After a weekend off with the international break, we return with a seven game EPL slate on Saturday. There are some great matchups including Chelsea vs. Everton and Liverpool vs. Manchester City. 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 – ($5,500) – Arsenal – Cech is coming off his third straight double digit game and his second clean sheet in a row after a win against Newcastle United. He now faces Stoke City who have gone without a goal in two games so far this season and allowed Boaz Myhill to earn 18 points in their last match. Cech is a much better goalkeeper than Myhill and I expect him to put up big numbers this Saturday.
Joe Hart – ($5,400) – Manchester City – Joe Hart is still yet to see the ball in the back of his net, recording his fourth straight clean sheet to start the season last time out. He now faces Crystal Palace who have scored eight goals already this season, but will have a very difficult matchup this Saturday. Recently signed, Nicolas Otamendi, may not be ready to start, but when he does it will only make things easier on the Man City goalkeeper.
Jack Butland – ($4,000) – Stoke City – Butland has been fairly good so far this season, giving up one goal or less in three out of his four starts. He now faces a very dangerous Arsenal team, but they are in the middle of an offensive struggle. Their leading scorer is “own goal” and striker, Olivier Giroud, is out of form, making Butland a great value play. Goalkeepers against Arsenal this season have scored double digit points in three of the four games, meaning Butland has a great chance to do the same.
Aleksandar Kolarov – ($6,700) – Manchester City – Kolarov once again scored double digit points and is averaging 16.6 points per week. At this point it really doesn’t matter who Manchester City plays, Kolarov is the best defender available and if you can fit him in your lineup with his high price, then you should do so.
Cedric – ($4,900) – Southampton – Cedric continues to look impressive in attack from his right back position so far this season. He has scored double digit points in back to back games and had eight crosses in each of those games. He now faces West Brom who have shown they are tough to beat this season. If Cedric can get forward as he usually does, and play a full 90 minutes, he should be a strong play this Saturday.
Allan Nyom – ($3,500) – Watford – Nyom had a very difficult game last match due to the fact that he was in charge of defending the dangerous Manchester City attack. He did earn 15+ points in the two games before Manchester City and was very impressive in his ability to send crosses into the box. Nyom should be able to get forward more freely against Swansea City and the absence of Jefferson Montero should help even more.
Bacary Sagna – ($4,100) – Manchester City – Sagna has scored double digit points in two straight games and looks to continue to be the favorite at the right back position as of now. He earned an assist against Watford last match and will look to add to his season total against Crystal Palace on Saturday. As usual, I expect Manchester City to be on attack much of the game and Sagna will have plenty of chances to get crosses into the box similar to the last two matches.
Dusan Tadic – ($9,300) – Southampton – We have been waiting and expecting a breakout performance from Tadic all year and we finally saw it against Norwich City two weeks ago. Tadic scored two goals and earned 36 fantasy points as he likely cemented himself back into the starting lineup for Southampton. He will face a West Brom team that has given up three goals twice already this season, meaning Tadic, Sadio Mane, and Graziano Pelle will all have great chances to put up big fantasy points.
Mesut Ozil – ($8,300) – Arsenal The Arsenal attack has been very inconsistent and virtually non-existent so far this season, but Ozil has been very influential in everything they do in attack. He played for Germany during the international break, showing he has overcome the minor knee injury that kept him out of the Newcastle game. Stoke are very good defensively, but if Arsenal are going to break them down, Ozil will likely be a part of it.
Xherdan Shaqiri – ($5,200) – Stoke City – Shaqiri made his second appearance for Stoke City right before the international break, but was only able to play just over 60 minutes. Shaqiri will be needed to play a strong game against Arsenal as his strength and pace could be an asset on the counter attack. At his price and with the early season struggles of Arsenal, Shaqiri will be a great value play on Saturday.
Bakary Sako – ($5,500) – Crystal Palace – Sako made only two starts this season, but in those starts he has two goals and an assist. He has scored 26+ fantasy points in both games and has been outstanding so far. His size, strength, and speed make him a threat at any time and his play has earned him consideration in all fantasy formats. Crystal Palace will be playing Manchester City on Saturday, but Sako proved that level of competition really doesn’t matter after his 28 point performance against Chelsea.
Bafetimbi Gomis – ($8,000) – Swansea City – Gomis has scored in all four games this season and it’s a wonder why he still is only $8,000 this Saturday. Watford has given up only four goals this season, two of which were against Manchester City, but Gomis and the Swansea attack continues to impress. They have scored two goals in three of the four games so far this season and I expect multiple goals on Saturday for Gomis and company.
Alexis Sanchez – ($10,400) – Arsenal – Sanchez returned to full strength and has earned double digit points in three straight games. That is pretty impressive for a guy who has yet to score a goal or record an assist all season. Stoke City has given up at least one goal in every game this season and the Arsenal attack will rely heavily on Alexis Sanchez as they try to break out of their early season slump.
Pedro – ($7,500) – Chelsea – Pedro continued his dominant start to his Chelsea career against Crystal Palace, recording his second assist of the early season. They will now face an Everton team that has been very inconsistent so far this season, but hope to solidify their defense with John Stones staying for now. Pedro has been very influential and creative so far in his time with Chelsea and I expect no different on Saturday.
Jose Rondon – ($5,000) – West Brom – Rondon scored his first Premier League goal against Stoke City last time out. He now has a goal and an assist in the two games he has started for West Brom so far this season. With the Saido Berahino drama still pending, Rondon will continue to be relied on to provide much of the attacking threat.