A five-game English Premier League slate is front and center on Saturday. With a lack of standout options, combined with the possibility of squad rotation from Liverpool, be sure to make sure your players are active once starting lineups are announced. Now let’s have a look at the top options as we try to navigate this tricky slate.
Mohamed Salah – $10,800 – Liverpool – Salah has stepped up his role in the Liverpool attack with Philippe Coutinho and Sadio Mane injured. He has at least a goal or an assist in four straight games, and while Mane could be eased back into action on Saturday, Coutinho has already been ruled out and Liverpool will look to Salah to provide the attacking goods once again at West Ham on Saturday.
Others to Consider – Roberto Firmino (Liverpool; $8,600), Manolo Gabbiadini (Southampton; $7,800), Tammy Abraham (Swansea; $7,300)
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – $6,400 – Liverpool – Ox has seen an uptick in playing time recently and is coming off a three-shot, six cross, nine-point effort in 90 minutes of midweek Champions League action. It’s no given that he’ll draw another start, but on a shortened slate, he’s an attractive option as one of the cheapest ways into the Liverpool attack.
Others to Consider – Chicharito (West Ham; $6,300), Jay Rodriguez (West Brom; $5,600)
James Milner – $8,100 – Liverpool – Milner has a combined 27 crosses and 41 points in his last two games, and his point haul could have been even bigger had he converted a penalty kick on Wednesday. His fantasy appeal has increased with Coutinho missing out, as he’s taking the majority of set pieces for arguably the most dangerous attack on the slate.
Others to Consider – Matt Ritchie (Newcastle; $9,100), Dusan Tadic (Southampton; $7,700)
Sam Clucas – $5,000 – Swansea City – Clucas scored a goal and finished with 19 points at Arsenal last Saturday. He benefitted from a positional shift which saw him lineup at left back with Martin Olsson missing out. While it’s generally not ideal to take a midfielder that lines up as a defender, Clucas took both of Swansea’s corner kicks against Arsenal and could resume that role in a winnable home game against Brighton.
Others to Consider – Manuel Lanzini (West Ham; $6,300), Jonjo Shelvey (Newcastle; $5,300), Anthony Knockaert (Brighton; $5,100)
Cedric Soares – $5,900 – Southampton – Soares has five or more crosses in three straight and pops off the board as arguably the safest high-end option at the position. Southampton are the biggest home favorite on the board, and it would be no surprise to see Soares hit double digits through a combo of crosses and clean sheet points.
Others to Consider – Alberto Moreno (Liverpool; $6,100), Ryan Bertrand (Southampton; $5,700)
Aaron Cresswell – $4,600 – West Ham – Cresswell could be considered more of a mid-range play than a value, but given the shallow player pool on this five-game slate, we’d be looking at rostering center backs once we dip below this price point. Yuck! Cresswell contributed his first assist of the season last Saturday and has been deemed fit to play after coming off at halftime due to a dead leg. While Manuel Lanzini taking over set pieces has downgraded Cresswell’s fantasy appeal, Cresswell is fully capable of picking up points through open play, and he could be forced to swing balls into the box even more if West Ham are forced to play keep up with Liverpool.
Others to Consider – Matthew Lowton (Burnley; $4,100)
Fraser Forster – $5,700 – Southampton – Fraser and Southampton kept a clean sheet the last time they were at home and now face a Burnley side that hasn’t scored more than one goal in a game since their season opener. On a slate lacking heavy favorites, Forster looks to be in the best spot if you’re spending up for a goalkeeper.
Others to Consider – Simon Mignolet (Liverpool; $5,400)
Joe Hart – $4,000 – West Ham – Hart is tasked with keeping a potent Liverpool attack in check, but he’s at home and he’s somewhat surprisingly hit double-digit points in three of his last four outings. A clean sheet might be a stretch, but he’ll likely have enough shots come his way that another worthy fantasy performance is attainable.
Others to Consider – Nick Pope (Burnley; $3,900)
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