The games keep coming in the Premier League with 12 teams set to battle on Saturday’s slate. Chelsea hosting Manchester City might be the most exciting one, but that usually doesn’t mean it’s the best for fantasy purposes. Arsenal and Manchester United players might be more attractive for the EPL $30K Backheel Special [$5K to 1st].
STUDSPierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Arsenal vs. Huddersfield, $9,300 — This is an interesting slate because the normal top forwards aren’t in good matchups, and that means there could be a good variety on rosters. Aubameyang has the best scoring odds and has three goals to go with 10 shots in the past three matches, which coincides with a different Arsenal formation. If Alexandre Lacazette ($8,900) gets the start over Aubameyang, I’m comfortable with swapping the two.
Other Options — Anthony Martial, Manchester United, $9,000; Leroy Sane, Manchester City, $8,700; Eden Hazard, Chelsea, $8,500
VALUESLucas Perez, West Ham vs. Crystal Palace, $4,800 — This is an extreme value pick with Perez set to start in place of the injured Marko Arnautovic. Perez came on last match and scored a brace in 50 minutes and should get more opportunities at home against a Crystal Palace side that just gave up three goals at Brighton. He might not be in the same situation as with Deportivo last season, but he still averaged 1.77 shots and 2.54 chances created per 90 minutes in Spanish La Liga.
Other Options — Gabriel Jesus, Manchester City, $7,300; Wilfried Zaha, Crystal Palace, $6,500; Felipe Andone, Brighton, $5,300
STUDSRobert Snodgrass, West Ham vs. Crystal Palace, $7,200 — Instead of guessing which Manchester City player will have a good performance in a tough spot, I’m rolling with Snodgrass. Since coming into the squad, he’s taken the majority of set pieces and corners, which has led to a floor near 10 fantasy points with 36 crosses in his past four starts. Crystal Palace have one point in their past five road trips and have allowed the sixth-most crosses (106) in the past five gameweeks.
Other Options — Riyad Mahrez, Manchester City, $9,100; Felipe Anderson, West Ham, $8,200; Granit Xhaka, Arsenal, $7,100
VALUESMax Meyer, Crystal Palace at West Ham, $4,100 — Meyer quietly has turned into a fantasy option for Crystal Palace mostly because he’s taken eight corners in the past two matches in addition to eight shots and six chances created. Palace might lose, but getting Meyer at this price as a regular corner taker usually doesn’t happen.
Other Options — Lucas Torreira, Arsenal, $6,000; Solly March, Brighton, $5,600; Mario Lemina, Southampton, $4,600
STUDSAshley Young, Manchester United vs. Fulham, $5,600 — It’s odd putting Young in this spot, but he should return to the starting XI, and he’s had 22 crosses in his past two matches. As long as this matchup goes according to the odds with United winning rather easily, Young will get plenty of corner and crossing opportunities to go with a clean sheet possibility.
Other Options — Matt Targett, Southampton, $4,800; Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Crystal Palace, $4,800; Charlie Taylor, Burnley, $4,500
VALUESCalum Chambers, Fulham at Manchester United, $3,300 — Chambers has been a hidden gem for fantasy players as he’s had a floor at or above six fantasy points as a defensive midfielder. While the shooting and interception numbers might not continue, it’s hard to pass him up in this spot, especially with a lot of defensive work expected as a large underdog.
Other Options — Shkodran Mustafi, Arsenal, $4,200; Bernardo, Brighton, $3,700; Ben Mee, Burnley, $3,500
STUDSLukasz Fabianski, West Ham vs. Crystal Palace, $5,000 — Fabianski has double-digit fantasy points in his past three matches not against Manchester City and shouldn’t allow more than one goal to go with a few saves. As for Crystal Palace, they have 78 shots in their past five matches, yet only four goals.
Other Options — Bernd Leno, Arsenal, $5,900; David De Gea, Manchester United, $5,800; Ederson, Manchester United, $5,400
VALUESJoe Hart, Burnley vs. Brighton, $4,600 — I like most of the goalkeepers below $5,000, and this match has the lowest expected goal total. Hart might be allowing a ton of goals, but he’s also averaging close to five saves per match. Brighton are on a nice run of form, though have the second-least amount of shots in the past five games (49).
Other Options — Mat Ryan, Brighton, $4,800; Alex McCarthy, Southampton, $4,800; Sergio Rico, Fulham, $3,700
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