What a week it was in the Prem! Manchester United, seemingly in the driver’s seat, were undone at the hands of little ol’ Leicester City, Chelsea and Manchester City clashed at the Etihad in a surprising 1-1 draw, West Brom got all three points at White Heart Lane, and Leonardo Ulloa, priced at just $3,500, emerged as your best value play, scoring a whopping 27.75 points.
Ulloa’s (pronounced Uchoa) massive performance included two goals, four shots (two on goal), one cross, and one foul drawn. The two goals now give him a total of five in just four matches, and put him just behind Chelsea’s Diego Costa, who has seven. If he continues this run of form, the £8m it took Leicester to draw him away from Championship side, Brighton and Hove Albion, may just end up looking like a bargain if he helps keep “The Foxes” in the top flight.
And while his DFS price naturally has gone up (now sits at $7,200), he still represents a great value play and should have the chance to shine again as Leicester City will visit Crystal Palace who have been one of the worst defensive sides in the league thus far, letting in 10 goals in five matches.
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Moving away from my man crush on Ulloa, let’s take a look at matchweek six on Draftkings and see who else might be a strong play this week. Just like last week, I’ll provide my top three value play’s at each position as well as show you the main lineup I’ll be unleashing.
*Note: As of the time of writing, each Premier League contest on Draftkings does not include the following matches: Everton/Liverpool, West Brom/Burnley, and Stoke City/Newcastle.*
Thibaut Courtois – Chelsea ($5,000), Fraser Forster – Southampton ($4,300), Lukasz Fabianski – Swansea ($3,700)
In a week with limited choices, and one where clean sheets could be at a premium, I’m paying what it takes to get a keeper who I feel has the best shot at one. This week, that’s Courtois. The mammoth keeper has one of the best back lines in front of him, and this week they play arguably the worst attacking clubs in the league in Aston Villa. He is the most expensive keeper this week, but the allure of an almost certain clean sheet and win is worth the hefty price tag.
Forster at home against QPR and Fabianski on the road against Sunderland would be next in line to keep clean sheets, though a case could be made for Joe Hart ($4,600) against Hull City. However, since all three have similar chances in my opinion, I’d rather take the discount of the other two.
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Branislav Ivanovic – Chelsea ($4,100), Eric Dier – Tottenham ($3,500), Luke Shaw – Manchester United ($2,000)
I would’ve liked to have the option of some of the better attacking defenders this week (Baines, Coleman, Moreno etc.), but at least we still have one in Ivanovic. I’ve already stated that I believe Chelsea should have no trouble keeping the ball out of their own net, and Ivanovic is so good going forward that I’m willing to spend a little more to secure his services. He was kept back in defense more last week to keep Manchester City’s attack at bay, but I suspect he’ll get forward plenty against Villa.
Dier has also been a constant threat in the opposition’s half this season, and while I don’t think “The Spurs” will keep Arsenal from scoring a goal or two, he should have plenty of chances to knife through a suspect Gunner defense and play some crosses. Which, if you remember, are worth one point each.
Shaw will finally make his competitive debut for United this week, after finally getting over a nagging injury or finally getting out of LvG’s dog house – one of the two. I know picking a United defender is playing with fire, but I feel Shaw’s talent combined with his ridiculous price tag simply can’t be ignored this week. Marcus Rojo will kick inside to centre back, vacating the left back position for the £30m teenager to fly up and down the wing, playing balls into that deadly United attacking front.
Gylfi Sigurdsson – Swansea ($7,200), Ander Herrera – Manchester United ($5,200), Jason Puncheon ($4,500)
Sigurdsson’s price has dropped significantly due to a couple of slow weeks without any goals or assists, but he’s still averaging over two chances created per match. The opportunities are there, all that’s missing is execution. That should come this week against Sunderland.
