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Monday 5th Dec 2016

There is no better week for a sports fan than one that is full of games. This week, we are treated to mid-week Premier League action, and after the goal fest that was Tuesday, I fully expect these matches to be lower scoring. This means finding the players that will rack up crosses, tackles, and shots. Let’s take a look at players to fit into a winning DFS team on an EPL Wednesday.

Forwards

Olivier Giroud ($7500) The often mocked Arsenal frontman is having a very good season. With Arsenal needing a victory and an easy matchup against Swansea, I feel as if Giroud will be the top scorer of the day.

Divock Origi ($3200) This pick is predicated solely on Jurgen Klopp deciding to rest Daniel Sturridge ($4500) after 120 minutes this weekend. If Origi gets the nod, the Belgian youngster has really impressed all season long. Not so much in the goals category, but certainly with the ability to find room to get off plenty of shots and crosses.

Midfielders

Juan Mata ($5300) Mata is a nice triple threat play for me. The diminutive Spaniard gets to take free kicks, knocks in a goal here or there and is constantly creating for others. All of these qualities plus a matchup against Watford make me trigger happy on Mata.

Georginio Wijnaldum ($4900) The Magpies midfielder has been feast or famine all season long. The feasts, however, have been huge. So after a few down games, and with Stoke struggling recently, I am on board with the Dutchman.

Defenders

Hector Bellerin ($4200) The Blazing Spaniard has been rock solid defending all season. The attacking prowess is there, and Arsenal seems to prefer to attack down the right than the left. I can see a good amount of crosses coming off the fullback's foot and possibly an assist finding the head of Giroud.

Kieran Trippier ($3800) I don’t like to pick Spurs fullbacks until the lineup is announced, as Mauricio Pochettino rotates so regularly. However, when Trippier has been in, the Frenchman has racked up the points and been let loose down the flanks.

Goalkeeper

Hugo Lloris ($4100) The French number one has been typically solid all season long. I don’t see that changing much against rivals West Ham, who should be able to get off some shots, allowing for Lloris to rack up some saves and points.

Enjoy the mid-week matches and best of luck to you all!

Tuesday night officially did it for me. The Golden State Warriors are the best team in the league by an absolute country mile. I know, I know, the Warriors have proven that all year long, but without the league MVP, Golden State beat one of the better Eastern Conference teams. It’s going to be fun watching teams throw the kitchen sink at Curry and Co. during the playoffs.

Games to target tonight

Lakers vs Nuggets (o/u 211.5)

Pacers vs Bucks (o/u 202.5)

Thunder vs Clippers (o/u 220.5)

Can’t Miss

Jrue Holiday ($7800) Last week, I watched the Pelicans defeat the Thunder and all the commentators could say was "Why isn’t Holiday starting? Well, I don’t have the answer for that, but I would ask the same question to DFS players without Jrue in their lineups. The guard has been incredibly consistent with a floor of 30 points and a ceiling around 55. With a matchup against the Rockets, look for the points to be more towards the ceiling than the floor.

Giannis Antetokounmpo ($7900) This is my first time suggesting the Greek freak, but after benefiting from both of the recent outbursts, I am sold. Paul George ($8600) might be one of the better wing defenders, but Giannis isn’t dependent on points for DFS. Indy has been lacking in the rebounding category all season, and I look for Giannis to really cash in on that tonight.

High Risk

Al Jefferson ($4800) Don’t feel like paying $7000 or more for a center? Well, in that case you’re going to be stuck looking for chalky options tonight. I love Big Al though, going up against the Sixers, who have been awful against opposing centers all season but recently have been abysmal. Look to Jefferson tonight to save some money.

Ed Davis ($4300) After watching the Blazers dismantle the Knicks on Tuesday, I became a Davis believer. The Blazers rotate their big men a ton, but Davis gets at least 20 minutes a game. Add that to the almost elite rebounding numbers and you have a very solid DFS player. As an added bonus, Davis’ blocks over the past 3 games? 5, 3, and 2.

Fillers

D'Angelo Russell ($5800) Not much to say here really. Russell is starting (finally!) and since that time has been averaging over 30 fantasy points.

Will Barton ($6000) Barton had one of the highest ownership percentages I have ever seen the other night. However, after a dud performance (21 fantasy points), I reckon everyone will be gunshy. A nice matchup tonight against the Lakers should turn that around and at $6000, Barton’s a steal.

Markieff Morris ($5500) Morris was inserted into the Wizards starting lineup the other night and responded with 45.8 fantasy points. An all-around threat, Morris should be in your starting lineups, especially for only $5500.

I hope you enjoy the big slate of games and happy balling!

I had a very rough night in the NBA last night. With a few teams going, I seemed to pick all the stars of the evening, just never on the same team. I will look to bounce back on a smaller slate tonight that has some intriguing matchups, especially the NO vs. OKC game.

Can’t Miss

Russell Westbrook ($11000): Man is Russ just too good to pass up on in this matchup, even if it means messing up the rest of your roster. The Pelicans are bad at defending opposing point guards, Westbrook is on a four-game streak scoring 20 points to go with 10 assists, and this game will feature points. I’m not passing on Russy.

Draymond Green ($8600): I have played Green exactly one time in DFS play this season. I am always worried about the price tag and return on the price. However, I just don’t think the Magic have what it takes to stop the former Spartan inside. I look for the typical triple double type numbers from Green with some extra buckets thrown in.

