Last weekend simply did not go as expected (Okay, except for Norwich losing 2-0). Brentford matched Liverpool 3-3. Man United missed a penalty to lose at home to Aston Villa. Arsenal dominated Tottenham (that feels good to write), for one of only two home wins on the weekend.
But that’s why the EPL is such a great league, and what makes fantasy tough.
A few quick notes: Arsenal has won three straight. Only Liverpool is still undefeated. But there are still five teams without a win.
Man United and Everton kick off the weekend. You can see lineups before the Fantrax deadline.
Messlier ($12.15 , LEE vs WAT) Watford has scored only once on the road, and that was against Norwich. His lowest number of saves for a game is two, and four times he has produced five or more.
Karl Darlow ($9.03, WOL vs NEW) There aren’t great options at keeper priced under $10. Wolves have scored only three times this season, while being shutout four times. Again, this is a risk vs reward pick. He’s had positive points even without clean sheets.
James Tarkowski ($13.86 , BUR vs NOR) Anyone against Norwich until further orders. Tark is the safest choice among the Burnley defenders, but you can’t really go wrong with any of them. If I know Maxwel Cornet (the “defender” playing as a striker) is fit, he will most likely be in my squad. Watch for news.
Takehiro Tomiyasu ($5.62, BHA vs ARS) The Japanese right-back has fit in well thus far. The Gunners have conceded just once in their last three matches. They are settling in, it seems. Tomiyasu has been returning his value. Brighton is higher up the table than the Gunners, but up to now the Seagulls’ schedule has been pretty light.
Emerson Royal ($5.44, TOT vs AST) I’m looking at Royal again. He came on at the half for Spurs in their loss to Arsenal. He’s active going forward and confident on the ball. His price is low, and he has a high ceiling. I can’t imagine Spurs conceding three goals for a 4th game in a row. Well, I can imagine it (and have), but I don’t think it’s likely.
Raphinha ($16.77, LEE vs WAT) Watford has yet to keep a clean sheet. Raphinha is a good choice each week, but he is now at a premium price. This is a matchup worth looking at even at that price, and he has scored in two straight.
Allan Saint-Maximin ($10.56, WOL vs NEW) I’m recommending him again. His price is still reasonable, but climbing. He has a goal or assist in every game except one (5 of 6)
Ashley Westwood ($11.14, BUR vs NOR) Dwight McNeil is the more popular choice, but Westwood has 33 crosses in 6 matches. He’s going to earn something.
Emile Smith Rowe ($7.66, BHA vs ARS) Against Spurs he showed why he was given the #10 jersey. He’s playing with confidence, which may continue to build. He’s energetic and lively, which also leads to points.
Raul Jimenez ($3.92 vs NEW) The Mexican national has scored his first goals since coming back. His price enables you buy big elsewhere. The Magpies have given up the 2nd-most goals and have yet to keep a clean sheet.
Chris Wood ($8.88, BUR vs NOR) I’m not sure I’m gutsy enough to use my one vacant forward spot on Wood. But it’s Norwich. This feels like one for whom I’ll be kicking myself when I don’t pick him up.
Michail Antonio ($15.32, WHU vs BRE) Rested via suspension in GW-5, MAntonio picked right back up in GW-6. He is tied for most goals and second in shots on target. Brentford conceded three to Liverpool last weekend too.
Joshua King ($3.44, LEE vs WAT) King has an assist in two straight games. Leeds gives up goals. He’s an interesting differential pick with a good price and a good matchup.
Are you looking at 19th place Burnley against 20th placed Norwich as much as I am? What are you thinking about Liverpool against Man City? Whom do you have? Please share in the comments!