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DFS Premier League Week 30: The Replacements – Finding our EPL Shane Falco

Welcome back from the International break! It may have only been two weeks but it feels like it has been ages since we had some sweet EPL action in our lives. With the Final Four tipping off Saturday and teams making their late season playoff runs in the NBA and NHL, we have a packed sports weekend on our hands. With the EPL’s early time frame, soccer gets to kickoff this wonderful weekend of sports and I absolutely love it.

So last time leading into my picks, I focused on the importance of checking the lineups once they are released to make sure your guys are actually playing….and god damn did I time that perfectly! If you stuck with the picks and were able to swap out the last-minute scratches and swap in whoever was taking their spot in the lineup, then you definitely had a good week in DFS. For example: Eden Hazard was a late scratch due to injury and was replaced in the lineup by skilled young Brazilian star Willian who went off for a goal and 18 DFS points.

We are going to stick with that theme this weekend. With a slew of injuries, a couple suspensions, and 7 games in the Saturday 10:00am DFS timeslot, it’s huge to find productive guys at a cheaper cost. The best places to find these players are at the big top 6 clubs who have a deep talent pool where even the replacement guy is loaded with talent. Alright, with this week Replacements theme in place, let’s go find ourselves some Shane Falcos.

(Also if you haven’t seen The Replacements and don’t know who Shane Falco is, go watch it!!! Keanu Reeves and Gene Hackman in an underdog football movie, instant classic!)


Kasper Schmeichel – Leicester City – $5,100. Leicester City seems to be back in form lately since firing their coach and making a remarkable Champions League run into the quarterfinals. While the absolute best matchups this week would probably be David De Gea or Hugo Lloris, we need to reserve some of that cap space with a loaded schedule. Kasper Schmeichel, son of legendary Manchester United Goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel, is averaging over 11 DFS points in his last three matches and has a juicy home matchup with Stoke City.


Christian Fuchs – Leicester City – $4,700 and Gary Cahill – Chelsea – $3,500. Fuchs had an off week two weeks ago but has been pretty consistent aside from that. He has a great matchup at home this week and should be able to even get forward a bit. Cahill we can get on the cheap because he plays in the middle. League-leading Chelsea is at home against Crystal Palace who just isn’t very good. This should allow the big center back to get involved in the middle of a good bulk of corner kicks and gives him a good shot at a clean sheet on the defensive end.


Delle Alli – Tottenham – $8,600 and Henrikh Mkhitaryan – Manchester United – $7,900. While Christian Erikson has been having an absurd year, especially DFS wise, for Tottenham, Delle Alli costs about $1,500 less and has been absolutely on fire lately. In his last four games in England, Delle is averaging over 20 DFS points per game and they will be relying on him even more to score goals with Harry Kane out injured. Mkhitaryan on the other hand (another epic name), is averaging over 15 DFS points per game in his last two EPL starts. As a big United supporter, I get pretty psyched whenever I can start a Red Devil in DFS and this week is a great opportunity. Mkhitaryan is an absolute joy to watch too, he moves with great pace, is always looking to attack and creates tons of attacking opportunities. Let’s hope it pays off.  If for some reason he isn’t in the starting lineup, look to Juan Mata, Anthony Martial or Jesse Lingard as a replacement for Micky depending on which of them is taking his spot.


Marcus Rashford– Manchester United – $7,400 and Willian – Chelsea – $8,300. Here are our two Shane Falcos! One of the only upsides of Zlatan “the god” Ibrahimovic serving the last of his three-game ban for a justified retaliatory elbow is that United can give starting minutes to their absurdly fast and talented 19 year old wunderkind Marcus Rashford who will be playing at Old Trafford with all of the United supporters at his back. His pace and nose for the goal will stretch West Brom’s back four who will struggle to contain him in space.  Willian on the other hand should be getting the start in place of the injured Eden Hazard. As I said before, the talented Brazilian went off while filling in before the International break and seems to have big games whenever he gets the opportunity to start. Plus it never hurts to have a Brazilian player with one name on your squad.


Jose Holebas – Watford – $4,400. Jolebas is a safe play for our Utility spot that comes at a good price. He as a defender who has the ability to attack and had a number of good assists at his previous club before Watford signed him. He is at home against a struggling Sunderland squad which also adds to his value.

Good luck on your DFS Premier League Week 30 picks everyone. Ride those replacements and see if you can say Mkhitaryan three times fast without passing out. Cheers and GO UNITED!

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