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Jimmy VardyLEI vs NOR ($20): Despite Manchester City having the highest implied total and best winning percentage, Jamie Vardy ($20) still had the best goal-scoring odds, ahead of Batson Dhaka ($14) and Kelechi Iheanacho ($16). It remains to be seen if Vardy will start, but if he does, that could potentially bring Ihenacho back to the bench, while I don’t expect Dhaka to see the starting lineup again in a short week. Vardy has played as a substitute in the past three games and is likely ready to start the Premier League now that he made a full 90 appearances last week at UECL. If that is the case, he could attack him against the worst line of defense in the Premier League at Norwich (75 goals conceded). An added layer to this match is that Leicester are knocked out of European competition and could go with a full-strength squad, which should include Harvey Barnes ($12) as an interesting substitute and he’s scored in double digits in six of his past seven starts, and also 16.9 fantasy points in 45 A minute off the bench against Everton last weekend. Norwich receives the most shots on target and the most chances created by the eight teams, so it would be wise to have at least one of Leicester’s attackers on your squad.
Phil FodenMCI at NOR ($18): Manchester City is the biggest candidate on the list and arguably you can go with any of their attackers. Phil Foden has scored twice and provided assists in his past three Premier League matches and has regularly scored an incredible 20 points when in the starting line-up. Kevin De Bruyne ($21) is the most requested option, but also the most expensive player on the list. Gabriel Jesus ($19) has been in much better shape lately, scoring six goals and providing assists during his past five matches (including the Champions League). Raheem Sterling ($19) nets Manchester City in the Premier League goals with 12, while Riyad Mahrez ($18) is just behind him at 11. You could theoretically go with anyone from his attacking side in this positive game, but a group with Rodri might ($13) is perfect play considering he’s scored over 25.6 fantasy points in three consecutive games.
Anthony GordonEVE at WAT ($12): This match has the second highest implied total and Everton strongly favors it. Watford have given up a fair amount of defensive stats and would otherwise be considered the worst line of defense on this list if Norwich City and Leeds United have not played as well as all three teams have given up 70 or more goals this season. Gordon flies under the radar for a lot of guys and was mostly industrial. Richarlison ($17) gets most of the attention for the right reason, but if you’re looking for a bargain option in a favorable match, Gordon is a good opportunity. Dominic Calvert-Lewin ($15) was an unused substitute in the previous two games, but it’s going to be an interesting game if he’s going to start. Alex Iwobi ($12) plays deeper than the players mentioned above, but has scored more than 10.8 points in his past three games and shown good ground in a nine-game winning streak.
Saul NiggisCHE at LEE ($8): Chelsea could see some rotation with N’Golo Kante ($11) and Jorginho ($13) for fight injuries and Marcos Alonso battling the coach, potentially missing out on Wednesday. This could lead to Saul Niguez entering the starting line-up, which would be a potential boost to players looking for a midfield option with a reduced rate on a heavily favored player. That’s kind of speculative, but he’s scored 12.5 and 16.7 points in his last two games. Outside of this deal, Mason Mount ($20) has been Chelsea’s best player all season and should start again. Romelu Lukaku ($19) scored his first two goals since December in a draw with Wolves on Saturday and could make another start.
Adam Macinaand WAT vs EVE ($8): If you take a look at the list of injuries at Watford, you will come to the conclusion that none of the typical free-kick takers will be available on Wednesday. Masina is basically the last man standing, and in theory he would at least have a set-piece split against an Everton side fighting for his life in the Premier League. Watford are already relegated, despite winning the previous game this season 5-2 and will try to pull off another upset. Masina is cost effective and will replace one of Watford’s injured players at full-back. The other option is Jeremy Ngakia ($6), which can easily fit into most budgets. This is a bit of a risky game, but if he’s in the starting lineup, you don’t need him to do much in order to get the value back. Vitaly Mikolenko ($9) is similar and has scored at least 9.5 points in each of his last six matches. It plays a potential role on Masina if you have the money, although both are options.
Willy PollyWall vs MCI ($9): Bole is the cheapest center back against Manchester City, who imposes the most breakouts of the eight teams and must keep Wolverhampton’s defense line under pressure for most of the 90 minutes, which will result in a large volume of defensive stats for the defensive line, specifically. center of defence. City opponents average about 22 clearances per 90 minutes, which also makes Connor Coady ($10) and Johnny ($11) an option. Oleksandr Zinchenko ($9) is the cheapest expected defender from City and he plays a good clean sheet against a Wolverhampton team that fails to score a lot. Joao Cancelo ($15) offers plenty to go ahead and can partake of City Road.
Ilan MeslerLEE vs CHE ($7): RotoWire DFS optimizer loves Illan Meslier more than any value-based goalkeepers. Aside from the 4-0 loss to Manchester City, Meslier has scored at least eight points in seven of his past eight matches. Chelsea have not scored more than two goals in any of their past six matches and Leeds could see plenty of recurring savings opportunities. Jose Sa ($6) has the toughest standoff against City, and is instead the one most likely to see salvage opportunities. Ederson ($14) has the highest clean sheet odds and is vying for the top spot in the Premier League in a clean sheet. Kasper Schmeichel ($12) has a high chance of beating Norwich, making it a viable game as well.
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