EPL Targets: February 4th

There is a seven-game main slate in the Premier League on DraftKings this Saturday, and there are a wealth of new players after the transfer window slammed shut on Tuesday night. In this article I go through each position and pick out my favourite players at each position.

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GOALKEEPER

STUDS

Hugo Lloris/Michel Vorm – ($6,000/$5,900) – Tottenham Hotspur – Spurs have the joint-best defensive record in the Premier League, though that hardly matters against Middlesbrough’s dead-last attack that has scored just 19 goals. Prior to the 2-2 against Man City, Lloris had kept two straight clean sheets and Vorm kept one in place of the Frenchman in the 0-0 draw against Sunderland. I believe the North London club can deliver a win-clean sheet combo this Saturday tea-time.

Wayne Hennessey – ($5,600) – Crystal Palace – The Welsh number one picked up just his second clean sheet of the season in the win at Bournemouth and has made nine saves over the course of the last two games, conceding a single goal (v Everton). For the season, Hennessey averages 3.1 saves per game and has a very good look at a clean sheet against a Sunderland that has scored just six goals in 11 away games this season.

VALUES

Heurelho Gomes – ($5,300) – Watford – Playing Burnley at home is the plumb draw every week of the season, and this time it’s the turn of Watford. The Clarets have one points and four goals from their 10 trips away from Turf Moor. Watford come into the game off the back of a surprise win at Arsenal, a game where the Brazilian stopper bagged 14 fantasy points. Given that Gomes has made a distinctly average 2.6 saves per game after 23 appearances this season, he’s worthy of a look in my opinion.

Eldin Jakupovic – ($3,700) – Hull City – In the game of musical chairs that determines the Hull City goalkeeping job, Jakupovic is in the hot seat. He pushed his case to stay there by making six saves in the 0-0 draw at Old Trafford on Wednesday and should get plenty of opportunities to make saves against a Liverpool team that leads the league in shots on goal per game (6.2). Jakupovic is tremendously cheap, and if you’re a DFS player who looks for big save totals, Jakupovic could be your guy this Saturday.


DEFENDER

STUDS

James Milner – ($7,800) – Liverpool – Milner has been a picture of consistency all season long at left back, and his nine crosses against Chelsea took the Englishman to a share of second place overall in that category with 164 total crosses. His performance in that category plus a smattering of goals and assists have allowed Milner to keep up a steady 14.5 fantasy points per game (FPPG) for the season. Also, the fact Hull have given away a league-high 10 penalties should not be overlooked and only raises Milner’s value as he takes the spot kicks.

Seamus Coleman – ($5,600) – Everton – Coleman kept up his excellent run of form by contributing directly to a goal for the second consecutive game albeit without the fantasy credit due to the fact his shot deflected into the goal off Ryan Shawcross. The Irishman still reached 7.75 fantasy points in that clash, and in the three fixtures before that scored double digit fantasy points. An out-of-form Bournemouth side that has allowed an average of over 18 crosses over the past three games is next up.

VALUES

Ben Davies – ($4,500) – Tottenham Hotspur – Davies replaced Danny Rose in the bore draw up on Wearside earlier this week and in just 52 minutes whipped in six crosses to score 7.5 fantasy points. The Welsh defender has struggled to produce big fantasy performances this season, but the system Spurs play coupled with Boro’s poor form makes me confident he will prove good value at this price.

Harry Maguire – ($3,600) – Hull City – Maguire continues to fly the flag for the centre backs union on DraftKings, scoring 13pts last time out against Manchester United to make it two double digit hauls in a row. Maguire’s defensive stats of 2.4 tackles won and 2.3 interceptions per game are impressive enough for a central defender, but his marauding runs forward usually finish in a shot and to that end he averages 1.3 shots per game. Combine it with his bargain basement price, and I think it makes him a valuable fantasy commodity.


