Fantasy Premier League 2013 Week 4: Players Worth Targeting This Weekend

Andrew GouldFeatured ColumnistSeptember 14, 2013

BURTON-UPON-TRENT, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 03:  Theo Walcott of England arrives for a training session at St Georges Park on September 3, 2013 in Burton-upon-Trent, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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A new fixture brings a new batch of decisions for fantasy Premier League managers in search of accumulating the most points.

This weekend is loaded with action, as eight matches fill the lineup card. That provides fantasy owners plenty of options to strike gold.

It's time to tinker with your lineup and locate the stars who will generate the most success for your fantasy squad. Target these guys for the upcoming fixture.


Olivier Giroud (vs. Sunderland)

Sunderland has already surrendered five goals this season, tying it with Swansea City for most in the PL. Olivier Giroud leads Arsenal, who faces Sunderland this Saturday, with three goals.

You do the math.

Giroud has darted out of the starting line, situated in a three-way tie for the league's scoring lead. After scoring 11 goals last season in his first year with Arsenal, he looks fully comfortable in the system and no longer faces such heavy pressure to live up to the lofty expectations.

The striker also leads the team with 11 shots and five shots on goal, so chances have come aplenty for the 26-year-old to leave Arsenal's offensive brigade.

Expect his scorching start to continue against a vulnerable opponent.


Theo Walcott (vs. Arsenal)

Giroud's old teammate is now suiting up for the enemy.

After leading the Gunners with 14 goals last season, Theo Walcott will face his old team as a member of the Black Cats. While Walcott looked poised to flourish in his new surroundings while playing a larger role in the attack, the new acquisition has yet to score a goal this season.

According to Squawka, Walcott has shot five goals on target despite his goose egg in the goal column. If he keeps coming so close, the 24-year-old is bound to eventually hit one.

While the signing of Mesut Ozil has yet to pay dividends for Walcott, their recent signing should eventually guide Walcott to a bounty of scores. When the transfer deal was made official, Sky Sports reported Walcott's jubilation about playing with the dynamic midfielder.

"He's been a great addition and I am personally looking forward to playing with him," Walcott said. "I am really excited to play with him."

There's also the intangible factor of facing his old team. Walcott will be anxious to show that he's moved on and made new friends. All of this bodes well for him finding the net during Sunderland's showdown against Arsenal.