“On The Pitch” is an article dedicated to focusing on key players for each match for the current EPL week. In addition, this week we will continue to provide insight for the English Premiere League giving you: (1) a valuable cheat sheet to examine all players across all games and sites, (2) a game breakdown for the weekend and (3) some players to target when building lineups.
About the Author:
This week marks the first week in which we have Tour Level’s supporter George Adley @george_adey on twitter, entering the world of DFS-writing. A life long Ashton Villa fan, George resides across the pond in England. A first hand approach, George looks to bring his years of following the primer league to the DFS world to help us all make a little money…After all thats why we are here. Right?
RECAP – Week 2
Last weekend’s matches included plenty of goals and there were several key things that will shape our strategy for the near future. The first of these was Manchester United completing their second 4-0 in a row. Last year Man Utd had issues scoring enough goals but bringing in Matic from Chelsea has allowed them to play faster, more attacking football. This has freed up players like Pogba and Mkhitaryan who will be key fantasy point scorers this season. It’s far too early on in the season to make such a bold call but I believe that they have a great chance to win the title especially with their local rivals Manchester City look fragile in their matches so far.
Newly promoted Huddersfield Town have won two from two without conceding a goal and scoring four. As one of the poorest teams, budget wise and as a global name, this should provide value when looking for a cheap play in DraftKings.
Liverpool look like they have picked up where they left off last season. An excellent attacking side who will score goals but a leaky defence means that they will struggle to challenge for the title. Coutinho (one of their best players last season) looks set to join Barcelona, even though Klopp insists that the transfer will not go ahead. This likely means that Coutinho will not play another Premier League game for Liverpool.
STRATEGY – Week 3
Just a quick word on strategy. Attacking players score more points! This means that salary should generally be geared towards buying our targets who are most likely to score, or assist goals. However in DraftKings scoring goalkeepers get more points for a clean sheet than defenders do which is unusual for fantasy football so a good goalkeeper is a must.
Stacking games is also a good idea, but remember you must have players from at least 3 different teams. In games that I am extremely confident about predicting the result in I will stack that teams goalkeeper and point scorers (depending on the team that might be the midfielders or attackers)
DRAFTKINGS CONTESTS -Week 3
40K $150 Volley (3 entry max, 7.5K to first)
$35K $33 Clean Sheet (35 max entry, $5k to 1st)
7.5K $3 Set Piece (3 entry max, $500 to 1st)
$2K $12 Shootout (Single entry, $400 to 1st).
PLAYER PICKS – Week 3
David De Gea (MU)– DK Price $6,000 – He is pricey but probably the best GK in the league and one of the best in the world. Man Utd are home vs Leicester City on Saturday and I expect them to keep up there excellent start to the season.
Jonas Lossi (HUD)– DK Price $4,400 – Hudderfield’s number 1 who is on loan from the French side Metz. He is yet to concede a goal this season and has scored a good amount of fantasy points. If you are looking at a cheaper GK to free up some salary, he is your man.
Joel Ward (CRY) – DR Price $4,500 – Unfortunately a own goal in a 3-0 defeat meant a low return in fantasy points last week. However he was active going forwards putting in 6 crosses which will give him the chance of an assist this weekend at home against Swansea.
Arthur Masuaka (WHU) – DK Price $4,200 –
West Ham have conceded seven goals in two league games in what has been a horrible start to the season. However this week they come up against Newcastle United who are one of the teams most likely to be relegated. Masuaka has made the most tackles out of anyone in the West Ham squad so far and has a good chance at keeping a clean sheet and racking up some fantasy points.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan (MU) – DK Price $8,600 – Henrikh has the most attempted assists in the EPL so far and at home I see them as strong favourites against Leicester City. He has been directly involved in several of Man Utd’s goals this season and now that Matic has come in as more as defensive midfielder this will allow him to have more attacking freedom which = Fantasy points!
You could also play Pogba at a similar price who is more likely to score but so far has only upped his performance in the last twenty minutes of the game when the result has been pretty much decided.
Tom Ince (HUD) – DK Price $4,800 – This is the riskiest pick this week. Ince is a talented player and with a home match this weekend against Southampton, I expect him to be involved. A lot of ownership will also go over to one of Huddersfield’s other midfielders Mooy, who had a goal and an assist in the last match. This makes him a good pivot play.
J.Chicarito (WHU) – DK Price $7,000 – This is my favourite play this week. Chicarito is an excellent finisher backed up by his goal scoring record in his career for various high profile teams. West Ham play Newcastle away this weekend and judging by how poor Newcastle look (I have seen both of their games so far) there will be goals in this match!
Romelu Lukaku (MU) DK Price $11,200 – If you have the salary available then look no further than Lukaku. He scored on his debut and has looked very lively in his opening two games.
Utility (or could play as a midfielder) –
Richarlison (WAT) – DK Price $5,000 – He scored in Watford’s 2-0 win over Bournemouth and created six chances. He should start after such a good attacking performance and will have chances against a defensively poor Newcastle side.
These are the picks for this week! If anyone has any questions or needs any advice for this weeks Saturday slate you can email me at Georgeadeytennis@hotmail.co.uk