With a week to go there’s still plenty to play for despite Chelsea running away with the Premier League title. Swansea City, Hull City and even Crystal Palace are fighting for their lives as they hope to stay in England’s top flight for another season. At the other end of the table — Liverpool, Manchester City, Arsenal and Manchester United are all jockeying for positioning with Champions League and Europa League implications as the season comes to a close. Let’s take a closer look how that impacts the top targets on Saturday’s main slate:
Petr Cech – $5,600 – Arsenal – Cech is a big reason why Arsenal are still in the hunt for a top four finish, pitching a clean sheet in three of his last four outings and posting double-digit fantasy points in five straight. Now he’s up against a Stoke City squad that have been held scoreless in two of their last three and have little to play for compared to the Gunners.
Jordan Pickford – $4,100 – Sunderland – Despite already being relegated, Pickford came up with five saves in a surprise 2-0 win at Hull City and finished with 20 fantasy points. He’ll be in a similar spot against visiting Swansea City, who currently sit just one point above Hull City in the safe zone thanks in large part to Pickford’s big game.
Others to Consider – Artur Boruc (Bournemouth; $5,400), Lukasz Fabianski (Swansea City; $5,300), Jack Butland (Stoke City; $3,900)
Adam Smith – $5,200 – Bournemouth – Smith contributed his fifth assist of the season in last Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Stoke City, hitting double digit DK points for the third game in his last four outings. He was active throughout the match, ringing a shot off the post on his lone shot of the game. I’m looking for more of the same in Bournemouth’s final home game of the season.
Javier Manquillo – $3,300 – Sunderland – Manquillo serves as a bargain bin defender play as long as he continues to start. The left back had three crosses and finished with nine fantasy points last weekend, outscoring many of the top tier options at a fraction of the cost. Keep an eye on starting lineups as Bryan Oviedo ($3,900) has returned to training and his return would likely shift Manquillo back to the bench. Oviedo is a worthwhile pivot for $600 more.
Others to Consider – Cedric Soares (Southampton; $5,500), Hector Bellerin (Arsenal; $4,500), Matthew Lowton (Burnley; $3,900)
Gylfi Sigurdsson – $10,200 – Swansea City – Sigurdsson has a combined 33 crosses over his last three games and with Swansea City in the thick of a relegation battle, we’ll continue to get the best out of Swansea’s attacking cog in the final two games of the season. The high volume crossing is nice, but with Swansea desperate for a result heading into the final week, I think Sigurdsson adds to his nine goal, 12 assist haul in a good matchup at Sunderland.
Xherdan Shaqiri – $7,400 – Stoke City – Shaqiri turned in 10 crosses in last weekend’s 2-2 draw at Bournemouth — the second time he’s hit double-digit crosses in five games. Despite topping 10 points for the fourth time in those five games, his price dropped $600. While the visiting Arsenal are sure to present a stiff challenge, Shaqiri continues to provide a relatively safe floor and comes with big upside if he makes his mark on the scoresheet in addition to the shots and crosses.
Others to Consider – Mesut Ozil (Arsenal; $8,000), Junior Stanislas (Bournemouth; $6,800), Wahbi Khazri (Sunderland; $5,400)
Alexis Sanchez – $10,000 – Arsenal – His game logs haven’t been overly impressive recently, but with 20 goals and nine assists he’s the only player in the EPL in the top five overall in both categories. With a top four finish and a ticket to the UEFA Champions League still in sight, I think Sanchez is the player most likely to explode with a monster performance to keep hope alive heading into the final week of the Premier League season.
Jordan Ayew – $5,500 – Swansea City – Ayew has quietly turned in three consecutive strong performances, amassing a combined 41 points over that span. He has an assist in two of those three and is collecting fantasy points across multiple categories. His salary is as high as it’s been all season, but is still well within reason given his recent production. With Swansea in desperation mode he’ll be turned to for another good showing.
Others to Consider – Joshua King (Bournemouth; $8,300), Jermain Defoe (Sunderland; $6,500), Fernando Llorente (Swansea City; $6,100)
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