WITH a quarter of the season remaining and everything still to play for, we’re ready to take a look at the best DFS options heading into the twenty-ninth round of the Premier League campaign.
We’ll be basing our selections on Draft Kings Classic 8-Player format as we analyse the best inclusions for your Sunday AEST DFS lineups.
David De Gea (Manchester United)
It was a toss-up between David De Gea and Ederson this week, but we gave the nod to the Spanish international stopper. The Red Devils host Southampton at Old Trafford, while Manchester City travel to Bournemouth, and that was the deciding factor.
With five clean sheets in his last eight league games under Solskjaer’s transformed Man United outfit, De Gea looks as good a bet as any Premier League goalie to keep a clean sheet, even withstanding the minor injury crisis at the club.
Patrick Van Aanholt (Crystal Palace) – Basement bargain
We often talk about the importance of picking defenders with attacking instincts in this format, and that usually means prioritising wing-backs.
The 28-year-old is very much in that mould. The Dutch international has one goal, two assists, and nine clean sheets under his belt, having started every single one of Palace’s games this season.
We think he represents tremendous value at a measly $3,900, particularly away from home against Burnley.
Jonny De Castro (Wolves)
The 24-year-old Spanish international is another fullback that enjoys venturing forward and has proven himself a goal threat over the course of the season.
Wolves struggled in their loss away to Huddersfield in midweek, but Jonny distinguished himself with more touches of the ball than any other player in his team.
Manager Nuno Espirito Santo rewarded Jonny’s early season form by making his signing permanent in January, at the cost of $28 million. Jonny is a solid pick at reasonable expense.
Alexis Sanchez (Manchester United)
No question about it – We’re rolling the dice here.
The 30-year-old Chilean superstar has endured a torrid season, when he should be enjoying the peak of an illustrious career.
However, we still believe the ex-Arsenal star is a phenomenal talent and with Man United’s numerous injuries upfront, will see the tail end of this season as an opportunity to redeem himself.
Slowly but surely, many of the players ex-manager Mourinho shelved and shunned, particularly creative types, have begun to find form under Solskjaer. Sanchez is likely to start this weekend, and a home fixture against Southampton should mean he enjoys plenty of the ball.
The pricetag is too tempting to pass up with a player of this quality.
Felipe Anderson (West Ham United)
West Ham’s Brazilian star might have struggled in midweek away to champions Manchester City, but his recall to the Brazilian national team is a testament to the quality of his performances for West Ham.
Pellegrini’s club record signing has scored eight goals and assisted four this season, staking his claim as one of the league’s best players outside of the top six.
West Ham are languishing in the form table having lost a step in recent weeks, but a home fixture against an admittedly resurgent Newcastle outfit should give their attacking talent a chance to flourish again, and the mercurial 25-year-old will be at the top of that list.
Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) – Marquee must have
Given his gliterring form, many will auto-select Sterling’s teammate Sergio Aguero here – But we were duly rewarded the last time we favoured Sterling over Aguero in this slot, so we’re going to stick to our guns.
Our reasoning is simple, and hasn’t changed – Any way you slice it, Aguero has flattered to deceive away from home this season. The Argentine international leads the goalscoring charts with 18, but only three of them have come away from home.
Of his eight assists, only two have come away from the Etihad. Sterling was rested in mid-week against the Hammers and given Mahrez’s poor performance, is almost certain to start.
Whether it’s because of defensive congestion, tactical changes or a shift in psychology, Aguero has not impressed away from home, and Sterling is cheaper, allowing you wriggle room in other areas of the pitch.
Salomon Rondon (Newcastle United) – Value pick
He’s big, awkward, physical, and a nightmare to defend against.
With seven goals and four assists in only 20 starts, the Venezuelan might be Newcastle’s most important player in their efforts to secure Premier League status for next season.
Rafa Benitez’s Geordies have looked formidable and well-organised defensively, but bereft of imagination going forward for much of this campaign. Fans may reflect upon Rondon’s contribution as the key to their survival, should they avoid the drop.
This week they have a difficult game away to West Ham, but off the back of two consecutive victories, expect the Magpies to approach the game believing they can pick up three crucial points.
Michy Batshuayi (Crystal Palace)
Roy Hodgson’s key January acquisition was given the unenviable task of revitalising a stagnant, misfiring, strikeforce – But given the evidence of the four games since he arrived, a couple of impressive wins and a significant upsurge in their goal tally, the Belgian international might just be succeeding.
He has played a part in four games, and started just two, with one assist and one goal to his name. Palace are away to Burnley this week, who sit just behind them on the table. However, Crystal Palace is one of the fewer clubs with an away record superior to their home one. We like the look of Batshuayi for the home stretch this season.