Although Sunday’s slate is only three games, they are three huge games in the grand scheme of things. Every team playing on Sunday are within four points of each other in the table. 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 – ($5,200) – Arsenal – Arsenal fans will be happy to see Cech back in the starting eleven on Sunday after David Ospina’s laughable performance midweek. Cech has earned 10+ points in all but two games this season and 19+ points in each of his last two home matches. The injury to Laurent Koscielny will be a huge blow to the back four, but Per Mertesacker and Gabriel are still viable options in front of Cech.
Lukasz Fabianski – ($4,500) – Swansea City – Fabianski hasn’t been able to replicate his performances from last season, but he has been very strong at home so far. Both of his wins this season have been at home, including a great performance against Manchester United. Tottenham are coming off a four goal game against Manchester City last weekend, but that was only the second time they scored two or more goals in a game this season.
David De Gea – ($4,500) – Manchester United – De Gea has been very good since re entering the starting eleven, and earned his first clean sheet of the season last weekend against Sunderland. He will have a very difficult match up away from home on Sunday against an Arsenal team coming off a five goal performance against Leicester City. De Gea is still one of the top keepers in the world and at his price he is still a great value play.
Alberto Moreno – ($4,900) – Liverpool – Since moving into a more midfield role for Liverpool, Moreno has provided outstanding value on DraftKings. Still considered a defender and valued at less than $5,000, he will once again be a top play on Sunday. He has recorded 17 crosses in his last two matches and added an assist two weeks ago.
Nacho Monreal – ($4,500) – Arsenal – Monreal proved last weekend why he has secured his place as the starting left back over Kieran Gibbs for Arsenal. He recorded two assists on his only two crosses of the game in a 5-2 win over Leicester City. Monreal has earned 7+ points in every home game this season and expect him to have new found confidence after his two assists last weekend.
Brandon Galloway – ($3,300) – Everton – Galloway has been a regular in the starting lineup since the injury to Leighton Baines. He has looked much more comfortable as of late, especially since earning an assist against Chelsea. Liverpool have looked more effective in attack since Daniel Sturridge returned from his injury, but Liverpool have only scored twice in three away games this season.
Neil Taylor – ($3,900) – Swansea City – Both Taylor and Kyle Naughton are strong plays on Sunday, but I chose Taylor because he is lower priced. Taylor looked very impressive in attack last weekend, making five crosses in a 3-1 defeat. Swansea City have only given up one goal in three games at home this season and scored four goals in those games.
Memphis – ($10,300) – Manchester United – Memphis scored his first Premier League goal last weekend and finally looks like he is hitting his stride in England. The arrival of Anthony Martial and return of Wayne Rooney will only help Memphis moving forward. Juan Mata has also been outstanding when it comes to creating chances for Memphis and others. Arsenal will be without Laurent Koscielny on Sunday and Memphis will try to use his pace to take advantage of Per Mertesacker.
Philippe Coutinho – ($8,300) – Liverpool – Coutinho recorded his first two assists of the season last weekend as he really is enjoying the return of Daniel Sturridge. Coutinho now has 10+ points in all but one of his appearances this season and has hit 17 shots over his last two games. Liverpool have scored four goals in their last two games and look like they are finally finding some chemistry with their new attacking players.
Erik Lamela – ($5,600) – Tottenham – Lamela has yet to live up to expectations since joining Tottenham from Roma last season, but he has shown flashes of what he can provide over the last two weeks. He has earned 10+ points in each of his last two starts, including a 25 point performance against Manchester City last weekend. He scored his first goal and earned his second assist on the season, looking like the creator they expected him to be when he signed. Expect him to retain his place in the starting eleven given the form he is currently showing.
Jefferson Montero – ($5,900) – Swansea City – Montero may forever be a value to me as he has the ability to change a game at any time. He didn’t start last weekend but he still is ranked fourth in crosses per game this season. Swansea City have scored four goals in their three home games this season and as long as Montero is starting, he will be a great value play.
Alexis Sanchez – ($11,200) – Alexis Sanchez – Sanchez finally scored a goal last weekend against Leicester City, but he didn’t stop there. He finished the game with a hat trick and a ridiculous 43 points on DraftKings. He also picked up a goal and an assist midweek in a horrible Champions League loss to Olympiacos. Sanchez looks to be back in form and should be a great play this Sunday at home against Manchester United.
Romelu Lukaku – ($9,700) – Everton – Similar to Sanchez, Lukaku finally ended a four game goalless streak last weekend with a brace in a win against West Brom. He also picked up an assist and finished with 31 points on DraftKings. With Everton at home against a shaky Liverpool defense, Lukaku will be another great option at forward.
Daniel Sturridge – ($7,800) – Liverpool – Sturridge made his second start of the season, and looks like he is already back. He scored a brace in Liverpool’s win over Aston Villa and should be a must start especially with Christian Benteke still out with an injury. Sturridge will likely receive rest at time throughout the season in hopes to keep him healthy, but expect him to be right in the thick of the action on Sunday against Everton.
Theo Walcott – ($7,900) – Arsenal – Walcott scored a goal and recorded eight shots against Leicester City last weekend. He also scored a goal midweek and has earned 24 fantasy points in each of his last two games. He has looked much more threatening than Olivier Giroud as Arsenal’s striker this season and expect him to continue to start moving forward.