EPL Targets: March 19th

Sunday’s Premier League action treats us to a small three-game slate where four of the contenders for the top four are all in action. The following article goes through my top considerations at each position for your fantasy line-ups.


GOALKEEPER

STUDS

David de Gea – ($5,600) – Manchester United – De Gea has kept five of his 10 clean sheets away from home this season and United are currently on a seven-game run without a loss away from home. Middlesbrough’s woeful attack has managed just eight goals at home this season, and De Gea could walk away with a win-clean sheet combo here.

VALUES

Willy Caballero – ($5,200) – Man City – Even though City went out of the Champions League midweek, they are top of the Premier League form table after going unbeaten in the last six games. In that run, City have conceded just three times, keeping clean sheets in four out of the last five matches. Caballero has only played in the last four and in that time averages 12.5 FPPG. Against a Liverpool front line that is ravaged by injury, I think Caballero is a solid option.


DEFENDER

STUD

Antonio Valencia – ($5,700) – Man Utd – Valencia has hit double digits for fantasy points in three of his last four starts in all competitions and 2.3 tackles per game is the fourth best of all United players. The Ecuadorian wing back ranks 10th in the Premier League with 129 total crosses, and on a slate packed with injured defenders at the top end, I think Valencia is a good option.

VALUE

Cedric Soares – ($4,900) – Southampton – Spurs is a difficult place to go, and defending against them will be as tough as ever. However, Cedric should get a little bit more joy than usual going forward as Danny Rose is injured. His 5.2 crosses per game should see an uptick and this is a player who also averages 2.8 tackles per game, the second best among all Saints players.


MIDFIELDER

STUD

Christian Eriksen – ($9,600) – Tottenham – Eriksen may no longer lead the Premier League in assists but he plays a poor Southampton defence this weekend and will be leant on for more attacking impetus than usual due to Harry Kane’s injury. Few can better Eriksen’s 16.2 FPPG, but he also has over 30 fantasy points in three of the last five matches. Eriksen’s 3.7 shots per game, which is better than Kane and Alexis Sanchez among others, is also third best in the entire Premier League. Add in an average of 6.2 crosses per game and it’s difficult to go against Eriksen.

VALUE

Leroy Sane – ($6,300) – Man City – Sane has been growing in influence in recent weeks and his goal against Monaco on Wednesday was the fourth time he has netted in six games in all competitions. Sane has hit double digit points in five of his last six appearances for the Citizens and looks City’s most reliable contributor right now.

Georginio Wijnaldum – ($4,200) – Liverpool – Wijnaldum is one of the few Liverpool players who has made himself stand up and be counted these past few weeks. The Dutch midfielder has hit double digits for fantasy points in four of his last five games, scoring a goal in three of them. Whilst five goals and four assists is by no means prolific, his average of 1.7 shots, 1.3 tackles and 1.0 fouls drawn per game would be good for someone at $5K+. As it is, he costs just $4,200.


FORWARD

STUD

Son Heung-Min – ($8,100) – Tottenham – Given Vincent Janssen’s woes in front of goal, Son is expected to get the nod to replace Kane and he comes into the game having scored a hat trick in the FA Cup win over Millwall. That was a 50 fantasy point day for the South Korea international, and Son also has two goals in his last two appearances against Southampton. That’s a Southampton team that has conceded eight times over the last four games, and Spurs have been imperious at home this season. I can only see this match going one way.

VALUE

Marcus Rashford – ($6,900) – Man Utd – The absence of Zlatan Ibrahimovic through suspension gives the young Englishman another chance to impress. Rashford has failed to truly fire this season, but the fact he has hardly been given a sniff of the first time by manager Jose Mourinho has a lot to do with that. Up against a Middlesbrough defence that has been rocked by injuries this week, Rashford could score a goal.