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Yahoo Sports Daily Fantasy Football: Five Value Picks For Saturday

 • by Tom Bodell
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Here at Football Whispers we have teamed up with Yahoo Sports Daily Fantasy Football to bring you some deeper insight and analysis into the players that could win you money.

We will put in the effort, do the hard work and you can pick up the winningssound OK?

Everyone starts the Premier League season determined to take full control of their fantasy team, only to forget about it after Week 5. With Yahoo’s Daily Fantasy Football you can dip in and out whenever you have the time or the inkling to try your luck.

On top of all of that, the rewards are instantaneous. Pick an in-form XI, take a chance of a certain team and you could fund that big Friday night out, or even a ticket for one of Saturdays big fixtures.

Ahead of this weekend’s Premier League action we’ve picked our XI and to save you the trouble we’ve got a few value picks that we reckon will help you get value for money and, hopefully, give you a slice of the prize pot!

HOW TO PLAY?

It’s simple really. You get a £200 budget and you have to select a goalkeeper, three defenders, three midfielders and two strikers. You can then use the one remaining selection to choose whoever you like, it’s a bit of a wildcard slot.

We’ve combed through the eligible players for the five 3pm Premier League games on Saturday to bring you five players who are the best value for money this weekend.

Swansea City defender Alfie Mawson celebrates scoring against Hull City

Alfie Mawson

Price: £15

Swansea City centre-back Alfie Mawson has been a revelation since the turn of the year, scoring four times in just nine Premier League outings for the Swans.

Mawson, who moved to south Wales from Barnsley in the summer, was playing in League One last season but helped the Tykes win promotion to the Championship via the play-offs.

He has thrived in the top-flight in his maiden season and proved a menace from set pieces since Paul Clement’s arrival.

The 23-year-old was on target again last weekend as Swansea City lost at Hull City and will be looking for a repeat at Bournemouth this weekend.

Swansea City defender Martin Olsson celebrates scoring against Burnley

Martin Olsson

Price: £15

Swedish defender Martin Olsson was snapped up from Sky Bet Championship side Norwich City in the January transfer window and has already proved a hit at the Liberty Stadium, scoring twice in seven games.

Both those strikes have been crucial, too, coming in wins over Leicester City and Burnley.

Although Olsson has thrice been relegated from the Premier League – with Norwich (twice) and Blackburn Rovers – the left-back is an experienced top-flight campaigner and his arrival has coincided with four wins from seven games for the Swans.

Burnley defender Robbie Brady celebrates scoring against Chelsea in the Premier League

Robbie Brady

Price: £16

Another player who left Carrow Road in the January transfer window was Robbie Brady. The Republic of Ireland international joined Burnley in a deal reportedly worth £13million.

The former Manchester United and Hull City man quickly went a long way to repaying that fee, scoring a stunning free-kick equaliser on his home debut in a 1-1 draw against Chelsea.

That was Brady’s sixth goal of the season – a handsome return for a player often deployed at left-back or left wing-back and who qualifies as a defender.

Burnley’s away record is the worst in the Premier League but facing a trip to Sunderland – the side with the worst home record – now is their chance to claim their first away win.

Bournemouth striker Josh King celebrates scoring against West Ham United in the Premier League

Josh King

Price: £19

Hot off the back of a hat-trick in Bournemouth’s win over win over West Ham United last weekend Josh King’s value will have increased – but he still represents good value at under £20.

The former Manchester United youngster is up to 11 for the season and he could have had four had he not missed a penalty against the Hammers.

Eddie Howe’s Cherries are at home to Swansea City and although the Swans have improved immeasurably under Clement they showed they are still capable of slipping up in defeat at Hull last weekend. If there is to be a repeat, King will take advantage.

Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe celebrates scoring against Crystal Palace in the Premier League

Jermain Defoe

Price: £17

Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe earned a recall to Gareth Southgate’s England squad on Thursday, more than three years after his last appearance for his country.

Defoe might be knocking on at 34 but with 14 goals in 30 outings for David Moyes’ strugglers his value to the Black Cats cannot be ignored. He has scored nearly 60 per cent of Sunderland’s goal this season and any hopes the Wearsiders have of avoiding the drop hinge on his form and fitness.

Burnley are the visitors to the Stadium of Light on Saturday. The Clarets have the Premier League’s worst away record and if Sunderland are to mount yet another Great Escape there could not be a better time to start.

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