DraftKings Daily Fantasy Soccer Helper for Matchweek 11
Matchweek 11 in the Premier League gets underway an hour later in North America due to daylight savings time over in England. The six-game slate on DraftKings kicks off at 11:00 am EST. Manchester City headline the slate as -950 favorites according to FanDuel Sportsbook, but there are several players on other teams we can looks towards. So who should we target on this slate?
Forwards to Target
Raheem Sterling ($10,700): Parsing through the Man City options when they are this big of a favorite is always a tough task. Sterling might be the one we want here, as he has been in great form of late. He has four goals and an assist in his last two games. He is tied for second in shots in the Premier League, one behind Mohamed Salah. Sterling also provides more peripheral fantasy points than other Man City forward options like Sergio Aguero or Gabriel Jesus because he will get crosses playing from his wide position. That's not to say he is unlikely to score, as his goal-scoring odds are -230. He's a great play in all formats with his goal upside in this game.
Nicolas Pépé ($9,500): Pépé is an intriguing option as he recently has started racking up crosses as Arsenal's corner taker. He has 10 and 14 crosses in the last two Premier League games. He only has one goal in the league so far but scored twice last week in the Europa League and had 22 goals in Ligue 1 last season. Arsenal are -135 favorites at home over Wolves, and the oddsmakers give Pepe a decent chance to score at +135 goal-scoring odds.
Dwight McNeil ($6,800): McNeil's price never seems to be high enough with his role as a set piece taker and crosser. He even added a goal last week against Chelsea. His consistent floor as a mid-priced forward is enough to make him an option every week. His Burnley side face Sheffield United, who have allowed the fourth-most crosses per game, according to WhoScored.com.
Midfielders to Target
Kevin De Bruyne ($10,800): De Bruyne continues to do his thing this season, racking up crosses and shot assists. He has nine assists in nine Premier League appearances this season. Man City are facing Southampton, who lost 9-0 at home to Leicester last week. If things get ugly like that this week, De Bruyne could have an eruption game like he did versus Watford earlier this season, scoring 41.4 DraftKings points in an 8-0 win.
Robert Snodgrass ($7,600): West Ham's corner kick situation was reclaimed by Snodgrass when he rejoined the starting XI. He took 9 of 10 corners and had 17 crosses overall. Add a goal to that, and it was a huge fantasy game for the Scotsman. He gets a great matchup against Newcastle United, a team that is dead last in crosses allowed per game and possession. Snodgrass looks like a great play in this spot.
John Fleck ($5,600): Fleck is once again a solid value midfielder. In these evenly matched games, he has a floor that makes him playable. He took all four of Sheffield United's corner kicks last week. In this match against Burnley, the Blades could get their crossing game going as they are fifth in crosses per game. Burnley average the second-lowest amount of possession per game. Fleck has 15 shot assists this season and no actual assists, so hopefully one of his teammates will be able to finish one of his passes this week.
Defenders to Target
Trent Alexander-Arnold ($6,800): The leading crosser in the league this season has been Trent Alexander-Arnold, with 109 according to the Premier League's website. Liverpool are -310 favorites on the road at Aston Villa, and given the prices for the other players on their team, TAA might be the best option. He actually averages the most DraftKings points of anyone on Liverpool. Add in the fact that he will get a bonus if Liverpool can keep a clean sheet, and Alexander-Arnold stands out above all other defenders.
George Baldock ($4,300): Baldock is a value defender play this week. As with Fleck, Baldock could benefit from Sheffield United having more of the ball than normal and will be crossing a decent amount. His 34 crosses are third on the team. He will offer a bit of salary relief that you will need on this slate.
Goalkeepers to Target
Dean Henderson ($5,200): Yet another Sheffield United player to look at would be the goalkeeper Dean Henderson. He has only conceded eight goals in the 10 matches this season. Against a low-scoring team like Burnley, Henderson could get both the win and the clean sheet.
Martin Dúbravka ($4,300): Dúbravka has made 32 saves this season, the fourth-most in the league among goalkeepers. He hasn't been allowing many goals in recent matches, with only two conceded in the last three games. West Ham have only scored 12 goals in their 10 matches, so they shouldn't scare anyone. Dúbravka could rack up saves if Newcastle sit in the defensive shell and allow pressure like they have done all season.
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