Fantasy Premier League: Top EPL Picks, Values for May 12

Liverpool v NK Maribor, UEFA Champions League, Group E, Anfi

This is the slate we’ve been waiting for. The possibilities are endless with every team in action at the same time Sunday. You could take the cash-game route and back the high-floor players or go for it all in the EPL $40K Medium-Finale Special by banking on sneaky underdogs like Burnley and Leicester. Either way, it’ll be a fun couple hours.

FORWARD

STUDS

Mohamed Salah, Liverpool vs. Wolverhampton, $10,500 — Salah should return for this match and likely will take as many shots as possible to insure three points for Liverpool. He scored and assisted in the previous meeting against Wolverhampton, and his floor should be around 10 fantasy points since he’s averaging almost five shots over his past eight starts. With Liverpool in need of a win, you can’t be much safer than Salah.

Other Options — Andros Townsend, Crystal Palace, $8,200; Jamie Vardy, Leicester, $8,100; Bernardo Silva, Manchester City, $8,000

VALUES

David Hoilett, Cardiff at Manchester United, $4,800 — If Hoilett starts, he might be in every one of my lineups. He played 10 minutes off the bench last match and still had 5.3 points. He’s hit that total in his past five appearances thanks to 11 shots and 17 crosses. With Cardiff’s top corner taker Victor Camarasa injured, Hoilett also will add a few of those to help him reach at least five points again. This is the last chance for a lot of Cardiff players to show their worth in the Premier League, so they likely will be more motivated than Man United.

Other Options — Ryan Sessegnon, Fulham, Fulham, $5,100; Joshua King, Bournemouth, $4,900; Karlan Grant, Huddersfield, $4,500


MIDFIELDER

STUDS

Ryan Fraser, Bournemouth at Crystal Palace, $8,000 — Fraser comes at a slight discount on a big slate, and that makes him more desirable. He had a ridiculous 24 crosses against Tottenham last match and has at least 15 fantasy points in his past four starts. If he doesn’t surpass 10 points it’d be a surprise since the matchup is also favorable, as Crystal Palace have allowed more crosses than any other team in the league this season. Other Options — James Ward-Prowse, Southampton, $7,800; Matt Ritchie, Newcastle, $7,500; Luka Milivojevic, Crystal Palace, $7,300

VALUES

Manuel Lanzini, West Ham at Watford, $4,100 — There are a few places to go for value, but Lanzini returned from injury last match and should be ready for a full 90. He has at least 7.3 points in his last three starts from a variety of stats, though six shots and five crosses have helped. No matter how this match goes, Lanzini’s floor has held strong in wins (Southampton) and losses (Chelsea), which most value players can’t say.

Other Options — Will Hughes, Watford, $4,200; Idrissa Gueye, Everton, $4,100; Juninho Bacuna, Huddersfield, $3,900


DEFENDER

STUDS

Lucas Digne, Everton at Tottenham, $6,000 — Your top defender might be the most important play because you can’t get a flop from this position. Even away at Tottenham, I think Digne is the safest choice with 40 crosses in his past four starts and at least 12 fantasy points in five of his past six. Spurs reached the pinnacle Wednesday and have to come down to play Everton in a match that means little. Even better for Digne and the Toffees is they’ve outscored their opponents 11-2 in the past seven matches. Other Options — Trent Alexander-Arnold, Liverpool, $6,300; Matt Targett, Southampton, $5,900; Joe Bryan, Fulham, $5,400

VALUES

Chris Lowe, Huddersfield at Southampton, $3,800 — If you need to save money somewhere, Lowe is a simple play if he can make the starting XI. He started last week and has at least 4.3 fantasy points in his past seven starts. He had five crosses in 45 minutes in the first meeting, and Southampton’s unreliable back line won’t stop him from launching the ball from the flanks numerous times again.

Other Options — Patrick van Aanholt, Crystal Palace, $3,900; Virgil van Dijk, Liverpool, $3,900; Steve Cook, Bournemouth, $3,300


GOALKEEPER

STUDS

Vicente Guaita, Crystal Palace vs. Bournemouth, $5,400 — Even when Guaita allows a couple goals, he still is finishing in the positive. He has 34 saves in his past seven starts, and Bournemouth had just 15 goals in their first 16 away matches prior to going off at Brighton and Southampton. If you don’t like risk, Ederson ($6,000) is almost a lock for another clean sheet and double-digit points. Other Options — Ederson, Manchester City, $6,000; Alisson, Liverpool, $5,800; Hugo Lloris, Tottenham, $5,300

VALUES

Jordan Pickford, Everton at Tottenham, $4,200 — This is a perfect spot for a Tottenham letdown, especially since they haven’t performed well in their new home, scoring one goal in their past three (UCL included). Pickford hasn’t allowed a goal in three matches. and Everton will want to bounce back after allowing six goals in the prior meeting. If you prefer backing a home goalkeeper, Tom Heaton ($4,400) is also viable against Arsenal.

Other Options — Martin Dubravka, Newcastle, $4,600; Tom Heaton, Burnley, $4,400; Mat Ryan, Brighton, $3,500


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