Sunday’s Premier League action only features four teams and as such the choices are a little thin on the ground. There are still plenty of point opportunities and to give you the best chance of topping your contests we’ve listed the best players at each position.
Hugo Lloris – ($4,000) – Tottenham – Lloris is the top priced ‘keeper for Sunday’s slate even though he has been struggling in the save column thus far and faces a tricky game against Everton. The back four playing in front of the French stopper is up there among the best in the Premier League and it means less save opportunities as a result. Everton are far more attacking and it will give Lloris the chance to flex his muscles, for once, and you can expect him to make enough saves to push his total above 10 points.
Thibaut Courtois – ($3,900) – Chelsea – Chelsea stumble into Selhurst Park to face a Palace team that has lost its attacking impetus and not scored in two games. Yohan Cabaye will also be missing on January 3rd and it points to at least a clean sheet for the Chelsea ‘keeper, possibly even a win.
Wayne Hennessey – ($3,700) – Crystal Palace – Hennessey is the ‘value’ pick by virtue of the fact he is among the 50% of active goalkeepers this Sunday that is cheapest. Hennessey has earned over 10 points in his last four games and handed Palace wins in the first two of those. The chance of a clean sheet is lower than it has been in a few weeks and with Diego Costa’s return to the Chelsea line-up it will be tricky. Hennessey’s current form does enough to suggest he’s worth a look.
Leighton Baines – ($4,500) – Everton – Baines’ value is edging skywards and after a rest on December 28, the England international will be back to his usual self against Spurs. Baines has only played 90 minutes three times this season and put up 16, 13 and eight points on those occasions. He takes all of Everton’s set pieces and with Romelu Lukaku up front, there’s always a chance that he grabs an assist on one of the Belgian striker’s goals.
Danny Rose – ($4,100) – Tottenham – Rose returned on December 28 after a short spell out injured and clocked up 10 fantasy points against Watford. Expect similar against an Everton side that leaks goals and Rose’s propensity to cross at every opportunity gives him added value to fantasy players. The way Spurs play means overlapping full backs are important and with Harry Kane scoring freely once again, there will be assist opportunities.
Pape Souare – ($3,300) – Crystal Palace – Palace have been hit by a mini injury crisis out wide and the overlapping runs of Souare have become more pronounced as a result. Souare has hit double figures in his last two appearances and put in a whopping 11 crosses on December 28 against Swansea. The right side of Chelsea’s defence, namely Branislav Ivanovic, has been poor all season and Souare will take advantage.
Willian – ($7,300) – Chelsea – Willian has been the constant source of good feeling around Chelsea this season and remains a must pick for daily fantasy players. The Brazilian’s relentless point scoring has seen him average some 17.1 fantasy points per game over the last seven Premier League fixtures and the only one in that run below 10 was the eight points he posted against Manchester United last Monday. Palace’s aren’t impenetrable at the back and with Costa back from suspension, his point ceiling is far higher than the United game.
Jason Puncheon – ($4,900) – Crystal Palace – With Cabaye suspended, Puncheon takes over all set piece duties and his deployment in a wide position due to the absence of Yannick Bolasie and Bakary Sako make his price look even cheaper. In the two games since Bolasie went down injured, Puncheon has averaged 10 fantasy points per game and only needs an assist or goal to embellish those stats even more. Chelsea represents a great chance to do so and thus makes the sub-$5,000 price even easier to justify.
Dele Alli – ($4,800) – Tottenham – Quite possibly one of the best multi-statistic players on daily fantasy football, Alli has another favourable matchup against an average Everton side. Alli regularly scores good totals in the shots, crosses, fouls drawn, interceptions, goals and assists columns. It explains why Alli’s season total is 10.6 fantasy points per game and over the past six games that has increased to 15.1 points per game. That’s all from a deep-lying midfielder who is just 19 years old. At $4,800 he’s an absolute steal.
Romelu Lukaku – ($8,300) – Everton – Lukaku has scored 15 goals this season and is currently on a run of 10 goals in just nine games. Only Jamie Vardy has a better record than the Belgian powerhouse and his 3.6 shots per game is the fourth best total of anyone in the Premier League. With Mousa Dembele expected to be missing, Lukaku will have far more freedom than he would have done and there’s enough to suggest he’ll continue that scoring run.
Harry Kane – ($7,700) – Tottenham – Kane is Tottenham’s only fit centre forward and as a result is always good to score goals. Everton’s defence has been particularly kind in that regard all season and that much was clear during the 4-3 home defeat to Stoke on December 28. Kane’s 3.7 shots per game is third behind Philippe Coutinho and Alexis Sanchez, and it’s that kind of production that explains his 11 goals this season.
Gerard Deulofeu – ($5,600) – Everton – Deulofeu had his best day of the season on December 28 against Stoke by scoring 28 points and is one of the major reasons that Everton have been so potent going forward. Deulofeu already has seven assists this season plus a couple of goals, and the fact Dembele is missing will also help the Spaniard to find more space to get even more assists.