EPL Targets: May 21

The final matchweek of the Premier League season features Manchester City, Liverpool and Arsenal battling for a Champions League ticket. The Golden Boot is also still up for grabs — with Harry Kane, Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez all within striking distance. With rotation inevitable on the final matchweek of the season, it’s more important than ever to check starting lineups once they are announced to see which big names are left out and which potential values emerge. Let’s take a closer look how the scenarios play into Sunday’s EPL targets:

Goalkeeper

Simon Mignolet – $5,900 – Liverpool – Liverpool’s UCL fate is in their hands against already relegated Middlesbrough. It’s win-and-you’re-in, but a slip up could see Arsenal leapfrog them for fourth place and the final Champions League spot. With a return to Europe’s biggest club tournament in sight, Mignolet and the Liverpool defense have stepped it up down the stretch — reeling off three consecutive clean sheets including a 4-0 thumping of West Ham in their last game. With potential value plays to build around, I’m fine with paying up at the position given the lineup uncertainty in most matches on this slate.

Others to Consider – Petr Cech (Arsenal; $5,500), Sergio Romero (Manchester United; $5,000), Tom Heaton (Burnley; $4,900)


Defender

Jeremy Pied – $4,400 – Southampton – Pied impressed in his lone start of the season two games ago, putting in six crosses to finish with 11 fantasy points. He played 21 minutes off the bench in the last game, but if he’s back in the lineup, he’s well worth considering given his price combined with his impressive performance at Middlesbrough.

Ben Chilwell – $4,300 – Leicester City – Chilwell has hit double-digit points in his last three appearances, and despite being on the wrong end of a 6-1 result, he scored the lone goal and managed 21 points in Thursday’s loss to Tottenham. The quick turnaround is a reason to be wary of potential rotation, but Chilwell has been too good to ignore if he gets another start.

Others to Consider – James Milner (Liverpool; $7,000), Matt Targett (Southampton; $4,000), Daryl Janmaat (Watford; $3,700)


Midfielder

Philippe Coutinho – $10,300 – Liverpool – Coutinho exploded for 41 points a week ago behind two goals, an assist and a hefty dose of shots and crosses. Liverpool is in a must-win spot here, so Coutinho is one of few big-name targets we can be more confident of to build a lineup around. It’s inevitable that multiple values will emerge once starting lineups are announced, which means we should have no problem working in the highest priced player on the slate if we want to.

Kevin De Bruyne – $9,800 – Manchester City – De Bruyne has been in top form, amassing 70 points over the last three games on the strength of two goals, three assists and 22 crosses. City is two points ahead of Liverpool in third place and three points clear of Arsenal, with City holding a +5 goal differential over the Gunners. All they really need is a draw here, but if disaster strikes in the form of a loss at Watford — Liverpool could overtake third and even Arsenal have a long-shot at pushing Manchester City all the way down to fifth with a five-goal swing. Look for De Bruyne to continue firing on all cylinders to ensure that doesn’t happen.

Others to Consider – Gylfi Sigurddson (Swansea; $9,900), Christian Eriksen (Tottenham; $9,700), Mesut Ozil (Arsenal; $7,900)


Forwards

Alexis Sanchez – $10,000 – Arsenal – Fending off a pesky thigh injury, Sanchez came through with a brace on nine shots and ended with 33 points in Tuesday’s 2-0 win over Sunderland. His clutch performance puts Arsenal in position to backdoor their way into the fourth and final spot for a Champions League ticket with a win over Everton and favorable results in the Manchester City and Liverpool matches. With everything to play for, I think another big performance from Sanchez is in store.

Michy Batshuayi – $7,900 – Chelsea – Batshuayi has come alive with a goal in back-to-back games. He made his first start of the season in Monday’s 4-3 win over Watford and now he gets a plus matchup against an injury-ridden Sunderland squad. He could be in line for another start with Chelsea potentially fielding a reserve-laden lineup ahead of their FA Cup Final next weekend.

Others to Consider – Sergio Aguero (Manchester City; $10,100), Harry Kane (Tottenham; $9,600), Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City; $8,900)

 


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