EPL Targets: September 18th

European football last week means that Sunday has four games to offer and the latter three are in the biggest slate of the day on DraftKings. The best players to target from each game have been analysed in the following article with options at both ends of the market. As always, you can hit me up on Twitter @JamieHinksDK.


GOALKEEPER

Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League

STUDS

Hugo Lloris – ($5,800) – Tottenham – Spurs have conceded just two goals all season and both of them were against top seven sides in Liverpool and Everton. Lloris will get the clean sheet and win combo against a Sunderland side that looks in trouble and as such is the best pick here.

VALUES

Lukasz Fabianski – ($4,700) – Swansea City – Francesco Guidolin’s team have shown themselves to be stubborn defensively this season and that won’t change when they visit St Mary’s. Fabianski is averaging 3.5 saves per game and if he is at his best there’s every chance that a clean sheet would push Swansea onto an away win.


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DEFENDER

Swansea City v Arsenal - Premier League

STUDS

Kyle Walker – ($5,900) – Tottenham – Facing one of the worst attacks in the league, Walker is almost guaranteed a clean sheet and that’s not even his greatest attribute. Without Danny Rose, who is still out, Walker will take on more responsibility on the attacking side of things. The England right back already has two assists in the Premier League this season and as long as he continues to bomb forward, Walker can make that figure rise.

Cedric Soares – ($5,100) – Southampton – Soares is averaging 4.5 crosses per game this season and is in a team that is up there when it comes to crossing. The Portuguese right back was rested midweek by boss Claude Puel and will be raring to go against Swansea City.

VALUES

Kyle Naughton – ($4,200) – Swansea City – Swansea has second highest number of crosses this season (104) and Naughton is responsible for over a tenth (15) of those. Naughton has hit 8.9 fantasy points per game despite not scoring or getting an assist, and he has only committed one foul this season. Southampton are another side that love to cross and that in mind we can expect the former Spurs man to be busy in the tackle and interception columns.


MIDFIELDER

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STUDS

Christian Eriksen – ($10,100) – Tottenham – Putting the Champions League to one side, Eriksen’s form has finally started picking up. Last weekend at Stoke, Eriksen scored 21 fantasy points in a game where he had two assists. His crossing remains at a high 6.4 per game, including the Monaco loss, and Sunderland are the perfect opponents to bounce back from that defeat against.

Andros Townsend – ($8,300) – Crystal Palace – Even at this new heady price, Townsend is a must pick. The Palace winger has not dropped below 12 fantasy points since arriving at the club and, whilst his crossing is constantly reliable at 7.75 per game, so is his tackling (3.5 per game). Throw in the shots and, as I say most weeks, Andros is a goal or an assist away from hitting well over 20 fantasy points.

VALUES

Dusan Tadic – ($4,800) – Southampton – Out of form and with a price that befits his bad run. He was unlucky not to be awarded the goal in Southampton’s narrow 2-1 loss at the Emirates last weekend but the Serbian didn’t get the rub of the green and had to make do with just four fantasy points. Instead, we’re left pining for the days of double-digit fantasy points, loads of crosses and regular assists. At this price, it’s worth taking him just in case the form returns.


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FORWARD

Crystal Palace v Liverpool - Premier League

STUDS

Christian Benteke – ($8,800) – Crystal Palace – Benteke opened his account for Palace last weekend when he headed home a Wilfried Zaha cross gets to face a Stoke defence that has yet to keep a clean sheet this season. The usually reliable back four has conceded four times on two occasions, both at home, and Benteke already striking up an early understanding with Zaha, Jason Puncheon and Townsend. Another goal won’t be far away.

Wilfried Bony – ($7,800) – Stoke City – It was very much a case of being thrown in at the deep end for Bony last weekend. The Stoke forward barely had a look in during a game that Stoke were dominated from start to finish. Even so, he still had seven fantasy points (four shots, three fouls drawn, one tackle won, one interception) and Bony has two goals in four games against Palace, who are yet to keep a clean sheet this season.

VALUES

Wilfried Zaha – ($6,500) – Crystal Palace – Benteke’s arrival got a rise out of the home-grown Zaha last week as he picked up a goal and an assist. Zaha also averages 3.8 dribbles per game, a number that is bettered by only Eden Hazard, Paul Pogba and Adnan Januzaj. His ability to bamboozle opposing defences has never been in doubt and with a target to aim at in the area, it looks like Zaha will finally fulfil the promise that persuaded Sir Alex Ferguson make him his final United signing.