With seven EPL games between Friday and Saturday, we have plenty to choose from when setting lineups. Make sure to check the starting lineups when they are announced, especially the Southampton vs. Everton game which starts at 7:45 AM EST. In today’s EPL Targets I will be analyzing some of the best plays for this slate of games and point out some of the best values based on price. Also follow me on Twitter (@jwl_15) for injury and lineup updates throughout the day.
Sergio Romero – ($3,000) – Manchester United – Romero will be considered a Stud and a Value play this week as he fills in for David De Gea once again. Romero made four saves and picked up a clean sheet against Tottenham. He will now face an Aston Villa team that only scored one goals against AFC Bournemouth on the Opening Weekend. Romero is a must play if you are doing a contest that includes Friday’s game in the slate.
Lukasz Fabianski – ($4,800) – Swansea City – Fabianski didn’t see the barrage of shots in attack that I expect when playing Chelsea, but he still played a solid game. Fabianski made two saves and gave up two goals in a 2-2 draw. Fabianski was the top goalie from last season and I expect him to build on that status this Saturday against Newcastle.
Heurelho Gomes – ($4,000) – Watford – Gomes had a difficult first game after returning to the Premier League as he was under fire most of the game against Everton. He made three save and gave up two goals as Watford was able to earn a point. That was a positive result for the newly promoted squad and they will use that momentum on Saturday against West Brom. Gomes should have an easier time this weekend as West Brom were shutout on Monday against Manchester City.
Aaron Cresswell – ($5,200) – West Ham United – Cresswell played all 90 minutes against Arsenal and played a very solid game. He only put up 6 fantasy points as Arsenal put the pressure on late, but Cresswell helped West Ham United pick up the clean sheet. Expect his fullback counterpart, Carl Jenkinson, to return to the starting lineup and both will have a much easier time going forward against Leicester City.
Cedric – ($4,000) – Southampton- Cedric proved to be a steal last week as he picked up an early assist on a Graziano Pelle header. Unfortunately, he did pick up a yellow card early and was a halftime substitute for Southampton. After his 10 point performance, I do expect Cedric to be back in the starting lineup this week, providing the same type of quality in attack that he did in his first Premier League game last weekend.
Brendon Galloway – ($2,000) – Everton – With Leighton Baines out again this week, the youngster Brendon Galloway may be forced into the starting lineup yet again. Being that he is the lowest valued defender on DraftKings this weekend, he will be a very popular play if in the starting lineup. Everton now will play Watford and that should allow their full backs to venture forward more often than last weekend.
Daryl Janmaat – ($3,400) – Newcastle United – Janmaat has a productive game going forward in a 2-2 draw against Southampton, but he was unable to score a ton of fantasy points. He only scored two points on Saturday, but with his low price and attacking options in front of him, Janmaat will continue to be a great value play. He should be able to get forward even more this Saturday against Swansea City.
Riyad Mahrez – ($7,500) – Leicester City – Mahrez started the season in style on Saturday with a brace against Sunderland. He took six shots and was the star in Leicester City’s 4-2 win. He will have a difficult matchup this weekend if West Ham plays like they did last weekend against Arsenal, but Mahrez is a man in form and I expect him to have another great game.
Dimitri Payet – ($6,700) – West Ham United – Payet was one of the most underrated summer signings and he proved why on Sunday. Payet picked up his first Premier League assist against Arsenal, as he fueled the West Ham attack in their very convincing win. I expect him to continue his good run of form against Leicester City on Saturday.
Nathan Redmond – ($5,400) – Norwich City – Redmond started the game last week on the bench, but was quick to make his presence felt as a second half substitute. Redmond was very influential in attack and scored the only goal in Norwich City’s 3-1 loss to Crystal Palace. I expect Redmond to be in the starting eleven this weekend, meaning he will be a great value play at only $5,400.
Jefferson Montero – ($5,000) – Swansea City – Montero was quite possibly the best player for Swansea City as they picked up a huge first point on the opening weekend. He was in doubt after being pulled late in the Chelsea match but looks to be good to go for Saturday. He only recorded two shots, but after seeing what he is capable of last weekend, I expect his presence to be more influential against a lesser side in Newcastle United.
Harry Kane – ($9,800) – Tottenham Hotspurs – Kane‘s start to the 2015-2016 campaign wasn’t as expected, but this week should be much different. Kane recorded three shots and had one cross, but was unable to score against Manchester United. He now faces a Stoke City team that lost to Liverpool last week. Stoke City held Christian Benteke in check last weekend, but Kane is a different style of player and should create a different challenge for the Stoke defenders.
Romelu Lukaku– ($9,500) – Everton – Lukaku picked up an assist and had two shots in a fairly productive game on Saturday. We expected him to have more chances against a newly promoted Watford team, but a double digit fantasy point game was a welcome start to the season. He now has a favorable matchup against Southampton, who gave up two goals last weekend to Newcastle United.
Mame Diouf – ($5,200) – Stoke City – Diouf was unable to get on the scoresheet on Saturday, but looked very dangerous nonetheless. He will now go up against a Spurs defense that gave up two goals last weekend to Manchester United. With Afellay and now Shaqiri joining him in attack, I expect Diouf to still have a very strong season and at his price he could be a steal.
Troy Deeney – ($5,200) – Watford – Deeney was huge in Watford’s opening draw against Everton. He picked up an assist and recorded three shots, but did pick up a yellow card that hurt his overall numbers. Deeney is the main striker for Watford as of now and you may want to capitalize on his low price while it lasts. West Brom gave up three goals against Manchester City last week and I expect Deeney to have plenty of chances on Saturday.