Saturday’s fantasy soccer slate is devoid of top clubs, but there should still be a bevy of goals scored due to the unpredictability of each of the back lines in action. Any of the clubs can be considered for fantasy purposes in the EPL $30K Double Brace Special [$3K to 1st] and while West Ham is the biggest favorite, they might the least reliable since there’s no telling who will make the scoresheet.
Callum Wilson, Bournemouth vs. Newcastle, $8,100 — Wilson is fairly cheap for having the best odds to score of any expected starter. He returned from injury last week and showed no rust with a goal and assist. In unison with Bournemouth being a much better team at home, he has four goals in his last six home starts with at least seven fantasy points in all but one match. While Newcastle has some nice home wins, they have two points from their last six away, allowing two goals to West Ham in their most recent trip.
Other Options — Ashley Barnes, Burnley, $8,500; Jamie Vardy, Leicester, $8,200; Dwight McNeil, Burnley, $7,300
Miguel Almiron, Newcastle at Bournemouth, $5,400 — It’s become a weekly occurrence of using Almiron as a cheap forward. His price has remained steady despite hitting a floor of 11 points twice and reaching 4.8 points in all four starts. Newcastle is away, but Almiron should still accrue some shots and crosses and it only helps that Bournemouth has allowed the fourth-most crosses in the last 10 gameweeks.
Other Options — Chris Wood, Burnley, $7,100; Ayoze Perez, Newcastle, $6,300; Steven Mounie, Huddersfield, $5,100
James Maddison, Leicester at Burnley, $8,600 — Maddison may not have the same upside as others, but he may be the safest with at least 10 fantasy points in nine of his last 10 appearances. That’s mostly due to taking a ton of corners with close to six per match. Rachid Ghezzal took 10 corners in the first meeting when Maddison didn’t play and Burnley has allowed the most corners in the league this season.
Other Options — Ryan Fraser, Bournemouth, $9,000; Matt Ritchie, Newcastle, $7,900; Robert Snodgrass, West Ham, $7,500
Juninho Bacuna, Huddersfield at West Ham, $3,800 — Bacuna may be playing right back, but that doesn’t matter when he’s racking up crosses and tackles with 12 and 11, respectively, in his last five appearances. More importantly, is that all of those crosses have come when he’s played as a right back the last three matches. Huddersfield is the underdog, but that shouldn’t matter since that’s almost always the case.
Other Options — Alex Pritchard, Huddersfield, $5,600; Manuel Lanzini, West Ham, $4,500; Wilfred Ndidi, Leicester, $4,400
Ben Chilwell, Leicester at Burnley, $5,000 — There isn’t a standout defender on the slate, but I think Chilwell presents the best value since he doesn’t cost an extreme amount for a decent floor. He has at least 7.3 fantasy points in four of his last six starts and is averaging four crosses per 90 minutes for the season. Plus, Burnley has allowed the fifth-most crosses to defenders this season.
Other Options — Roberto Pereira, Leicester, $5,600; Erik Durm, Huddersfield, $4,700; Charlie Taylor, Burnley, $4,500
DeAndre Yedlin, Newcastle at Bournemouth, $3,700 — Yedlin isn’t easy to trust, but he’s produced at least four fantasy points in five of his last seven starts, which is more than most can say in this range. He had five points in the first meeting thanks to four crosses and should come close to that number again as Bournemouth have allowed the fourth-most crosses to defenders this season.
Other Options — Charlie Daniels, Bournemouth, $4,000; Ryan Fredericks, West Ham, $3,800; Jon Stankovic, Huddersfield, $3,100
Lukasz Fabianski, West Ham vs. Huddersfield, $5,600 — There aren’t many ways to go on this slate so Fabianski gets the nod with the best odds for a clean sheet and to win. Even in a surprising loss in his last match, he still managed seven fantasy points and has at least six points in his last seven starts. Helping, even more, Huddersfield hasn’t scored in their last five away.
Other Options — Artur Boruc, Bournemouth, $5,300; Kasper Schmeichel, Leicester, $4,900
Jonas Lossl, Huddersfield at West Ham, $3,900 — It’s a toss-up for all of the cheap goalkeepers because all of them could allow multiple goals. Lossl is the cheapest of the three and he’s allowed one or fewer goals in three of his last five away trips. West Ham don’t often stack up goals and were just held scoreless by Cardiff.
Other Options — Tom Heaton, Burnley, $4,600; Martin Dubravka, Newcastle, $4,300
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