Greg Monroe ($7100): I give up on trying to figure out J-Kidd. However, Monroe is still receiving the same amount of minutes and producing big time. Against a Celtics team weak on the interior, give me Monroe any day.

High Risk

Bojan Bogdanovic ($3500): Here is a player who had so much DFS promise but has done nothing but frustrate owners all season long. This is a super high risk pick predicated 100% on the easy matchup against the Suns and the possibility of a game like Bojan had against the Kings at the beginning of February (32 fantasy points).

Josh Smith ($3900): In a move only the Rockets could make, Smith started on Tuesday and played fairly poorly. Granted the poor play was probably more due to the opponent, and tonight J-Smoove gets to go up against Portland, one of the worst teams in the league at defending the 4 spot. Both my high risk picks tonight are just that, but both could possibly end up being massive returns on very low price points.

Fillers

Jae Crowder ($6000): Crowder had a very nice stretch about a month ago that saw a bump in salary, putting the Celtic forward just outside of comfort range. However, back down at $6000, I love the versatile forward, especially in a matchup against the Bucks that is sure to produce points.

Evan Fournier ($5900): Fournier is one of those players who you need to ride while hot. The last seven games, the Frenchman has rewarded owners with 28.5 or more fantasy points. Against the Warriors, the pace will be fast and there will be points aplenty. I like Fournier to cash in on the opportunity and hit the 20-point mark again.

Enjoy the games, and happy balling!

 

After the thrill of the last Premier League Match Day, I am not sure that the 27th round of matches can even come close to comparing to the excitement or intrigue. The main slate of games isn’t awe inspiring but will see Leicester attempt to right the ship after a heart breaking loss to Arsenal last time out and Chelsea attempt to continue the positive momentum following Guus Hiddink’s arrival. Without further ado, let us delve into the best DFS plays for the main slate of Saturday matches.

Forwards

Odion Ighalo ($6600) Ighalo has been top class all season long and has a lot to do with the incredible success Watford has had. Bournemouth present a matchup that should be free flowing and feature a few goals. As such, I like the Watford man to find the back of the net and reward you for the investment.

Marko Arnautovic ($4700) Last time out, Liverpool put six past Villa. Midweek, their own U21s beat the senior side 3-0. This is a no brainer for me. Any striker starting against Villa is a striker I want on my squad, especially at that price point.

Midfielders

Yohan Cabaye ($6200) At this point, everyone should know how much I like a player that takes all the set pieces for a team, especially one that has the capability to score on occasion. West Brom haven’t been the typical Tony Pulis side and have allowed a good number of goals, and due to that, Cabaye will be in the majority of my lineups.

Xherdan Shaqiri ($5300) The creative influence of Stoke going up against Aston Villa? How quickly do I sign up?

Eden Hazard ($5100)  None of these midfielders are really a bargain, unless you consider the fact that Hazard was in the $8000 range to start the season. After scoring in the FA cup, I am willing to give the Belgian a shot to show that the loss of form shown so far this season is just a fluke.

Defenders

Nathan Ake ($300) Ake is a gifted footballer that has provided stability down the flank for Watford all season long. As mentioned before, I feel like this matchup will be free flowing, allowing the Chelsea man to get up the pitch often and rack up the crosses.

Jonny Evans ($2800) This pick is dependent on Evans playing as a fullback again. If the former United man is indeed on the flanks, $2800 is a great price to save some cash and still get a nice return.

Goalkeeper

Thibault Courtois ($3900) The young Belgian is still a top class keeper, despite getting a bit overlooked this season. While the Chelsea defense hasn’t been strong this season, I have a feeling they will keep a clean sheet with a save or two going Courtois’ way.

That’s all for this week. Enjoy the matches on what looks to be a sunny Saturday throughout the UK!

Ugh, what a terrible week in Riviera for me, with players who were out of it before I had a chance to be into it.

There is largely a lesser contingent of big names playing in Palm Beach this weekend, and after my wasted squad last week, I have added a variable this week: looking at last year's leaderboard for said tournament. That means a combination of cuts made, finish at the same tourney last year, and also strong finishes both last week, and last year.

I am clear that a season or two watching the tour and players is what will really improve my abilities at this fantasy variation, for much like seeing the swing of a hitter, or how a quarterback handles the ball, seeing what kind of strokes and approach the golfer has seems imperative to making good fantasy decisions.

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So, our selections this week are:

Phil Mickelson ($10,800): Manlove, but Phil's last six rounds have been red-hot, and I think he is digging it. He wound up even in Palm Beach last year, sandwiching a pair of solid rounds between a couple of crappy ones. I think though that Mickelson has some new drive with his game, and we are witness to just that.

Russell Knox ($9700): Knox finished tied for second at the Honda last year at five under. He is five-for-eight at making the cut this year.

Paul Casey ($9500): Casey tied Knox for second last year and is four out of five making the cut.

John Huh ($7400): Huh wound up even last year at the Honda but finished his weekend with a 68 and then 69 on Saturday and Sunday, respectively. He has made six of ten cuts this season.

Scott Piercy ($6900): Piercy was plus-three last year, but he had a couple of solid sub-par rounds a la Huh, and he has played all four days in all seven tourneys in which he has competed during this tour.

Johnson Wagner ($5700): I am not exactly sure how to parlay stars and scrubs here, but relatively, Wagner is a scrub. He is four of eight making the cut and, well, last year Rory Mcllroy wound up seven over for the tourney, so who knows?

Please let me know your thoughts/suggestions/ideas/commiserations @lawrmichaels.

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