Here is the slate of games everyone has been waiting for this weekend. Sunday’s slate includes top teams such as Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal, and Liverpool. With the vast amount of talent in those four squads, it should be a very exciting day for Premier League fans. 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.
Petr Cech – ($5,500) – Arsenal – Cech was owned by nearly half of all daily fantasy owners on DraftKings last Sunday, and proved to be a huge bust. He gave up two goals against West Ham United and they were arguably both his fault. I expect the world class keeper to bounce back this week against a Crystal Palace team that played well last week but often struggle against top teams.
Asmir Begovic – ($4,700) – Chelsea – Thibaut Courtois will be suspended on Sunday after his red card early in the second half against Swansea City last weekend. Begovic came on in relief of Courtois but was unable to stop the proceeding penalty shot. Begovic will be called on to play a whole 90 minutes against a strong Manchester City team coming off a three goals last Monday. I expect Begovic to put in a strong performance as he tries to replace a Chelsea legend in Petr Cech as the backup to Courtois.
Alex McCarthy – ($3,800) – Crystal Palace – McCarthy earned the start over injured Julian Speroni and Wayne Hennessey last weekend and picked up the win over Norwich City. He let up a late goal to Nathan Redmond, but it was overall very solid in his first start of the season as he made four saves. At his low value and matchup with Arsenal, who failed to score last weekend, he could be a steal just like Adrian was in Arsenal’s first game.
Branislav Ivanovic – ($6,300) – Chelsea – Ivanovic will continue to be one of the top defenders for you fantasy lineup as he is a constant threat in attack. He attempted three shots last Saturday and as always was a threat on set pieces. I expect Ivanovic to be a strong play this weekend against Manchester City if you can afford to put him in your lineup on Sunday.
Nathaniel Clyne – ($5,000) – Liverpool – In his first game with Liverpool, Clyne already looks like a great signing for the present and the future. Clyne was very good going forward, but even more impressive in defense as Liverpool earned a clean sheet last weekend. He finished with 6.75 fantasy points and as Benteke gets more acclimated with the Liverpool system, Clyne should see an improvement in those numbers.
Joe Gomez – ($3,300) – Liverpool – Opposite of Nathaniel Clyne for Liverpool was Joe Gomez who made his debut for Liverpool at the age of 18. Gomez proved to be huge for fantasy owners last weekend as he picked up 11 points with a clean sheet and an assist on the only Liverpool goal. I expect him to be back in the starting lineup on Sunday and will be a great value play at the low price of $3,300.
Vincent Kompany – ($3,500) – Manchester City – Kompany scored his first goal of the season last week in a 3-0 win over West Brom. The Manchester City captain was brilliant as usual and seeing his threat on set pieces is a huge boost moving forward. Kompany will have his work cut out for him in defense against Chelsea on Sunday, but owners can only hope he gets another opportunity on set pieces.
Yaya Toure – ($7,500) – Manchester City – Yaya Toure looked like the Yaya of old last Monday after he scored a brilliant brace against West Brom. He scored 24 points and was a steal for the few people that trusted him on the opening weekend of the Premier League. He faces a tough matchup against Chelsea on Sunday, but if he plays anything like last week he should be an automatic start.
Eden Hazard – ($10,300) – Chelsea – Hazard was unable to make the impact he normally does last weekend, but he still remained a constant threat anywhere on the field. Hazard didn’t score in his two appearances against Manchester City last year, but did record two assists. This should be a great game as both teams try to solidify themselves as the powerhouse in the Premier League early in the season, and I expect Hazard to be a key component of Chelsea’s dynamic attack.
Yohan Cabaye – ($5,800) – Crystal Palace – Cabaye returned to the Premier League in style last weekend as he scored on his debut with Crystal Palace in a 3-1 win over Norwich City. Cabaye will not be playing the same attacking midfield role that he did for Newcastle, but he will have plenty of chances on set pieces to score and provide assists. Arsenal showed their vulnerability on set pieces last weekend against West Ham, and Cabaye will look to expose them once agains on Sunday.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – ($5,500) – Arsenal – Oxlade-Chamberlain got the start for Alexis Sanchez, and was probably the only bright spot for Arsenal against West Ham. His three shots and four crosses provided much of the threat in attack for Arsenal and he may have played himself into a starting spot with Alexis returning this week. If Oxlade-Chamberlain is indeed in the starting lineup again, I expect him to exceed his 7.75 DraftKings points against a weaker Crystal Palace team.
Sergio Aguero – ($10,500) – Manchester City – Aguero was a disappointment on the opening weekend, as he started on the bench. Manchester City were already up 3-0 over West Brom when he was subbed on early in the second half and Aguero was unable to make an impact. I expect Aguero to be over his illness that kept him on the bench and he should be back in the starting lineup on Sunday ready to start his Golden Boot campaign.
Alexis Sanchez – ($10,200) – Arsenal – Just like Aguero, Alexis Sanchez started the opening weekend on the bench as well. He was forced to enter the game after Arsenal struggled in attack and were unable to score a goal against West Ham United. I expect Alexis to be back in the starting lineup on Sunday after Arsene Wenger saw how much he was missed last weekend. Sanchez scored 5 points in minimal action, so I expect him to put up bigger numbers when in the starting lineup.
Callum Wilson – ($6,000) – AFC Bournemouth- Wilson proved himself as a goal scorer last season as AFC Bournemouth earned a promotion behind his 20 goals and seven assists. In last weeks 1-0 loss to Aston Villa, Wilson was unable to score on two shots. He had a couple of great chances but was unable to convert. I don’t know if it was nerves that got the best of him, but I expect Wilson to get on the board in the near future.
Roberto Firmino – ($5,900) – Liverpool – Firmino was a second half substitute last weekend as Jordan Ibe got the start in attack ahead of him. GIven the price tag required to sign him for Germany, I expect Firmino to be in the starting lineup sooner rather than later. They didn’t pay that much to leave him on the bench behind a young, unproven talent. If Firmino can get the start, I expect him to produce just like he did over the last few seasons for Hoffenheim.