EPL Targets: April 29th

The Premier League season is winding down, but there’s still plenty to play for as teams jostle for positioning in the EPL table. Let’s break down the top targets at each position for Saturday’s five game slate.

Goalkeeper

Fraser Forster – $5,500 – Southampton – Forster is the biggest home favorite on the slate and is facing a motivated Hull City team that are in the midst of a relegation battle. The opportunity for saves will be there, and with relatively low pricing at every position we can pay up for the goalkeeper of choice on this slate. 

Jordan Pickford – $4,600 – Sunderland – There are no clear cut options in net on Saturday in my opinion, so I’m fine with taking a risk with the cheapest home goalkeeper on the board. Bournemouth have been held scoreless in two of their last three road fixtures and present Pickford with an opportunity to register his fourth clean sheet of the season.

Others to Consider – Wayne Hennessey (Crystal Palace; $5,400), Jack Butland (Stoke City; $5,100), Artur Boruc (Bournemouth; $4,900)


Defender

Cedric Soares – $5,600 – Southampton – Soares is the most expensive defender on the board, but with only five games to choose from and no high dollar “must-plays,” working him into lineup builds should not be a problem on this slate. He’s consistently hitting near double digits, averaging 9.1 fantasy points per game (FPPG) on the season. A home game against Hull City could see Soares turn up with his third assist in five games.

Javier Manquillo – $3,300 – Sunderland – Without any clear cut defenders jumping off the board, Manquillo emerges as a bargain bin grab with decent upside. The left back has registered five or more points in three straight games since filling in for Bryan Oviedo, including a four-cross, seven point effort in his last home outing.

Others to Consider – Ryan Bertrand (Southampton; $5,000), Erik Pieters (Stoke City; $4,900), Matthew Lowton (Burnley; $3,800)


Midfielder

Xherdan Shaqiri – $8,500 – Stoke City – Shaqiri’s price has seen a significant increase over the last three weeks, checking in as the second highest priced midfielder on Saturday’s slate. Over that span, he’s justified that price bump with an average of 16 FPPG across three games. With a lack of standout options on the slate, paying up for Shaqiri provides a relatively safe cash game floor with big GPP upside.

Wahbi Khazri – $5,100 – Sunderland – Khazri earned another start in Wednesday’s 1-0 loss at Middlesbrough, producing 10 fantasy points before exiting in the 77th minute. He has a combined six shots, 16 crosses and 34 points since reentering the starting lineup two games ago. If he’s back in the XI against Bournemouth, Khazri is that cheap midfielder that helps free up funds to spend elsewhere. 

Others to Consider – Andros Townsend (Crystal Palace; $9,000), Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth; $7,300), Kamil Grosicki (Hull City; $7,100)


Forwards

Manolo Gabbiadini – $8,500 – Southampton – Prior to suffering a groin injury in March, Gabbiadini was on a scoring rampage – scoring six goals in four games upon making his Southampton debut. He recently returned to action and looks to be back to full match fitness after going 86 minutes at Chelsea on Tuesday. While he came up empty handed in that one, a home game against Hull City looks like the ticket for Gabbiadini to make his mark on the scoresheet again

Jermain Defoe – $6,500 – Sunderland – Defoe hasn’t scored since early February but continues to be a serviceable play at Forward on DraftKings. He’s rattled off 17 shots over his last four games and has gone for seven or more points in three of those. With relegation looming and only pride to play for, Defoe will look to finish the season on a high note with more goals to his name.

Others to Consider – Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace; $8,800), Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City; $8,100), Joshua King (Bournemouth; $8,000)


Utility Appeal

Robbie Brady – $6,400 – Burnley – He has no goals or assists to his name since February, but Brady continues to produce fantasy points regardless. He’s been a crossing machine over the last three games, whipping in 29 crosses and accumulating 45 DK points over that span.

 


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