In Saturday’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 weekend.
Joe Hart – ($4,500) – Manchester City – Hart hit rock bottom last weekend after conceding four goals to Liverpool in a loss. Despite giving up the four goals, he did make six saves and was able to recover to earn four points on the season. He hasn’t scored double digit points since the last weekend in September, but he does have a great matchup on Saturday. Manchester City will face Southampton, who were shutout last weekend against Stoke City. Expect Hart to bounce back from his bad start and be one of the better goalkeepers in this slate.
Wayne Hennessey – ($4,100) – Crystal Palace – Hennessey was expected to be a great play last weekend, but he was a bust against Sunderland. He should be able to bounce back, similar to Joe Hart, as he has a great matchup on Saturday. Crystal Palace will play Newcastle United who have only scored two goals in their last six games played. Hennessey should be able to capitalize on this great matchup especially at home.
Jack Butland – ($3,500) – Stoke City – Butland has been my go-to value play at goalkeeper this year and this weekend is no different. He has scored double digit points in six of his last seven starts, including three straight clean sheets. He will face Sunderland on the road this weekend, a team that has only scored 14 goals on the season. Butland should be a popular goalkeepers on Saturday given his price and matchup.
Aleksandar Kolarov – ($5,300) – Manchester City – Kolarov got back to his early season form last weekend, when he earned 22 points against Liverpool. He recorded 13 crosses and an assist, making that two straight games with double digit points. Southampton was held to a clean sheet last week and Manchester City must bounce back after a tough loss last week. Expect Kolarov to be the top defender as he has for most of the season.
Seamus Coleman – ($4,300) – Everton – As mentioned last week, it is time for Coleman to become the threat that we have expected from him over the past few seasons. He delivered last weekend with an assist and 13 points on DraftKings. He has another great matchup on Saturday against Bournemouth who boast the second worst goal differential in the Premier League. Everton has scored 11 goals over the past three games and Coleman’s attacking threat has been a big part of their recent success.
Christian Fuchs – ($3,400) – Leicester City – As usual, Fuchs put in another great performance with eight more crosses added to his tally. He now has 29 crosses over his last four starts and should be able to duplicate something similar on Saturday against Manchester United. Leicester City are now top of the league and shouldn’t be taken lightly anymore. Expect Fuchs to put in another solid shift against a very strong Manchester United squad on Saturday.
Patrick Van Aanholt – ($2,400) – Sunderland – Van Aanholt’s struggles defensively are well documented, but he has been a great fantasy value over the past few weeks. He has earned double digit points in two straight games, including a game in which he earned his one and only assist on the season. He has recorded six crosses and five shots over that same span of games as well, proving to be a decent attacking fullback option. Sunderland have a decent matchup at home against Stoke City on Saturday and as long as Van Aanholt continues to start then he should be considered.
Ross Barkley – ($6,700) – Everton – In a game last weekend where it seemed like any Everton play had value, Barkley was the standout performer with two goals and an assist leading to 35 points against Aston Villa. The red hot Everton attack will now travel to Bournemouth to face a team that is in the thick of a relegation battle. Bournemouth have given up 15 goals over their last five games and Everton has scored 11 in their last three. This is shaping up to be another week to stack the Everton attackers.
Kevin De Bruyne – ($7,500) – Manchester City – De Bruyne had an impressive performance fantasy wise last weekend, earning 17 points in a loss to Liverpool. What was even more impressive is that he didn’t record a goal or an assist, as his 15 crosses inflated his final fantasy numbers. Expect De Bruyne and the Manchester City attack to have plenty of chances on Saturday against Southampton, especially if Sergio Aguero is fit to return to the starting eleven.
Matt Ritchie – ($5,700) – Bournemouth – Ritchie will continue to be a great value play due to his ability to put up fantasy points consistently, without having to contribute on goals scored. Although he was able to record an assist last weekend, he has averaged 10 crosses per game over his last six games. Ritchie at home against a very attacking minded Everton team is something most people should capitalize on.
Yohan Cabaye – ($5,700) – Crystal Palace – Similar to Ritchie, Cabaye is very valuable when not on the scoresheet with his set piece and crossing capabilities. He once again earned double digit points after his 13 crosses and five shots leading to a 24 point performance. As mentioned before, Newcastle are downright terrible in attack, leaving the Crystal Palace midfield with the ability to move forward in attack. Expect Cabaye to see much of the ball near the opponent’s box on Saturday.
Jamie Vardy – ($7,900) – Leicester City – When Leicester City plays, Vardy scores. One of these weeks his streak may come to an end, but ride this record breaking streak while it lasts.
Romelu Lukaku – ($7,600) – Everton- Lukaku may not be on the same streak as Vardy, but he is also red hot with four goals over his last three starts. As mentioned with Barkley, this game is primed to be a game to stack the Everton attackers, with Lukaku being the most likely to score goals at the head of the dangerous attack. Play Lukaku if you can, but don’t sleep on any of the starting attackers for Everton on Saturday.
Troy Deeney – ($4,700) – Watford – After Odion Ighalo stole the show for Watford early in the season, it has been Troy Deeney who has taken over as of late. He has three goals over his last four games, earning 14+ points in each. Deeney also has a great matchup on Saturday against Aston Villa, who conceded four goals to Everton just last weekend. Expect Deeney and Ighalo to be strong plays on Saturday, but Deeney is the most informed and least expensive of the two.
Bojan – ($3,600) – Stoke City – Bojan’s up and down season continued last weekend as he scored his third goal of the season, over a month after he last scored a goal. Stoke City have a great matchup against the very poor Sunderland defense on Saturday and Bojan is likely to be the key in attack as he continues to thrive at Stoke City. As long as he is healthy and in a good matchup, Bojan should be considered at a price under $4,000.