Fantasy Premier League Picks: Top Targets and Values for January 31st

The Premier League rolls on with a big seven-game midweek slate. Here we’ll touch on the top targets at each position and highlight some potential values to build around.

Forwards

STUDS

Sergio Aguero, Manchester City ($11,400) – Aguero lit Newcastle up for a hat trick and 42 points in his last Premier League appearance, and he’s averaging over 32 fantasy points per game in his last three at home. Up against near-bottom of the table, West Bromwich Albion presents another prime opportunity for Aguero to stay hot at home.

Others to Consider – Harry Kane, Tottenham ($10,800); Raheem Sterling, Manchester City ($10,300); Riyad Mahrez, Leicester City ($9,400)

VALUES

Johann Berg Gudmundsson, Burnley ($6,400) – Gudmundsson has hit double-digit crosses in two straight, including a 12 cross, 13.5 effort against Manchester United last time out. Multi-position eligibility is a big bonus, and a road matchup at Newcastle is no reason to overlook Gudmundsson after seeing him put up a respectable fantasy score against Manchester United.

Others to Consider – Pascal Gross, Brighton ($5,900); Cenk Tosun, Everton ($5,800); Oleksandr Zinchenko, Manchester City ($4,000)


Midfielder

STUDS

Kevin De Bruyne, Manchester City ($11,300) – De Bruyne continues to serve as a catalyst for the Manchester City attack. The Belgian has topped double-digit crosses in three straight, and he’s swung in a combined 53 crosses over his last five appearances. Rostering both De Bruyne and Aguero will eat up nearly half of the $50,000 salary, but it’s doable with creative roster construction. Fortunately, De Bruyne also carries multi-position eligibility, so if it’s one or the other, KDB might be viewed as the safer play given his role on set pieces.

Others to Consider – Eden Hazard, Chelsea ($10,000); Xherdan Shaqiri, Stoke City ($7,700); Cesc Fabregas, Chelsea ($7,100)

VALUES

Matt Ritchie, Newcastle ($6,000) – Ritchie for $6K almost seems too good to be true, but the fact is that the fantasy production just hasn’t been there recently. He didn’t see the field against Manchester City, but if he makes his way back into the starting lineup at home against Burnley on Wednesday, he must be considered at this price. Despite hitting double-digit points just once over his last eight appearances, Ritchie’s 145 crosses are good for third best in the league.

Others to Consider – Marcos Alonso, Chelsea ($6,000); Solly March, Brighton ($4,500); Jonjo Shelvey, Newcastle ($3,400)


Defender

STUDS

Ben Davies, Tottenham ($5,300) – Davies racked up 12 crosses and assisted on the equalizer en route to 17 points in his last outing. He saw an uptick in crosses with Christian Eriksen ruled out through illness, but with Eriksen likely to return to the lineup, those numbers should correct themselves. A matchup with Manchester United isn’t ideal for fantasy purposes, but the lack of true “stud” defenders on this slate puts Davies in contention considering he’s topped nine points in three straight and will likely still have a share of set pieces even if Eriksen’s back in the lineup.

Others to Consider – Kieran Trippier, Tottenham ($5,500); Jeremy Pied, Southampton ($5,200); Moritz Bauer, Stoke City ($5,100)

VALUES

Bruno, Brighton ($3,000) – There’s nothing exciting about rostering Bruno other than getting a near-min-priced defender that isn’t a center back. The 37-year-old lines up on the right side of the Brighton back line, and he’s been good for a dusting of crosses when he’s in the starting lineup.

Others to Consider – Javier Manquillo, Newcastle ($3,100)


Goalkeeper

STUDS

Alex McCarthy, Southampton ($5,600) – McCarthy has been pretty dismal recently, in fact, he has negative 1.5 fantasy points across his last three outings. If we can look past his recent results, he’s in a good spot to get back on track at home against a Brighton attack that hasn’t scored a road goal in over six games dating back to November of last year.

Others to Consider – Ederson, Manchester City ($6,400); Thibaut Courtois, Chelsea ($6,200)

VALUES

Jack Butland, Stoke City ($4,400) – Butland made three saves en route to a clean sheet and 16 points versus Huddersfield in his last outing. He now hosts a Watford attack that has just one goal across their last three road matches.

Others to Consider – David De Gea, Manchester United ($4,700)

 


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