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Week 7 EPL Fantrax Player Picks

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The number 7 is supposed to be lucky. Here’s a list of the Fantrax options that I think will give you the best odds of success for Game Week 7.

Romelu Lukaku - Manchester United - Premier League
Will Manchester United’s big striker maintain his blistering away form this week, or will he uphold his NMA title of Troll King?
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We’re now far enough into the season for the standings to begin to spread out a little. Liverpool stand alone as the only side with a perfect record, but that A+ report card will be in jeopardy on Saturday — the Reds traveling to London to face third place Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Manchester City’s demolition of Cardiff pulled them even on points with the Blues who could only share points with lowly West Ham.

Outside the top 3, Watford remain in fourth despite going winless for the second game in a row. Tottenham and Arsenal are two games behind league-leaders Liverpool, and Manchester United are fully 8 points off the pace. Bournemouth and Wolves both remain in the top 10.

At the foot of the table, Burnley’s victory over Bournemouth lifted them out of last-place and into 16th. Cardiff and Huddersfield now sit joint-bottom, with for-sale Newcastle 18th.

Here’s what’s in store for Game Week 7:

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Saturday

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Sunday

Monday

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Take note that Man Utd at West Ham is the lone early match that will publish confirmed lineups in the hour prior to our Fantrax deadline. Tune into our NMA pre-deadline chat for those lineups and other late announcements.

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Goalkeepers

Joe Hart - Burnley FC - Premier League
Arrgh! Joe Hart is in my side this week.
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Joe Hart (BRN, $6.53): Yes, believe it or not, I’m actually recommending Joe Hart this week. He’s the Premier League’s saves leader and has put up 39 points in his last 3 games. This week he travels to Wales to face 19th place Cardiff who’ve scored just 3 goals this season. Manchester City’s former #1 is beginning to show glimpses of his former greatness, and this week I actually sold Alisson to barn-door him. My fingers are crossed that when Sunday rolls around I won’t find myself saying “Arrgh!”

Ederson (MCI, $11.50): He’s expensive, but City host Brighton this week, so prospects for a clean sheet look promising. He averages fewer than 2 saves per game though, and he probably won’t be able to improve that stat against the Seagulls. So if City can’t hold Brighton scoreless, your investment may not pay off.

Tottenham: According to Spurs, Hugo Lloris ($7.52) has progressed to field work, and Michel Vorm ($2.80) is improving and continues his rehab. If neither is ready in time for the weekend, then Paulo Gazzaniga ($3.15) will suit up for his second league game in a row. Follow team news, because whoever gets the jersey this weekend will be an excellent Fantrax option. Spurs face last-place Huddersfield, and no side has scored fewer goals than the Terriers.

Rui Patricio (WLV, $7.58): Wolves are the real deal, and their stingy defense is a big reason why. In their last four games, they’ve allowed just 2 goals, and those were conceded in 1-1 draws against Manchester City and Manchester United, whose offenses boast a combined 28 league goals. This week Patricio hosts Southampton, who have scored only 6.

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Defenders

Kieran Trippier - Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League
Kieran Trippier could be set to go huge against Huddersfield this week.
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Kieran Trippier (TOT, $9.97): Tripps is averaging 10 ppg and faces Huddersfield this week. There will be points on offer at both ends of the pitch. He was left out of tonight’s Carabao Cup squad, so he looks a certain starter for the weekend. If you can fit him in, do it.

Toby Alderweireld (TOT, $5.71): If you can’t find room in your budget for Trippier, then Alderweireld is your best Spurs alternative. The Belgian’s ceiling is definitely lower, but his price tag offers you a budget-friendly route into the potential clean sheet. And if you can afford Tripps, consider doubling down.

Diego Rico (BOU, $4.98): Eddie Howe has confirmed that Charlie Daniels will not be fit for the mid-week Carabao Cup fixture. Daniels has been out since August, so it seems unlikely that he can be ready to start on Monday. Rico should continue then, and the Spaniard should be good bang for the buck at home for the visit of Crystal Palace.

Gary Cahill (CHE, $3.44): Antonio Rudiger was withdrawn from the West Ham match with a knock. Maurizio Sarri believes the German will recover in time for the weekend’s tilt with Liverpool, but he did not make the Cup squad tonight. If he remains unavailable for the weekend, then Cahill becomes a cheap enabler. Follow team news if you need a filler.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka (CRY, $9.15): It’s almost as if Fantrax’s scoring system was written specifically for AWB. He has put up 41 points in his last three games, and he has failed to reach double-digits only once this season (when he was shown red). If you’re going to continue to go without Obi-Wan, then may the Force be with you. You’re going to need it.

