EPL Targets: January 17th

With a small three game slate it’s important to pick wisely to make sure you have some value in your lineup. We’ve broken down each position to make sure you’ve got the best lineup possible.

GOALKEEPER

STUDS

Petr Cech – ($4,100) – Arsenal –It’s tough to argue against picking Cech every week and his contribution to Arsenal’s title bid will continue this week. The stopper is tied first for clean sheets with Joe Hart on nine for the season and has put up double digit fantasy points in three of his last five games. Stoke isn’t the easiest of games yet he should pick up points for saves and possibly even a clean sheet and a win if he’s in good form.

VALUES

Jack Butland – ($3,300) – Stoke City – Butland has made the joint highest number of saves (62) this season and has an excellent chance to build on that against Arsenal. The Englishman has seen a drop off in his last three games but has performed well against teams that finished in the top four last season, posting 22, 18 and 18 points against Man Utd, Man City and Chelsea respectively.

Heurelho Gomes – ($3,500) – Watford – The Brazilian ‘keeper has had a torrid few weeks but faces a Swansea side that has struggled for goals since August and scored just seven times in 10 Premier League games. Prior to the last four games against top opposition, Gomes posted fantasy scores of 18, 16 and 12 points, and has made a tidy 5.9 saves per game this season. Watford could easily win to nil and that would give Gomes at least 10 points.

DEFENDER

STUDS

Alberto Moreno – ($4,400) – Liverpool – The Spanish wing back is the only defender apart from Aleksandar Kolarov to average over 10 fantasy points per game (FPPG). Moreno’s value come from the amount he is encouraged to get forward by manager Jurgen Klopp. He has only failed to put up double figure fantasy points in 2 of the last 10 games and there’s no reason to suggest he won’t live up to expectations here.8th most key passes in the league

VALUES

Nathan Ake – ($3,000) – Watford – There is very little value to be had in defence and the return of Ake from suspension is the best you will find. Prior to the Tottenham game, Ake put together a tidy run of form and averaged 11.5 fantasy points per game thanks to a mix of interceptions, crosses, tackles, fouls drawn and even a goal thrown in for good measure. Swansea represents a good chance of a clean sheet and possibly even more.

Angel Rangel – ($2,400) – Swansea – Should Kyle Naughton’s suspension stand, Rangel will start at right back and is cheap for that reason. The Spanish full back has yet to reach double figures in any game this season but could be given more license to get forward this weekend as Watford are another team that haven’t been in good form. At $2,400 he could be that guy that picks up a tidy haul of points whilst allowing you to spend big elsewhere.

MIDFIELDER

STUDS

Mesut Özil – ($8,600) – Arsenal – Özil had a rare off day against Liverpool and will have no problem bouncing back against Stoke. The German midfielder provides 4.4 key passes per game, which is far and away the best in the Premier League. Özil also has an unprecedented 16 assists this season and Olivier Giroud continues to score goals at the head of the team. All that makes a compelling case to include Özil.

Juan Mata – ($6,000) – Man Utd – The diminutive Spaniard has scored three goals in three games against Liverpool including a brace in last season’s clash at Anfield. Mata has been quiet of late yet still has 4 goals and 3 assists this season, the latter number being the most among United players. Still, he hasn’t registered a goal or assist in the Premier League since November and remains a risk.

VALUES

Jordan Ibe – ($3,200) – Liverpool – Ibe was a surprise inclusion against Arsenal on Wednesday and ended up putting in a solid night of work with eight crosses on 10 points. His price stays low for another home match-up, this time against Man Utd, and he should play on the right of a front three that features Roberto Firmino as the false nine. Ibe always looks dangerous and still has the fearless attitude of a youth player that makes him good value.

Andre Ayew – ($5,200) – Swansea City – If Swansea are to dig themselves out of the hole they find themselves in, Ayew will need to step it up a gear and the 17 fantasy points on Wednesday suggest he’s up for the fight. Ayew’s price is fairly low thanks to his eligibility as a midfielder and he faces a Watford side that hasn’t won in four games. Remember that Ayew has seven goals this season and he’s the one Swansea player you should consider going for.

FORWARDS

STUDS

Wayne Rooney – ($6,900) – Man Utd – Rooney has finally hit a purple patch for United and can always be backed to be a big part of the action on a return to Merseyside. Rooney’s last two performances, against Newcastle and Swansea, have resulted in returns of 34 and 26 fantasy points and he certainly seems to be getting some of his mojo back. His eight shots against Swansea was by far the most he has managed in the last eight games and is the exception to the rule due to the distinct lack of any service this season. Rooney has also scored for two straight Premier League games for the first time since November 2014. Pick him. You know you want to!

Olivier Giroud – ($7,900) – Arsenal – Where in-form strikers are concerned, Giroud flies under the radar presumably because he had the audacity to command a price-tag under £10 million. Giroud has made an offensive contribution in each of the last three games (two goals, two assists) and averages 17 FPPG over those three games. His price is high but there are few other players that guarantee output right now like Giroud. He has, also, already scored against Stoke this season.

VALUES

Jonathan Walters – ($3,800) – Stoke City – The man at the centre of Arsenal’s demise at the Britannia Stadium for two straight seasons, Walters comes into the game on a two game scoring run. Outside scoring goals, Walters offers very little but Arsenal don’t seem to be able to work out the hard-working Irishman at the Britannia. For sub-$4,000, he’s that low salary forward your line-up is crying out for.