STUDSSadio Mane, Liverpool vs. Arsenal, $10,600 — If you want to survive in cash games, you likely will need one of the top guys. Mane might have the best floor of them all and is just as likely to make the scoresheet. He’s been awesome in his first two appearances this season (Super Cup included) and has gotten better opportunities in front of net than teammate Mohamed Salah ($11,000). I wouldn’t be surprised if Mane was more expensive than Salah in the next week or two. Other Options — Mohamed Salah, Liverpool, $11,000; Marcus Rashford, Manchester United, $10,300; Roberto Firmino, Liverpool, $8,400
VALUESGerard Deulofeu, Watford vs. West Ham, $7,200 — With Troy Deeney’s injury, Watford are lacking for options up front, and Deulofeu might be one of the only choices who could play a full 90 (went 79 minutes last match). He’s more expensive because he has a better floor than his teammates after averaging 2.60 shots and 2.68 crosses per 90 minutes last season, which should be enough to make a mark against the Hammers.
Other Options — Chicharito, West Ham, $6,500; David McGoldrick, Sheffield United, $6,200; Nathan Redmond, Southampton, $6,100
STUDSOliver Norwood, Sheffield United vs. Leicester City, $6,500 — I thought James Maddison ($9,600) was a lock in this spot, but then looked at the other side of the field. Sheffield United aren’t a massive underdog and Norwood already has shown he can produce in difficult situations, mostly as a creator with six shots assisted and 12 crosses in the first two matches. Once again, his floor should be around 10 fantasy points, which is great for the price. Other Options — James Maddison, Leicester City, $9,600; Paul Pogba, Manchester United, $8,600; James Ward-Prowse, Southampton, $6,600
VALUESRoberto Pereyra, Watford vs. West Ham, $4,200 — If you go with Deeney, you might as well throw in Pereyra for almost free. He should be ready for another full 90, and that’s pretty good for an attacking midfielder at this level. It’s a little harder to trust him to make the scoresheet, but in this range, you’re fine with five points and anything more is a bonus. I think the questionable West Ham back line can provide that bonus.
Other Options — Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Southampton, $4,600; Jordan Henderson, Liverpool, $4,400; Fabinho, Liverpool, $4,000
STUDSTrent Alexander-Arnold, Liverpool vs. Arsenal, $6,600 — A matchup against Arsenal isn’t swaying me from spending on Alexander-Arnold. Unlike other defenders in this range, his fantasy value relies mostly on crosses, whereas you have to count on defensive stats from others. Crosses are an easy thing to trust, and while he won’t average 11 per match all season, he still will get enough to reach 10 fantasy points. Other Options — Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Manchester United, $5,900; Roberto Pereira, Leicester City, $5,700; Andrew Robertson, Liverpool, $5,400
VALUESDan Burn, Brighton vs. Southampton, $3,300 — It’s still unknown what kind of player Burn will be in Brighton’s five-man back line, but he’s done enough in the first couple matches, namely the two assisted shots last fixture. I like him because he’s gotten forward with a couple shots and crosses and also has a chance for a clean sheet.
Other Options — Jack O’Connell, Sheffield United, $3,700; Arthur Masuaku, West Ham, $3,600; Craig Dawson, Watford, $3,300
STUDSDavid de Gea, Manchester United vs. Crystal Palace, $5,800 — De Gea has the best odds for a clean sheet and Crystal Palace have yet to find the back of the net. Similar to last match, he might not make a ton of saves, but all signs point to a win and clean sheet for Man United, something no other goalkeeper can say. Other Options — Adrian, Liverpool, $5,700; Kasper Schmeichel, Leicester City, $5,000; Mat Ryan, Brighton, $4,900
VALUESAngus Gunn, Southampton at Brighton, $4,300 — Southampton haven’t looked great in opening matches, but I think Brighton are being overrated a bit after scoring three goals in their first game. Southampton won 1-0 in this spot last March, and considering Brighton scored less than one goal per match last season, it wouldn’t be surprising if those offensive struggles showed up again.
Other Options — Lukasz Fabianski, West Ham, $4,500; Dean Henderson, Sheffield United, $4,400; Vicente Guaita, Crystal Palace, $3,700
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