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Harry King, TO v. SOU ($21): Heung-Min Son and Kane are the two most expensive players in a favorable match against the Southampton side that many choose to be in danger of relegation this season. Kane and Son have the two highest scoring odds on the list, with the former receiving a slight advantage from the bookmakers. Kane is slightly cheaper than Son after the Son’s Golden Boot campaign. Both should have strong fantasy days, but with Kane expecting to hit shootouts this season when he’s fit, I gave him a slight advantage. Dejan Kulusevski ($17) is expected to start the attack and is the next cheaper option. He finished last season with two goals, three shots on target and two chances created in the final and will look to continue that level of production against Southampton. For the underdog, James Ward-Prowse ($18) will always be the main fantasy option as long as he’s on the south coast, while Che Adams ($15) is expected to lead the attack against an increasingly stronger Spurs defense line under Antonio Conte. . In terms of value, Stuart Armstrong ($9) should play center wing and make a strong case for a budget-friendly option.
Callum Wilsonnew against NFO ($18): Newcastle have the third best win percentage as they start the season at home against newly promoted Nottingham Forest. They have the third highest implied goal total and Wilson should see plenty of looks against a side incorporating 12 new signings in the summer. Allan Saint-Maximin scored chances for Newcastle last season with 50 (in 31 starts) and his closest teammate was Joelinton with 29, so expect these two to be involved in most of Newcastle’s best attacking moves. Bruno Guimarães ($15) came in strong at the end of the season, scoring at least 11.5 fantastic points in each of the last eight games while topping 25.8 points in four of them. Taiwo Awoniyi ($16) became Nottingham Forest’s most expensive signature this summer and is expected to lead the line for most of the season. Jesse Lingard ($15) joined from Manchester United and should play a major role in creating opportunities for Oney and his company.
Daily Alli, Eve vs. Chi ($10): While I’d like to recommend Mason Mount ($20) and any of the other Chelsea strikers, it won’t offer much variety from the other players already recommended in this article. Dominic Calvert-Lewin has been left out and there is a good chance Alli could be involved in the Everton attack in some way. While the showdown against Chelsea isn’t perfect, his ability to generate value offers an option that gives you space for players higher in the wage category. Alex Iwobi ($12) was a consistent producer at the end of last season (four of his last six games over 10 points) and it’s another good value game, although he’s likely to play a little deeper. N’Golo Kante ($11) is one of Chelsea’s cheapest entry-level players and can be a viable game in a stack.
Douglas LouiseAVL at BOU ($9): Luiz is another deal option in a more favorable situation as Aston Villa travel to newly promoted Bournemouth for the first match of the season. Philippe Coutinho ($19) and Ole Watkins ($17) should score and assist, but Douglas Luiz and John McGinn ($14) will do the hard work to get the ball. Given the price and match, Luiz will be worth about 10 points, which provides a relatively safe way to go. Dominic Solanke ($16) will need to come back from his first Premier League campaign with Bournemouth, although he should have plenty of opportunities to improve this season while leading their attack.
Nathan CollinsWOL at LEE ($13): This match has the second lowest implied goal and should be a low-scoring one if it comes after several Wolves games last season, where they finished fifth in the number of goals conceded. Collins joined from Burnley after being relegated and after becoming a key part of their defense at the end of the season. Wolves play in a similar fashion with an emphasis on built-in defense, allowing Collins and the rest of the quarterbacks to accumulate clearance and other defensive stats. He finished last season with 14 consecutive games with more than 9.1 points, so his pitch is solid.
Ivan PerisicTO vs SOU ($13): Perisic is listed as a defender, but is likely to work as a winger in the Tottenham squad, giving him plenty of opportunities to engage in attack. I wouldn’t be surprised if its price goes up as the season progresses near the defender’s maximum price. Tottenham have the best clean sheet odds and the highest implied goal total. The downside for Perisic is that even if he starts, he is unlikely to hit the full 90 degrees, limiting his ability to secure a clean sheet.
Edward MendyCHE at EVE ($12): Chelsea have the second best clean sheet prospect and will travel to an Everton side who are missing their best striker and will likely need to include a central attacking midfielder. Chelsea got the fourth-highest number of clean sheets last season and is expected to keep Everton in trouble. Ilan Mesler ($10) and Jose Sa ($10) are two options in a potentially low-scoring match. Jordan Pickford ($9) is tempting given the amount of savings opportunities he has to face while Alex McCarthy ($6) is the cheapest goalkeeper expected against Tottenham.
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