The North London Derby is once again upon us, as well as both Manchester City and Liverpool in action on Sunday. 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 weekend.
Joe Hart – ($3,900) – Manchester City – Joe Hart has been somewhat poor this season when it comes to fantasy, but he is still one of the better goalkeepers in the Premier League on one of the best teams. Hart has earned a win in six of his last seven starts, with one clean sheet. He has a great matchup on Sunday against Aston Villa who have only scored two goals over the last four games. Hart should be expected to keep a clean sheet on Sunday even away from home.
Petr Cech – ($3,700) – Arsenal – Cech will have to shake off a midweek disaster in Munich that saw Arsenal lose 5-1 in the Champions League. In the Premier League, Cech has earned double digit points in seven of his last eight games, earning five clean sheets over that time. He is also averaging a little over three saves per game over that same span. Expect him to be forced into some saves against Harry Kane and Tottenham on Sunday.
Wayne Hennessey – ($2,900) – Crystal Palace – Hennessey will have a difficult matchup on Sunday against the new and improved Liverpool attack. Hennessey has been decent since returning to the starting eleven, earning a clean sheet in three of his five starts this season. Liverpool’s attack is always dangerous with Philippe Coutinho and Christian Benteke, but Crystal Palace have only given up 11 goals on the season and will look to slow them down on Sunday.
Aleksandar Kolarov – ($4,900) – Manchester City – Kolarov has cooled down as of late, failing to scored double digit points in five straight starts. As mentioned before, Manchester City have a very good matchup on Sunday against Aston Villa. Last weekend, Danny Rose recorded an assist and scored 18 points from his left back position against Aston Villa and there is no reason Kolarov can’t do the same. Aston Villa have the second worst goal differential in the league and expect that to increase even more against the high powered Manchester City attack.
Alberto Moreno – ($3,800) – Liverpool – Moreno continues to be very good for Liverpool and looks to have a firm grasp on a starting position moving forward. He has earned double digit points in five of his last six games, recording 40 crosses over that same span. He has shown a great ability to play quality crosses into the box and expect that to continue as Christian Benteke returns to the starting eleven on Sunday.
Danny Rose – ($3,300) – Tottenham – As mentioned before, Danny Rose was a great play last week, earning his first assist on the season. He now has scored double digit points in all four of his starts this season and his success should continue with the current form of Harry Kane. Rose has averaged four crosses per game this season and Arsenal will be without Hector Bellerin to protect the left side of the field. Expect Rose to have plenty of chances to get forward on overlapping runs especially with Debuchy or Chambers starting.
Alan Hutton – ($2,900) – Aston Villa – Hutton has earned double digit points in six straight games and that is largely do to the volume of crosses he is producing. He is averaging over six crosses per game over his last six games and that consistency is what makes him a value play on Sunday. He has a very difficult matchup which will limit him in attack, but he has played well against Chelsea and Liverpool this season, allowing me to believe he can do it against Manchester City as well.
Kevin De Bruyne – ($7,100) – Manchester City – De Bruyne has scored double digit fantasy points in each of his Premier League starts this season. Last weekend he continued his success with a 16 point performance including his fourth assist on the season. He has another good matchup against Aston Villa on Sunday who, as I mentioned before, have the second worst goal differential in the league.
Philippe Coutinho – ($6,500) – Liverpool – Coutinho continues to show flashes of brilliance and last weekend was one of those games. He scored two great goals against Chelsea in a 3-1 win and finished the game with 29 fantasy points. That was the first game he has scored a goal in since August 9th proving he is very inconsistent. Coutinho looks to be in great form after those two goals last weekend and expect him to continue to be one of the most influential players in attack for Liverpool on Sunday.
Erik Lamela – ($4,400) – Tottenham – Lamela’s breakout season has been up and down so far, but he has been great in back to back games for Spurs. He has earned 14+ points in two straight games and has a goal and an assist over that span. Tottenham have a very difficult matchup against Arsenal and Petr Cech, but as mentioned before, Hector Bellerin will be out for Arsenal. If Lamela can get established out wide for Tottenham, he may be able to create plenty of chances against Debuchy or Chambers.
Yohan Cabaye – ($5,100) – Crystal Palace – Cabaye will be a strong value play moving forward due to his threat on set pieces for Crystal Palace. He has scored 10+ points in all but one game since August 16th. He has three goals and an assist over his last five games and has averaged nearly five crosses per game over that span. Cabaye should see plenty of the ball on Sunday and if he is given enough chances, he could be a steal for fantasy lineups.
Christian Benteke – ($6,500) – Liverpool – Benteke finally looks to be healthy after his recent injury spell. His three goals in four games is very encouraging for all Liverpool fans. He has earned 13+ points in each of those games he has scored in and also picked up an assist last weekend against Chelsea. Benteke should get even better as the season progresses with Coutinho, Sturridge, and Firmino all working to build chemistry. Crystal Palace have given up four goals over the last three games and Benteke should have plenty of chances to add to his tally on Sunday.
Harry Kane – ($7,200) – Tottenham – Remember when everyone was worried about Harry Kane and considering him a one hit wonder? He has now scored four goals over his last two games, and five goals over his last five games. Kane looks to be finding his form at the right time as Tottenham go into a North London Derby against Arsenal on Sunday. Even with his struggles to score early in the season, he has put up decent fantasy numbers, being ranked sixth in the league in shots per game. Expect Kane to put the pressure on the Arsenal defense for much of the game and given his form he should be expect to capitalize on his chances.
Wilfried Bony – ($5,500) – Manchester City – Over the last two starts for Bony, he has accumulated 16 shots and scored one goals for Manchester City. He continues to be a formidable replacement for the injured Sergio Aguero and I wouldn’t expect anything different against Aston Villa on Sunday. Bony is still very cheap for the potential amount of points he can put up leading the Manchester City attack. He should be considered in most lineups, even with plenty of other great attacking options in Sunday’s slate of games.
Olivier Giroud – ($6,300) – Arsenal – With Walcott out for the next couple weeks, Giroud will look to continue his recent dominance in the Premier League. Giroud has scored in six of his last seven appearances, including a goal in five straight games. His movement off the ball has been spectacular, giving creators like Mesut Ozil and Santi Cazorla the ability to find him in very good positions in front of goal. Arsenal have scored 11 goals over their last four games and I don’t expect Tottenham to stop them from scoring on Sunday.