Premier League Fantasy Picks: Top Targets For Dec. 2

The Premier League is in full swing, with seven games highlighting Saturday’s main slate after a busy midweek schedule in which all 20 teams were in action. With that in mind, there’s sure to be some squad rotation, so be sure to comb over starting lineups once they’re announced (usually an hour before kickoff).

Let’s dive into the top targets and values at each position for Saturday.

Forwards

STUDS

Mohamed Salah, Liverpool ($11,300) — Salah is in the midst of a phenomenal run of form, with seven goals over his last four EPL appearances. He came off the bench to bag a mid-week brace and, after logging just 26 minutes Wednesday, it would be surprising not to see Salah back in the starting lineup Saturday. Liverpool are heavy road favorites at Brighton, and there’s no reason to believe Salah can’t keep it going.

Others to consider — Harry Kane, Tottenham ($11,500); Philippe Coutinho, Liverpool ($10,800); Gylfi Sigurdsson, Everton ($8,200)

VALUES

Demarai Gray, Leicester City ($5,700) — Gray hasn’t hit double-digit DKFP points in three games, and it’s no guarantee that he’ll start, but if he’s in the lineup, he’s well worth a look at this price. When he starts, he takes the majority of set pieces for the Foxes, and a favorable home matchup against Burnley is the type of spot we’ll want to keep an eye out for Gray when starting lineups are released.

Others to consider — Johann Berg Gudmundsson, Burnley ($5,700); Salomon Rondon, West Bromwich Albion ($5,700)

Midfielder

STUDS

Xherdan Shaqiri, Stoke City ($8,800) — Even with Darren Fletcher ($3,600) eating into a share of Stoke City’s set pieces, Shaqiri has produced. He hit nine DKFP against Liverpool on Wednesday, and posted 12 and 24, respectively, in his previous two EPL appearances. He might not be as flashy as, say, the Liverpool options, but he saves a little bit of cash and, at home against Swansea, he stands a good chance to outperform his higher-priced counterparts.

Others to consider — Sadio Mane, Liverpool ($9,500); Christian Eriksen, Tottenham ($9,100); Robbie Brady, Burnley ($7,700)

VALUES

Tom Cleverley, Watford ($3,700) — With Jose Holebas out of the squad, Cleverley has taken over the majority of Watford’s set pieces in the last two games. He managed 12 DKFP on Tuesday against a stout Manchester United squad, swinging eight crosses in along the way. If both Holebas and Will Hughes remain out, Cleverly won’t have to do much to make value — even in a tough fixture against Tottenham.

Others to consider — Marc Albrighton, Leicester City ($5,600); Darren Fletcher, Stoke City ($3,600)

Defender

STUDS

Kieran Trippier, Tottenham ($6,600) — Trippier’s salary continues to rise, but, considering he has hit for 15 or more points in four of his last five EPL appearances, it’s justified. The last time he was in the lineup, he took five of Tottenham’s eight corner kicks, and that was with Eriksen, Ben Davies and Son Heung-min on the field. I’ve said before that I wouldn’t hesitate to target a midfielder at a similar salary and with that kind of output, and that theory holds true here for Trippier in a good matchup at Watford.

Others to consider — Ben Davies, Tottenham ($6,300); Trent Alexander-Arnold, Liverpool ($5,900)

VALUES

Kiko Femenia, Watford ($3,800) — Unless something opens up when lineups are announced, it’s another slate where sub-$4K value might be hard to find. Femenia has topped seven points in three consecutive games, including a four-cross, eight-DKFP effort against Manchester United midweek. A home fixture against Tottenham presents another challenge, but with Spurs also on short rest, another 2x output from Femenia isn’t unthinkable.

Other to consider — Marvin Zeegelaar, Watford ($3,700)

Goalkeeper

STUDS

Jordan Pickford, Everton ($5,500) — Pickford played his part in Everton’s 4-0 thumping of West Ham on Wednesday, stopping a penalty kick and finishing with 19 DKFP. It was his first clean sheet of the season, but Pickford is in position to keep it rolling against a Huddersfield attack that has been shut out in six consecutive road games.

Others to consider — Kasper Schmeichel, Leicester City ($5,600); Petr Cech, Arsenal ($4,800)

VALUES

Mat Ryan, Brighton and Hove Albion ($3,800) — Despite being at home, Brighton are the biggest underdog on the slate against Liverpool. Ryan turned in 13 points in a 0-0 shutout of Crystal Palace midweek and, while it’s unlikely he’ll register another clean sheet, he’s sure to have several opportunities to earn points through saves, considering Liverpool have forced the most saves from opposing goalkeepers this season.

Others to consider — Heurelho Gomes, Watford ($3,800)


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