The busy holiday schedule rolls on, with a featured seven-game Premier League slate serving as an appetizer ahead of a big New Year’s slate. Here we’ll hit on the top targets and values to consider including in your lineup on Saturday.
Roberto Firmino, Liverpool ($9,800) – Firmino went off to the tune of 29.5 points on Boxing Day, bagging a brace on four shots. He’s made his mark on the scoresheet in three straight and serves as a cheaper alternative to strike partner Mohamed Salah ($11,200). At home against Leicester, The Reds will once again likely be a popular team to target.
Others to Consider – Mohamed Salah, Liverpool ($11,200); Alvaro Morata, Chelsea ($10,300); Willian, Chelsea ($9,200)
Jordon Ibe, Bournemouth ($5,800) – Ibe handled five of Bournemouth’s seven corner kicks on Tuesday, finishing with 12.25 points on the day. He’s a versatile player with multi-position eligibility, and if Ibe were ever to find the scoresheet in addition to the peripherals he brings we’d be looking at a significant value.
Others to Consider – Johann Berg Gudmundsson, Burnley ($7,300), Victor Moses, Chelsea ($6,100); Dwight Gayle, Newcastle ($5,800)
Philippe Coutinho, Liverpool ($11,400) – The only thing that can slow Coutinho down at the moment is squad rotation. He has a goal in three straight and registered 27 points in Tuesday’s Boxing Day thrashing of Swansea. As long as he’s in the starting lineup he should be considered an elite option at home versus Leicester.
Others to Consider – Eden Hazard, Chelsea ($10,000); Sadio Mane, Liverpool ($9,500); Cesc Fabregas, Chelsea ($7,600)
Tom Cleverley, Watford ($5,700) – With Jose Holebas out of the lineup, it was back to corner kick monopoly for Cleverley. He took eight corner kicks and notched 12.50 points on Tuesday, and in a favorable spot at home against Swansea, he could prove to be another good value on Saturday.
Others to Consider – Tom Ince, Huddersfield ($5,900); Rajiv van La Parra, Huddersfield ($5,300); Tiemoue Bakayoko, Chelsea ($4,400)
Luke Shaw, Manchester United ($5,900) – While teammate Ashley Young ($6,600) may be the more glamorous Manchester United defensive option, Shaw emerged as the primary corner kick taker for The Red Devils on Tuesday and is considerably cheaper. Shaw took five of 12 corner kicks and finished with 18.75 points on the afternoon. If he’s back in the starting lineup he’s right up there with Young as a top option, with Shaw’s savings giving him a slight bump if it’s one or the other.
Others to Consider – Ashley Young, Manchester United ($6,600); Jose Holebas, Watford ($5,900); Andrew Robertson, Liverpool ($5,400)
Chris Lowe, Huddersfield Town ($4,100) – Lowe serves as a value defender that poaches corners on occasion – which is a nice bonus anytime you can roster a defender with set-piece upside. A winnable home matchup against Watford adds to Lowe’s appeal as Huddersfield look to make it four straight unbeaten.
Others to Consider – Christian Fuchs, Leicester City ($3,800); Simon Francis, Bournemouth ($3,600)
Heurelho Gomes, Watford ($5,400) – Gomes is kind of hidden amongst the big name favorites on the board, but at home against Swansea is a spot where he could save a little salary compared to the high-end goalkeepers in the pool. Swansea were just rattled by Liverpool on Tuesday, and with Watford in position to build on their win over Leicester, it would be no surprise to see Gomes come away with a strong score.
Others to Consider – Thibaut Courtois, Chelsea ($6,000); David de Gea, Manchester United ($5,900)
Lukasz Fabianski, Swansea City ($4,100) – With all the lower priced options playing in tougher road fixtures, Fabianski has a better matchup on paper for just a few hundred dollars more. Fabianski leads the Premier League with 80 saves, and he’s supplied some serviceable scores this season even when conceding.
Others to Consider – Mat Ryan, Brighton ($4,400)
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