Here are your Fanduel & Draftkings EPL Picks for 1/14/2017 Matchweek 21. I will cover my favorite players by position to fit into your lineups. Remember to check Rotowire and Twitter around 1 hour before kickoff because managers often mix around different players depending on recent form, injuries, team moral, etc. Check out my Fanduel & DraftKings Soccer research page for more information on lineups, finding soccer stats, and more research tools to build your lineups.
Andre Gray – Burnley
The young forward is returning home where he does most of his damage on goal as Burnley has picked up 22 points at home (compared to 1 point in away matches). He has 4 goals in his last 2 home matches and gets a juicy matchup against a Southhampton side that has conceded at least 2 goals in their last 3 matches. He is super cheap on both FD & DK so I will be playing him in all my lineups across the board.
Olivier Giroud – Arsenal
He is super chalky but I am staying with the in-form player and rostering Giroud in a dream matchup against a struggling Swansea side that recently fired their manager. Swansea is currently sitting in the relegation zone and allows a Premier League leading 45 goals to its opponents. Giroud has scored 1 goal in each of his last 3 matches (including a wonder goal) so I will keep playing him until he cools off.
Jermaine Defoe – Sunderland
The veteran striker is on a hot streak recently and picks up extra goals since he is the primary penalty kick taker for his club. He has 3 goals in his last 2 matches and faces a woeful Stoke City club that has allowed at least 3 goals in their last 3 matches. He is very cheap on DK and can help you roster some stud midfielders if you want to save some salary cap.
Gylfi Sigurdsson – Swansea
With so many top level midfielders either out due to injury or suspension, I am going towards the safety of Sigurdsson. He is the primary free kick taker for his club and picks up plenty of points with his passes, crosses and chances created. He also scored against Arsenal earlier in this season in London, and Arsenal has really struggled on the road recently. Arsenal has allowed at least 1 goals in six concetutive matches, including at least 2 in their last 3 away matches. They also give up lots of penalty kicks due to reckless challenges and Sigurdsson will take the penalty if awarded. He has a safe floor with the potential for a goal or assist.
Junior Stanislas – Bournemouth
The young midfielder has been an important piece in Bournemouth’s attack thanks to his brilliant chance creating abilities. He gets a juicy matchup against a struggling Hull City side that conceded 6 goals to Bournemouth on October 15th. Hull City has allowed 44 goals to opponents this season (only Swansea concedes more) and I expect Stanislas to be pretty busy creating chances and taking shots on goals.
Manuel Lanzini – West Ham
The Argentinian midifielder will have his chance to shine due to Dmirti Payet’s refusal to play another match for West Ham. This opens up a big opportunity for Lanzini who has scored 1 goal in each of his last 3 appearances against Crystal Palace. Crystal Palace has conceded 22 away goals this season and I love Lanzini as a sneaky play on this slate.
Charlie Daniels – BourneMouth
The bulky defender should be a terror on the left flank against a poor performing Hull City team stuck in the relegation zone. He will get the opportunity for crosses, tackles, and interceptions, but can also score a goal or two. He netted last gameweek against Arsenal with a brilliant turn and finish that left the Arsenal defense completely helpless. He also scored earlier this season against Hull City so I think he is a lock to reach value and possibly score a goal.
José Holebas – Watford
The Watford defender is coming off illness but should feature in the starting XI this week. He has a high ceiling on DK and has reached at least 8 DK points in his last 3 of the 4 matches. He scored a goal this season against Middlesbourgh and gets another crack at this struggling club. Middlesbourgh has failed to score in its last 2 previous matches against Watford so he has the potential for goals and a nice clean sheet bonus.
Ben Mee, Michael Keane, and Matthew Lowton – Burnley
Burnley defense has one of the best matchups on the board since they are a wonderful squad at home this season. Ben Mee scored against Manchester City last gameweek so he probably has the most upside out of the 3. I would use any of them if you need to fill a spot at defense. They have a good chance to pick up a clean sheet, plus the potential for assists and goals.
Vito Mannone – Sunderland
The replacement keeper for Jordan Pickford bounced back immensely last gameweek with a whopping 13 saves against one of the best offense in the Premier League, Liverpool. 13 saves is incredible at any level so I expect his confidence to be sky high after such a performance. Sunderland is undefeated in their last 11 out of 12 home matches against Stoke City so Mannone has the chance to make plenty of saves and pick up the win.
Tom Heaton – Burnley
The Burnley keeper leads the Premier League in saves (83) and gets a cushy matchup at home where Burnley play far better than away. Team Morale should be high so I expect him to pick up the win quite easily and make a save or two in the process. He has allowed 9 goals in 10 home appearances with 3 clean sheets.