Six games highlight the main Premier League slate on Saturday, and heavyweights Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool all have matchups worth exploiting. Let’s dive in and look at the top studs and values at each position.
Petr Cech – $5,700 – Arsenal – Cech and Arsenal have kept a clean sheet in three straight games at Emirates Stadium and now welcome a Swansea City side that have just six goals through the first nine games of the season. Swansea have been held scoreless in six of those, and given Arsenal’s track record at home, Cech stands the best chance of any goalkeeper on the slate to collect the clean sheet and win bonuses.
Others to Consider – Simon Mignolet (Liverpool; $6,000)
Asmir Begovic – $4,000 – Bournemouth – Begovic is tasked with keeping Chelsea off the scoresheet, who were held to one goal in a shock 2-1 loss at Crystal Palace in their last road game. As we saw with Jonas Lossl and Huddersfield Town knocking off Manchester United last weekend, taking the low-priced underdog home goalkeeper can pay big dividends while freeing up funds to spend at other positions.
Others to Consider – Ben Foster (West Bromwich Albion; $3,600)
Jose Holebas – $5,300 – Watford – Holebas sent in 12 crosses against Chelsea in his last appearance, and he’s averaging over 10 crosses per game over his last three games. There is a lack of standout defenders on this slate, and in a winnable home game versus Stoke, Holebas looks to be the safest defender to pay up for, given his involvement on set pieces.
Others to Consider – Alberto Moreno (Liverpool; $5,400), Kyle Walker (Manchester City; $5,200)
Allan Nyom – $3,600 – West Bromwich Albion – Nyom had six crosses and hit double digit points in 58 minutes at Southampton last Saturday. He continues to serve as a cheap source of points, topping double digits in three of his last four starts. Up next is a tough matchup against league leaders Manchester City, but that could fuel the need for Nyom to send in heaps of crosses if West Brom are forced to play catch up.
Others to Consider – Pablo Zabaleta (West Ham; $4,000), Kieran Gibbs ($3,400; West Bromwich Albion)
EDITOR’S NOTE: Philippe Coutinho is questionable to play in Saturday’s game against Huddersfield Town. See Schuyler’s write-up on Mohamed Salah below:
Mohamed Salah – $9,500 – Liverpool – Upon publishing this article, Philippe Coutinho was ruled doubtful for Saturday’s match with an adductor injury. If he’s unable to go, Salah is a viable pivot at a similar price point. Salah has three goals and an assist in his last two appearances for The Reds, and he’s also assumed a share of corner kicks. With Coutinho potentially missing out, Salah should shoulder more of the attacking responsibilities and he’s well positioned for another strong fantasy performance. Like Coutinho, Salah has multi-position eligibility, which is very convenient when building the optimal lineup.
Philippe Coutinho – $9,800 – Liverpool – (See Editor’s Note above) Coutinho is just two games removed from a 39 point outburst in Champions League action, and he’s fully capable of producing a repeat performance at home against newly-promoted Huddersfield Town. While Huddersfield should be brimming with confidence after handing Manchester United their first defeat of the season, Coutinho and the Liverpool attack will be eager to bounce back from the shellacking they took at Tottenham in their last outing. With Coutinho over most of Liverpool’s set pieces, he carries loads of value as a set piece taker with multi-position eligibility.
Others to Consider – Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City; $10,100), Mohamed Salah (Liverpool; $9,500), Mesut Ozil (Arsenal; $8,500)
Tom Cleverley – $3,500 – Watford – Cleverly has hit seven or more points in three straight games, even against the likes of Chelsea and Arsenal. While Holebas takes the majority of corner kicks when both are on the field, Cleverly stands over set pieces on occasion, and he’s been accumulating points on both sides of the ball. His price is cheap enough that if even all we get is a handful of points out of him, we have the extra salary to squeeze in the heavy artillery around him.
Others to Consider – Manuel Lanzini (West Ham; $6,100), Tom Carroll (Swansea; $5,300), Granit Xhaka (Arsenal; $5,100)
Alexis Sanchez – $10,500 – Arsenal – Sanchez silenced his critics with a goal and an assist in Arsenal’s 5-2 win over Everton last Sunday. He peppered the goal with seven shots and also sent in five crosses to finish with 33 points, highlighting the sky-high upside he possesses when firing on all cylinders. Sanchez took four of seven corner kicks on the afternoon, even with Granit Xhaka and Mesut Ozil in the lineup, and should continue to factor into the majority of Arsenal’s set pieces in a favorable home match against Swansea.
Others to Consider – Sergio Aguero (Manchester City; $11,000), Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal; $8,800), Roberto Firmino (Liverpool; $7,600)
Andros Townsend – $6,400 – Crystal Palace – Townsend’s numbers aren’t flashy, but he consistently hovers around double-digit points and brings decent value with multi-positional eligibility. He’s splitting corner kicks with Yohan Cabaye, but he’s also collecting points through various avenues and should continue to thrive in a home game against West Ham.
Others to Consider – Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (Stoke City; $6,000), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Liverpool; $5,800), Marko Arnautovic (West Ham; $5,500)
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