The best thing about Saturday’s slate is you don’t have to pick from the slew of Man City players. While Tottenham and Chelsea are the biggest favorites, it’ll be wise to stack one of the other favored teams in the EPL $40K Saturday Chip Pass Special [$10K to 1st].
STUDSSon Heung-Min, Tottenham vs. Southampton, $9,400 — The price difference between Son and Harry Kane ($10,900) hasn’t changed even though their numbers aren’t much different. Kane is more likely to score, but Son creates more for his teammates. In four league starts, Son has 16 shots (seven on target) and eight shots assisted. At home in a favorable spot, I’ll take him at a discount. Other Options — Harry Kane, Tottenham, $10,900; Tammy Abraham, Chelsea, $8,400; Raul Jimenez, Wolverhampton, $8,000
VALUESJordan Ayew, Crystal Palace vs. Norwich City, $5,600 — Palace are the third-biggest favorites on the slate, and Ayew has played as the lone striker. Some will be turned off since he’s an early sub candidate and did nothing last match, but Norwich have allowed the third-most shots and second-most shots assisted this season.
Other Options — Wesley, Aston Villa, $6,000; Pascal Gross, Brighton $5,600; Steven Alzate, Brighton, $3,600
STUDSLuka Milivojevic, Crystal Palace vs. Norwich City, 7,800 — After a slow start, Milivojevic is back on his game and comes at a considerable discount compared to the top options. He has four shots, nine shots assisted and 32 crosses in his past three starts, and this might be his most favorable spot as Norwich have allowed the most crosses and corners in the league. Other Options — Christian Eriksen, Tottenham, $9,800; Mason Mount, Chelsea, $9,000; Emiliano Buendia, Norwich City, $7,100
VALUESJames Ward-Prowse, Southampton at Tottenham, $5,400 — Since I went cheaper with my stud midfielder, I’m going slightly more expensive with my value pick. Ward-Prowse won’t match his last performance, but he’s hit 8.7 fantasy points in all but one match and should be near that mark again. Most of his fantasy production comes from corners and Tottenham have allowed the third most in the league.
Other Options — N’Golo Kante, Chelsea, $5,000; Jeffrey Schlupp, Crystal Palace, $4,800; Philip Billing, Bournemouth, $4,500
STUDSSerge Aurier, Tottenham vs. Southampton, $5,400 — Aurier could be the most popular defender and for good reason. He’s produced four shots assisted, 10 crosses and seven interceptions in two starts, and Tottenham are tied with Chelsea for best odds to get a clean sheet. As a bonus, Southampton have allowed the most interceptions and second-most crosses to defenders. Other Options — Diego Rico, Bournemouth, $5,300; Jonny, Wolverhampton, $4,900; Patrick van Aanholt, Crystal Palace, $4,400
VALUESJoel Ward, Crystal Palace vs. Norwich City, $3,900 — Ward has at least 5.3 fantasy points in all but one start, and his two worst performances have come at Tottenham and Man United. He’s another Palace player I’m backing against a Norwich team who allow a ton of stats. Ward doesn’t have huge numbers, but he does a little bit of everything which keeps his floor respectable.
Other Options — Fikayo Tomori, Chelsea, $3,800; Nathan Ake, Bournemouth, $3,700; James Tarkowski, Burnley, $3,500
STUDSRui Patricio, Wolverhampton vs. Watford, $5,400 — Wolves will turn things around at some point, and I think this match might be the best opportunity. Patricio has at least three saves in three of his past four starts, and Watford have been the least efficient team in the league, scoring four goals from 91 shots. Other Options — Hugo Lloris, Tottenham, $5,800; Kepa Arrizabalaga, Chelsea, $5,700; Vicente Guaita, Crystal Palace, $5,200
VALUESNick Pope, Burnley at Aston Villa, $4,600 — Pope has been one of the more consistent goalkeepers in the league with two clean sheets and 23 saves in six starts. The only teams he’s allowed multiple goals to were Liverpool and Arsenal. Villa put a lot into their attack, but they have just six goals from 30 shots on target.
Other Options — Lukasz Fabianski, West Ham, $4,700; Tim Krul, Norwich City, $4,300; Angus Gunn, Southampton, $3,800
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