After last night’s tiny slate of games, the Premier League serves up seven games this midweek and plenty of interesting matchups. We’ve picked out the very best players to insert into your lineup to make sure you come out on top in every contest.
Thibaut Courtois – ($4,600) – Chelsea – Courtois has the easiest matchup of any goalkeeper on Tuesday and can expect at least 10 points for the win and clean sheet against West Brom. Should West Brom go 1-0 down you can expect Courtois to make a couple of saves and he is the perfect base from which to start your lineup.
Lukasz Fabianski – ($4,200) – Swansea – Swansea have kept two clean sheets in a row at home and face a Sunderland team who have lost three away matches on the bounce. It all plays into the hands of the Polish goalkeeper who has been scoring fantasy points consistently since Garry Monk got the boot as Swansea boss. Over the last three games he has averaged 10.25 fantasy points per game, which is almost double his season average of 5.5.
Petr Cech – ($4,100) – Arsenal – It feels odd having Cech as a value pick but this week is the best chance to pick him up at a sensible price. Cech has posted double digit returns in five of his last six games and the single blip along the way was the 4-0 capitulation on Boxing Day against Southampton. He always picks up saves, which is illustrated by his 64 saves this season – fourth behind only Jack Butland (77), Costel Pantilimon (71) and Tim Howard (66).
Ben Foster – ($2,500) – West Brom – This one depends a lot on whether the Englishman is fit but if Foster does return against Chelsea then the point potential at this low price makes him a golden pickup. Foster made 75 saves last season in 28 games of another injury shortened season and should take over from Boaz Myhill after coming through the FA Cup tie at the weekend unscathed. The problem here is that he faces a rejuvenated Chelsea side but Tony Pulis has fared well against them in recent years and this will play into the hands of Foster.
Branislav Ivanovic – ($4,300) – Chelsea – Jose Mourinho’s departure from Chelsea has given everyone a welcome boost and Ivanovic is one of those to fit that bill. The Serbian full back is averaging 10.25 fantasy points per game since the Portuguese manager’s departure. Ivanovic also notched his first goal and has been scoring consistently across all defensive categories. West Brom at home is as favorable a matchup as you can find in the Premier League and his high price tag will bring double digit points.
Erik Pieters – ($4,000) – Stoke City – Stoke have been chugging along nicely under Mark Hughes and Pieters has missed just 44 minutes this season plus is averaging 3.9 tackles and 2.8 interceptions, which are the best at the club. Not only that, his tackles number is third in the league behind only Lucas Leiva and N’Golo Kante. Norwich are a side that love to get the ball out wide thus giving Pieters a chance to pile on the tackles. It will also leave them open at the back for Pieters to overlap and get some crosses into the box. He might even double his assists tally this midweek.
Billy Jones – ($2,700) – Sunderland – Playing under one of the league’s more defensive managers, Jones figures to pick up plenty of points this midweek away at Swansea. Jones’ position as auxiliary winger in a 3-4-1-2 system allows him to get forward and ping in crosses when he is still listed as a defender. Swansea are struggling down at the bottom alongside Big Sam’s outfit and are similarly tightfisted when it comes to conceding goals.
Ryan Bertrand – ($3,500) – Southampton – Bertrand often plays as a winger depending on the system Ronald Koeman decides to employ and his eligibility as a defender means his price is kept at a lower level. Even if he plays as a full back, Bertrand gets enough crosses in to make his value worthwhile. Against Norwich and West Ham he put in 12 and 8 crosses respectively and his score should inch past 10 against Watford as a result.
Kevin de Bruyne – ($8,000) – Man City – Whilst Riyad Mahrez is suffering a dip in form, de Bruyne remains the best pick at midfield thanks to his ability to put up points every single week. De Bruyne has managed four straight double digit weeks and an average of 10.5 crosses over those same games is a big reason for this. Those games have also included tricky visits to Arsenal, Leicester and Watford. Everton will be the next side to be put to the sword, in a big way.
Willian – ($7,500) – Chelsea – Willian’s value to the Chelsea cause has been the one constant this season and the last Premier League game against Crystal Palace showed just how valuable he is. After a slow first month to the season, the Brazilian winger-cum-playmaker has had just one single digit match and that came in a defensive display against Manchester United. A home game against West Brom is Willian’s bread and butter.
Gylfi Sigurdsson – ($5,700) – Swansea City – Sigurdsson has been a disappointment in most fantasy formats yet in daily games his form has been surprisingly constant. That has only improved since Monk departed as Swansea boss and his stats have improved to the extent that the Icelandic midfielder is averaging 14.2 fantasy points per game since then. Even as a second half substitute he managed nine points against Palace. Delving further into his stats, Sigurdsson has 2.3 shots and 1.5 key passes per game, which are Swansea’s highest totals, and takes all their set pieces. Sunderland at home…you know what to do.
Ben Watson – ($3,700) – Watford – Watson has emerged from nowhere to average 11 fantasy points per game over the last four against high-calibre opposition in the shape of Liverpool, Chelsea, Tottenham and Man City. This comes down to the fact he takes plenty of set pieces and Watford love to gain as many of these as possible in order to take advantage of their physicality at forward.
Odion Ighalo – ($6,800) – Watford – Watford’s Nigerian marksman has done nothing to suggest his form is about to slow down and faces a poor Southampton side that has lost four of its last five games. Ighalo’s 3.4 shots per game guarantees some points in that regard and explains why he has seven goals in his last seven games. Considering his price has been above $7,000 at times, he can be considered good value at $6,800.
Diego Costa – ($6,800) – Chelsea – Costa has picked it up in his two games since Guus Hiddink arrived as boss and has another favourable matchup this midweek against West Brom. As part of Chelsea-Hiddink mark two, the Spanish striker has three goals and an assist, which is exactly half his total for the season so far, and he is averaging 3 shots, 1.5 shots on target and 1 key pass. Another nice little bonus for daily fantasy players is that he has been fouled an average of 3 times a game whereas for the season as a whole that drops to 1.7 per game.
Shane Long – ($4,100) – Southampton – Value at the striker position is hard to find this midweek and Long being first choice at such a low price makes him a no brainer. Southampton have scored 17 goals at St Mary’s this season and Long is currently the club’s only fit striker. Ronald Koeman’s supply line for Saints’ one main striker still includes Dusan Tadic, Steven Davis and want-away midfielder Sadio Mane, something that should not be downplayed when choosing a striker for your daily fantasy football team.
Bojan – ($4,300) – Stoke – Bojan is the biggest reason Mark Hughes rebranded the club as Stokealona and playing at home against Norwich offers excellent value at the forward position. The diminutive Spaniard has two goals in his last two at the Britannia Stadium and the only surprise is that he doesn’t have more than five goals and one assist. You can put this down to the club’s tough home schedule so far this season and with the likes of Norwich coming up he should start to score some more points.