Herrera has flat out been one of the best midfielders over the past two or three weeks. And yet, he continues to come in at bargain prices. Benefiting directly from the attention that his United attacking mates are drawing, Herrera’s been able to fly under the radar and bag two goals and one assist over the past two games. The combination of a potent offense and a very user-friendly price makes him almost unavoidable this week.
If there’s one thing Crystal Palace have shown this year, it’s the ability to score. The club has managed to put eight balls in the back of the opponent’s net, and while no one player has more than one goal, Puncheon has been the best attacking player with seven created chances.
Alexis Sánchez – Arsenal ($8,400), Radamel Falcao – Manchester United ($8,200) Leonardo Ulloa – Leicester City ($7,200)
If you’re feeling thrifty when it comes to forwards, this week might just be your lucky week as Sánchez, who has three goals and an assist to his name already, comes in at a somewhat modest $8,400. It took him a few games, but manager Arsene Wegner is beginning to understand how best to use his prized summer signing. The Gunners put on a show last week with Sánchez as a spectator. He’ll be back this week to aid to an already potent Arsenal attack.
Falcao made this list last week, too, and I’m back banging the drum yet again. Each week he’s getting closer and closer to finding the back of the net, with his most recent effort just missing and went clanging off the woodwork. He’s also getting more settled with his teammates, as evidenced by his gorgeous cross that found the head of Robin van Persie last week against Leicester City. Big things are coming.
Ulloa’s straight nasty, but you already knew that. Price isn’t out of control…yet.
Last week’s lineup was a success, placing 29th out of nearly 3,400 entries. However, I did make a slight adjustment by dropping Costa in favor of Agüero, and Coleman for Ivanovic after learning that Coleman was out of the match against Crystal Palace.
Several of the names from that roster return this week, as I’m rolling with my traditional high upside lineup.
Methods Behind My Madness
Goalkeeper: While I do fully endorse paying for Courtois this week, I just couldn’t afford him and still be able to shell out for what I hope will be a fruitful array of attacking players. Fabianski doesn’t have as good a shot at a clean sheet as the Chelsea backstop, but he should still come away with the win, and should have more save opportunities as well.
Defenders: Ivanovic is the complete package this week; a clean sheet is almost a certainty, and he’ll get forward enough that I’ll reap the rewards of several crosses, as well as the possibility of an odd goal or assist.
Shaw is a bit of a gamble, but I just don’t see United playing that poorly in defense two weeks in a row. It could all blow up in my face and they could let in three or four goals, but I’ll roll the dice. Shaw is deadly flying down the wing, and he’s got arguably the best group of attacking players in the league to cross the ball into.
Midfielders: Pretty simple here, as I’d probably pay anything to secure the services of Di Maria right now. Even beyond his two goals and two assists over the past two games, he’s looked lightyears better than anyone on the pitch. His pace -and the ability to control the ball at that pace – might be unmatched in the Premier League right now.
As I’ve already explained, Herrera’s price is just too good to ignore this week. United are rolling on offense, and he should continue to play a big part of it.
Forwards: Costa was held in check by Manchester City last week, but I doubt he stays quiet in back to back games. Aston Villa were exposed by a less talented forward and midfield group in Arsenal last week, so I have absolutely zero doubt that Chelsea can do likewise at “The Bridge” come Saturday.
Falcao has looked better each time he’s stepped on the pitch over the past two weeks. A big game is coming for the Colombian, and I have a hunch that when it does it could come in the form of a brace or even a hat trick. Could it be this week as he makes his Old Trafford debut (proceeds to do the “Dr. Evil” pinky thing)?
Flex: Crystal Palace have been surprisingly strong in attack so far this season, scoring eight goals through the first five matches. He’s not a sexy name, but with one goal, two assists, and seven chances created, Puncheon has been Palace’s best threat to wreak havoc on the opposition. This week they draw Leicester City who have leaked nine goals in five matches.
Be sure to keep an eye on lineups as their announced on Saturday, as once again several teams had competitions outside of league play this week, and some players may not be fit to play.