The International break gave us fantasy managers a rest. But it also leaves fantasy and EPL managers with a lot of questions as injuries may have knocked some holes in our rosters.
Aaron Ramsdale ( $3.32, BRE vs ARS )
For one week only, Ramsdale regains his starting place in the Arsenal lineup because David Raya is inelligible against his parent club. The Bees have some attacking players that can cause trouble, so Ramsdale will have work to do and he’ll be ready to impress.
Odysseas Vlachodimos ($3.40, NOT vs BHA)
It looks like Vlachodimos will remain between the sticks. Forest has yet to lose at home, and the Seagulls haven’t won in six matches. This is a decent matchup for a cheap keeper if you are looking for something different.
Ben Davies ( $4.40, TOT vs AVL)
Davies is back into the starting lineup as casualties mount for Tottenham. Injuries and red cards have resulted in two straight losses. Spurs are back home though, and Aston Villa has not been as good on the road. Emerson Royal is another player to look at here.
Harry Toffolo ($6.40, NOT vs BHA)
Like most of Forest’s players, Toffolo loves playing at home. His last three homes games returned of 17, 10, and 8.5, and only one of those depended on a clean sheet. He is up and down the field, getting points on either side of the ball.
Reece James ($6.47, NEW vs CHE)
The match-up here isn’t perfect, but James has two straight Chelsea starts, yielding 12 and 14.5 points. One of those returns included four goals conceded. Reece is a player who is capable of big points, and he’s worth punting at this price (at least until he’s crocked again).
Eberechi Eze ($11.56, LUT vs CRY)
Palace truly missed Eze while he was injured, and he made an immediate impact on his return. He earned and then scored a penalty. He’s back on corners and most set pieces. Luton has yet to keep a clean sheet, so there are going to be chances. It’s worth considering Michael Olise too, also back from injury and in line to get a start.
Philip Billing ($10.23, SHU vs BOU)
Billing should be healthy by the weekend, but you should check the reports before finalizing. Sheffield United has the worst defensive record in the EPL, so even Bournemouth’s offense may have opportunities here. Billing is a consistent player and worth a look.
Gabriel Martinelli ($10.95, BRE vs ARS)
Martinelli is a cheap(er) way into an Arsenal lineup, that has one of the less daunting match-ups of the week. He hasn’t been as prolific a goal scorer this year, but he continues to create chances and go at defenders. If I knew Gabriel Jesus was starting, I’d be considering him too, but he played 90 for Brazil and probably won’t be rushed back.
James Ward-Prowse ($14.49, BUR vs WHU)
JWP hit a bit of dry spell with West Ham for a few weeks, but he bounced back with two assists and 22 points last time out. We know he is going to be on set pieces, and relegtion-zone Burnley just isn’t a great defensive team. This a match-up where he should be in your lineup. Mohammed Kudus may get the start up front too and is worth a look at his price.
Dominic Solanke ($11.22, SHU vs BOU)
Solanke has six goals on the season, which is over half of Bournemouth’s tally on the season. Sheffield United is a match-up against whom he could add to that.
Jeremy Doku ($10.47, MCI vs LIV)
With Haaland a doubt, Doku should be a sure thing, plus we will get to see how Man City lines up. It’s an intriguing match-up as the best offensive team plays the best defense. City has 10 goals in the last two games, and the Citizens love playing at home. Doku is the cheapest City forward besides Jack Grealish.
Edsonne Edouard ($11.21, LUT vs CRY)
WIth Eze and Olise back, Edouard has the service that he needs to score. He has five goals on the season and will be looking to add to that in a solid match-up. He’s starting and active. This is a potential differential pick for the week.
It’s a tough weekend without a single top vs bottom standout match-up crying for investment. Which are you looking at? Where are your differential picks? Please log in and tell us your Fantrax thoughts / questions in the comments below.