The last set of Sunday afternoon games before Christmas see three games taking place and three of the title contenders are in action. This article looks at the top target considerations at each position. As always, you can hit me on Twitter @JamieRHinks.
Hugo Lloris – ($5,900) – Tottenham – Lloris did exactly as expected on Wednesday by getting a win and clean sheet combo, but the five saves he added were almost completely unexpected. It moved him to 2.3 saves per game for the season and suggests that better totals could be on the way. Even so, I wouldn’t count on a lot of saves against Burnley, but I think he should comfortably make it over 10 pts for the day.
Artur Boruc – ($4,700) – Bournemouth – Bournemouth got a fifth clean sheet of the season on Wednesday, and in the process, gave Boruc his fourth blank. The Polish stopper averages 3.0 saves per game and is up against a Southampton attack that has scored just six times away from home this season. Saints are without a win in five away games, and at a sub-$5K price Boruc is an excellent option.
Danny Rose – ($5,200) – Tottenham – Rose made it four successive double digit fantasy point games in the 3-0 win over Hull City and picked up his second assist of the season for the Lilywhites. Rose’s 3.8 tackles per game is the best of any Tottenham player, and the way he gets forward lends itself extremely well to fantasy point scoring. He looks cheap at this price.
Kyle Walker – ($4,900) – Tottenham – On a short slate, I think picking both Spurs full backs is a decent strategy to employ. Walker’s smaller price reflects his lesser performance in categories such as 2.6 tackles per game, but his attacking performances cannot be discounted. Like Rose, Walker had an assist against Hull City on the way to a 17.5-point day. If you’re looking for slight savings anywhere then Walker, instead of Rose, could be your guy.
Ryan Bertrand – ($4,400) – Southampton – The nice thing about Bertrand is that he’s another defender who regularly hits double figures. Bertrand has 9.5 FPPG over the last four and has not scored a goal or provided an assist in any of those clashes. Going forward, he is always a big part of how Southampton play, and at this price he looks a steal.
Simon Francis – ($4,200) – Bournemouth – Francis put in yet another decent performance on Tuesday night as he reached 8.0 fantasy points and it’s almost exclusively because he’s been moved to full back due to a reshuffle. Should he stay there, then Francis is a great value, as his average is at 9.2 FPPG since he moved out wide.
Kevin De Bruyne – ($9,000) – Man City – Even though City have been struggling of late, De Bruyne’s performances have not dropped off and his 22.75 pts against Watford is exactly what we’ve come to expect from the Belgian. That was his third straight double digit performance, and in that time he has 14 crosses per game. De Bruyne also leads the Premier League on eight assists and is facing an Arsenal side that has not kept a clean sheet in seven games.
Christian Eriksen – ($8,700) – Tottenham – After an early season slumber, Eriksen is in very hot form, and his two-goal performance on Wednesday night was part of a 37-point outing. In the last five games his total has not dropped below 16 fantasy points and is averaging a whopping 29.4 FPPG across that run. Eriksen’s 4.0 shots per game is the third best total in the Premier League, and against Burnley his big scoring could continue.
Sofiane Boufal – ($5,300) – Southampton – After scoring his first Premier League goal of the season last Sunday, Boufal posted another double digit total at Stoke on Wednesday evening. He usually picks up small totals across a range of categories including shots, crosses, tackles and interceptions, and his 3.7 dribbles per game is the fourth best in the Premier League.
Alexis Sanchez – ($9,300) – Arsenal – Joint top scorer in the Premier League, Sanchez scored his 12th of the season at Everton on Tuesday and is averaging 3.0 shots per game – good enough for the top 10. Sanchez also has 2.7 key passes per game, and his five assists reflects that he is anything but simply a centre forward. He has had five double digit fantasy point returns in a row for the Gunners and 15.4 FPPG is by far the largest of any Arsenal player.
Harry Kane – ($8,200) – Tottenham – Kane drew a blank for the second straight game against Hull City, but I think there is big value in picking Kane against Burnley this midweek. The Englishman already has seven league goals this season, and that’s despite missing five matches through injury. Kane’s 2.7 shots per game is only bettered by Eriksen, at Spurs, and the creative players that are throughout this team mean that Kane is still a stellar option on this short slate.
Raheem Sterling – ($7,300) – Man City – Sterling got back into the scoring columns with an assist against Watford and reached 14.25 points in a what was a nice return to form. Sterling already has four goals and three assists this season and his 3.1 dribbles per game is the best of any City player. Against an Arsenal defence that cannot keep clean sheets, Sterling looks a decent option at this price.