Fantasy Premier League: Top Targets and Values for Dec. 15

Saturday’s Premier League slate is dominated by Tottenham, who are the biggest favorite and only top six club in action. That means most rosters will have a couple of their players at a minimum, though the GPP route for the EPL $30K Backheel Special [$5K to 1st] might be to completely fade Spurs and hope Harry Kane can’t find his scoring boots.

FORWARD

STUDS

Harry Kane, Tottenham vs. Burnley, $10,900 — If Kane is in the starting XI, it’ll be hard to fade him given he’s 20 percent more likely to score than anyone else on the slate, according to the odds. Burnley have given up the most shots (100) and chances created (79) in the ppast five gameweeks, and Kane is averaging 4.9 shots over his past eight starts in all competitions. Other Options — Son Heung-Min, Tottenham, $9,500; Erik Lamela, Tottenham, $8,700; Aleksandar Mitrovic, Fulham, $7,800

VALUES

Laurent Depoitre, Huddersfield vs. Newcastle, $5,800 — Depoitre played a full 90 in the past two matches (both on the road) and should do so again after taking seven shots. This is more of a GPP play because Depoitre doesn’t have much of a floor, but he’s shown he’ll take shots even if they aren’t likely to go in. Newcastle have allowed six goals in their past three matches and will be without Federico Fernandez due to injury and DeAndre Yedlin due to suspension.

Other Options — Salomon Rondon, Newcastle, $6,700; Ryan Sessegnon, Fulham, $5,900; Helder Costa, Wolverhampton, $5,400


MIDFIELDER

STUDS

James Maddison, Leicester at Crystal Palace, $8,600 — It’d be wise to use at least two Tottenham players, but Maddison isn’t far behind, if at all. His floor is rarely below 10 fantasy points, averaging 2.27 shots and 5.89 crosses per 90 minutes. That won’t change against a Crystal Palace side that gave up three goals to Brighton and West Ham each in the past two matches. Other Options — Christian Eriksen, Tottenham, $9,000; Ryan Fraser, Bournemouth, $8,500; Robert Snodgrass, West Ham, $8,100

VALUES

Ki Sung-yueng, Newcastle at Huddersfield, $4,300 — Matt Ritchie returned last match, yet Ki still took the majority of set pieces and managed 7.3 fantasy points from nine crosses. As Newcastle’s set-piece taker, his floor has floated between five and nine points and should again have plenty of opportunity to do that against Huddersfield, who have been equally as bad at home as on the road.

Other Options — Diogo Jota, Wolverhampton, $6,000; Philip Billing, Huddersfield, $5,200; Max Meyer, Crystal Palace, $5,100


DEFENDER

STUDS

Jose Holebas, Watford vs. Cardiff City, $6,500 — With Kieran Trippier still questionable to play, Holebas is the pick — and he might be better anyway. Holebas has been effective with fewer crosses the past two matches, and this is the perfect spot to reach double-digit crosses again. He’s averaging 9.66 crosses per 90 minutes, and Watford have the second-best odds to win, meaning he’ll be on the attack a good portion of the match. Other Options — Kieran Trippier, Tottenham, $6,900; Chris Lowe, Huddersfield, $6,100; Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Crystal Palace, $5,400

VALUES

Fabian Schar, Newcastle at Huddersfield, $3,400 — Schar should return to the squad after suspension, and he’s quietly been effective as a value defender. He’s averaging a combined six tackles and interceptions per 90 minutes, but also nearly one shot per outing. Huddersfield have given up the most clearances to defenders this season and surely will lose the ball numerous times in the attack against Newcastle.

Other Options — Sol Bamba, Cardiff, $4,200; Calum Chambers, Fulham, $4,000; Toby Alderweireld, Tottenham, $3,600


GOALKEEPER

STUDS

Hugo Lloris, Tottenham vs. Burnley, $6,000 — This is a lot to pay at goalkeeper, but with the best odds to win and to give up the fewest amount of goals, Lloris makes sense. He’s hit double-digit fantasy points in seven of his past 10 starts, and Burnley have only three goals from 48 shots in their past five matches. Other Options — Ben Foster, Watford, $5,600; Rui Patricio, Wolverhampton, $5,200; Jonas Lossl, Huddersfield, $4,900

VALUES

Joe Hart, Burnley at Tottenham, $3,600 — Hart has at least 10 fantasy points in his past three starts and has given up multiple goals in two of those. Even if Tottenham score three, there’s a decent chance Hart makes at least five saves to make value, which has often been the case for him against top clubs.

Other Options — Wayne Hennessey, Crystal Palace, $4,900; Kasper Schmeichel, Leicester, $4,600; Martin Dubravka, Newcastle, $4,500


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