With a huge eight game slate of EPL games on Saturday, there are a variety of options to choose from when setting your daily lineup. 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.
Simon Mignolet – ($5,200) – Liverpool – Mignolet has been outstanding so far this season, earning double digit points in each of his first three starts this season. He now faces a West Ham team that scored three goals on Bournemouth last weekend and in a 4-3 loss. Liverpool has yet to concede a goal this season and I expect Mignolet to be another great option this Saturday.
Joe Hart – ($5,800) – Manchester City – Like Simon Mignolet, Hart also has started the season with double digit points in all three games and three straight clean sheets. Two of those clean sheets were against Chelsea and Everton, which makes the accomplishment even more impressive. He now faces a Watford team that has failed to score a goal over the last two weeks and will likely have a difficult time cracking the Man City defense on Saturday.
Tim Howard – ($4,200) – Everton – Tim Howard looks to be the strongest value play on Saturday in his match against Tottenham. Howard had a tough game last week against Manchester City, making a ridiculous seven saves but letting in two goals. The potential loss of John Stones will hurt, especially if he is omitted from the starting lineup after handing in his transfer request midweek. Tottenham and Harry Kane have struggled to score so far this season and I expect Howard to stand tall once again.
Aleksandar Kolarov – ($6,300) – Manchester City – Kolarov has officially surpassed Branislav Ivanovic as the most expensive defender on DraftKings, but his price is justified. He has scored 14+ points in all three games this season, including 22 points last week after scoring his first goal of the season. He has been outstanding in attack, not to mention the three clean sheet bonuses he has also received. I expect Kolarov to torment the Watford defense all 90 minutes, and a fourth straight clean sheet could also be on the horizon.
Seamus Coleman – ($5,800) – Everton – Coleman has a rough game last week as he spent a majority of the game defending Manchester City and their potent attack. He scored double digit points in each of the first two games of the season when he was able to join the attack more often and I expect him to do the same this weekend against Tottenham.
Bacary Sagna – ($3,700) – Manchester City – Sagna has been a staple in the Manchester City defense so far this season with injuries to Clichy and Zabaleta. He earned double digit points last weekend against Everton, as had most of the Manchester City defenders who have helped earned three straight clean sheets. Watford has yet to score this season, which makes this a great matchup for any defender in the Manchester City side.
Simon Francis – ($3,400) – Bournemouth – Francis picked up his first assist of the season last week in Bournemouth’s 4-3 win over West Ham United. Callum Wilson announced his arrival to the Premier League with a spectacular hat trick, and his form could only help Francis moving forward. The veteran fullback will look to add to his solid play against Leicester City on Saturday.
Riyad Mahrez – ($8,700) – Leicester City- Mahrez has been absolutely spectacular so far this season after scoring his fourth goal of the season last weekend. He has now scored over 23 points in all three games this season and will have a chance to add to his total against a Bournemouth team that gave up three goals to West Ham last match. Mahrez is almost a must start given his form and matchup on Saturday.
Yaya Toure – ($8,200) – Manchester City Yaya Toure has quietly has a spectacular start to the season as well after recording his third straight game with an assist. Toure has earned double digit points in all three games and now faces a Watford team that has yet to score a goal all season. I expect Manchester City to be on the front foot for most of the game, leading to plenty of scoring chances for the likes of Yaya Toure and the attackers in front of him.
Jeremain Lens – ($5,700) – Sunderland – Lens has had a solid start to his Premier League career, recording two assists in his first three games. He had an assist and nine crosses last weekend, earning him 19 fantasy points which is a season high. He now faces a Aston Villa team that gave up two goals last weekend and the likes of Jason Puncheon and Bakary Sako both earned 15+ points against them. I expect Lens to do similar if not better on Saturday.
Bakary Sako – ($3,600) – Crystal Palace – Speaking of Bakary Sako, he had an outstanding first start of the season, scoring his first goal, taking six shots, and earning 26 fantasy points last weekend against Aston Villa. With Yannick Bolasie in doubt and Wilfried Zaha’s struggles, it looks like Sako may get another start for Crystal Palace this weekend. With his astonishingly low price and matchup on Saturday, I expect Sako to be a popular pick for lineups.
Sergio Aguero – ($11,100) – Manchester City – Aguero has not gotten off to the start that most expect him too, but he has still been productive either way. He has only scored one goal this season, and double digit fantasy points once, but I expect that to change this weekend. Man City have scored eight goals in three games and face a Watford team that has shown to be very little threat going forward so far this season. I expect this game to be played in the Watford half for most of the game, meaning there will be plenty of opportunities for Aguero and others to score.
Diego Costa – ($9,700) – Chelsea – Costa finally showed up for a game this year with a goal and an assist last weekend against West Brom. It was the first time this season he scored over 5 fantasy points and he will look to continue it this Saturday against Crystal Palace. With Pedro (who we will talk about shortly) joining the starting eleven and Hazard on the other side, Costa will continue to see plenty of chances fall his way.
Pedro – ($5,000) – Chelsea – Pedro’s Premier League career started off with a bang last weekend as he was quickly inserted into the starting lineup and was arguably Chelsea’s best player against West Brom. In the 84 minutes he played, he recorded a goal and an assist, ending the day with 27 points on DraftKings. At $5,000 and a matchup against Crystal Palace, Pedro will likely be the most popular player in daily fantasy lineups on Saturday.
Callum Wilson – ($6,800) – Bournemouth – Just when you thought Callum Wilson was going to be a bust this season, he scores a hat trick against West Ham United and earned 39 points on DraftKings last weekend. Wilson was spectacular against West Ham and showed us what the young striker can do at the top level this season. With a somewhat favorable matchup against Leicester City on Saturday, Wilson should be a strong flex or value play in your lineup.