Saturday’s five-game main fantasy soccer slate features two big home favorites in Arsenal and Liverpool, but there are viable options to consider elsewhere as well. Here’s a quick rundown of some of the top targets and values that could make an impact in the EPL $50K Banana Kick [$10K to 1st].
Mohamed Salah, Liverpool vs. Brighton Hove & Albion, $11,300 — The reigning Golden Boot winner has started the season strong, averaging more than 18 fantasy points per game with a goal and an assist to his name through two games. At home against a Brighton team that have allowed two goals in each of their first two games, Salah is a fade-at-your-own-risk play on Saturday.
Others to Consider — Sadio Mane, Liverpool ($10,700); Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Arsenal ($8,800); Roberto Firmino, Liverpool ($8,800)
Gylfi Sigurdsson, Everton at Bournemouth, $7,100 — Sigurdsson bounced back strong from his opening-weekend early departure disappointment, registering five crosses, five fouls drawn and topping 10 points last weekend. As Everton’s primary set piece taker, he gives us a nice floor to build around, and he comes in at a manageable price.
Others to Consider — Junior Hoilett, Cardiff City ($6,600); Joshua King, Bournemouth ($5,800); Alex Iwobi, Arsenal ($5,400)
Ryan Fraser, Bournemouth vs. Everton, $8,500 — Fraser has topped 16 points in consecutive games to start the season, and he should continue to thrive in a good matchup at home versus Everton. He stands over the majority of set pieces for the Cherries and comes with a good floor given his involvement in both open play and dead balls.
Others to Consider — Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Arsenal ($8,600); James Milner, Liverpool ($7,800); James Maddison, Leicester City ($7,600)
James Ward-Prowse, Southampton vs. Leicester City, $6,900 — Ward-Prowse isn’t a bargain bin value, but if Southampton’s lineup shakes out in his favor, he can bring as much upside as a guy like Fraser given a similar role on set pieces. In a winnable home game that Southampton could use to kick-start their season, look for JWP to be active throughout.
Others to Consider — Aaron Mooy, Huddersfield Town ($6,200); Joe Ralls, Cardiff City ($4,800); David Brooks, Bournemouth ($4,700)
Trent Alexander-Arnold, Liverpool vs. Brighton Hove & Albion, $6,600 — Alexander-Arnold pumped in a whopping 13 crosses last time out, absorbing nearly half of Liverpool’s set pieces along the way. He’s hit 12 points in both games to start the 2018-19 campaign, and we won’t want to be caught without TAA once he finally breaks through on the scoresheet.
Others to Consider — Andrew Robertson, Liverpool ($6,000); Ben Chilwell, Leicester City ($5,500); Nacho Monreal, Arsenal ($5,400)
Chris Lowe, Huddersfield Town vs. Cardiff City, $4,100 — Through two games, Lowe has taken the most corners and free kicks of any player on Huddersfield, although primary set piece taker Aaron Mooy’s impending return from paternity leave eventually will offset that. While he’s yet to top five points in a game, Lowe comes at a reasonable price for a defender with a share of set pieces on a favored home team.
Others to Consider — Cedric Soares, Southampton ($4,500); Florent Hadergjonaj, Huddersfield Town ($4,300); Joe Bennett, Cardiff City ($4,200)
Alisson, Liverpool vs. Brighton Hove & Albion, $6,000 — Alisson already has shown why Liverpool were keen to pay a record fee to bring him in over the offseason, notching consecutive clean sheets to start the season on a high note. He’s in a good spot to make it three straight with a home game against a Brighton team that failed to score in their only road game so far this season.
Others to Consider — Petr Cech, Arsenal ($5,700); Alex McCarthy, Southampton ($4,900)
Mat Ryan, Brighton Hove & Albion, $3,600 — Opposite of Alisson, Ryan should be tested throughout and will have multiple save opportunities at Anfield. Of course, if he fails to make those saves, he could end up with a negative score, but at this price, Ryan is worth a flier in GPPs in case he does enough to offset any goals he lets in.
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