Tottenham are the big favorites on Saturday’s main five-game Premier League slate, but there are several players to consider from other games as well. Let’s take a closer look at some studs and values who could put your team in the running in the EPL $50K Backheel Special [$10K to 1st].
Willian, Chelsea vs. Arsenal, $8,900 – Willian came through with an assist and 13.50 points in the season opener, and he’s back in play after watching Arsenal struggle with the Manchester City attack in their opener. As expected, Willian took most of Chelsea’s set pieces with Cesc Fabregas missing out and Eden Hazard ($9,300) playing limited minutes off the bench, and with a similar scenario potentially playing out on Saturday, Willian looks to be in another good spot to produce fantasy points.
Others to Consider – Harry Kane, Tottenham ($11,000); Jamie Vardy, Leicester City ($8,000); Richarlison, Everton ($7,500)
Demarai Gray, Leicester vs. Wolverhampton, $5,600 – Gray posted 13 points at Manchester United through a cluster a peripheral stats, and if he keeps his spot in the starting lineup he’ll have ample opportunity to deliver another good point haul at home against Wolverhampton.
Others to Consider – Pedro, Chelsea ($6,900); Marco Arnautovic, West Ham ($6,600); Michail Antonio, West Ham ($5,600)
Christian Eriksen, Tottenham vs. Fulham ($10,100) – Eriksen stood over all 12 of Tottenham’s dead balls in their season opening win over Newcastle, highlighting the strong floor we’re getting when paying up for Eriksen. There’s a chance Kieran Trippier ($6,000) eats into his share if he’s back in the lineup, but regardless I expect Spurs to put some goals past Fulham and Eriksen figures to be involved whether it be through set pieces or open play opportunities.
Others to Consider – Ryan Fraser, Bournemouth ($8,000); Dele Alli, Tottenham ($7,700); Gylfi Sigurdsson, Everton ($7,100)
James Maddison, Leicester vs. Wolverhampton, $6,600 – Maddison gave us a glimpse of what he can bring to the table, bagging 12 points in 67 minutes at Manchester United in his Premier League debut. He was Leicester’s primary set piece taker and, in a better matchup at home versus Wolverhampton, Maddison is a strong play given his safe-ish floor and manageable price tag.
Others to Consider – Jean Michael Seri, Fulham ($5,100); Jack Wilshere, West Ham ($5,000); Lucas Torreira, Arsenal ($3,600)
Kieran Trippier, Tottenham vs. Fulham ($6,000) – This play hinges on Trippier returning to the starting lineup after sitting out the season opener given his recent return from World Cup. He should take on a share of Tottenham’s set pieces and he gets forward enough to provide strong open play value too. The Spurs will look to feed Harry Kane from the opening whistle and if Trippier is in the lineup he’s sure to be involved.
Others to Consider – Ben Davies, Tottenham ($5,500); Ben Chilwell, Leicester City ($5,300); Leighton Baines, Everton ($5,100)
Ryan Bertrand, Southampton at Everton ($4,400) – Bertrand put up 8.5 points in his season debut and with both of Southampton’s set piece takers from their season opener in question to play at Everton, there’s a chance Bertrand soaks up some of the set pieces. Even if he doesn’t, he’s shown numerous times before that he can supply a useful fantasy haul at a discount.
Others to Consider – Nacho Monreal, Arsenal ($4,400); Cedric Soares, Southampton ($4,100); Hector Bellerin, Arsenal ($4,100)
Hugo Lloris, Tottenham vs. Fulham ($5,900) – Lloris comes in as the goalkeeper with the best clean sheet and win odds, so if all goes according to plan he should be in line for an easy 10 points. That’s how picking goalkeepers works, right? If we’re paying up at the position, Lloris is our guy.
Others to Consider – Jordan Pickford, Everton ($5,400); Kepa, Chelsea ($5,200)
VALUESPetr Cech, Arsenal at Chelsea ($4,000) – It’s revenge game time for Cech! The veteran goalkeeper played 333 games for the Blues and while the oddsmakers are predicting goals, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Cech reel off some saves in his old stomping grounds to turn in a serviceable fantasy score.