Lucas Digne (EVE, $6.93): Digne seems to have displaced 33 year-old Leighton Baines as Marco Silva’s first-choice left back. Everton’s last two games were the first in which Digne went the full 90 minutes, and he racked up 13 points each time, with a clean sheet in neither. He looks like an excellent value when leaky Fulham come to call.

James Milner (LIV, $9.62): The away match at Chelsea is not a great fixture, but Jurgen Klopp seems to prefer Milner for such big matches, and the trip to Stamford Bridge is definitely a big one. Milner is also ‘Pool’s top-dog penalty taker, and that could come into play in what will surely be a fiercely-contested affair.

Fabian Delph (MCI, $4.46): Benjamin Mendy appears unlikely to make the starting 11 for the home match against Brighton, and a newly-fit Danilo played the full 90 in last night’s Cup match. Consequently, Delph looks set to be handed his third straight league start. Admittedly, the Englishman is a mere shadow of his French teammate, but he’s a cheap route into the potential clean sheet, and he has managed 9 points in each of his two games as Mendy’s deputy.

Note: Trippier, Wan-Bissaka, Milner, and Delph have dual-eligibility and can be played as either defenders or midfielders.

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Midfielders

Arsenal v Everton - Premier League
Richarlison seems sure to reap rich rewards when he faces Fulham’s accommodating defense this weekend.
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Richarlison (EVE, $13.96): Everton’s danger man entertains Fulham at Goodison Park this week. You know he’s licking his chops, and so am I.

Junior Stanislas (BOU, $4.77): Junior put in his first minutes of the season in the loss to Burnley last weekend, where he racked up 6 points during a cameo that lasted just 22 minutes. He was handed a start in last night’s League Cup match, notching a goal before coming off in the 70th minute. Even if he’s not quite ready to put in a full shift just yet, he’s clearly going to be a genuine fantasy (and real-life) asset. He’s a great value for the home fixture against Crystal Palace, and his price is only going to go up from here.

Gylfi Sigurdsson (EVE, $11.41): Siggy is averaging almost 10 ppg this season, if you exclude his abbreviated 43-minute appearance in the season opener. He also hogs set pieces, including PKs when Baines is not on the pitch. If you can’t quite reach Richarlison this week, you’d hardly be settling by going with Siggy instead.

Andre Schurrle (FUL, $10.20): Schurrle is averaging almost 10 ppg, despite a disappointing return against Watford last week. But Everton have conceded almost twice as many goals as Watford, so I’m backing Schurrle to get back on track against the Toffees.

Jean Michael-Seri (FUL, $9.94): JMS has cruised along under the radar so far, but he caught the eye against Watford, where he was probably Fulham’s best player. He averages over 9 ppg, has put up double-digits three times, and has never returned less than 6. If you want a steady-Eddie bet for the Fulham match, JMS is much less volatile choice than Schurrle.

James Maddison (LEI, $13.19): Maddison is steadily establishing himself as an elite fantasy football asset. He’s averaging a whopping 13.33 ppg and was Man of the Match against Huddersfield, where he nailed a beautiful free-kick goal. He is clearly the engine that drives Leicester’s offense: According to Fantasy Football Scout, “He has created more chances than Eden Hazard (and) only one fewer than Mo Salah and David Silva.” That’s pretty heady company.

David Silva ($12.86): He has missed a double-digit return only once this season, and I doubt he’ll fall short against Brighton. And while Pep Guardiola’s Wonderful Wheel of Rotation is never easy to predict, Silva was an unused sub last weekend, and he was withdrawn at the hour mark in the Cup game last night. He should be in line to start on Saturday.

Erik Lamela (TOT, $6.85), Lucas Moura (TOT, $7.39), Son Heung-Min (TOT, $8.37), Dele Alli (TOT, $14.71): All of these players would be excellent choices for the trip to compliant Huddersfield. Moura started in place of Kane in the Cup game this evening, which Alli and Lamela also started. Son was named to the bench.

Note: Richarlison, Schurrle, Son, Alli, and Moura can be played as either midfielders or forwards.

