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DFS Premier League Week 29: No Fuchs Given – Christian Fuchs and a Resurgent Leicester City lead this week’s picks

Alright so last week was a bit of a dud. While Robles provided a lot of points in between the pipes and Romelu Lukaku kept up his fine goal scoring form, two of our recommended starters ended up going down with injuries fairly early which put a damper on their point output (Get better Snodgrass you magnificent bastard!)

This week’s main DFS tilt is the Saturday 11AM EDT contest which envelops six Premier League matches. Unlike last week which was limited by FA Cup tournament matches, this week we will have more options from some of the teams at the top of the table to choose from.

One thing to keep in mind when playing EPL DFS is that you always need to keep an eye on the lineups leading up to the match. Managers need to make sure a player is fit to handle a full 90 minutes of football which obviously requires quite a bit of running. If a player has even a slight ailment where maybe they could play through it, the manager will probably opt not to risk it because they would risk wasting an early substitution if that player exacerbated the injury early in the game, as well as that player’s future availability. For example, in basketball you see players coming back from injuries or dealing with minor ailments have minute restriction or an NFL player being kept on a snap count. Premier League managers on the other hand must strategically pick when to rest parts of their lineups while considering league matches, FA Cup matches, EFL Cup matches, and either Champions League or Europa League matches. If teams have multiple games packed into a tight schedule, they will likely use multiple different lineups to give players needed rest.

My point here is that if you are going to play EPL DFS, it is crucial to keep an eye out for the starting lineups and available substitutes, which are usually posted by the team around an hour or so before the scheduled start time. And with that little tidbit, here’s who I like this week:

Goalkeeper:

Jordan Pickford – Sunderland – $4,900: Sunderland is a bad team. No, Sunderland is a REALLY bad team. So why am I taking the keeper from the team at the absolute rock bottom of the league table? First of all, Pickford is averaging over 5 saves in his last 6 contests proving that being bad does have its perks at least for fantasy purposes. Second, there’s no tanking in soccer due to the bottom three teams getting relegated out of the premier league every season so Sunderland will be fighting their arses off to get out of the bottom three. Finally, they are playing at home against a Burnley who has zero wins in fourteen away matches this season. Kasper Schmeichel from Leicester is another good low cost option on the road. Joel Robles did well for us last week and has another good matchup this week but we need to save some money on this position for some higher cost offensive players this week.

Defense

Christian Fuchs – Leicester City – $4,700 and Martin Olsson – Swansea – $5,300. Not only has Fuchs averaged around 15 fantasy points over his last three matches, but Leicester as a team look suddenly resurgent after a horrible start to the season after shocking the world and winning the league last year.  And if that isn’t enough, Fuchs is just an awesome dude. He has his own hilarious online video series called “No Fuchs Given” and has said he wants to be a kicker in the NFL when he retires from soccer. Olsson, on the other hand, is slated to make his 7th straight EPL start and is just two weeks removed from a monster 1 goal, 5 shot, 9 cross performance.

Midfield

Marc Albrighton – Leicester City – $5,600 and Troy Deeney – Watford – $5,400. Albrighton is another Leicester player that I really like this week. Leicester finds themselves in a similar situation to the Boston Bruins this year. After winning the league last season, they looked terrible for the first half of the league year before firing Claudio Ranieri. Suddenly they seem to finding their winning form, advancing to the quarter finals of the Champions League and winning three straight in all competitions. Albrighon is riding a three-game double digit fantasy point streak and hopefully he keeps it going. Deeney is on a streak of his own, scoring in 4 of his last 5 games and has a very favorable matchup against Crystal Palace.

Forwards

Eden Hazard – Chelsea – $9,000 and Romelu Lukaku – Everton – $9,600. Eden Hazard is an electric player when he is in form, and right now just about everyone on league leaders Chelsea is in form.  Not only is he a threat to score or assist whenever he has the ball on his feet, but his quickness causes other teams to grow frustrated which leads to him racking up points just by getting fouled. Lukaku chalked up another goal and assist last week and is back home in a juicy matchup with Hull City this weekend. He is an absolute must start.

Utility

Sofiane Feghouli – West Ham United – $5,500. While I like Leicester to win at West Ham this week, they are still vulnerable to conceding a goal or two. Feghouli has regularly been one of West Ham’s top performers and should be able to contribute in a number of different areas and hopefully get involved in a goal. Plus with Snodgrass injured I need to have one guy with an outrageous last name on my team and Feghouli makes the cut.

Remember, nothing goes better with day old green beer then a full slate of EPL games. Cheers and Happy St. Patrick’s Day.

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