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DFS Premier League Week 28: Ride Everton During the FA Cup Postponements

This weekend is somewhat unique for the English Premier League due to multiple games being postponed for the FA Cup — a tournament that takes place simultaneously to the Premier League season. In fantasy terms, this means that you won’t be able to choose any players from the likes Manchester United, Chelsea, Tottenham, Arsenal or Leicester, amongst others.

This of course leaves us very limited as we don’t have a lot of the top clubs’ big name, high priced players available to us. The best matchup of the Saturday matches — which is the option you’ll find for most EPL DFS this weekend — is Everton at home against West Bromwich Albion, and this is one we want to take full advantage of. Everton is a talented team who is pushing to be up there with the league’s elite, and even though West Brom is right behind Everton in the standings, they have less talent and a losing record on the road. Meanwhile, Everton has been borderline unstoppable on their home pitch of Goodison Park with 8 wins, 4 draws and just 1 loss.

Now before I get to my picks for the weekend, you might be asking yourself: “Why should I take fantasy advice from this guy?” Well I’ll have you know that “this guy” once won 100 bucks on Draft Kings EPL DFS…. Seriously guys…… a full ONE HUNDRED dollars. Can you get more credible than that? I think not! Maybe, if you listen to my sage like advice, then you can one day hit it big too.  And with that, lets dive down the fantasy rabbit hole.

As a reminder, I will be using DraftKings DFS roster spots, player values and scoring system for my picks.

Goalkeeper

Joel Robles – Everton – $5,500. It’s a home matchup for Everton which means they SHOULD pick up the win and get those coveted 5 points for the keeper. Plus, West Brom is competent enough to at least test him and help him pick up some extra points via saves even if he doesn’t keep the clean sheet.

Jakupovic ­(Hull) and Boruc (Bournmouth) are both solid secondary options, but both are on far more inconsistent teams and you risk losing the 5 points for the win.

Defense

Leighton Baines – Everton – $5,200 and Ahmed Elmohamady – Hull City – $4,400. Baines is one of Everton’s best defenders and one of the notable named defenders among the league. They love to work him up the wing which was evident as he put in 7 crosses two weeks ago against Sunderland. Elmohamady is a good value as he is usually a full 90 minute player who also has the ability to work up the wing, and will be playing at home against a below mediocre Swansea squad.

Midfield

Robert Snodgrass – West Ham United – $8,400 and Ryan Fraser – Bournemouth – $5,600. Robert Snodgrass! What a name! The man has a downright epic name and it makes him impossible not to root for. More importantly, he has been on fire fantasy wise this season. After scorching start with Hull City, Mr. Snodgrass was traded to West Ham where he has yet to score. But don’t let that scare you off, as he tallied 15 crosses last week against the likes of Chelsea who are just running away with the Premier League title. Fraser on the other hand, is coming off a strong performance against my beloved Manchester United, and just the week before had 16 crosses against West Brom. His work rate when it comes to crosses and assists will pay off.

Forwards

Romelu Lukaku – Everton – $9,700  and Nacer Chadli – West Brom – $4,900. Romelu Lukaku is the highest priced player of our admittedly limited squad this week (due to the lack of games.) But damn is he worth it. The huge Belgian striker is second in the Premiere league with 18 goals and will be playing on his home turf where he has been an absolute beast. Chadli on the other hand is a talented buy low option who has the ability to get shots, assists and crosses on the counter attack against an Everton team that will be playing very offensive minded football at home.

Utility

Seamus Coleman – Everton – $6,300. And we finish riding the Everton wave of the weekend with another talented offensively capable defenseman. Coleman has double digit fantasy points in 8 of his last 10 games and provides both defensive and offensive points. There is no reason to think this won’t continue in this week’s tilt against West Brom.

Alright lads, now pop on your Robert Snodgrass jerseys and gear up for a glorious hungover Saturday morning watching the EPL and dominating DFS Premier League Week 28 with this lineup. Cheers!

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