The Premier League returns with a bang as most of the top clubs are in action Saturday, including the London derby between Tottenham and Chelsea, which highlights the slate. Of course, with Manchester City going against a weaker side, it makes more sense to roster one or two of their players. That said, there are still smaller clubs worth backing in the EPL $40K Chip Pass Special [$10K to 1st].
STUDSRaheem Sterling, Manchester City at West Ham, $9,700 — This is a tough decision, and while Sterling doesn’t have the same floor as Eden Hazard ($10,400) or Mohamed Salah ($10,000), he’s been extremely efficient against weaker teams and has 2.82 shots and 2.40 chances created per 90 minutes. He’s also more likely than any other City attacker to play a full 90, which he has done in each of his past five starts. West Ham are playing better, but that doesn’t mean they’ll contain Man City after giving up four goals in this spot last campaign.
Other Options — Eden Hazard, Chelsea, $10,400; Sergio Aguero, Manchester City, $10,200; Mohamed Salah, Liverpool, $10,000
VALUESAndros Townsend, Crystal Palace at Manchester United, $5,200 — It’s a wonder why Townsend’s price hasn’t gone up considering he’s posted at least 9.3 fantasy points in each of his past five starts. In a more difficult trip to Chelsea, he still managed a solid floor with three shots in addition to a goal. You can do worse at this price, and Man United also have allowed the third-most shots (83) and fourth-most crosses (103) in the past five gameweeks.
Other Options — Glenn Murray, Brighton, $5,800; Charlie Austin, Southampton, $4,600; Jose Izquierdo, Brighton, $4,100
STUDSMarc Albrighton, Leicester at Brighton, $6,800 — In only 60 minutes last match, Albrighton still managed 12.5 fantasy points from 10 crosses and none of them came from corners. He’s been electric on the wing with eight shots and 45 crosses in the past three matches, and if he can reach a full 90, he should be good for double-digit points no matter how Leicester play.
Other Options — Richarlison, Everton, $8,600; David Silva, Manchester City, $8,000; Christian Eriksen, Tottenham, $7,500
VALUESVictor Camarasa, Cardiff vs. Everton, $4,200 — Camarasa has at least 10.5 fantasy points in his past four matches that haven’t been played at Liverpool or Tottenham. He has eight shots and 14 crosses in his past two starts, and even if he doesn’t reach those numbers, his floor should be around eight fantasy points, assuming Everton don’t hold the ball the entire match. In fact, due to corners, Camarasa’s floor is better than his more expensive teammate, Josh Murphy ($6,100).
Other Options — Jean Michael Seri, Fulham, $5,300; Pierre Hojbjerg, Southampton, $4,900; Idrissa Gueye, Everton, $3,900
STUDSLucas Digne, Everton vs. Cardiff, $6,200 — With the other top defenders dealing with injuries, Digne is an easy place to go with great clean sheet odds at home in addition to averaging 9.34 crosses per 90 minutes this season. Digne has at least 13.3 fantasy points in each of his four home starts, and there’s no reason why Cardiff will stop him from reaching double digits again.
Other Options — Jose Holebas, Watford, $6,100; Trent Alexander-Arnold, Liverpool, $5,500; Roberto Pereira, Leicester, $5,300
VALUESSol Bamba, Cardiff at Everton, $3,300 — If you want to live on the edge, Serge Aurier is a useful play if Kieran Trippier misses out, but I’ll go cheaper with Bamba. The center back has had a floor close to five fantasy points in most matches and his 1.18 shots per 90 minutes only adds to that. Everton should control things against Cardiff, but that also means plenty of work for Bamba, who also provides decent upside when he gets forward on corners.
Other Options — Serge Aurier, Tottenham, $4,500; Michael Keane, Everton, $4,000; Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Crystal Palace, $3,700
STUDSAlisson, Liverpool at Watford, $5,200 — Instead of spending up on one of the home favorites, Alisson has just as good of odds for a clean sheet. Liverpool have allowed five goals all season, and while Watford have been hard to predict, they’ve already failed to score against Arsenal, Bournemouth and most recently Newcastle. The saves might not be there for Alisson, but a clean sheet and win are definitely in the cards.
Other Options — David De Gea, Manchester United, $5,700; Jordan Pickford, Everton, $5,400; Kasper Schmeichel, Leicester, $5,000
VALUESMat Ryan, Brighton vs. Leicester, $4,500 — Not only is Ryan averaging close to four saves per match, but he also has a clean sheet in each of his past two at home. Leicester are dealing with injuries and haven’t scored more than one goal in their past five matches, which means that’s something Ryan can definitely do at home.
Other Options — Wayne Hennessey, Crystal Palace, $3,800
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