Another big Premier League slate is upon us, with seven games featured on Saturday’s main slate. Manchester City will likely be heavily targeted again playing against cellar dwellers Crystal Palace, but there are several other players worthy of rostering. Let’s breakdown the studs and values at each position.
Ederson – $6,000 – Manchester City – City are firing on all cylinders to start the season and now host a Crystal Palace team that is dead last in the Premier League with five losses and zero goals to their name. Over their last two games, Manchester City has dismantled Liverpool and Watford by a combined score of 11-0, making Ederson the obvious high-end goalkeeper to pay for if you’re spending up at the position.
Others to Consider – Jordan Pickford (Everton; $5,500), Nick Pope (Burnley; $5,200)
Kasper Schmeichel – $4,300 – Leicester City – Leicester City and Liverpool meet again after the Foxes dispatched of Liverpool 2-0 in League Cup play on Tuesday. While both teams fielded a mix of regular starters and backups, it was an encouraging result for Leicester City heading into the weekend. Leicester will likely face a barrage of shots from Liverpool’s talented attack, providing ample opportunity for Schmeichel to post a serviceable fantasy score even if he concedes.
Others to Consider – Jack Butland (Stoke City; $3,800)
Benjamin Mendy – $6,400 – Manchester City – Mendy was featured in this spot last week and came through with nine crosses and 13 points. He’s shot up to the priciest defender on the board, but he has the stats to back it up. Despite limited minutes to start the season, Mendy leads all defenders with 26 crosses and is crossing at a rate of nearly nine crosses per game — the highest rate of any player at any position on the slate.
Others to Consider – James Milner (Liverpool; $6,300), Davide Zappacosta (Chelsea; $5,800), Jose Holebas (Watford; $5,300)
Trent Alexander-Arnold – $4,300 – Liverpool – Alexander-Arnold was a bright spot in Liverpool’s 1-1 draw last week, racking up 11 points behind two shots and 10 crosses. It’s anyone’s guess who will take set pieces for Liverpool, but Alexander-Arnold usually has a share of them when he’s on the field, boosting his fantasy appeal. He didn’t feature in Liverpool’s League Cup match on Tuesday, which leads me to believe he’s a strong candidate to start at Leicester on Saturday.
Others to Consider – Cedric Soares (Southampton; $4,600), Matthew Lowton (Burnley; $4,100), Ben Chilwell (Leicester City; $3,500)
Gylfi Sigurdsson – $8,400 – Everton – Sigurdsson has had an underwhelming start to the season with his new club, but he’s in a good spot to get back on track at home versus Bournemouth. His salary has yet to climb due to his sub-par performances, so he’s available at a nice discount compared to the other studs at the position. He’s able to accumulate points across multiple categories, and with the pressure mounting for Everton to start getting results, Sigurdsson could be on the verge of a breakout performance.
Others to Consider – Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City; $10,400), Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool; $9,600)
Robbie Brady – $6,500 – Burnley – As Burnley’s primary set-piece taker, Brady has an enticing matchup at home against Huddersfield Town on Saturday. Coming into Matchweek 6, he leads all player on the slate with 39 crosses. He managed nine points against a stronger Liverpool side last weekend, and in what should be a competitive match against Premier League newcomers Huddersfield Town, there’s a good possibility Brady will hit double digits.
Others to Consider – Tom Ince (Huddersfield Town; $5,700), Tom Carroll (Swansea; $4,700), Steven Davis (Southampton; $3,100)
Sergio Aguero – $11,000 – Manchester City – Aguero scored a hat-trick and put up a mammoth 50 points on DraftKings at Watford in his last outing. He’s got five goals and two assists over his last three games, including Champions League, and gets another juicy matchup at home against Crystal Palace. There’s a chance Manchester City rotate their squad with a Champions League game next Tuesday, but De Bruyne or Jesus are both viable pivots if Aguero happens to be rested.
Others to Consider – Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United; $10,600), Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City; $9,500), Mohamed Salah (Liverpool; $9,100)
Chris Wood – $5,900 – Burnley – The top scorer in the Championship last season has wasted little time making his mark with his new club. Wood has three goals in five games across limited minutes with Burnley, including a penalty kick goal against his former club Leeds in League Cup action on Tuesday. Look for Burnley to continue to lean on Wood for goals in a plus matchup at home against Huddersfield Town.
Others to Consider – Richarlison (Watford; $6,100), Tammy Abraham (Swansea; $6,000), Victor Moses (Chelsea; $5,300)
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