EPL Targets: December 14th

After what ended up being an exciting night of action in the Premier League, the remaining eight fixtures take place tonight. The following article goes through each position and picks out the best players to put in your DraftKings line-ups.


GOALKEEPER

STUDS

Hugo Lloris – ($6,000) – Tottenham Hotspur – Lloris had a rare busy day between the sticks last Sunday as he made four saves in Spurs’ 1-0 defeat to Manchester United. He’ll be back to his quiet best this midweek when Hull City, with one of the league’s worst attacks, visit North London. A win and clean sheet is a cast-iron certainty.

Thibaut Courtois – ($5,800) – Chelsea – At a $200 discount from Lloris comes the goalkeeper with the most clean sheets so far this season. Courtois’ eight clean sheets have almost all come on Chelsea’s imperious nine-game winning run and the latest was on Sunday against West Brom. Sunderland await Chelsea on Wednesday and the Premier League’s bottom team aren’t about to upset the odds and end that winning run. Courtois will bring you a win, a clean sheet and maybe a save or two.

VALUES

Darren Randolph – ($5,300) – West Ham – The Hammers’ defensive problems have been well documented this season and the performance Randolph put in against Liverpool, where he conceded twice, will not fill potential owners with confidence. Look past that and you’ll noticed that Randolph is averaging 5.5 saves per game in his four starts since being installed as number one. Burnley are the worst travellers in the Premier League and that should be enough for Randolph to get his first win and first clean sheet of the season.

Lee Grant – ($4,600) – Stoke City – The Potters have been hit with a barrage of injuries this season and certain players have stepped into the breach. The best of those is Lee Grant. The back-up ‘keeper has four clean sheets in 10 appearances for Stoke and averages a healthy three saves per game. He has only conceded eight times, three of those coming last time out against Arsenal. Next up is a Southampton attack that has been significantly blunted by an injury to talisman Charlie Austin. Saints have also won just one away game all season.


DEFENDER

STUDS

James Milner – ($7,000) – Liverpool – Former England international Milner has been reinvented as a defender by Jurgen Klopp and produced another top-drawer fantasy performance last time with 13.25 fantasy points. That included 15 crosses, a category where he has 102 in total and ranks third in the Premier League. Milner also takes corners and penalties. Add in here that Liverpool visit a Boro side that has won only twice at home this season and it’s clear that Milner’s worth his big price once again.

Danny Rose/Kyle Walker – ($5,400/$5,300) – Tottenham Hotspur – Whilst manager Mauricio Pocchetino does enjoy to tinker with his full backs, one or both of these two should play given that Spurs don’t play Burnley until the Sunday following this. Rose has hit double digit points in his last three games for Spurs since returning from injury. Walker, on the other side, is as much a part of Spurs’ attacking play as Rose is and has 9.6 FPPG over his last three games. Hull will struggle to contain these two, just make sure they’re playing. If not, Kieran Trippier ($4,600) is the next best option.

VALUES

Allan Nyom – ($4,600) – West Brom – Nyom has been quietly making his presence felt in the Baggies defence as the first choice left back and has been hitting some decent point totals of late. The seven fantasy points he scored against Chelsea included five tackles won and his 2.5 tackles won per game is second only to Claudio Yacob among Baggies players. Factor in the poor opposition in Swansea City and you may even get a repeat of the Burnley game and see an Allan Nyom assist.

Ryan Bertrand – ($4,900) – Southampton – Bertrand was rested for the weekend win over Middlesbrough after playing 90 minutes against Hapoel Beer Sheva and will return here. In his last four appearances for Saints, Bertrand has scored an above average 9.5 FPPG and in his last two games he has 7.5 crosses per game. You can rely on Bertrand to hit the 10-point mark against Stoke and possibly go beyond that if they are chasing the game.


MIDFIELDER

STUDS

Christian Eriksen – ($8,900) – Tottenham Hotspur – An injury to Eden Hazard rules him out of Chelsea’s game at Sunderland and immediately elevates the fantasy value of Spurs’ Danish playmaker Eriksen. Well, in all honesty, he is here on his own merit following a string of impressive performances where he averages 28.25 FPPG over his last four appearances. Hull City’s defence is among the worst in the top flight and the way Eriksen links up with Harry Kane means a good return is almost guaranteed.

Dimitri Payet – ($8,800) – West Ham – Another player in the band of those who must try harder is West Ham’s French gem Payet. Last season he lit up Upton Park but save for a couple of flashes he has failed to do that this campaign at the London Stadium. Even so, his fantasy performances have been good enough for 16.2 FPPG and next up are a Burnley side that has won none and drawn just one of their away games this campaign.

VALUES

Jordan Henderson – ($5,800) – Liverpool – Henderson’s inclusion in this Targets article is a no brainer when you look at a run of form that shows he has hit double digit fantasy points in each of the last three games. In the first two games of that run he had an assist in each game before scoring 14 fantasy points in the 2-2 against West Ham and those points came despite him not getting a goal or an assist.

Yaya Toure – ($4,500) – Man City – Toure has started just two games in the Premier League this season and in both he has been heavily involved at the right end of the pitch. His brace against Crystal Palace came on a day where he scored 25 fantasy points and the midfielder followed that up by making enough of a nuisance of himself against Burnley to ensure Sergio Aguero scored. If there’s one player who is underpriced on this matchday then Toure is that man.


FORWARD

STUDS

Diego Costa – ($9,600) – Chelsea – Costa scored his 12th goal of the season on Sunday against West Brom and, even without Hazard in the team, he remains a huge threat against a defence as poor as Sunderland. The Spanish centre forward has also provided five assists this season and contributed to more goals than any other player except for Alexis Sanchez (both 17).

Harry Kane – ($9,000) – Tottenham Hotspur – Tonight is the night to go all in on Spurs. Since returning from injury at the start of November, the only games that Kane has not scored in were the tough away trips to Chelsea and Manchester United. He will have no such problems against Hull, who have conceded 32 times in 15 games – the worst total in the Premier League.

VALUES

Divock Origi – ($7,000) – Liverpool – Origi has been the chosen replacement for Phillippe Coutinho since the Brazilian’s injury and he is performing manfully in his place. The Belgian has three goals in as many games and should build on that against Middlesbrough.

Andy Carroll – ($6,300) – West Ham – Carroll was left on the bench for much of Saturday’s draw against former club Liverpool but already has one goal since returning from injury and if he gets a start against Burnley should get a second. When fit, there are few players that offer a bigger aerial threat in the Premier League than Carroll and with Payet’s delivery he’s always good for a headed goal.