This Saturday features a seven game slate with plenty of options it all positions. Remember, as always, to check the line-ups prior to kick off to prevent any players scuppering your line-up with point-less performances.
Joe Hart – ($4,400) – Man City – Hart plays against a Crystal Palace team that hasn’t scored in four games and quite rightly gets the top spot here. Hart has the joint highest clean sheet total in the Premier League with nine and has played two less than fellow leader Petr Cech. The only criticism of Hart is the lack of saves and he has just 40 so far this season. That won’t be a huge problem here thanks to the big chance of at least 10 points that will come with a clean sheet and win.
Fraser Forster – ($4,200) – Southampton – England international Forster returned with a double-digit performance on Wednesday night and will keep his place at home to West Brom. The visitors have scored the second lowest amount of goals away from home with eight and Forster picked up a tidy 12 points in his first appearance of the season this week.
Kasper Schmeichel – ($3,800) – Leicester City – Despite Aston Villa’s win on Tuesday, Villa Park remains an easy place to go and Schmeichel is all set to benefit. Remi Garde’s side have scored just seven goals in 10 games at home this season and remain rooted to the bottom. The Danish stopper made five saves on the way to 20 points against Tottenham on Wednesday and is well priced at $3,800.
Ben Foster/Boaz Myhill – ($2,500/$3,000) – West Brom – With Foster not replacing Myhill in the starting line-up on Wednesday night despite being fit, you will need to keep an eye on the starting XI to complete your line-up. West Brom always set up defensively away from home and Myhill has already kept seven clean sheets this season and in the process made 49 saves. Foster is regarded the better keeper and his salary makes him a must pick, just so long as he starts.
Aleksandar Kolarov – ($5,600) – Man City – The Serbian left wing back reaches his highest price of the season as a result of two double digit matchdays in a row and now has a favourable home game against Crystal Palace. Kolarov is the most attacking defender in the division by some margin and his 28 shots is a long way ahead of anyone else at his position. His fantasy points per game (FPPG) total of 12.8 is one of only two that enters double figures among defenders (Alberto Moreno has 10.5) and he will almost definitely start after sitting out the midweek draw against Everton.
Danny Rose – ($4,100) – Tottenham – Another to sit out in midweek, Rose has stayed consistent in fantasy point totals in a team that concedes few goals. There are suggestions he has been taken over in the pecking order by fellow left back Ben Davies and on weeks with two fixtures he will still definitely get at least one start. Rose is a player that picks up a nice amount of cross category points including plenty of crosses. Sunderland have conceded 41 goals in just 21 Premier League games and Rose will fancy an assist.
Aly Cissokho – ($2,700) – Aston Villa – Cissokho’s return to the Villa fold coincided with their second win of the season and he offers great performance at both ends of the pitch. Against Crystal Palace, the Frenchman regularly bombed forwards and aimed six crosses into the box for Libor Kozak to attempt to convert. He is averaging five per game since returning and quietly tallied six interceptions against Palace. Leicester is a tough fixture, however, they have scored just once in four games and at sub-$3,000, Cissokho should make your line-up.
Matt Targett – ($2,200) – Southampton – Southampton is a factory for young British full backs and Targett is the latest off that production line. Whilst he isn’t first choice, Targett is one of those players that can help you take advantage of position eligibility, thanks to Ronald Koeman’s preference to play him as an auxiliary winger. Targett has scored double digit fantasy points in three of his seven games this season and put in 10 crosses in Wednesday’s win against Watford, one of which was an assist. Just make sure you check the line-ups prior to the game to make sure he gets the start.
Kevin de Bruyne – ($8,300) – Man City – When daily fantasy players ask the consistency question, de Bruyne answers. The Belgian attacking midfielder has returned double digit fantasy points on his last five appearances and put in a 20 cross performance against Everton. Most two goal strikers don’t achieve the 23 points he put up and de Bruyne didn’t even score. Palace have lost two on the spin and possess two full backs that are better going forwards than tied to the edge of the box. Expect crosses and offensive production from the pasty winger.
Dimitri Payet – ($6,700) – West Ham – The prayers of Hammers’ fans were answered when the chunky Frenchman returned to break Bournemouth hearts on Tuesday with a one goal, one assist performance. Payet is still second in fantasy points per game (18.6 FPPG) behind only Riyad Mahrez (19.3 FPPG). Unlike many other merchants of the cross, his delivery usually produces something of note, Tuesday’s total of nine including one assist. Newcastle have conceded 38 goals already this season (only Sunderland have been breached on more occasions) and Payet scored a brace in the reverse fixture back in September.
Jordan Veretout – ($4,900) – Aston Villa – Veretout has been performing at a level far outstripping his team mates when it comes to FPPG and there’s no reason to think that won’t continue. In the 10 games since Remi Garde took charge, the French midfielder has averaged 12.9 FPPG and all four of his assists have come in that time. Veretout takes most of Villa’s set pieces and, with either Kozak or Rudy Gestede leading the line, the chance of a fifth assist of the season is distinctly possible. Even if he doesn’t manage that, the fact he’s averaging 6.9 crosses per game is enough in itself.
James McClean – ($4,000) – West Brom – The controversial Irish winger has been bubbling nicely under the radar and celebrated his return from suspension by posting 26 fantasy points, including a goal, against a rejuvenated Chelsea. McClean is incredibly direct and has averaged 6.3 crosses per game over the last 10 games, something that is at odds with Tony Pulis’ traditionally more defensive outlook. McClean will get plenty of space out wide against Southampton and has a target in Salomon Rondon who is never afraid of an aerial duel.
Harry Kane – ($7,600) – Tottenham – After a couple of quiet match days, Kane gets the top spot this week by virtue of a straight-forward game at home to Sunderland. Kane’s 77 shots are the most in the Premier League alongside Philippe Coutinho but his shot accuracy of 62% is far better than the Brazilian’s 47%. The England striker already has 11 goals this season and is Spurs’ only recognised striker.
Raheem Sterling – ($6,500) – Man City – Sterling has been at his most consistent the past four games, posting 11 FPPG coming into Saturday’s game against Crystal Palace. Sterling’s figures across the attacking categories are the most impressive part of his game with 2.2 shots, 1.6 dribbles, 1.6 fouls drawn and 1.4 key passes per game all ranking highly among City players. City have not lost to Palace on home turf since 1990 and don’t expect that to change here.
Enner Valencia – ($4,400) – West Ham – With Andy Carroll out injured, Valencia could be the key man to benefit from Payet’s return to the team. The Ecuadorian winger-cum-forward had a two goal performance against Bournemouth that translated to 27 fantasy points, and he has 13.2 FPPG since returning from injury. One of the best aspects of Valencia’s game from a fantasy point of view is his propensity to drift wide and cross the ball. Add this to his two shots per game average and there’s no reason not to take him at this price.Jermain Defoe – ($5,000) – Tottenham – There’s not much better than an in-form striker and Defoe is just that having scored five goals in his last two games. The striker made it nine for the season in that game and it gives him a record of better than a goal every two games. One risk here is that he is playing against a Spurs side that owns one of the best defensive records in the Premier League.