The EPL returns after two very exciting Champions League slates midweek. 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.
Petr Cech – ($5,400) – Arsenal – Cech continues to put up very impressive numbers, earning 10+ points in eight of his last nine starts. He also has earned three straight clean sheets and has a decent matchup at home against Everton on Saturday. Everton have only one goal in their last two matches and are coming off a bad loss to Manchester United.
Jack Butland – ($5,100) – Stoke City – Butland and Stoke City are in very good form right now, winning three straight games (14+ points in each) including back to back clean sheets. What has been even more impressive is that both of those performances were away from home. Stoke City will now return home against a Watford team that has only one goal over their last three games. Butland may not be the biggest name to play this week, but he may be the best option on Saturday.
Lukasz Fabianski – ($4,800) – Swansea City – Fabianski has been very inconsistant this season, but he has a great matchup on Sunday against Aston Villa. Aston Villa have been held scoreless five times already this season and have only scored two goals in their four home games. Fabianski may not be the most popular play week to week, but he has a great matchup on Saturday and should be considered if you need a lower priced goalkeeper.
Carl Jenkinson – ($4,500) – West Ham United – Jenkinson has scored a goal in two straight games for West Ham United, earning 17+ points in back to back games. Although the chances he scores in a third straight are very low, what that does indicate is his willingness and ability to get forward in attack. He also added six crosses over those two games and looks to be one of the better fullbacks in the Premier League this season. Although this may be a tough matchup on Saturday, Jenkinson is still a viable option this weekend given his ability to join the counterattack, which West Ham will need to utilize in order to beat Chelsea.
Hector Bellerin – ($5,000) – Arsenal – Speaking of good fullbacks in the Premier League, Bellerin may have already established himself as one of the best with his very impressive start to the season. Bellerin has earned assists in two straight games, including an assist on the late goal to capitalize a much needed win over Bayern Munich midweek. Bellerin’s pace is well documented, but his decision making has been the most impressive part of his game so far this season. With Leighton Baines still out for Everton, expect Bellerin and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to run up and down the left side of the Everton defense.
Martin Olsson – ($3,000) – Norwich City – Olsson has been an asset to the Norwich City defense since joining the starting lineup about a month ago. In his last start, Olsson made eight crosses and recorded two assisted against Newcastle United. His starting spot may not be guaranteed as of yet, but his last performance is a good indication that Olsson should get some more opportunities in the near future.
Alan Hutton – ($3,800) – Aston Villa – Hutton has been spectacular so far this season, averaging just over six crosses a game from his fullback position. He would likely be putting up better numbers if Aston Villa’s attackers were more clinical in front of goal, but his consistent crossing numbers are very promising. He is one of the better value defenders on Saturday priced under $4,000.
Mesut Ozil – ($8,700) – Arsenal – Ozil continued his outstanding form midweek, scoring a late goal against Bayern Munich. Over the last three games he has scored two goals and has three assists, recording 16+ fantasy points in each game. The status of Alexis Sanchez on Saturday is in question due to fitness, but either way Ozil will be a solid option once again in what is finally shaping into a very dangerous Arsenal attack.
Dimitri Payet – ($9,300) – West Ham United – Payet is a player who makes this list strictly based on his current form. He has now recorded a goal or an assist in five straight games, tallying four goals and two assists over that span. Chelsea have given up the fourth most goals in the Premier League this season, and West Ham have scored the second most. Although this looks like a bad matchup for Payet on paper, he should have plenty of chances to continue his great run of form on Saturday against a very inconsistent Chelsea defense.
Nathan Redmond – ($6,200) – Norwich City – Redmond was given another start last weekend, and once again proved that he should be in that starting lineup every week. He scored his fourth goal of the season on five shots, earning an impressive 21 points in a loss to Newcastle United. As long as Redmond is in the starting lineup, he should be considered in most lineups given his low price.
Jefferson Montero – ($6,600) – Swansea City – There are plenty of other value plays in the midfield on Saturday including Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Willian, and Xherdan Shaqiri, but I chose Montero because of his consistency. He once again earned double digit points last weekend, largely due to his 11 crosses against Stoke City. He now has a great matchup against Aston Villa, who has given up six goals over their last three games. Swansea City’s three headed monster in attack will likely have plenty of chances in front of goal, but Montero is almost a guarantee to earn 10+ with his ability to get past defenders and play in crosses.
Jamie Vardy – ($9,800) – Leicester City – Vardy is a man possessed right now, scoring goals in six straight games, including a brace in two of them. He has earned 20+ points in three straight games and has a great matchup to continue his form on Saturday. Crystal Palace gave up three goals to West Ham last weekend and are dealing with plenty of injuries in defense. Leicester City have scored 10 goals in their four home games this season and expect them to improve on that impressive statistic on Saturday.
Theo Walcott – ($8,400) – Arsenal – Walcott gets the nod over Alexis Sanchez strictly due to the rumors that Sanchez may be rested on Saturday due to the insane amount of minutes he has played over the past few months. Although Sanchez has been the star, Walcott continues to improve every match as he continues to learn and adjust to the central striker role. He has earned 12+ points in four of his last five starts, but continues to be subbed off late for Olivier Giroud. If Sanchez is rested, there is a possibility that Giroud and Walcott start up front together, meaning Walcott will likely play the full 90 minutes and have plenty of chances against the Everton defense.
Saido Berahino – ($6,900) – West Brom – Berahino has now scored three goals over his last four games, and looks to be settling right back in at West Brom after his deadline day controversy. He has earned 15 points in three of his last four games and now has a great matchup on Saturday against Norwich City. They are coming off a game where they conceded six goals to Newcastle United, and they have given up eight goals over their last two games. Berahino is still trying to build chemistry with Jose Rondon, but he still has been very effective and will provide a great value play for fantasy lineups on Saturday.
Dieumerci Mbokani – ($4,700) – Norwich City – Right before the international break, Mbokani scored as a late substitute against Leicester City, which earned him a start last weekend over Cameron Jerome. He rewarded his coach by scoring a goal in his second straight appearance and playing the full 90 minutes. I doubt he losses his place after his last two performances and with a decent matchup at home against West Brom, Mbokani should be considered given his very low price.