Sunday’s EPL slate includes four games, one of which is the all important Manchester Derby. Although it is still early in the season, this game could shape the title race moving forward. 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.
Hugo Lloris – ($5,200) – Tottenham – Lloris earned his fourth clean sheet of the season last weekend against Liverpool as he now has earned 10+ points in five of his last six starts. He will travel to Bournemouth in hopes to continue his good run of form against one of the worst teams in the league. Bournemouth have only scored three goals in their last three games and will continue to struggle scoring with Callum Wilson out for the season. Lloris suffered a tough loss midweek to Anderlecht, but has a great chance to bounce back on Sunday.
Simon Mignolet – ($4,600) – Liverpool – Similar to Lloris, Mignolet also earned his fourth clean sheet of the season in a scoreless draw to Tottenham last weekend. Two of his three wins on the season have been at home and Mignolet will have another chance against Southampton on Sunday. Southampton do have a good attack, but Mignolet should be up for the test and expect him to put in a good shift on Sunday.
Rob Elliot – ($4,500) – Newcastle United – Elliot earned his first start of the season last weekend against Norwich City filling in for injured Tim Krul. Newcastle United’s attack came out of nowhere to score six goals and help Elliot earn his first win of the season. He now has a great matchup against Sunderland who have been held scoreless four times already this season. Elliot should be considered in most lineups given his low price and great matchup.
Alberto Moreno – ($5,000) – Liverpool – Moreno has been used as a midfielder for much of the season, but it will be interesting to see how Jurgen Klopp uses him moving forward. Midweek Moreno was used as the left-back against Rubin Kazan, but more importantly he was still in the starting lineup. He has a good matchup against a Southampton team that tends to play very open with their very attack-minded fullbacks. Moreno has earned double digit points in three of his last four starts and will look to expose the Southampton fullbacks on Sunday.
Danny Rose – ($4,200) – Tottenham – Rose was left on the bench midweek in their loss to Anderlecht, but should be well rested for Sunday’s game against Bournemouth. Since returning from his injury, Rose has earned 12 points in two straight games. Over that span he has played a total of nine crosses and looks very good in both defense and in attack. Expect Rose to get plenty of chances to move up and down the left side of the pitch against Bournemouth on Sunday, and with a good chance of a clean sheet, Rose is a solid defensive option.
Massadio Haidara – ($3,500) – Newcastle United – Haidara is still recovering from his knee injury, but was able to play 20 minutes in a substitute appearance last weekend against Norwich City. He should be able to return to the starting lineup this Sunday against Sunderland and he will be excited to join a team that scored six goals just last weekend. As mentioned before, he should also get a defensive boost as Sunderland have been held to a clean sheet four times already in this early season. Although inconsistent, Haidara has shown the tendency to play crosses into the box and expect him and his fullback partner, Daryl Janmaat ($4,200) to have solid games on Sunday.
DeAndre Yedlin – ($3,100) – Sunderland – Although this may be bias, Yedlin is once again a value this week as he earned his second straight start for Sunderland last weekend. All USMNT fans will know that he can be very dangerous in attack, but Sunderland fans haven’t seen much of it in his first two starts. It’s only a matter of time until he gets more comfortable playing the fullback position in the Premier League and given his very low price, expect him to be used as a flier for some fantasy lineups on Sunday.
Kevin De Bruyne – ($9,000) – Manchester City – De Bruyne is coming off a midweek game where he scored a late winner to push Manchester City past Sevilla in the Champions League. De Bruyne has always been known for his creativity, but his knack for goals has been a pleasant surprise so far for Manchester City. He now has four goals in all competitions this season and with Aguero and David Silva still out with injuries, De Bruyne will be relied on more heavily to carry this potent attacking side that has 11 goals over their last two Premier League games.
Christian Eriksen – ($8,400) – Tottenham – Eriksen has been up and down this season, but did score a brace just before the international break against Swansea City. He also scored a goal midweek in a Europa League loss and has a great matchup on Sunday to continue his recent success. Bournemouth have given up eight goals over their last three games and have struggled to score goals as of late. Expect Eriksen to be the key piece in the Tottenham attack on Sunday and he should be able to make an impact at some point throughout the match.
Matthew Ritchie – ($5,500) – Bournemouth – Since scoring a wonder volley over a month ago, Ritchie finally is starting to look like the player that helped lead Bournemouth to promotion last season. Ritchie has made 19 crosses over his last two games and has earned 12+ points in three of his last four games. Bournemouth are at home where they have earned five of their eight points on the season, so expect Ritchie to play a big part once again in the Bournemouth attack.
Georginio Wijnaldum – ($6,200) – Newcastle United – Wijnaldum was a strong value option going into last week, but nobody expect what happened next. He scored four goals on five shots and earned a ridiculous 52 fantasy points. Wijnaldum now has five goals over his last three games, and has scored 12+ in each of those starts. Although we don’t expect Wijnaldum to score four goals again, he will still be a great value play against Sunderland who have the worst goal differential in the league so far this season.
Sadio Mane – ($9,400) – Southampton – Mane has been very good so far this season, leading the Southampton attack as one of the most dangerous in the Premier League. He has earned 15+ points in four of his last six starts and will have a chance to capitalize on a Liverpool defense that struggled at times against Rubin Kazan in a midweek Europa League clash. Expect Mane to be the central figure in anything Southampton do in attack on Sunday.
Harry Kane – ($9,900) – Tottenham – Kane continues to struggle on the season, scoring only one goal for Tottenham this year. Kane’s statistics suggest that he will break out of his slump at some point. Although he has only scored one goal, he is sixth in the league in shots per game and is still receiving a similar amount of chances per game as last season. The only problem is that this season he isn’t converting those chances at the same rate as last season. If there was ever a week for that to change, this week would be it against a Bournemouth team that gave up five goals last weekend.
Wilfried Bony – ($7,200) – Manchester City – Bony will once again be given the opportunity to start up front for Manchester City as he earned his place last weekend against Bournemouth. Bony scored two goals and added an assist in route to a 39 point fantasy performance. Given his low price and the high powered attack of Manchester City that has scored 11 goals over their last two games, Bony is expected to have very high ownership on Sunday.
Ayoze Perez – ($6,600) – Newcastle United – Perez has been up and down this season as well, but looks to have solidified himself into the starting eleven for Newcastle after scoring two goals and recording two assists over his last three games. As mentioned before, Sunderland have the worst goal differential in the league and expect Perez to keep his place in the squad and continue to build on his increasingly good season.