The relegation battle is heating up and with a lack of standouts to target on Saturday, several mid-tier options could be the difference makers. Let’s look at my top targets at each position for Saturday’s five game slate.
Eldin Jakupovic – $5,500 – Hull City – Jakupovic has back-to-back double-digit fantasy scores on the strength of consecutive clean sheets, and it couldn’t come at a better time. With Hull City a mere two points ahead of Swansea for the last spot to ensure they stay in the Premier League next season, I expect another strong showing from the Tigers against a Sunderland side that has already been mathematically relegated.
Lukasz Fabianski – $4,600 – Swansea City – Fabianski has eight or more points in four straight games, despite conceding a goal in three of those. Sticking with the relegation battle theme, Swansea are desperate for points as they chase Hull City for the final spot in the safe zone. With Romelu Lukaku and Co. in town, and Swansea with their backs against the wall, Fabianski is in position to flirt with double-digit points once again.
Others to Consider – Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester City; $5,700), Tom Heaton (Burnley; $5,200), Artur Boruc (Bournemouth; $5,000)
Jose Holebas – $5,200 – Watford – Holebas missed out on Monday’s game against Liverpool with a foot injury but stands a good chance to return to action on Saturday. Given the lack of standout options at the position, it’ll be worth keeping an eye out for Holebas when starting lineups are announced. He comes with a fairly safe floor given his involvement on set pieces, averaging 12 fantasy points per game across his last five outings.
Martin Olsson – $4,600 – Swansea City – Olsson played just 18 minutes last Sunday against Manchester United but looks in line to return to Swansea’s starting lineup. His last three starts have been far from fruitful, with a combined 10 points across that stretch. Despite the lack of production, Olsson has sprinkled in totals of 27, 19 and 15 points amongst his last 10 games. With Swansea in desperation mode it would be no surprise to see him turn up with another big total.
Others to Consider – Adam Smith (Bournemouth; $5,100), Charlie Daniels (Bournemouth; $4,900), Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull City; $3,900)
Gylfi Sigurdsson – $9,500 – Swansea City – Sigurdsson stands out on a slate lacking big name players. He’s hit 21 points in back-to-back games and swung in a whopping 16 crosses in his last home game. With multiple mid-range options to fit in around him, there should be no problem fitting Sigurdsson into your lineup.
Robbie Brady – $6,800 – Burnley – Brady has a combined 36 points over his last two games, and that’s without a goal or an assist. He continues to cross the ball at a high rate and serves as a nice building block for cash game lineups in my opinion.
Others to Consider – Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City; $8,500), Xherdan Shaqiri (Stoke City; $8,100), Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth; $7,700)
Joshua King – $8,000 – Bournemouth – King is a mostly goal-dependent forward for fantasy purposes, but it’s hard to ignore his current run of form. He’s scored in two straight games and has a goal in four of his last five games, registering 16 or more points in each of those four games.
Kamil Grosicki – $7,100 – Hull City – Grosicki has failed to hit double-digit points in four straight outings, but he’ll have a good chance to snap that streak with lowly Sunderland up next. Hull City will be looking at this as a must-win, and considering his involvement in the attack, I expect Grosicki will have multiple opportunities to make his mark on the scoresheet.
Others to Consider – Romelu Lukaku (Everton; $9,500), Jamie Vardy (Leicester City; $8,200), Oumar Niasse (Hull City; $5,300)
Wahbi Khazri – $5,400 – Sunderland – Khazri swung in 11 crosses in last weekend’s 1-0 loss to Bournemouth, flashing his ability to hit double-digit fantasy points from crosses alone. His price continues to rise, but at $5,400 he still qualifies as a nice value play in both cash games and GPPs.
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