A Premier League slate kicks things off for 2020. While that’s nice, there are three early matches and three later ones for the EPL 30K Chip Pass Special [$5K to 1st]. That means you’ll have to keep an eye on lineup release, especially since Manchester City is one of the later teams and they could easily mix up one or two of their regulars upfront.
STUDSGabriel Jesus, Manchester City vs. Everton, $9,300 — I usually back forwards who have better floors, but I think Jesus is underpriced if he starts over Sergio Aguero, which is expected to be the case. While Aguero was out with injury, Jesus had three goals, one assist and 17 shots in five starts. Everton has looked better in the back under new coaching, but they haven’t played at Manchester City.
Other Options — Jamie Vardy, Leicester City, $9,000; Harry Kane, Tottenham, $8,900; Adama Traore, Wolverhampton, $8,800; Ismaila Sarr, Watford, $7,000
VALUESJordan Ayew, Crystal Palace at Norwich City, $5,800 — There aren’t many cheap forwards I’d use in cash games, so I spent a few extra to get Ayew. He isn’t putting up huge numbers, but he’s been better than earlier in the season and has at least 5.5 fantasy points in each of his last seven starts. That’s worth considering because Norwich is allowing at least one goal every match and Ayew will surely get opportunities in the attack against this backline.
Other Options — Teemu Pukki, Norwich City, $6,000; Callum Wilson, Bournemouth, $5,200; Nathan Redmond, Southampton, $4,900
STUDSJames Maddison, Leicester City at Newcastle, $9,700 — Maddison came off the bench last match, yet he still produced 10.3 fantasy points. After a few days of rest, he should be back in the starting XI in a perfect spot. He’s held a floor well above 10 fantasy points against weaker sides and the set pieces will be available against Newcastle, a team that has allowed the most corners and second-most crosses in the last 10 gameweeks.
Other Options — Kevin De Bruyne, Manchester City, $10,900; Emiliano Buendia, Norwich City, $8,100; James Ward-Prowse, Southampton, $7,600; Joao Moutinho, Wolverhampton, $7,200
VALUESPierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Southampton vs. Tottenham, $4,200 — This is the cheapest Hojbjerg has been since November and I’m not sure why. He has at least 9.4 fantasy points in seven of his last eight starts through a variety of stats ranging from shots and passes to tackles won and fouls drawn. Tottenham is favored, but the team has had defensive issues and gave up tons of chances to Norwich last away match.
Other Options — Kenny McLean, Norwich City, $4,300; Wilfed Ndidi, Leicester City, $3,800; James McCarthy, Crystal Palace, $3,600
STUDSSerge Aurier, Tottenham at Southampton, $5,400 — There isn’t one defender who stands out on the slate, but Aurier has been consistent in the right situation and has at least nine fantasy points in eight of his last 10 starts. He should get there against Southampton, who have allowed the fourth-most crosses and fourth-most interceptions in the last 10 gameweeks.
Other Options — Diego Rico, Bournemouth, $5,200; Ricardo Pereira, Leicester City, $5,000; Benjamin Mendy, Manchester City, $4,900
VALUESJan Bednarek, Southampton vs. Tottenham, $2,700 — Bednarek doesn’t have upside, but he usually finishes in the positive, which is a key trait for value defenders. He has at least 3.3 fantasy points in his last four starts and should be near that number against Tottenham, who have given up the fourth-most tackles and sixth-most interceptions in the last 10 gameweeks.
Other Options — Caglar Soyuncu, Leicester City, $3,400; Grant Hanley, Norwich City, $3,300; Fabian Balbuena, West Ham, $3,200
STUDSLukasz Fabianski, West Ham vs. Bournemouth, $5,300 — Fabianski returned from injury last match and picked up where he left off, making six saves in the loss to Leicester. While he may not make as many saves against Bournemouth, the opportunity for a clean sheet is better. The Cherries have managed one goal in their last three matches and were held scoreless at Brighton last match.
Other Options — Kasper Schmeichel, Leicester City, $5,600; Paulo Gazzaniga, Tottenham, $5,200; Tim Krul, Norwich City, $4,900
VALUESBen Foster, Watford vs. Wolverhampton, $4,600 — This isn’t the easiest matchup, yet Foster hasn’t allowed a goal in his last three home starts and one of those include against Man United. This match has the lowest implied goal total and even if Foster allows a goal or two, he should be able to finish in the positive, having made 17 saves in his last four starts.
Other Options — Vicente Guaita, Crystal Palace, $4,700; Aaron Ramsdale, Bournemouth, $4,300; Jordan Pickford, Everton, $3,700
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