenal
10:00 am: Liverpool vs. AFC Bournemouth
10:00 am: Southampton vs. Cardiff City
10:00 am: Watford vs. Everton
12:30 pm: Brighton & Hove Albion vs. Burnley

FORWARDS

Mohamed Salah, LIV v. BOU (£24): It's unclear why Salah somehow doesn't cost more given that he has the highest goal scoring odds for the biggest favorite on the slate and is playing at home. Regardless, he's the most expensive player but not expensive enough to seriously consider fading him, though that is an option. Salah followed up a dud against Crystal Palace with 7.20 points against West Ham, and while he'll need a goal to justify his price, it isn't unrealistic against a Bournemouth side that shipped two goals to Cardiff in their previous match. Sadio Mane (£22) is riding a three-match scoring streak and would be a solid alternative to Salah, while Roberto Firmino (£21) doesn't do enough outside of goals to give me confidence in paying up. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£23) has had one solid performance in his past four matches but will face Huddersfield, who have lost 11 of their past 12 matches, and it will be a good opportunity for Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette (£22) to have big fantasy days.

Wilfried Zaha, CRY v. WHU (£18): There are a few solid forwards with modest prices but I'm opting for Zaha in this region due to his contributions over his past three matches. He's scored at least 7.95 points over that range despite being red carded and sitting out last weekend's win over Southampton. West Ham allow the third-most shots on goal on the slate, while Zaha should also benefit from the addition of Michy Batshuayi (£13) and Christian Benteke (£14) rounding toward full fitness following a long injury layoff. If Batshuayi makes the starting XI, I'm backing him over Zaha and Benteke due to the savings and the fact that he scored 5.10 points during an eight-minute substitute appearance last weekend. Dwight McNeil (£18) is the same price as Zaha but hasn't produced enough to justify the cost, with his last outing of more than eight points coming Jan. 2. Marko Arnautovic (£18) is fit after missing Monday's draw with Liverpool and will be a viable option, though he's struggled with just two goals in his past eight matches.

Glenn Murray, BRI v. BUR (£16): A theme you might have seen in previous weeks is targeting forwards who play against Burnley, especially the cheap ones. The Clarets concede the most shots and shots on target on the slate, while also conceding the second-most goals in the league along with Huddersfield and Cardiff (who are both on this slate). As mentioned, Batshuayi could be a steal if he can make the starting XI and might be a better option than Murray. Despite scoring in back-to-back matches, Ashley Barnes (£14) has yet to change in price. I noted last week that he's been very consistent and, if anything, he proved that once again during the Southampton draw. He's Burnley's designated penalty taker, giving him a slight boost and will have another good matchup in their trip to Brighton.

MIDFIELDERS

Luka Milivojevic, CRY v. WHU (£18): If you're looking for a consistent midfielder, look no further than Milivojevic. He continues to have a floor of around six fantasy points, while providing a higher ceiling due to his penalty-taking duties. His price has risen over the past three matches, but not enough to ignore him. Felipe Anderson (£20) hasn't eclipsed 10 fantasy points in six matches, while Gylfi Sigurdsson (£20) was left on the bench against Manchester City. Both players are the highest-priced midfielders and have hardly showed the consistency of Milivojevic.

Pascal Gross, BRI v. BUR (£16): Gross has a good grasp on the free-kick situation for Brighton, as long as Anthony Knockaert (£13) is on the bench (Solly March has taken recently as well). Gross has hit at least 6.65 points in four of his past six matches, which is mostly due to the number of accurate crosses he's put in. A matchup with Burnley is worth targeting, especially with the type of floor Gross has shown.

Lucas Torreira, ARS at HUD (£14): Arsenal are heavy favorites despite traveling to Huddersfield. Torreira has seen an increase in set-piece duties over three matches, which may continue Saturday. He's not the most coveted midfielder, but the combination of a possible set-piece role and the matchup against the league's worst side make Torreira a cheap asset worth taking a chance on. Anything over five points would justify his inclusion. Henrikh Mkhitaryan (£19) is nearing a return but likely won't be ready for the starting XI, while Mesut Ozil (£17) hasn't had a goal or assist since October and Aaron Ramsey (£17) has one fantasy performance over 4.15 points in his past eight appearances.

DEFENDERS

Andy Robertson, LIV v. BOU (£17): Liverpool have the highest clean sheet odds and should see plenty of the ball against a Bournemouth side without Callum Wilson and David Brooks in attack. Liverpool are undefeated in their last 33 matches at home and have kept a clean sheet in their previous three meetings with Bournemouth across all competitions. Robertson is the most-likely Liverpool defender to get involved in attack, giving him the highest ceiling, while Virgil van Dijk (£16) has a safer floor due to his passing numbers. Meanwhile, Joel Matip (£14) is the cheapest defender likely to start for Liverpool if you're interested in playing for the clean sheet bonus.

Lucas Digne, EVE at WAT (£16): Digne leads all players in accurate crosses and continues to share set-piece duty with Sigurdsson. He has been one of the most consistent fantasy defenders all season and has scored at least 10 fantasy points in six of his 21 starts. An trip to Watford isn't exactly menacing and should still allow Digne to have a solid fantasy day even if Everton are unable to keep a clean sheet. Jonjoe Kenny (£10) started Wednesday's loss to Tottenham, which moved Seamus Coleman (£14) to the bench, and it'll be worth checking to see if this situation persists after Kenny put up a serviceable 4.85 points.

Matt Targett, SOU v. CAR (£14): Southampton are set to host the Premier League's worst attacking side, as Cardiff have scored just seven goals in 12 away matches this season. Targett has a small share of Southampton's set pieces, which obviously helps his value, and while Jannik Vestergaard (£13) is also an option, he doesn't have as high of a ceiling as Targett.

GOALKEEPERE

Tom Heaton, BUR at BRI (£10): This match has the lowest implied goal total on the slate, which puts both keepers in play. Heaton and Mat Ryan (£13) are cheap and have less risk than rostering the likes of Alisson (£17) or Bernd Leno (£15), at least based on their respective prices. Brighton have the second-highest clean sheet odds and will be playing at home against a Burnley side that have scored 11 goals in 13 away matches this season. On the other side of the pitch, Heaton is a minimum-priced keeper who requires very little risk to roster.

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. Christopher Owen plays in daily fantasy contests using the following accounts: owenc8888 (DraftKings, FanDuel), RotoCrook (Yahoo!).
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