I will admit that I am one of those heartbroken Arsenal fans who are still trying to recover from yesterday’s debacle of a game. Luckily I can almost bet that whatever team you support, your day will be better than my Saturday was. 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.
Hugo Lloris – ($5,400) – Tottenham – Lloris has earned clean sheets in two straight games and will look for a third straight against Crystal Palace on Sunday. Crystal Palace were held without a goal for the first time this season against Manchester City last weekend. Lloris will hope to make it two in a row as the Spurs defense has looked very good over the last couple weeks.
David De Gea – ($5,300) – Manchester United – De Gea made his first start of the season against Liverpool last weekend and picked up his first win on the season. He gave up a late goal to Christian Benteke, but other than that he was very solid and only had to make two saves. He now will have to take on a Southampton team that has been shutout three times so far this year, and Manchester United hope to make it a fourth.
Alex McCarthy – ($4,200) – Crystal Palace – McCarthy is going into his third game in a row against a top tier team. He earned double digit points in both games against Chelsea and Manchester City, making over six saves in each of those games. He now faces Tottenham who have only scored four goals this season, and have been held without a goal twice.
Kyle Walker – ($4,500) – Tottenham – Walker has scored 9+ points in each of his last three games and will once again have a chance to use his pace to get forward. Walker also has recorded ten crosses over that same span of games, proving he is a threat in attack. Once Harry Kane finds his goal scoring boots and Heung-Min Son finds his role in the team, Walker should have plenty of chances to pick up assists.
Cedric – ($4,900) – Southampton – Cedric continues to show that he is always an attacking threat from his fullback position, but was unable to make an impact last weekend. That being said, he has 18 crosses in his last three matches and also recorded two shots. Manchester United has given up three goals in two games, and this could be a very open game leading to plenty of overlapping runs by Cedric.
Marcos Rojo – ($3,700) – Manchester United – Rojo looks to be the man who will be taking over at left back after Luke Shaw picked up a gruesome injury midweek and will miss the remainder of the season. Rojo will never be as effective as Shaw in attack, but with his low price and success of Manchester United, Rojo is worth a look in his fullback position.
Matt Targett – ($3,400) – Southampton – Targett joins his fullback partner on the list today, as Ryan Bertrand is still out with an injury. Targett has earned 7+ points in each of his last three games and recorded nine crosses over that time. As mentioned before, this game is setting up to be a very open game and expect Targett to get forward as often as possible.
Memphis – ($9,800) – Manchester United – Memphis still hasn’t recorded a goal or an assist in the Premier League, but he scored his third Champions League goal midweek. With three goals and two assists in the Champions League, he has shown that he does have that game changing ability that most expected when he was first signed. It’s only a matter of time until we see that in the Premier League as well.
Dusan Tadic – ($9,500) – Southampton – Tadic played another 90 minutes last weekend and recorded a ridiculous twelve crosses. He now has 28 crosses in his last three games and that is on top of the two goals he also scored. Tadic looks to be back inform and he will be relied on much more with Sadio Mane in doubt again with an injury on Sunday.
Ryan Mason – ($5,000) – Tottenham – Ryan Mason looks to have secured his spot in the Spurs starting lineup and he picked up his first goal of the season last weekend. Mason will never be known for his goal scoring, but he does have a wicked long shot in his repertoire. He has recorded 3+ shots and 3+ crosses in each of his last two starts and if you are looking for a cheaper option in midfield, Mason might be a guy to take a flyer on.
Bakary Sako – ($5,800) – Crystal Palace – The start to Sako’s Premier League campaign was well documented, as he scored 26+ fantasy points in his first two starts. Last weekend was the first time this season he was unable to impact the game, but that was largely due to the dominance of Manchester City. Expect Sako to get back to his dangerous ways against Tottenham on Sunday.
Christian Benteke – ($9,500) – Liverpool – Benteke scored his second goal of the season last weekend against Manchester United, but it was only a consolation goal in their 3-1 defeat. Norwich City has given up nine goals so far this season, and Benteke should be expected to lead the line once again for Liverpool. Expect Benteke to get plenty of chances in front of goal, but the midfield must provide him with quality service if Liverpool expect to win.
Graziano Pelle – ($9,100) – Southampton – Pelle is another player who has only scored twice this season and he will be expect to carry much of the goal scoring threat once again with Sadio Mane in doubt. Once Mane returns, Pelle will likely get many more chances as Mane is very good at creating chances for his teammates. With Rojo taking over for Luke Shaw at left back, Southampton may be able to take advantage of his inexperience and Pelle may benefit the most from his lack of playing time at fullback.
Anthony Martial – ($7,000) – Manchester United – Martial made his first Premier League appearance last weekend and immediately showed a flash of why he was signed for such a large fee. He scored a brilliant goal in the Liverpool match to seal the win for Manchester United. It will be interesting to see if Martial gets into the starting lineup with Wayne Rooney returning, but Martial made a pretty strong claim last weekend.
Heung-Min Son – ($6,000) – Tottenham – Son scored a brilliant brace midweek in the Europa League and should have secured his place in the starting eleven. Son is a threat whether he is at forward or in the midfield, and against Crystal Palace at home, expect Son to get his chances on goal. The link between Harry Kane and Son will be very important and interesting to see how it develops for Tottenham moving forward.