Spend Boxing Day on the pitch with a massive seven-game slate on Tuesday! All teams on the schedule were active over the weekend, so be sure to look over the starting lineups so that you’re not left with an inactive player on your roster. Now let’s take a closer look at the top targets and values for Boxing Day.
Mohamed Salah, Liverpool ($11,200) – Once again it’s pick your poison with the Liverpool strike force. At home against Swansea is a spot where I’ll want as much attacking exposure as possible to The Reds, and Mo Salah simply can’t stop scoring. The Egyptian hitman is tied with Harry Kane at the top of the Premier League Goals chart with 15 on the season, and he’s scored a goal in four of his last five appearances.
Others to Consider – Alvaro Morata, Chelsea ($10,000); Romelu Lukaku, Manchester United ($9,500); Roberto Firmino, Liverpool ($9,000)
Johan Berg Gudmundsson, Burnley ($6,300) – With Robbie Brady out for the season Gudmundsson continues to thrive on set pieces, and he’s racking up points across multiple categories. He’s hit double-digits in nine of his last 10 appearances, including against the likes of Arsenal and Tottenham. A road game at Manchester United is usually one to avoid, but Gudmundsson has shown that he can be serviceable regardless of opponent.
Others to Consider – Victor Moses, Chelsea ($6,200); Jordon Ibe, Bournemouth ($5,000)
Philippe Coutinho, Liverpool ($11,100) – Coutinho has scored a goal in two consecutive games, and he continues to shoulder the load on the majority of Liverpool’s set pieces. He’s notched a combined 45.75 points over the last two games, and now facing the worst team in the league in Swansea, it’s hard to justify ignoring Coutinho in this spot. The Brazilian is granted with multi-position eligibility and could be viewed as the “safest” play of Liverpool’s attacking juggernaut given his role on set pieces.
Others to Consider – Eden Hazard, Chelsea ($10,400); Sadio Mane, Liverpool ($9,200); Xherdan Shaqiri, Stoke City ($8,800)
Chris Brunt, West Bromwich Albion ($6,000) – Brunt made his first start since September over the weekend, churning out 16.75 points through an assist and 13 crosses. He took all 11 of West Brom’s corner kicks and — in a winnable home match against Everton — Brunt jumps out as the type of player that proves useful in both cash and GPP formats.
Others to Consider – Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Liverpool ($6,100); Tom Cleverley, Watford ($4,900); Tiemoue Bakayoko, Chelsea ($4,200)
Ashley Young, Manchester United ($6,200) – Young has taken the majority of corner kicks over the last two games, yet he’s failed to hit double-digit points in either of those. He’s less than a month removed from scoring two goals and hitting 29 points, and while it’s possible we may not see that out of him again, his increased role on set pieces is enough to warrant consideration and even more so in a favorable home matchup with Burnley.
Others to Consider – Jose Holebas, Watford ($5,800); Andrew Robertson, Liverpool ($5,600); Arthur Masuaku, West Ham ($5,300)
Allan Nyom, West Bromwich Albion ($4,500) – Nyom whipped in 13 crosses and hit 11.50 fantasy points in Saturday’s loss to Stoke. Game flow had a lot to do with that output, but the Cameroonian right back isn’t shy about getting forward on the wing and — if he starts again — at home against Everton, Nyom could be a factor on both ends of the field.
Others to Consider – Joe Gomez, Liverpool ($4,600); Marvin Zeegelaar, Watford ($4,300), Chris Lowe, Huddersfield ($4,000)
Thibaut Courtois, Chelsea ($6,000) – Chelsea have kept a clean sheet in two straight, and three of their last four at Stamford Bridge. Add in the fact that Brighton have been shut out in three straight road matches and have just one goal total across their last four games, and all signs point to Courtois being the goalkeeper to pay up for if you’re looking to play it safe.
Others to Consider – David de Gea, Manchester United ($5,900); Simon Mignolet, Liverpool ($5,700)
Kasper Schmeichel, Leicester City ($4,300) – Schmeichel and Leicester have let in five goals over their last two games, but are up against a Watford side that haven’t looked too threatening on the attacking end. In fact, Watford have a combined two goals in their last four outings. With the majority of cheaper GK’s also on the road and up against far superior opposition, Schmeichel could provide value with a better matchup at a slightly higher price point.
Others to Consider – Mat Ryan, Brighton ($3,700); Lukasz Fabianski, Swansea ($3,600)
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