This Saturday’s Premier League slate is a shortened one due to the FA Cup also taking place and it means there’s just three games to pick players from. The following article goes through each position and points out consideration at every price range.
Joel Robles – ($5,500) – Everton – Robles has a decent clean sheet ratio of six in 11 games and he averages 2.9 saves per game. Also, West Brom have failed to score in eight games this season, which is in the bottom quarter of the Premier League. On a short slate, it’s tough to go away from Robles.
Darren Randolph – ($4,700) – West Ham – Randolph averages that same 2.9 saves per game as Robles but there’s a significant drop off in the clean sheet department to three. What he does have is a more favourable fixture, Bournemouth now eight games without a win. With West Ham constantly improving, especially away from home, Randolph is well placed for a win.
Seamus Coleman – ($6,300) – Everton – Coleman had a very rare off day on the fantasy front in last weekend’s 3-2 defeat at Spurs, and in the three games before that he had consecutive double digit point days. West Brom struggled to contain Palace’s wide players last Saturday, and the way Everton play lends a lot to the two wing backs, something that only serves to elevate Coleman’s value even further on this tiny slate.
Leighton Baines – ($5,200) – Everton – On the opposite side to Coleman, Baines has been enjoying something of a resurgence in the fantasy department and averages 10 FPPG over his most recent trio of games. Only Idrissa Gueye and Gareth Barry average more than Baines 2.3 tackles per game, and the English left back is also the Toffees’ penalty taker. There’s enough here to consider him this weekend.
Craig Dawson – ($4,000) – West Brom – Dawson did not have a particularly enjoyable afternoon against Palace last weekend, but still reached 12.25 fantasy points and will be looking for similar this time around. It was the second game running where he has topped the 10pt mark, and in a game against a side that likes to get the ball wide, I think he can reach that mark again.
Gylfi Sigurdsson – ($11,000) – Swansea City – Where would the Swans be without their talisman in midfield? Deep, deep in the relegation mire. That’s where. The midfielder now holds the joint Premier League lead for assists with 10 and has one in each of the last three games. Averaging 15.8 FPPG, Sigurdsson hit double digits in his last five games and also has eight goals this season.
Robert Snodgrass – ($8,400) – West Ham – Snodgrass has started cranking into action these past few weeks, his 15 crosses in the defeat to Chelsea resulting in a 13 fantasy point return. Bournemouth struggle to contain sides that play through the air and have conceded 11 headed goals this season. With Snodgrass supplying Andy Carroll, is it too much to expect this combination to finally bear fruit? Not at all. Only three players have had more crosses than Snodgrass’ 176, and he also shares corners with Manuel Lanzini.
Sofiane Feghouli – ($5,000) – West Ham – One of a handful of players tasked with filling the void left by you know who, Feghouli is settling well. The Algerian had consecutive double digit days before Monday’s defeat to Chelsea and has five crosses per game over the last three matches. With Carroll leading the attack and Feghouli linking well with both Snodgrass and Lanzini, his look at an assist is high. I think Feghouli is one to seriously consider on a slate this small.
Ryan Fraser – ($5,600) – Bournemouth – Fraser is one of the few Bournemouth players posting good fantasy numbers, and the barrel shaped Scot has double digit fantasy points in four of the last six games. Most of those points come from crosses, and Eddie Howe has entrusted him with corners over the past few weeks. This game should see goals at both ends and Fraser looks one of the more reliable options on the Cherries side of things.
Romelu Lukaku – ($9,700) – Everton – Lukaku may have showed himself to be inferior to Harry Kane last Sunday, but he is still the Premier League’s second top scorer on 18 goals and notched his latest strike in that very game. At home, there are few better than Lukaku, and he has scored in four consecutive games at Goodison Park for a total of eight goals.
Andy Carroll – ($6,200) – West Ham – With Bournemouth particularly vulnerable in the air having conceded 11 headed goals this season, Carroll looks perfectly poised to take advantage. The big Englishman has four goals over the last five appearances for six goals in just 13 games (10 starts). There a few better at delivering a perfect ball into the area than Snodgrass. I like Carroll at this price.
Fernando Llorente – ($6,000) – Swansea City – Llorente reached 11 goals for the season by grabbing a brace in last weekend’s dramatic last gasp win over Burnley and gets to face one of the Premier League’s worst defences this weekend. The Spanish striker also had six shots in that game, something that is a rarity for a player who averages 1.8 shots per game. But, what it does shows is that he can turn it on when in the mood.
Joshua King – ($5,800) – Bournemouth – King has four goals in the last three games for the Cherries and is now their top scorer on eight goals. Any success that Bournemouth have in this game will involve the Norwegian forward. Howe’s side don’t have problems scoring and considering West Ham’s defence is far from solid, King looks well placed to score once more.