A beefy seven-game Premier League featured fantasy soccer slate takes center stage on Saturday. Let’s take a closer look at the top targets and values that could help your team make a run up the EPL $40K Backheel Special [$10K to 1st] leaderboard.
Mohamed Salah, Liverpool vs. Southampton, $10,400 —Salah has been held scoreless in three straight games including Wednesday’s Champions League win over PSG, but he’s in a prime bounce-back spot at home against Southampton. Salah has been visibly frustrated during the dry spell and last season’s Golden Boot winner will be chomping at the bit to get back amongst the goals on Saturday. As always, be sure to confirm starting lineups as roster rotation is a real possibility with fixture congestion a concern.
Others to Consider — Sergio Aguero, Manchester City ($10,300); Harry Kane, Tottenham ($9,900); Romelu Lukaku, Manchester United ($8,900)
Andros Townsend, Crystal Palace vs. Newcastle, $6,400 — While Townsend has yet to score or assist this season, he’s turned in some serviceable fantasy performances for the asking price. Crystal Palace hasn’t had a ton of set pieces this season, but Townsend gets a small share of dead ball duties and a home game against Newcastle is one that he’ll likely have ample opportunity to make value in, whether it be from set pieces or open play.
Others to Consider — Jordan Ayew, Crystal Palace ($5,800); Adama Traore, Wolverhampton ($5,200); David “Junior” Hoilett, Cardiff City ($4,500)
James Maddison, Leicester City vs. Huddersfield, $8,200 — Maddison continued his strong start to the season with a 28-point outing at Bournemouth last weekend, and he’s scored a goal or earned an assist in three of his last four appearances. He fills up the stat sheet through shots, crosses and fouls drawn, and when he makes an impact on the score sheet too he can be a difference maker in tournaments.
Others to Consider – Sadio Mane, Liverpool ($10,000); Raheem Sterling, Manchester City ($9,200); Alexis Sanchez, Manchester United ($8,500)
Fred, Manchester United vs. Wolverhampton, $3,600 — Fred assisted on a goal and sent in a team-high six crosses in Wednesday’s Champions League win over Young Boys. He’s taken on a share of set pieces when the lineup shakes out in his favor and given his price, combined with a good matchup at home versus Wolves, he’s worth looking for when lineups are announced on Saturday.
Others to Consider — Aaron Mooy, Huddersfield Town ($5,400); Joao Moutinho, Wolverhampton ($4,900); Luka Milivojevic, Crystal Palace ($4,900)
Kieran Trippier, Tottenham at Brighton Hove & Albion, $6,400 — Trippier was left at home for Tottenham’s midweek Champions League game in Italy and should be fresh for Saturday’s match at Brighton. He stands over the majority of Tottenham’s set pieces and is averaging nine crosses per game and over 13 fantasy points per game through four games played thus far.
Others to Consider – Trent Alexander-Arnold, Liverpool ($6,100); Luke Shaw, Manchester United ($5,400); Ben Chilwell, Leicester City ($5,300)
Chris Lowe, Huddersfield Town at Leicester City, $4,100 — Lowe delivered an eye-popping 16 crosses in last Saturday’s 1-0 loss to Crystal Palace and he has a combined 23 crosses over his last two games. Match flow played in his favor last game with Huddersfield Town chasing the game for over half the match after going down in the 38th minute, and on the road at Leicester could set Lowe up for a similar scenario in which he’s forced to lump balls into the box if they go behind early.
Others to Consider — Florent Hadergjonaj, Huddersfield Town ($3,900); Harry Maguire, Leicester City ($3,700); Virgil van Dijk, Liverpool ($3,700)<
Alisson, Liverpool vs. Southampton, $5,900 — Alisson has conceded just two goals through the first five games of the season and now faces a lackluster Southampton attack. Liverpool are off to a flying start with five straight wins and another strong performance from their Brazilian netminder looks to be in order.
Others to Consider — Ederson, Manchester City ($6,000); Kasper Schmeichel, Leicester City ($5,600); David De Gea, Manchester United ($5,500)
Neil Etheridge, Cardiff City vs. Manchester City, $3,600 — Etheridge is up against arguably the best attacking unit in the league in Manchester City, but he’s turned in some big performances at home including an eight-save, 11-point outing against Arsenal in his last outing at Cardiff City Stadium. He’ll likely be in a similar situation on Saturday with City peppering him with shots, and if he’s back on his game he could turn in a serviceable score even if he concedes.
Others to Consider — Mat Ryan, Brighton Hove & Albion ($4,100)
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