DraftKings Daily Fantasy Soccer Helper for Matchweek 20
The festive period of the Premier League rolls right along. Just two days after Boxing Day, there are five games on the Saturday slate on DraftKings, and two of them are late kickoffs at 12:30 p.m. EST. All the games seem to be fairly evenly matched, with Tottenham being the biggest favorite on this slate at -147.
Forwards to Target
Harry Kane ($9,200): Kane has not been the same goal scorer that we have come to expect, but he still has 10 goals in 18 Premier League matches this season. He was able to score in the last match against Brighton and looks to continue that form in this game. Tottenham will travel to Norwich, and they face the team that has allowed the most goals this season. Kane will be relied upon to score with Son Heung-Min suspended for this match. Kane is a -125 favorite to score, giving him the best goal-scoring odds on a team that's the biggest favorite of the five matches we have available to us.
Gylfi Sigurdsson ($7,800): Against Burnley on Boxing Day, Sigurdsson showed the form of a few years ago, when everyone wanted to roster him on DraftKings. He racked up 17 crosses, his most in a game this season. Part of this was his regaining of corner kick duty, as he took all 10 of Everton's corners. Now Everton face Newcastle, the team that allow the most crosses per game in the Premier League. If Sigurdsson was to keep at least a majority of the corner kicks for Everton, he is actually underpriced at $7,800.
Wesley ($5,400): Wesley is a cheap forward who could get a goal. He has been in dreadful form, having not scored a goal in the Premier League since October 5th against Norwich. He does, however, go up against a Watford side that have conceded the third most goals in the Premier League. Aston Villa have some creative attacking players -- such as Jack Grealish -- who can get Wesley the ball in good positions. If you need a completely goal-dependent punt, Wesley is a decent option.
Midfielders to Target
James Maddison ($10,300): Maddison struggled to produce many fantasy points against the two toughest opponents he could have faced in Manchester City and Liverpool. Now, Leicester City have a match against West Ham that should suit Maddison a lot more. West Ham are struggling, just one place above the relegation zone, and they are in the bottom half in possession and in crosses allowed per game. Maddison is fourth in the league in crosses and second in corner kicks taken. With 44 shot assists and 55 fouls drawn, Maddison's floor is as high as anyone on the slate, and we can go back to rostering him after two tough games.
James Ward-Prowse ($7,300): Another James who looks like a good play on Saturday is James Ward-Prowse. He is the main set-piece taker for Southampton, with 84 of their 91 corners taken by him this season. Before a tough match against Chelsea, he had at least seven crosses in seven straight matches. Southampton host Crystal Palace on Matchday 20, and the Saints are a -111 favorite. Palace allow the fourth most crosses per game and are 16th in possession. Ward-Prowse is also a dangerous free-kick taker.
Kenny McLean ($4,500): McLean is a value option at midfield for Norwich. He split corner-kick duties with Emiliano Buendia in their last match, but comes in at $3,400 less than his teammate. While the match against Spurs is a tough one on paper, Tottenham have allowed 27 goals this season. That's tied for the most of any side in the top nine. They also have allowed the sixth most shots per game in the league. McLean could easily pay off his salary of just $4,500 with some crosses, shots, and potentially a goal if Tottenham are asleep at the back.
Defenders to Target
Serge Aurier ($5,700): Aurier has really thrived as an attacking fullback since Jose Mourinho took over as manager. He has double-digit DraftKings points in four of the seven matches under the new boss. Norwich are vulnerable on the flanks, allowing the third most crosses per game in the Premier League. Aurier has the most crosses on Tottenham with 61, so he could be the player most likely to take advantage of this weakness.
Ryan Bertrand ($4,400): Not many fullbacks at this price are as involved in the attack for their team as Ryan Bertrand is for Southampton. He's second on the team in crosses behind James Ward-Prowse. Southampton have been in better form of late with two straight wins and could easily beat Crystal Palace on Saturday. A clean sheet is also a possibility here, as Palace have scored the second fewest amount of goals in the Premier League.
Goalkeepers to Target
Alex McCarthy ($5,300): With Palace being a low-scoring team, targeting a home favorite goalkeeper against them makes sense. McCarthy has won his previous two matches, both of which were on the road. Coming back home gives him an added boost to make him viable in all formats.
Tom Heaton ($4,400): Heaton should be between the sticks for Aston Villa as they travel to Watford. Watford are the lowest-scoring team in the league with only 12 goals this campaign. Heaton is on a team that is an underdog, but given how low-scoring Watford have been, he is unlikely to completely sink your lineups with a huge negative score even if he fails to win the game.
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