Fantasy Premier League: Top Targets and Values for Jan. 2

Two players dominate Wednesday’s slate with Chelsea and Manchester United the major favorites. Some will pick between Eden Hazard and Paul Pogba or just roll with both and that may be the biggest decision to make in the EPL $25K Backheel Special [$3K to 1st].

FORWARD

STUDS

Eden Hazard, Chelsea vs. Southampton, $10,500 — If you want to spend money, Hazard is the way to go. He didn’t have 13 fantasy points for the first time in seven matches at Crystal Palace over the weekend, but it’s hard to see that happening against Southampton, who are allowing more than two goals per match on the road. As for Hazard, he’s averaging 3.07 shots, 3.19 chances created and 3.79 fouls drawn per 90 minutes, which are unmatched by most in the league. Other Options — Willian, Chelsea, $8,200; Romelu Lukaku, Manchester United, $7,600; Callum Wilson, Bournemouth, $7,400

VALUES

Steve Mounie, Huddersfield vs. Burnley, $6,400 — Mounie costs more than usual, but he’s had at least five fantasy points in five of his past six appearances and he still hasn’t scored this season. The good news is that Burnley continue to allow a ton of opportunities with the most shots (381) and chances created (298) given up in the league.

Other Options — Johann Berg Gudmundsson, Burnley, $6,500; Wilfried Zaha, Crystal Palace, $5,600; Troy Deeney, Watford, $4,700


MIDFIELDER

STUDS

Paul Pogba, Manchester United at Newcastle, $8,600 — A popular route to take will be a Hazard and Pogba combo. Hazard may have a better floor, but Pogba has been on fire with two goals and three assists in the past three matches. He’s also held a decent floor with 13 shots and eight chances created over that stretch, which is why he’s worth the money unlike a lot of his teammates. Other Options — Felipe Anderson, West Ham, $8,400; Ryan Fraser, Bournemouth, $8,100; Robert Snodgrass, West Ham, $7,400

VALUES

Christian Atsu, Newcastle vs. Manchester United, $4,400 — While Man United are scoring in bunches, they’re also giving up opportunities and that’s where Atsu comes in. He has at least 6.3 fantasy points in four of his past five starts with the help of shots (8), crosses (14) and fouls drawn (12). Some will avoid him because of the matchup, but his floor is at least decent for a value play.

Other Options — Jonjo Shelvey, Newcastle, $6,000; Max Meyer, Crystal Palace, $4,700; Mario Lemina, Southampton, $3,600


DEFENDER

STUDS

Jose Holebas, Watford at Bournemouth, $5,800 — Holebas should return to the starting XI after coming off the bench last match. He’s the closest guarantee to 10 fantasy points for a defender, averaging 8.90 crosses and .62 shots per 90 minutes. This match is expected to produce goals and Bournemouth have allowed the sixth-most crosses (132) to defenders this season. Other Options — Matt Doherty, Wolverhampton, $5,600; Marcos Alonso, Chelsea, $5,300; Chris Lowe, Huddersfield, $4,800

VALUES

Jonny, Wolverhampton vs. Crystal Palace, $4,000 — Jonny has supplied a consistent floor most of the season, at least against weaker competition. He’s hit at least 4.5 fantasy points in five of his past six starts and is fairly safe to produce since most of his numbers come from a variety of places like shots, crosses and interceptions. Plus, over the last five gameweeks, Crystal Palace have allowed the most interceptions (42) and second-most tackles (45) to defenders.

Other Options — Fabian Schar, Newcastle, $3,900; Phil Bardsley, Burnley, $3,800; Christopher Schindler, Huddersfield, $3,600


GOALKEEPER

STUDS

Rui Patricio, Wolverhampton vs. Crystal Palace, $5,200 — Patricio has the second-best odds to secure a clean sheet on the slate and is also a decent favorite. He’s given up one goal or less in five of his past six starts and that’s led to at least four fantasy points in every match over that period. His cheaper price combined with the clean sheet odds can’t be beat. Other Options — Kepa Arrizabalaga, Chelsea, $5,900; Lukasz Fabianski, West Ham, $5,400; Jonas Lossl, Huddersfield, $5,100

VALUES

Tom Heaton, Burnley at Huddersfield, $4,300 — Heaton was solid in his first start of the season and now faces a Huddersfield side that has scored a league low 12 goals. Burnley are underdogs, but Huddersfield sit at the bottom of the table for a reason and can’t be trusted to score multiple goals.

Other Options — Asmir Begovic, Bournemouth, $4,800; David Button, Brighton, $4,200, Vicente Guaita, Crystal Palace, $4,100


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