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Mason Greenwood is barely old enough to drink, but he’s already an emerging star at one of the biggest football clubs in the world. Will he make your Fantrax lineup this week?
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It’s another Monday-to-Tuesday turnaround, so there’s not much time to get your GW 34 fantasy house in order. Let’s jump right in.

Be aware that the week opens with CRY/CHE and WAT/NOR, so we will have confirmed lineups for those matches in time to make adjustments ahead of the Fantrax deadline.

Here’s the slate of fixtures, followed by the picks. This article published prior to the adjustment, so quoted prices reflect that.

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Tuesday 7 July

Crystal Palace vs Chelsea

Watford vs Norwich

Arsenal vs Leicester

Wednesday 8 July

Manchester City vs Newcastle

Sheffield United vs Wolverhampton

West Ham United vs Burnley

Brighton vs Liverpool

Thursday 9 July

Bournemouth vs Tottenham

Everton vs Southampton

Aston Villa vs Manchester United

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Goalkeepers

Ben Foster ($6.35, WAT vs NOR): The Canaries have scored just one goal in their five games under Project Restart, and have conceded eleven. They’re going down, and they’ve given every indication that they’ve acquiesced to that fact. But Watford are still fighting to beat the drop, so they’ll view this contest a prime opportunity to collect three points. With the very real possibility of a win, a clean sheet, and save points, Ben Foster is screaming out for investment this week.

Kepa Arrizabalaga ($4.38, CRY vs CHE): The Eagles are the only offense worse than Norwich’s. If Foster’s match smells like a trap, then Kepa is good alternative.

Emiliano Martinez ($1.73, ARS vs LEI): Arsenal have kept three clean sheets since the restart, and this week they’ll face a Leicester side that may be without James Maddison and Ben Chilwell. Martinez is your GK value play this week.

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Defenders

Kevin Long ($1.00, WHU vs BUR): Ben Mee’s thigh injury meant Long started in the heart of Burnley’s defense yesterday, and the 29 year-old Irishman put up 7 points without a clean sheet. He’s a lock to start again on Wednesday and won’t bust your budget.

Marcos Alonso ($7.95, CRY vs CHE): Reece James started against Watford on Saturday, so it should be Alonso’s turn again tomorrow. The Eagles have only scored twice since the restart and are goal-less over their last three games, so Alonso could add CS points to his attacking returns.

Mamadou Sakho ($1.00, CRY vs CHE): Palace are in terrible form, but the Frenchman is still racking up defensive returns: seven points in each of his games since the restart, with a clean sheet in neither.

James Justin ($3.02, ARS vs LEI): Still nailed-on, still productive, and still affordable. He’s averaging almost 10 ppg since the restart and is a solid set-and-forget option for the run-in.

Kyle Walker-Peters ($1.97, EVE vs SOU): He started the Saints’ last two matches and put up a total of 21 points. He appears to be Ralph Hassenhüttl’s preferred right back now, and should be value-for-money against Everton.

Kieran Tierney ($1.73, ARS vs LEI): He’s a threat going forward, but he’s also been lining up on the outside of a back three lately, which makes him eligible for CS points. Solid enabler this week.

Bukayo Saka ($5.43, ARS vs LEI): Arteta fields him as a middie, so no CS potential here. But he’s registered a goal and an assist since the restart, and he’s eligible for any position in your Fantrax lineup except GK. (D, M, F)

Joseph Gomez ($6.35, BHA vs LIV): Now that the Reds have sealed the deal on the league trophy, not even their marquee names are immune from rest and rotation. But with Joel Matip out and Dejan Lovren a doubt, we should be able to count on Gomez to make Jurgen Klopp’s S11 against the Seagulls.

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Midfielders

Bruno Fernandes ($7.58, AVL vs MUN): No explanation necessary.

Christian Pulisic ($11.10, CRY vs CHE): His returns since Project Restart launched: 12, 15, 14, and 15. The American is growing into his role, and with Chelsea pushing for Europe it’s unlikely that Frank Lampard can afford to rest him. (M, F)

Willian ($17.08, CRY vs CHE): Another Blue who is crushing it since Project Restart began, Willian has posted 62 points over the four games since the pause ended. He’ll cost you a whole lot more than his American counterpart, but his upside is higher and he’s on pens. (M, F)

Phil Foden ($5.73, MCI vs NEW): Foden was benched for City’s last match, which should mean he’ll start against the Magpies. With 54 points since coming out of lockdown, he’s playing like a squad player who’s trying to break through, and that makes him a ridiculous value this week. (M, F)

James Ward-Prowse ($17.20, EVE vs SOU): JWP has posted 62 points since the restart, and he’s done better away from home than he has St. Mary’s. He hogs set pieces including pens, so if you can afford him, he offers big upside potential.

Stuart Armstrong ($7.28, EVE vs SOU): Looking for a poor man’s JWP? Then I give you Stuart Armstrong. He’s put up 42 points during Project Restart vs JWP’s 62, but he costs $10 less.

Jarrod Bowen ($4.56, WHU vs BUR): With three assists and 46 points in the four games since he returned to play, this guy has been something of a revelation. He actually put up 38 points in the two games prior to the pause, but he failed to make the radar because the league subsequently went dark. He certainly has our attention now. (M, F)

Michail Antonio ($8.08, WHU vs BUR): Double-digits in each of his last three games. He lines up as a striker lately, but you can still field him as a middie. Nice. (M, F)

Will Hughes ($6.04, WAT vs NOR): He has twice put up 11 points since the lockdown ended, so if you’re looking for someone to fit the “anyone against Norwich” bill, he could be your man.

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Forwards

Mason Greenwood ($6.47, AVL vs MUN): Three goals and 36 points over his last two games. He’s no less likely to score than any of MU’s other heavy-hitters, but he costs a heck of a lot less than they do. For now, that is. You better grab him on the barn door before Saturday’s two-goal, 22-point performance jacks up his price.

Anthony Martial ($14.86, AVL vs MUN): Another key element of United’s freewheeling attack, Martial has notched four goals and posted 61 points since the lockdown lifted. He costs more than Greenwood, but he’s still a bargain at $14.86. But as with Greenwood, if you want him, you should act now before his 24-point performance against Bournemouth is reflected in the price adjustment.

Olivier Giroud ($3.27, CRY vs CHE): The 33 year-old Frenchman has scored twice over the last four games and put up 19 points on Saturday. He seems to have elbowed past Tammy Abraham as Frank Lampard’s preferred No. 9, so I’m expecting him to start against the Eagles. Fortunately, we should know for sure ahead of the transfer deadline.

Harry Kane ($13.75, BOU vs TOT): Today’s 1-0 defeat of Everton notwithstanding, Jose Mourinho seems to have lost the script. In fact, both the Spurs and the Toffees appear to be barren wastelands of fantasy talent these days. But I’ll give Tottenham’s striker and PK taker one more chance against a Cherries defense that is the league’s third-worst.

Troy Deeney ($7.65, WAT vs NOR): Watford’s captain (and penalty taker) welcomes sorry Norwich this week. That alone is reason enough to consider putting him in your squad.

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Which players are you buying this week? Which are you letting go? Are you subscribing to the “whoever’s playing Norwich” approach? Do you see rotation in store for any big-name players? Got your eye on a cheeky differential? Please join us in the Comments and let us know!

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