After another successful (depending on who your team is) international break, the Premier League returns with eight games on Saturday. 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.
Petr Cech – ($5,300) – Arsenal – Cech has been outstanding since his shaky start in an Arsenal uniform and is a top play once again this weekend. Arsenal face a Watford team that have only scored one goal over their last two games. Cech has made five saves in each of his last three starts and a clean sheet is a high possibility.
Joe Hart – ($5,700) – Manchester City – After back to back negative point performances, Hart bounced back with a win against Newcastle last weekend. The defense might be shorthanded with Aleksandar Kolarov questionable with an injury, but Hart has been spectacular so far this season, as have the Manchester City defenders and there is no reason to think that will change on Saturday against Bournemouth.
Boaz Myhill – ($4,800) – West Brom – Myhill had a strong game last weekend even though he gave up two goals at Crystal Palace. He made six saves and earned eight points on DraftKings and now has a great matchup against Sunderland on Saturday. Sunderland have been held scoreless in three of their last four matches and West Brom’s defense is solid enough to hold them scoreless once again.
Seamus Coleman – ($5,500) – Everton – Coleman looks to finally be healthy after dealing with injuries early in the season. He will go right back into the starting lineup for Everton and provide the always dangerous overlapping runs that have been missing with him and Leighton Baines on the sideline. Manchester United will be a difficult matchup to return too, but they were demolished by Arsenal last weekend and will be relying heavily on youngster, Anthony Material, with the struggles of Wayne Rooney.
Hector Bellerin – ($5,000) – Arsenal – Speaking of Arsenal, Bellerin was one of those players who had a very good game against Manchester United last time out. He earned nine points on only two crosses, but was outstanding in defense. The volume of crosses for Bellerin are directly correlated with Olivier Giroud being in the game, so monitor Arsenal’s starting lineup if you are looking for volume over potential.
Ryan Bertrand – ($3,700) – Southampton – Bertrand has now played 90 minutes in two straight games since returning from injury and will be another solid play on Saturday. Leicester City play a very open and attacking style, meaning Bertrand will have plenty of opportunities to push forward in attack. Southampton have been very inconsistent in defense at home this season, but the attacking potential for Bertrand makes him a great option.
DeAndre Yedlin – ($2,900) – Sunderland – Yedlin made his first Premier League start two weeks ago in a 2-2 draw to West Ham United. He was very conservative when joining the attack, but he gets a break given it was his first start in defense. If Yedlin is given another start, expect him to be more involved in the attack.
Mesut Ozil – ($8,600) – Arsenal – Ozil scored his first goal of the season in Arsenal’s huge 3-1 win over Manchester United two weekends ago. He also picked up another assist and was Arsenal’s best player on the field. The often criticized Ozil continues to prove people wrong in many different ways, and the criticism he receives tends to be a bit harsh. Expect Ozil to once again be the focal point of Arsenal’s attack on Saturday.
Dimitri Payet – ($9,100) – West Ham United – Payet continues to take the Premier League by storm, scoring his fourth goal of the season against Sunderland last start. He also added two shots and 10 crosses, giving him 25+ points for the third time this season. As long as Payet is in the starting lineup, he is currently one of the best plays week in and week out.
Kevin De Bruyne – ($8,000) – Manchester City – De Bruyne’s price still remains lower than his value, especially after his goal and two assist performance last match against Newcastle United. He now has a goal in three of his last four games and has been one of Man City’s best players since joining the team. With Sergio Aguero likely out with an injury, they will need to find goals from elsewhere and De Bruyne is a strong candidate.
Willian – ($6,100) – Chelsea – Willian once again had a very impactful performance, scoring a goal in his fourth straight appearance. Unfortunately he has only played a full 90 minutes in one of those four games, but expect him to be in the starting lineup on Saturday given his spectacular form. Aston Villa are one of the worst teams in the league and Chelsea must get back on track.
Jamie Vardy – ($9,500) – Leicester City – Vardy has been on fire as of late, scoring goals in five straight games. He now has seven goals on the season and will look to continue his outstanding campaign on Saturday against Southampton. Southampton are a very strong team offensively, but they are still trying to work out some problems in defense and have given up four goals over their last three games. Vardy will get his chances on Saturday and expect him to capitalize on those chances given his current form.
Alexis Sanchez – ($11,600) – Arsenal – There are some questions as to if Sanchez will be available on Saturday after the amount of minutes he played during the international break, but if he is starting then he is a great play. Sanchez has scored five goals in his last two Premier League starts, scoring a total of 73 points over that span. He is arguably the most dangerous man in the Premier League and Watford will not be looking forward to facing him on Saturday.
Wilfried Bony – ($6,500) – Manchester City – With Aguero picking up an injury that will likely keep him out for a month, Bony will look to finally stake his claim to that Manchester City attack. He has yet to score in minimal appearances this season, but with the creative talent around him and goal scoring record Bony has in the past, he is a fantastic value option against Bournemouth on Saturday.
Theo Walcott – ($8,200) – Arsenal – Walcott continues to prove doubters wrong as he looks like the striker Arsenal have been searching for since Robin Van Persie left the team. He recorded two more assists against Manchester United two weeks ago, and has scored double digit points in five of his last six appearances. Theo should get a look in plenty lineups on Saturday, but Giroud did score for France over the international break, making sure Arsene Wenger and Arsenal fans don’t forget about him.