Including the early game, this weekends Saturday slate includes six games and teams such as Tottenham and Manchester United. Another disappointing slate of games that fails to include some of the top Premier League talent, but there should be plenty of values on display. 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.
Hugo Lloris – ($4,600) – Tottenham Hotspur- Lloris looks to have overcome his wrist injury as he started in goal for Tottenham last weekend. He made five saves, but conceded two goals as the Spurs drew Stoke City. He now faces a Leicester City team that have scored six goals so far this season and sit atop of the Premier League table.
Lukasz Fabianski – ($4,900) – Swansea City- Fabianski recorded his first clean sheet of the season as he looks to exceed his total of 13 clean sheets from last season. He wasn’t threatened much against Newcastle as he only saw four shots the entire match. He faces a Sunderland team that only attempted six shots against Norwich City last weekend, so I expect similar results from Fabianski this Saturday.
Jack Butland – ($3,800) – Stoke City- Butland played a solid game against Spurs last weekend, making five saves and conceding two early goals. He showed that he has the ability to make saves, and faces a Norwich City team that had 19 shots last weekend against Sunderland. He should be a great value play if his defense in front of him can show up.
Eric Dier – ($5,000) – Tottenham Hotspur- Dier has moved to a midfield role so far this season, but is still listed as a defender on DraftKings. A more advanced role will be huge for him as he looks to add to his one goal on the season already. As long as he stays in the midfield role, he should be a great value play even at $5,000 for a defender.
Carl Jenkinson – ($5,300) – West Ham United – Jenkinson went right into the starting lineup for West Ham United after he was forced to sit out against Arsenal. West Ham United have scored three goals so far this season and will need to find a healthy goal scorer to maximize the value of Jenkinson and Cresswell. They now play Bournemouth who have lost two straight to start their Premier League return, but have only given up two goals. Jenkinson should be able to get forward very easily this game, which is what he does best, as I expect this to be a very open and offensively played game.
Joel Ward – ($3,600) – Crystal Palace – Ward had a very good game last weekend against Arsenal, scoring a very rare goal and also missing on another very good chance. If he keeps getting in goal scoring areas like he did against Arsenal, then he will be a steal for fantasy lineups. Even better is the fact that Crystal Palace face Aston Villa next, giving him a strong chance of earning clean sheet.
Micah Richards – ($3,000) – Aston Villa – Richards has be outstanding in his return to the Premier League as the heart and soul of the Aston VIlla defense. As a unit, they have only given up one goal in two games (against Manchester United), and have one clean sheet to their name. They now face Crystal Palace who struggled in attack against Arsenal last weekend, but can be dangerous on the counter attack with the pace of Wilfred Zaha and Yannick Bolasie. Richards still will be a great value play as his speed should help against the likes of Bolasie and Zaha.
Riyad Mahrez – ($7,900) – Leicester City- Mahrez continued his strong play with another goal last weekend, bringing his total to three, which leads the Premier League so far. Leicester City is top of the Premier League right now, largely due to the play of Mahrez and I expect it to continue this weekend against Spurs.
Juan Mata – ($8,000) – Manchester United- Mata has been brilliant so far this season and provided some much needed quality on Adnan Januzaj’s winning goal. He has been one of the most influential players for Manchester United so far and his passing has reminded us of his time at Chelsea. Rumors of Pedro and Mane joining have been swirling, but I wouldn’t doubt the recent form of Mata was a reason for those rumors being shot down.
Nathan Redmond – ($5,800) – Norwich City- Once again the pair of Redmond and Montero find themselves on my Values for this weekend’s slate of games. After a goal on the opening weekend, Redmond played his way into the starting lineup. Last weekend he took three shots and scored his second goal of the season in a 3-1 win over Sunderland. At $5,800 he is an absolute steal given the form he is currently in.
Jefferson Montero – ($5,200) – Swansea City – Montero also found himself on the Values list last week after he tormented Chelsea on the opening weekend. He did the same last weekend to Newcastle and it resulted in his first assist on the season. Next up for Swansea City is Sunderland and I expect Montero to be turning the Sunderland defenders in circles as he has done to everyone who has been assigned to his side this season.
Memphis – ($8,400) – Manchester United- Memphis has been quiet so far this Premier League season, but he broke out midweek with two goals against Club Bruges. The younger winger has shown flashes of brilliance but it hasn’t come together yet this season. He faces a Newcastle team that will be without Daryl Janmaat who was suspended last weekend. If Jefferson Montero can torment Newcastle, then I expect Memphis to do the same.
Bafetimbi Gomis– ($6,900) – Swansea City – Speaking of Swansea City, Gomis has been very good this season so far, filling in for Wilfried Bony. Gomis has two goals in two games, and now faces a Sunderland team that gave up three goals to Norwich City last weekend. I expect Gomis to get on the score sheet this weekend.
Mame Diouf – ($6,000) – Stoke City- Diouf was brilliant against Spurs last weekend as his late header earned Stoke City a point. I expect him to keep his place in the starting eleven after his five shots and one goal performance, and the arrival of Shaqiri will only help. Norwich played well last weekend, but their defense can be very inconsistent just like Stoke City. I expect this to be a very high scoring match.
Andre Ayew – ($6,300) – Swansea City- Ayew has also been great so far this season in attack with Gomis and Montero. Ayew scored his first Premier League goal last weekend and will look to build on it against Sunderland on Saturday. Sunderland has give up seven goals in two games this season, which is why I have all three of Swansea City’s attacking trio as my “targets” this weekend.