After a catch up game and some midweek European action, the Premier League returns this weekend for Gameweek 35. There are just four rounds to go now and everything is heating up nicely.
The team at PlayON can take the heat though, and they are back with Daily Fantasy Premier League offerings throughout the round.
To try and help turn the heat into cold, hard cash, I have cast my eye over the games and picked out my best plays. From must-have guns to the value picks that will save the money you need to afford the guns, with the odd POD pick thrown in for good measure.
We kick this weekend off with Saturday’s games.
Bournemouth v. Fulham
Both sides come into this on the back of wins after a few losses prior. Relegated Fulham shocked Everton 2-0, while Bournemouth spanked Brighton 5-0, giving the Seagulls their own relegation worries.
Just the one meeting between these sides at this level, coming back in October. The Cherries won that one 3-0 and with them coming off the back of such a big win, it would be hard to bet against them for the win here. Home players for PlayON purposes it is, then.
A goal and two assists last out for Ryan Fraser (£11.6m). That’s seven goals and 12 assists for the season for the Scot and a PlayON average of 1280, one of the best on offer in this one.
In a game where the Cherries could rack up some goals, Fraser could benefit from more attacking stats again here.
A goal and an assist last out, and three goals in four games, Ryan Babel (£10.9m) is in great form in a poor team.
If the Cottagers are to sneak the odd goal here, Babel is odds on to be involved. Going at an average of 1275, you want him in your side if he does.
Adam Smith (£5.8m) scored 1420 against Brighton, with no goal or assist in sight. A good shout for a second clean sheet here, if he goes big, the overall average of 650 will mean his ownership should be low.
Huddersfield v. Watford
Another loss for basement-side Huddersfield last out, while Watford also went down to Arsenal 1-0, playing nearly 80 minutes with ten men. Not a lot to play for here, with the Terriers already down and the Hornets probably more focused on the FA Cup Final, although Europe through the league is still a possibility.
Three previous matchups at this level. Huddersfield won both last season before Watford ran out 3-0 winners earlier in this term. Even if they have one eye on the Cup game, I still back the visitors in this, so will be looking at their players for my DFS sides.
With Deeney suspended, the best average on offer sit with Gerard Deulofeu (£10.1m). Averaging over 1150, the Spaniard has four goals in his last six and five assists for the season.
Racing against the clock with a ankle injury, wait until he’s named to jump on.
Getting your hands on Will Hughes (£8.2m)’s 1135 average for his price is a good picking. Solid minutes of late and a goal and assist in his last two, what’s not to like?
Most will not give a second glance to Daryl Janmaat (£5.6m), given he averages just 595. He does get consistent game time though, and should get a chance to push forward against a struggling Terriers side.
If he snags an assist here, it will be a big score that won’t be in too many other sides.
West Ham v. Leicester
Defeat for both sides last out. That’s three in a row for the Hammers, although it has been against United, Chelsea and Everton. Leicester’s loss to Newcastle was their only defeat in the last five.
A bit of history at this level, with 23 clashes previously. Of those, West Ham have 11 victories to the Foxes’ seven, with five draws.
I can see this one going either way, so there is room for players on both teams in your PlayON sides this week.
Nothing doing last out, but Jamie Vardy (£14.6m) is still in scintillating form over the past few rounds, boosting the average towards 1700.
It would be a brave man who bets against him adding to his 15 goals for the season here.
An average over 1000 is not bad value for Mark Noble (£8.6m). Even better when you consider he scored 1150 last out with no attacking stats to be seen.
If he nabs a goal or assist here, who knows where the score could end up.
The quieter run of late might keep a few away from Felipe Anderson (£11.6m), but he did score against United last out en route to a 2150.
If that means he’s recaptured his early season form, he’s worth a look here.
Wolves v. Brighton
The season went from bad to worse for the Seagulls last out as a loss to fellow strugglers Cardiff pulled them further into the relegation battle. Wolves have sandwiched the good win over United with disappointing losses to Burnley and Southampton.
Just the one meeting in the Premier League, which Brighton took out 1-0 earlier this term. Can’t see that repeating here with the visitors’ current form, so it is the home side who should feature in your DFS squads.
A rare quiet game for Raúl Jiménez (£12.8m) last time, but he is still one of only three players averaging over 1000 here and the only one above 1200.
A fantastic first season sees him with 12 goals and ten assists to date, with plenty of chances to add to that before the end of the season. Starting with this one.
Finding the net for the fourth time this season against Southampton, Willy Boly (£7.3m) scored a 1700 for PlayON owners.
His season average of 950 is solid at the price, but become even juicier if he adds to his attacking points again here against the struggling Seagulls.
Newcastle v. Southampton
Closing out Saturday’s games, Southampton make the trek north after a win over Wolves last out made it three in four. Newcastle won themselves on the weekend to stop a run of three games without victory and likely secure their top flight status for another season –something the Saints could probably do with a win here as well.
There have been 35 clashes over the years between these two. Southampton currently hold a 15-12 lead in terms of wins, but there has been a win apiece and three draws in the last five, including a 0-0 earlier this season.
Hard to pick a winner here, but both teams on the scoresheet looks a good option, making strikers on both sides interesting.
His seventh goal of the season proving to be the winner against Leicester, Ayoze Pérez (£11.9m) came home with 2450 points, boosting the average to 1430.
A favourite of Benitez, no worry with game time, and he and Rondon present the biggest goal threats for the hosts here.
Watching Fabian Schär (£7.9m) play, he looks like a solid centre half, with an eye for a forward run. That has already yielded three goals and an assist for the Swiss so far, and an average of 1150, which is a bit of a steal at what he costs.
An average of 690 will scare people off, but Shane Long (£6.6m) has scored in consecutive games now, earning 1350 PlayON points in 29 minutes against Wolves.
If that form, and other injuries, earns him a start here, it is worth the gamble for the potential POD play it brings to your side.
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Saturday is over, but there is still plenty of action over the weekend, and plenty more chances to take home some cash, so check in for the Sunday preview to see who you should be targeting.