MIDFIELDER

STUDS

Christian Eriksen – ($9,900) – Tottenham Hotspur – With the likes of Alexis Sanchez and Kevin De Bruyne missing from this slate, Eriksen is pegged as my top midfielder. The Dane was one of the few Spurs players to put on a fantasy performance worthy of mention against Sunderland, his 16.75 points coming almost exclusively from 15 crosses and three shots (two on goal). That was the ninth time in 10 games he has hit double digit fantasy points, and, along with his 6.1 crosses per game, Eriksen’s 3.8 shots per game is a figure only bettered by Sergio Aguero and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. In my opinion, there isn’t a high salary midfielder even close to Eriksen on this slate.

Wilfried Zaha – ($7,300) – Crystal Palace – Zaha made his first return since Ivory Coast’s exit from the AFCON and scored 12.5 fantasy points in Palace’s win at Bournemouth. The Palace youth product scored well across a range of categories (three shots, one shot on goal, six crosses, three fouls drawn and two tackles won), and his four goals and six assists are both Premier League’s highs for him. In a side that is headed by Christian Benteke, there is always the opportunity for Zaha to get an assist and against bottom side Sunderland, he is a good value option sub-$7,500.

VALUES

Ross Barkley – ($6,300) – Everton – It’s a wonder that Barkley can still be drafted for such a moderate outlay, especially after he made it five successive double digit fantasy point outings with 15pts in the draw at Stoke. Only two of those games have seen Barkley register in the goal or assist column and one of the best things about the Englishman is that his points come across various different categories. Up against a poor Bournemouth side, I would not be surprised to see him register a rare goal or assist.

Chris Brunt – ($5,400) – West Bromwich Albion – Another midfielder turned defender who scores very well on DFS soccer, Brunt has hit double digit fantasy points in three of the last four games and scored two goals in that run. It helps that Brunt takes his fair share of corners and free kicks for the Baggies, something that has allowed him to average 6.25 crosses per game over those same four fixtures. At $1,400 cheaper than Phillips and with a similar point floor, I think Brunt is a good target.


FORWARD

STUDS

Harry Kane – ($9,400) – Tottenham Hotspur – Even though the England man hasn’t scored in two league games, he’s a threat in any game and already has 13 goals in 18 games for Spurs this season. Eight of those 13 goals have come at White Hart Lane, and his average of 3.0 shots per game increases to 4.2 shots per game when only home games are considered. Boro allow an average of 15.5 shots per game away from home and are without a win in six Premier League games.

Romelu Lukaku – ($8,000) – Everton – Lukaku has had a couple of quiet weeks at the office after scoring an average of 2.0 FPPG over the last two games. Those two games have both been away from Goodison Park, and whilst enjoying the home comforts of Everton’s Merseyside home, the Belgian forward has scored in two successive games. Bournemouth have conceded three goals in three of the last four away matches and look a team desperately looking for confidence.

VALUES

Troy Deeney – ($5,200) – Watford – Deeney’s early goal at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday night was part of a 15.75 fantasy point night for the Hornets’ captain, and his second successive game with a goal in the Premier League this season. It’s rare that we’ve been able to say that this season and Deeney’s 1.1 shots per game is down considerably from last season’s 2.5 shots per game. That said, what Deeney does have well in his favour this Saturday is Burnley’s away form, which has seen the Clarets concede an average of 2.2 goals per game and lose nine of their 10 games. I think there are few strikers that are better value at this price.

Peter Crouch – ($5,000) – Stoke City – Talking of value, Crouch has been proving a cheap boon for many a fantasy manager the last few weeks. The former England international has four goals and one assist in the last five games, averaging 14.8 FPPG over that span. The strike against Everton also allowed him to celebrate the milestone of 100 Premier League goals. Even though West Brom have been fairly formidable at home of late (Last six games: W5, L1), the Baggies have conceded at least once in all but two of those games, and no Stoke player is more likely to score than the in-form Crouch.