Yahoo DFS Soccer: Saturday EPL Picks

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Adam Zdroik
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MATCHES (EST)

FORWARDS

Raphinha, LEE v. AVL (£28): This one is pretty easy: Leeds have the highest implied goal total on the slate and Raphinha has the highest floor. He's had at least nine fantasy points in each of the last seven matches, which is why he gets the nod over Patrick Bamford (£30) for me. Bamford has the best odds to score, but his floor is often below five points.

Pedro Neto, WOL at NEW (£23): Neto plays a similar role to Raphinha, but the difference is that Wolves aren't as good of an attacking team. Still, Neto is almost a lock for at least five fantasy points, having hit that in 12 of the last 13 matches. He takes set pieces and often gets the best chances to score for Wolves, mainly because he prefers to shoot from distance than feed a teammate nearby.

Neal Maupay, BHA at WBA (£12): Brighton are the biggest favorite on the slate and Maupay is their starting forward. He hasn't scored in six matches, but he's taken 11 shots in that period and will undoubtedly get a few more opportunities against West Brom, who allow multiple goals more often than not.

MIDFIELDERS

Ruben Neves, WOL at NEW (£18): There's no reason to spend at midfielder unless you really want Anwar El Ghazi (£21). There are viable options, but most of them rely on hitting the score-sheet to make value. Neves does enough defensively to hit around three or four fantasy points every match no matter the opponent. That's before putting his upside into the equation because he's also supplied 17 shots over the last eight matches, and I doubt Newcastle will slow him down.

Pascal Gross, BHA at WBA (£16): As Brighton's main set-piece taker, Gross is one of the more consistent fantasy producers in the game, reaching at least six fantasy points in each of his last six starts. He probably won't score, but his floor is good enough to consider, especially on a slate lacking high-end options. Teammate Leandro Trossard (£16) is also in the discussion, and I'd probably take both before Maupay, mainly because of their higher floors.

Tyler Roberts, LEE v. AVL (£10): Roberts has started the last two matches and plays in an attacking role for Leeds, accruing five shots and seven fouls won in those contests. Maybe you don't need a cheap midfielder, but if you go after Bamford and Raphinha, as well as one of the high-priced defenders, Roberts is an easy pick.

DEFENDERS

Liam Cooper, LEE v. AVL (£24): It's a high price, but you don't need to save money on this slate and Cooper has been awesome, sometimes hitting a floor of 10 points without a clean sheet or appearance on the score-sheet. He's added more upside the last couple matches, getting five shots on target, but even if that doesn't happen against Villa, his floor could be close to 10 points from defensive stats alone.

Ahmed Elmohamady, AVL at LEE (£10): On the opposite end of Cooper is Elmohamady, who is minimum price and has produced solid fantasy numbers when in the squad. He gets up the field a ton, and while that doesn't always translate to fantasy points, he's active as a full-back, accruing five tackles and six interceptions in his two starts this season.

Dan Burn, BHA at WBA (£10): Burn doesn't have a high floor, but he's a cheap defender on the team with the best odds to secure a clean sheet. If all goes well, he'll be in the attack the majority of the match, similar to the last game when he had four crosses and three corners won. If you have cash to burn and don't want Burn, Adam Webster (£16) and Ben White (£15) are other Brighton options.

GOALKEEPER

Robert Sanchez, BHA at WBA (£17): Lining up with the Brighton defenders, Sanchez has the best odds to win and secure a clean sheet on the slate. Prior to the weird Crystal Palace loss, he had at least nine fantasy points in six straight starts. He makes the most sense because all the goalkeepers are around the same price, but if you need to save money, Sam Johnstone (£12) is cheap and could be in for a few saves against a team that struggles to convert their shots.