EPL Targets: April 15th

We’re getting very close to the end of the season, and there’s plenty of business to be decided at both ends. This weekend’s main slate includes six games and this article goes through my top picks at every position.


GOALKEEPER

STUDS

Joel Robles – ($5,900) – Everton – The Toffees have another favourable home game this week as opponents Burnley have not won away from home all season. Robles may have only scored five points last week, but in the three home games before that he achieved double figures. I expect the Spanish stopper to hit above 10pts again this weekend.

Lee Grant – ($5,400) – Stoke City – Mark Hughes’ team may well be on a rotten run of their own, but Hull are yet to win away under Marco Silva, and the Potters should have enough to overcome the Tigers. Grant averages 3.3 saves per game this season and has kept six clean sheets in 14 home games and clean sheet number seven looks a distinct possibility this weekend.

VALUES

Jordan Pickford – ($4,400) – Sunderland – Pickford is the one player aboard the Sunderland sinking ship who has kept his performance levels up all season. Over the last three games, all of which have been defeats, Pickford has averaged 7.0 saves per game and 10.75 FPPG. He keeps up those save numbers and Pickford is good value at this price, especially against a West Ham side that has struggled in recent times.


DEFENDER

STUDS

Jose Holebas – ($5,200) – Watford – Holebas put in a third consecutive good fantasy performance in the 4-0 loss at Spurs, scoring nine fantasy points to keep his average at 13.6 FPPG over that trio of games. The Greek full back takes his fair share of free kicks for the Hornets and contributes good numbers in the cross and tackle columns. Where Holebas truly excels is the cross column, where his 142 crosses is bettered only by James Milner. In a home game against lowly Swansea, he can have plenty of joy.

Cedric Soares – ($4,700) – Southampton – Soares is a consistent point scorer, and his average of 9.3 FPPG has been very steady across the season. Over the last three games since the international break, the Portuguese has 11 FPPG and a large chunk of those points come from crosses, a category where he is fourth among all defenders with a total of 113 crosses. He also averages 3.0 tackles per game and should be busy enough against Man City to put up a good total.

VALUES

Andrew Robertson – ($4,000) – Hull City – Robertson has been quietly putting in solid performances for the Tigers, and over the last three games has 11.3 FPPG. He’s another player who loves to cross and generally enjoys getting forward all game long. That’s reflected in the fact he has a goal and an assist over the course of the last three games and 3.5 crosses per game. A visit to Stoke could see him put up another decent total.


MIDFIELDER

STUDS

Gylfi Sigurdsson – ($10,200) – Swansea – The collective confidence of Swansea has been rocked by two consecutive defeats, the first of which against Spurs could cause long lasting damage. Sigurdsson has still managed to average 8.5 FPPG over those fixtures and has 15.8 FPPG across the entire season. Sigurdsson also has eight goals and 11 assists, and averages 3.1 shots and 7.6 crosses per game. With numbers that are this strong, it’s tough to go against Sigurdsson this week.

Wilfried Zaha – ($7,900) – Crystal Palace – Zaha’s glittering season continued Monday night against Arsenal, the Ivory Coast international getting two assists in the 3-0 victory. It took his total to nine assists for the season, and it was also the fifth consecutive game where he has scored over 10 fantasy points. In fact, across that run of games he has 16.6 FPPG and is likely to have too much for Leicester to cope with.

VALUES

Xherdan Shaqiri – ($6,500) – Stoke City – Shaqiri finally made his return from injury last time out and put in the kind of performance we used to expect from him every week. The Swiss midfielder provided the assist for Stoke’s only goal but also put in 10 crosses on his way to 19 fantasy points. He’ll likely be a popular pick, but there’s good reason for that as Shaqiri could put up similar numbers against a Hull side that doesn’t travel well.


FORWARD

STUDS

Romelu Lukaku – ($10,600) – Everton – Fresh off being nominated for the PFA Player of the Year gong, Lukaku has scored in eight consecutive home games in all competitions, and in his last 10 games in the Premier League has amassed 11 goals and two assists. It’s bumped his average up to 15 FPPG and I think that’s the least to expect of the Belgian against Burnley this weekend.

Sergio Aguero – ($10,100) – Man City – Southampton have struggled to keep clean sheets since Virgil van Dijk went down injured, and Agüero can take advantage of that. The Argentinean striker has scored in three consecutive games for City. He also leads the way with 4.3 shots per game and almost always scores over 10pts.

VALUES

M’Baye Niang – ($6,000) – Watford – The Italian international showed flashes of his ability against Spurs and 5.8pts in a heavy defeat is a tidy return. In the game before that, Niang played a part in both Watford goals to score 21 fantasy points, and he is up against the league’s worst back line this time around.