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Forwards

Brighton & Hove Albion v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League
Against Brighton, Harry Kane was the Fantrax god we know and love. I see no reason to expect anything different against Huddersfield this week.
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Callum Wilson (BOU, $10.53): He bombed as a fantasy investment last week, when he returned -3 before getting the hook to make way for Junior Stanislas. But he responded by scoring an injury-time game-winner in last night’s League Cup game after coming on as a super-sub with the match knotted at 2-2. I’m willing to give him another chance for this week’s visit of Palace.

Wilifried Zaha (CRY, $15.59): He’s averaging over 11 ppg and has only failed to hit double-digits once. And he does just as well on the road as he does at home, so look for him to add to the 11 goals that Bournemouth have conceded this year.

Aleksandar Mitrovic (FUL, $14.10): Mitrovic is the EPL’s leading goal-scorer, with 5 in 6 games. He’ll take his red-hot form on the road this week, where he’ll face a Toffee defense that has surrendered 11 goals in this campaign.

Jamie Vardy (LEI, $12.16): Vardy tore it up against Huddersfield last week, registering a goal and an assist on hid way to 22 points. He has put up double-digits in each of his road games this year, so the trip to Newcastle should not put you off. He’s still reasonably-priced despite his explosion against the Terriers, and his upcoming run of fixtures is very attractive. Why not get him in now?

Sadio Mané (LIV, $16.78): I back Liverpool to beat Chelsea, which means I believe somebody in a red shirt is going to score. Mané could be the one — I think the Blues will have just as hard a time dealing with Mané’s pace as they will with Mo Salah’s guile. The Senegalese is also $7 cheaper than the Egyptian, which makes Mané a safer gamble.

Sergio Aguero ($21.29): He’s averaging over 15 ppg despite playing the full 90 only twice so far. He was rested for the mid-week Cup game, so he should be ready to do some damage when Brighton visit the Etihad.

Romelu Lukaku (MUN, $14.61) Lukaku is infamous for beating up on weak opposition, and this week he travels to 17th-place West Ham, who have conceded 11 goals so far. Even more compelling, all of his goals in this campaign have come away from home, where he’s compiled 48 Fantrax points vs 8 at Old Trafford.

Danny Ings (SOU, $8.61): Ings got a rest last weekend because he was ineligible to face his parent club. This week he takes to the road to face a tight Wolves defense, but Ings has scored and put up double-digits in both of his away games this season. He’s the best Game Week 7 option among Fantrax forwards priced under $10.

Harry Kane (TOT, $20.83): Kane had 4 SOTs, a goal, and 24 points at Brighton last week. This week he heads to Huddersfield, where he could have another field day against one of the Premier League’s most permissive defenses. He’s expensive, but this week he’s worth it.

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So there’s your weekly dose of Fantrax squad selection guidance. Whom have I overlooked? Whom have I over-rated? Share your opinions and ideas in the comments below.

Also, be aware that 8 Premier League teams had EFL Cup games last night. Manchester United, Burnley, and Wolves were all eliminated, while Bournemouth, Manchester City, Leicester, Fulham, and Crystal Palace all went through. Eight more EPL teams have Cup games kicking off as this article is publishing, so be sure to check back at NMA’s website throughout the week as the lineup implications and injury news from all of these mid-week matches trickle out.

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Poll

Who is your top Fantrax choice for Game Week 7?

This poll is closed

  • 8%
    Kieran Trippier
    (7 votes)
  • 2%
    Aaron Wan-Bissaka
    (2 votes)
  • 8%
    Richarlison
    (7 votes)
  • 1%
    Gylfi Sigurdsson
    (1 vote)
  • 1%
    Andre Schurrle
    (1 vote)
  • 9%
    James Maddison
    (8 votes)
  • 4%
    David Silva
    (4 votes)
  • 0%
    Callum Wilson
    (0 votes)
  • 1%
    Wilifried Zaha
    (1 vote)
  • 0%
    Aleksandar Mitrovic
    (0 votes)
  • 1%
    Jamie Vardy
    (1 vote)
  • 2%
    Sadio Mané
    (2 votes)
  • 0%
    Mo Salah
    (0 votes)
  • 2%
    Eden Hazard
    (2 votes)
  • 29%
    Sergio Aguero
    (26 votes)
  • 1%
    Romelu Lukaku
    (1 vote)
  • 16%
    Harry Kane
    (14 votes)
  • 2%
    Lucas Moura
    (2 votes)
  • 2%
    Christian Eriksen
    (2 votes)
  • 6%
    Other
    (6 votes)
87 votes total Vote Now

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