A mini-slate on offer for this weekend’s EPL action due to England’s winter break after a busy festive period. We break down the targets and values at each position from four teams.
Richarlison ($9,000) – Everton vs. Crystal Palace
Of all the players available in this slate, Richarlison has the highest fantasy average, accumulating 13.2 points per game. This has been done over a sustained period of time, as well. This season, Richarlison has scored eight goals and has also chipped in with three assists. He puts himself in advantageous positions in the box and has also developed impressive composure in front of goal.
Troy Deeney ($7,400) – Brighton vs. Watford
Deeney had been injured for the majority of the season. After his return, he immediately showed the difference his presence makes to this Watford team. He has scored five goals already this season along with one assist. Playing Brighton away from home will be a challenge, but he is an outright striker, capable of converting half-chances as well.
Other to consider: Dominic Calvert-Lewin ($8,100)
Gerard Deulofeu ($7,800) – Brighton vs. Watford
Watford’s offense in the first half of the season ran primarily through Deulofeu from the middle of the field. His utility doesn’t lie in just goals or assists (he has four goals and five assists so far), but in playing the right ball at the right time to the right recipient. He has done that tremendously well right through a despondent season for Watford.
Theo Walcott ($6,800) – Everton v Crystal Palace
Picking Walcott is a bit of a punt. He averages just six fantasy points per game, which is too low to compel selection. However, through his career, Walcott has maintained an aggressive mindset. He puts himself in attacking spots in the box and doesn’t shy away from a low-percentage strike. Walcott even scored the game-winner in a wild win last weekend against Watford.
Other to consider: Jordan Ayew ($5,700)
Yerry Mina ($5,000) – Everton v Crystal Palace
Mina scored two goals in Everton’s win against Watford in their previous game. He is a potent offensive weapon despite playing his trade at the back. He is a center-back, but his strength and power in the six-yard box is the reason he is a force on both ends of the field. Against a stuttering Crystal Palace offense, there is a higher likelihood of Everton keeping a clean sheet too.
Lewis Dunk ($4,000) – Brighton v Watford
Watford’s offense has been inconsistent, at best. That is a major reason for Dunk’s inclusion in this list. He is a regular setpiece-taker for Brighton, including free kicks just outside the box. He has already scored two goals, along with three assists this season.
Other to consider: Adam Webster ($3,500)
Jordan Pickford ($5,600) – Everton v Crystal Palace
Of the four teams in this slate, Everton’s chances of keeping a clean sheet are the highest. Pickford is not just the No. 1 for his team, but has also represented England on the grand stage. Including Pickford in your fantasy roster could just be a pivotal strategic decision because Crystal Palace doesn’t score a lot of goals. This season, Crystal Palace have scored just 22 goals, 0.88 goals per game on average.
Other to consider: Mat Ryan ($5,100).
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Nikhil Kalro is the Founder and CEO of Altletics Esports.