Saturday is somewhat of a weird slate because Everton is the biggest favorite, slightly ahead of Liverpool and Arsenal. That should lead to some differing lineups, though there are a couple of high-end defenders. To spend or not to spend on both of those defenders is the main question in the EPL 30K Saturday Chip Pass Special [$5K to 1st].
STUDSRicharlison, Everton vs. Norwich City, $9,400 — Wait, what? This could be a mistake, but Everton is the biggest favorite on the slate and Richarlison is considerably cheaper than the top Liverpool options. Richarlison has as good of floor as any other forward, averaging 2.79 shots, 2.36 crosses and 2.01 tackles won per 90 minutes. Combine that with the best possible matchup at home against Norwich City and he makes sense.
Other Options — Sadio Mane, Liverpool, $10,400; Alexandre Lacazette, Arsenal, $9,000; Adama Traore, Wolverhampton, $6,900
VALUESDanny Ings, Southampton at Arsenal, $5,500 — If you throw out the trip to Man City and the match in which Southampton lost 9-0, Ings has scored in his last four starts. He’s averaging almost three shots per 90 minutes and Arsenal has allowed the third-most shots in the league. Even away from home, those shots could lead to a respectable floor.
Other Options — Diogo Jota, Wolverhampton, $6,200; Troy Deeney, Watford, $6,100; Chris Wood, Burnley, $5,800
STUDSJoao Moutinho, Wolverhampton at Bournemouth, 6,100 — Saving money at midfielder allows you to spend up at defender and that’s what Moutinho provides. He has a floor of 9.7 fantasy points in his last three league starts and his price hasn’t caught up to that production. Most of those points are coming from crosses and corners and while Wolverhampton are away, Bournemouth has given up the fourth-most corners in the league.
Other Options — James Maddison, Leicester City, $10,200; Ryan Fraser, Bournemouth, $8,200; Emiliano Buendia, Norwich City, $7,000
VALUESJefferson Lerma, Bournemouth vs. Wolverhampton, $3,800 — Lerma is oddly cheap for someone who has at least 4.9 fantasy points in his last four starts. He has two shots in each of his last three, but his floor is aided by fouls drawn, tackles won and interceptions. Conveniently, Wolves have committed the second-most fouls in the league. While Lerma doesn’t have much upside, five points is reasonable at a minimal price.
Other Options — Wilfred Ndidi, Leicester City, $4,500, Matteo Guendouzi, Arsenal, $3,900; James McArthur, Crystal Palace, $3,800
STUDSLucas Digne, Everton vs. Norwich City, $7,400 — You could roster both Digne and Trent Alexander-Arnold, but if I have to pick, I’m going with the defender who is home against Norwich. The Canaries have allowed the second-most crosses and corners in the league and that’s where Digne will do most of his damage. He has 30 crosses in his last two starts and at least eight crosses in his last five.
Other Options — Trent Alexander-Arnold, Liverpool, $7,100; Diego Rico, Bournemouth, $5,700; Jose Holebas, Watford, $5,100
VALUESBen Godfrey, Norwich City at Everton, $2,500 — Godfrey is much cheaper than his teammates despite accruing 13.5 fantasy points in the last two matches. Sure, you’re not getting much of a floor with him, but if he gets a couple tackles and interceptions, that’ll be enough to make value and allow you to spend-up on an expensive forward.
Other Options — Charlie Taylor, Burnley, $3,500; Steve Cook, Bournemouth, $3,100; Adam Webster, Brighton, $2,900
STUDSKasper Schmeichel, Leicester City at Brighton, $5,200 — Leicester is one of the hottest teams in the league and Schmeichel has at least 8.4 fantasy points in his last seven starts. He may not make a ton of saves against Brighton, but he is as likely to secure a clean sheet as any other goalkeeper and doesn’t cost as much.
Other Options — Alisson, Liverpool, $5,900; Jordan Pickford, Everton, $5,800; Ben Foster, Watford, $5,000
VALUESVicente Guaita, Crystal Palace vs. Liverpool, $3,700 — If you don’t spend on the Liverpool forwards, Guaita only makes sense in this spot. He’s made at least three saves in each of his last five starts and that should keep his fantasy total in the positive even if he allows a goal or two.
Other Options — Nick Pope, Burnley, $4,500; Mat Ryan, Brighton, $4,300; Tim Krul, Norwich City, $3,800
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