A four-game slate is on deck Saturday, with Liverpool jumping off the page as the team to load up on given the limited player pool. Let’s take a closer look at the top targets and values to consider on Saturday.
Mohamed Salah, Liverpool ($12,200) – Salah failed to score for the first time in his last eight appearances on Saturday at Manchester United, proving that he is human after all. The Premier League’s joint-top scorer is in a good bounce back spot at home against Watford, who just gave up three goals at Arsenal in their last fixture.
Others to Consider – Roberto Firmino, Liverpool ($9,400); Sadio Mane, Liverpool ($9,000); Theo Walcott, Everton ($8,100)
Wayne Rooney, Everton ($5,900) – With Gylfi Sigurdsson ruled out for the foreseeable future, Rooney could assume a larger role on set pieces going forward. Buyer beware though — Rooney hasn’t scored more than five points in any of his last nine appearances. While he may not have a set piece monopoly, on a four-game slate, he’s back in the fantasy conversation assuming he’s collecting extra points through a share of set-piece deliveries. He hasn’t contributed to a goal in 10 games now, but on a short slate let’s not be too quick to forget that Rooney’s 208 Premier League goals are second all-time to go along with an all-time third-best 103 assists.
Others to Consider – Andros Townsend, Crystal Palace ($6,600); Steve Mounie, Huddersfield Town ($5,500); Salomon Rondon, West Bromwich Albion ($4,900)
Junior Stanislas, Bournemouth ($8,200) – Stanislas has eclipsed double-digit points in four straight outings, taking at least four shots and sending in at least four crosses in each of his last three. Up next is a date with last-place West Bromwich Albion, who have lost six in a row. If recent results are any indication, Stanislas should have his way in turning in another strong fantasy performance.
Others to Consider – Xherdan Shaqiri, Stoke City ($8,700); Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Liverpool ($7,100); James Milner, Liverpool ($6,900)
Rajiv van La Parra, Huddersfield Town ($6,000) – An early red card played into van La Parra’s favor in last Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Swansea, allowing him to pump in 12 crosses en route to a 15-fantasy-point day. His crossing totals were inflated thanks to Huddersfield playing up a man for the majority of the match, but all that aside, he’s still averaging over 16 fantasy points per game (FPPG) across his last four games. On a four-game slate, van La Parra is well worth a GPP shot at home against a reeling Crystal Palace squad.
Others to Consider – Aaron Mooy, Huddersfield Town ($6,300); Chris Brunt, West Bromwich Albion ($5,600); Yannick Bolasie, Everton ($5,200)
Jose Holebas, Watford ($5,000) – Florent Hadergjonaj sent in a whopping 21 crosses last weekend, and while he’s in play on a short slate, I think it’s worth mentioning again that his numbers were inflated due to game flow after Swansea went down a man 11 minutes into the match. While Holebas has a much tougher matchup on the road at Liverpool, I think he’s a safer play than Hadergjonaj for $200 more. Holebas continues to take the majority of Watford’s set pieces, sending in 14 crosses last weekend at Arsenal and totaling 22 crosses over his last two appearances.
Others to Consider – Adam Smith, Bournemouth ($5,300); Patrick van Aanholt, Crystal Palace ($4,900); Leighton Baines, Everton ($4,700)
Kostas Stafylidis, Stoke City ($4,200) – Stafylidis has yet to have a breakout performance since debuting for Stoke four games ago, but he’s been logging points through a dusting of peripheral stats across the board. In limited minutes he’s averaging 4.4 FPPG, without any clean sheet bonuses in four appearances. On a short slate, he’s in play as a potential salary saver.
Others to Consider – Seamus Coleman, Everton ($4,400); Virgil van Dijk, Liverpool ($4,300)
Loris Karius, Liverpool ($6,000) – Karius gave up two goals to Manchester United and ended up with negative fantasy points in his last outing. Like Salah on the attacking end, Karius and Liverpool are in a good bounce-back spot versus a Watford squad that have failed to score in their last four road games.
Others to Consider – Asmir Begovic, Bournemouth ($5,300); Jack Butland, Stoke City ($4,900)
Orestis Karnezis, Watford ($3,600) – Despite losing 2-1 to Chelsea last weekend, a $3,600 Wayne Hennessey posted 10 points behind seven saves, serving up a reminder that even the biggest underdog on the slate can prove to be valuable. Karnezis is in a similar position at Liverpool on Saturday, where he could be peppered with enough shots that he turns in a serviceable fantasy score regardless if he concedes a goal or two.
Others to Consider – Jonas Lossl, Huddersfield Town ($4,700)
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