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Phil FodenMCI at WHU ($18): This match is one of three that has real implications for European places or relegation junk, so you can expect a full start from XI. Over the past five matches between these two teams, neither side has scored more than two goals, which is interesting because Manchester City’s total implied goals is 2.19. I’m a little tired to go to the full City score given their opponent, the previous record and the amount of other options on the list, but you definitely want at least one player given his performance all season. Kevin De Bruyne ($22) is the most expensive player on the list, with a four-goal performance against Wolverhampton. Gabriel Jesus ($19) was on fire for a few games but waned and didn’t play against Wolves. He has a chance of getting back into the squad against West Ham which is a slightly cheaper option. Riyad Mahrez ($19) He hasn’t started the past four Premier League games but is usually productive when he’s in the squad. Perhaps the best value in the City lineup is Phil Foden ($18), who has racked up 20 fantasy points in three of his past four starts. Watch if Rodri ($13) starts in midfield or is forced to dip into central defense due to City’s defensive injuries. For West Ham, Michail Antonio ($15) can come back from a groin injury and is cheaper than usual given the injury and his opponent. Jarrod Bowen ($17) is West Ham’s most expensive striker, while the greatest value can come from the likes of Manuel Lanzini ($11) or Declan Rice ($11).
Raul JimenezWall vs. NOR ($17): It’s rare to find the player with the highest goal-scoring odds under $20, let alone $17, but that’s the case for Raul Jimenez. His odds are likely to be boosted because Norwich is the opponent and Wolverhampton is a strong favourite. Norwich has conceded the most goals in the league, concedes the most chances created and allows the second most shots on target in the 12-team list. Given these numbers, it wouldn’t be surprising to see the prosperity of others from the attack of the wolves. Pedro Neto ($14) scored over 13.6 fantasy points in consecutive games, which is impressive when you consider those performances came against Chelsea and Manchester City. Chiquinho ($13) made two passes off the bench against Chelsea and earned 9.3 points against City, a cheap option expected to start from the right wing. His pace makes him dangerous and likely to play in the tournament. Robin Nevis ($14) is the best midfield option as he regularly finishes double digits. Despite Wolverhampton’s recent form, Norwich’s attack is difficult to count against a defense that has conceded the fourth-lowest number of goals in the league and does not generally succumb to opposing attacks.
Leandro TrossardBHA at LEE ($16): Similar to the thought process for Wolves against Norwich, Leeds’ defense line was quite porous and Brighton should in theory benefit. One potential recipient is Leandro Trossard, who has been leading Brighton’s attack with four goals in the past five games. This led him to three performances over 30 Fantasy Points and one over 20. With Leeds having a tendency to skimp on attacking stats such as shots on goal and chances created, Trossard should be able to reach a profitable ceiling regardless of whether he scores, making it Decent cash game player. Alexis Mac Allister ($12) and Yves Bissouma ($11) offer value from the midfield, and Mac Allister has the ability to take set pieces if Pascal Gross isn’t in the lineup. Raphinha ($17) should be available after going out against Chelsea and Joe Gillhardt ($12) a cheap option that will likely start up front.
Harvey BarnesLEI in WAT ($13): Barnes has started the last two games and has recovered well from an injury that forced him out of the previous two games. He scored 23.9 points against Norwich City on Wednesday, sending his price up slightly. Barnes has started only 22 games this season, but has scored more than 12 points in 10 of those games. Watford beat Everton on Wednesday but ceded the third most shots on target and the third most chances created between the two teams playing on Sunday. That also bodes well for Jamie Vardy ($20), who returned from injury earlier this week to score two goals and finish with 53.9 points against Norwich. James Madison ($17) also deserves a shout out because he’s back at pulling the strings. His ceiling isn’t quite as high as Vardy’s, but he certainly has the potential to excel if Vardy doesn’t find the back of the net. Unlike Leicester, Watford’s entire starting attack is basically sidelined due to injury, which leaves a few relatively cheap strikers. Samuel Kalou ($11) and Ken Sima ($11) should start on the wings, while Joao Pedro ($14) is expected to lead the attack. This match has the second highest implied goal total, paving the way for productive performance.
Craig DawsonWHU v. MCI ($10): Dawson gets the preference here only because it’s cheaper than Kurt Zouma ($11), but other than that, the process stays the same. Manchester City have the most holidays and West Ham are expected to play defensively. Dawson is typically floating around 10 points and is expected to be fit for Sunday’s game. Vladimir Koval ($9) has made six bids with more than 15 points this season, while Aaron Cresswell ($10) has occasionally had a share of set pieces. I would choose Koval over Dawson given his body in action and Cresswell being a bit more expensive. Joao Cancelo ($15) is one of the most expensive defenders on the list and a serious choice for City. The real value may be Oleksandr Zinchenko ($9) as he starts at left back. Watch the starting lineup as City are very weak in central defense due to injuries and there could be some value if the younger player receives a rare start.
Vitaly MikulenkoEVE vs BRE ($10): Like Manchester City, Brentford also imposes plenty of evacuations and could be Everton’s line of defense on a busy day. They are not as good in attack as City but they are still very dangerous. Michael Keane ($13) is Everton’s most expensive defender, followed by Vitaly Mikolenko and Mason Holgate ($10). Mikolenko has been outstanding as an outside full-back, scoring at least 9.5 points in each of the past seven games. It contributes in many ways, so it’s not limited to the amount of passes that Brentford has. Elsewhere, Pontus Jansson ($12) leads the Premier League in clearance (176) and is a defensive force with 16.9 points or more in eight out of 11 games, including four over 28 points. His partner quarterback, Ethan Pinnock ($12), wasn’t as good as Janson but still ranked among the top five in the playoffs. He has a hamstring injury but should be able to start.
Emiliano MartinezAVL vs CRY ($12): Ederson ($14) has the second-best clean-sheet odds behind Jose Sa ($13), who has the advantage of playing for Norwich City. West Ham have scored against Manchester City in each of their last three Premier League games, bringing the clean sheet into question. I’m intrigued by Lukasz Fabianski ($6) because he’s the cheapest expected to start and should see plenty of savings opportunities on his home ground against City. The match worth watching is Crystal Palace visiting Aston Villa because the two teams don’t have much to play for. This match has the lowest implied goal total, Emiliano Martinez ($12) is a reasonable price, while Jack Butland ($8) could replace Vicente Guaita ($8) at Crystal Palace. Wolverhampton suffered in scoring, while Norwich conceded a lot of goals. Angus Gunn ($7) is very cheap and may take advantage of Wolverhampton not being able to score.
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