Premier League Fantasy Picks: Top Targets For Saturday, Dec. 16

A six-game Premier League main slate takes center stage Saturday on DraftKings, so let’s take a closer look at some of the top targets and values to consider when building your lineups.

Forwards

STUDS

Alexis Sanchez, Arsenal ($10,500) — Sanchez, who has topped double-figures DKFP in six consecutive matches, stands out as arguably the top option, with Arsenal big favorites at home against Newcastle. Sanchez fired six shots and sent in four crosses for an 11-point haul Wednesday and — with Arsenal looking to get back on track after a three-match winless streak — look for the Chilean to turn in another strong showing against a Newcastle defense that has been slashed for nine goals across its last three road games.

Others to consider — Sergio Aguero, Manchester City ($9,200); Richarlison, Watford ($8,700); Alexandre Lacazette, Arsenal ($8,500)

VALUES

Johann Berg Gudmundsson, Burnley ($7,600) — Gudmundsson has a set-piece monopoly with Robbie Brady out for the season, and his multi-position eligibility comes in handy on slates such as this. With the uptick in set-piece responsibilities, he has swung in 27 crosses over the last three games — a trend that should continue against a Brighton squad that concedes multiple crosses each game.

Others to consider — Pascal Gross, Brighton ($6,800); Troy Deeney, Watford ($5,600); Marko Arnautovic, West Ham ($5,300)


Midfielders

STUDS

Xherdan Shaqiri, Stoke City ($8,900) — Shaqiri brought the energy in Stoke’s midweek loss at Burnley, firing two shots on goal and delivering eight crosses on his way to 13 DKFP, despite not turning up on the scoresheet. He’ll continue to serve as Stoke’s main attacking threat at home against West Ham, and if he’s able to make his mark with a goal or an assist, he could be a difference maker in tournaments.

Others to consider — Eden Hazard, Chelsea ($10,900); Kevin De Bruyne, Manchester City ($9,100); Mesut Ozil, Arsenal ($8,000)

VALUES

Jack Wilshere, Arsenal ($5,600) — With Aaron Ramsey out (hamstring), Wilshere turned up with a 10-DKFP effort at West Ham on Wednesday through a combination of peripheral stats. He could be back in the mix against Newcastle, and he looks hungry for a goal after rattling off three shots at West Ham.

Others to consider — Matt Ritchie, Newcastle ($6,100); Rajiv van La Parra, Huddersfield ($4,600)


Defenders

STUDS

Jose Holebas, Watford ($6,100) — Tom Cleverley was red-carded near the end of Tuesday’s loss at Crystal Palace, opening the door for Holebas to shoulder the load on set pieces against Huddersfield. It wasn’t too long ago that Holebas had a string of games with double-digit crosses and points and, with Cleverley out of the equation, he could churn out similar production Saturday.

Others to consider — Davide Zappacosta, Chelsea ($5,500); Sead Kolasinac, Arsenal ($5,200); Daryl Janmaat, Watford ($4,900)

VALUES

Markus Suttner, Brighton ($3,900) — There’s no way around it — value defenders are hard to come by on this slate unless some unforeseen values emerge once lineups are announced. Suttner provides some value with Brighton being a slight favorite over Burnley at home, where he has put in a combined 11 crosses and averaged seven DKFP over his last three matches.

Others to consider — Aaron Cresswell, West Ham ($4,300); Ryan Bertrand, Southampton ($4,200)


Goalkeepers

STUDS

Petr Cech, Arsenal ($5,900) — Cech registered a clean sheet Wednesday at West Ham, though he wasn’t forced into making any saves and came away with just five points. He has a shutout in two of his last three matches at home, and is the keeper to pay up for if you want the comfort of locking in a potential win and a clean-sheet bonus.

Others to consider — Thibaut Courtois, Chelsea ($5,800); Heurelho Gomes, Watford ($5,500)

VALUES

Hugo Lloris, Tottenham ($3,900) — A road match at league-leading Manchester City isn’t an easy task, and Lloris surely will be under siege considering City has won 15 in a row in its home confines. Per usual when taking a risk by paying down at goalkeeper, it can go one of two ways — in this instance, it would be no surprise to see Tottenham put up a fight, with Lloris making some saves along the way to make a game of it.


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