Daily Fantasy Premier League GW9: Hot picks

A brand new round of Premier League is right around the corner, and we must admit that raises a few questions. Who will get the most fantasy points this weekend? Can we find a cheap defence team? And how do we steer clear of this round’s Kabasele?

While the objective in fantasy generally is to find the players with the most points, some emphasis should perhaps be put on how to avoid the players who kill off their own team by getting a red card early in the game. Those who had Watford’s Christian Kabasele last round probably will agree, as all teams with him on the field was awarded minus 5 points already after half an hour! A yellow card in the 11th minute was followed by causing a penalty, and red card in the 32nd. Unfortunately, it is hard to predict who will mess up this time around. Maybe we should just get on to the promising prospects.

Will it be a slaughter at Etihad Stadium?

As usual, Manchester City are big favourites. This time even bigger than usual, as they are playing at home, and getting a visit from Burnley. The Clarets have started the season in a decent way with regard to points, but they struggle to impress on the field. Their play in the home draw against another mediocre PL team, Huddersfield last round was disappointing, and although they beat Cardiff in Wales the week before, they looked nothing like a winner in that match for a big part of the proceedings. Manchester City can show off six wins and two draws so far this season. They had a very tough game against Liverpool, but if RIYAD MAHREZ (12.3M) had not missed his penalty in the late stages, they could have secured a very sought-after win. It would have been somewhat undeserved though, but it is no shame in that – Liverpool are very good this season. Mahrez is definitely finding his form, and he is taking a lot of shots. Perhaps too many, but as a fantasy manager, I do not want to complain about that! Kevin de Bruyne is on his way back to the starting XI, but it looks like the Algerian nevertheless will play from the beginning and at this price, we really like him.

SERGIO AGUERO (14.2M) will of course yet another time be the one most fantasy players will choose as captain. He currently resides as number two on the PL top scorer list, two goals behind Eden Hazard, so it has been a decent start to the season for Aguero. Fantasy managers will take note that he is not in the National team these days, as Argentina coach Scaloni is testing out a lot of younger players in the friendlies. So, Sergio will show up after the International break well rested – unless he spent all the free time partying with the tattooed blonde. You know, the girl he was seen with at the LA nightclub The Warwick on Friday. On a more serious note, RAHEEM STERLING (14.6M) could be a contender for the captaincy, as he finally scored on the National team. He even managed to score twice against Spain. Which came as a shock, as he previously had played no less than 33 matches in a row for England without getting on the goal sheet! We are going to assume that his confidence have gotten a boost from the experience. In the Premier League, he has not had a drought like that at all, so it is a bit weird, to put it mildly.

Lacazette in great form

Arsenal are looking better and better, now with nine straight wins, counting all competitions. We have liked ALEXANDRE LACAZETTE (12.9M) for some time now, and in the last league match before the International break, he managed to score twice. Historically, Arsenal have been one of the teams most favoured by playing at home, so everything looks good as they welcome Leicester to Emirates Stadium. Lacazette is even free of duties with the National team, as coach Unai Emery maintains the Arsenal striker “must continue to show great form” before he can be included. Leicester’s defence may be slightly weakened for this encounter, as Morgan is suspended for his red card against Everton. Evans will probably play in his place.

Watch out for Everton!

We watched most of Everton’s away match against Leicester, and was impressed. Granted, they played 11 vs 10 for the last half hour, but they always looked like the probable winner in that match, which rather surprised us. A lot of attention is out there for RICHARLISON (10.9M), who was designated striker for the first time, and it did work out well. Most likely, Marco Silva will continue the experiment, and that means the Brazilian is even more interesting to fantasy managers than before. However, he should be paired with left wing BERNARD (9.0M), who is suddenly sure to start alongside Sigurdsson and Walcott. Bernard impressed us against Leicester, and we think he is a great buy at 9.0M. GYLFI SIGURDSSON (10.6M) is in great form too, and should be considered.

The most solid vs the most toothless

While there is some uncertainty around the participation of SADIO MANE (14.2M) and MOHAMED SALAH (13.6M) in Liverpool’s late match on Saturday against Huddersfield, due to minor injuries, are there no problems in their defence. No team in Premier League this season has conceded fewer goals (3) than Liverpool. Interestingly, no team has scored less than Huddersfield (4)! It is not just about the numbers, though. Liverpool has really been extremely solid this season, as opposed to previous seasons. The arrival of VIRGIL VAN DIJK (10.5M) and ALISSON (10.5M) has helped a lot. Both are great picks for this weekend, as they are sure to start. ANDREW ROBERTSON (10.9M) should also be a safe bet for those who want three defenders from Liverpool (like us).