Premier League Targets: April 3rd

Leicester City’s five-point lead at the top of the Premier League may be down to two points when they kick off on Sunday whereas Man United will need to beat an Everton side that have been going like a train away from home this season. This targets article looks at every position on the pitch and the players that are most likely to score you points.

GOALKEEPER

STUDS

Kaspar Schmeichel – ($4,000) – Leicester City – The son of the Great Dane has kept three straight Premier League clean sheets and there’s nothing to suggest Leicester won’t keep stringing together the wins this weekend. Over those games he has 16.3 fantasy points per game (FPPG) and has averaged over three saves per game (3.3), which outstrips his 2.64 saves per game for the season as a whole.

VALUES

Fraser Forster– ($3,500) – Southampton – The fact there are only two fixtures basically means the choice of four goalkeepers. When picking the value of the four, it’s mindful to choose the guy that will make the most saves and that man is Southampton’s Forster. Of the two home teams playing on Sunday, Leicester have had 407 shots this season to Man United’s 335. Whilst Southampton are unlikely to keep a clean sheet or win, Forster averages 2.63 saves per game and will beat that average on Sunday.

DEFENDER

STUDS

Christian Fuchs – ($5,300) – Leicester City – When you think of Leicester’s defence, they are the unsung heroes of the club’s unexpected rise to Premier League greatness. Apart from Aleksandar Kolarov and Danny Rose, Fuchs has been the most consistent daily fantasy football full back and has an above average 12.3 FPPG over the three 1-0 wins against Crystal Palace, Newcastle and Watford. His cross numbers have dropped off but his tackles and interceptions have picked up the slack.

Daley Blind – ($4,000) – Man Utd – The Everton duo of Leighton Baines ($4,600) and Seamus Coleman ($4,100) cannot be relied upon for DK points this season and the next best top price option is the Dutch captain. For a central defender he is expensive at this price, but likes to make tackles and interceptions, plus he swings in a couple of crosses every week. Man Utd have the best home defence in the Premier League and as they are chasing a Champions League spot, expect it to be tighter than usual this weekend.

VALUES

Bryan Oviedo – ($3,300) – Everton – The Costa Rican international will have recovered from bronchitis in time for this one and didn’t play in either of his country’s games in the recent international break. Oviedo has history at Old Trafford after scoring the only goal in a 1-0 victory in December 2013 and has been the preferred option at left back in recent weeks. Over the past five games the left back has put up 14 FPPG and there’s the added fact that Everton’s away record is the fourth best in the Premier League.

MIDFIELDER

STUDS

Riyad Mahrez – ($8,200) – Leicester City – The heartbeat of Leicester’s title challenge, the wide midfielder picked up four assists in Algeria’s 7-1 thumping of Ethiopia and will be out for blood once more, against Southampton. In the last two games against the South Coast side, Mahrez has two goals and an assist and is on 16 goals and 11 assists for the season. Over the past four games, Mahrez has scored 20 FPPG and showed why players of this ilk are among the best fantasy performers out there.

VALUES

Aaron Lennon/Kevin Mirallas – ($3,800/$3,500) – Everton –Roberto Martinez has overseen a side that is playing its best football away from home and it’s scoring goals where they really shine. It’s a wonder why these two are still so affordable, but the fact they aren’t guaranteed to start explains it. Lennon has three goals in his last five Premier League games, two of those goals coming away from Goodison. Mirallas is the less solid option due to his recent suspension, but Everton will be their usual attacking selves and either is a good option.

Steven Davis – ($3,800) – Southampton – Northern Ireland’s captain has been a regular fixture for manager Ronald Koeman of late and should start against Leicester. Over the last three games, Davis has 10.3 FPPG and averages 4.6 crosses per game. Taking him against a Leicester side that have kept three clean sheets in a row represents a risk, but Graziano Pelle ($5,600) has hit some form and another team that is physical at centre forward, West Brom, showed that Leicester’s defence is far from unbreachable.

FORWARDS

STUDS

Romelu Lukaku – ($7,800) – Everton – The only strikers to score more goals than Lukaku this season are Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy ($7,700) and the Belgian has 18 goals and six assists in the Premier League this season. Everton’s away record is very tidy and Lukaku takes more shots than any other Everton player. United have a very good defensive record at Old Trafford but there are few forwards better than Lukaku

Jamie Vardy – ($7,700) – Leicester City – Two goals in two games for England brought an end to Vardy’s goal drought and with Mahrez’s problems scoring goals at home, Vardy looks best placed to score this weekend. He has already scored twice against Southampton this season and has adapted his game with two assists in the last two games. It’s meant a slight drop off in his DK Point numbers but I fancy him to remedy that with a good performance this weekend.

VALUES

Graziano Pellè – ($5,600) – Southampton – Due to the short slate, value is hard to find at forward. Thankfully Pellè is still well below the $6,000 and whilst he is, he’s a must pick. On his last two Premier League appearances, the Italian stallion has three goals, two assists and two straight 32 DK Point appearances. He has also had at least four shots in the last three games and the fact he’s a streaky player means he must be picked up when he’s in form like this.