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- 2:30 pm: Burnley vs. Tottenham Hotspur
- 2:30 pm: Watford vs. Crystal Palace
- 2:45 pm: Liverpool vs. Leeds United
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FORWARDS / MIDFIELDERS
Harry Kane, TOT at BUR ($19): I did not see Tottenham's upset over Manchester City coming like most fans of the Premier League. A big reason for that is because Harry Kane hadn't played to the levels we've seen in previous seasons, but he rolled back the clock with two goals and three shots on goal to finish with a massive 49.3 fantasy points. He's now scored over 20 fantasy points in five of his past seven matches, including three matches with 32-plus points. Burnley consistently concede a ton of shots and pace the six-team slate in conceding chances created, further helping Kane's cause as Tottenham look to ride Saturday's win to more points. Heung-Min Son ($20) is a dollar more expensive but is a walking 20 points, as he's scored at least that much in nine-straight matches. Wout Weghorst ($18) scored twice on Saturday and is facing a Tottenham back line that have conceded at least two goals in each of the past five matches.
Sadio Mane, LIV v. LEE ($18): Mane was in a bit of a drought prior to his overhead goal against Norwich City on Saturday, but he proved he can still find the back of the net in a favorable matchup. Realistically, all three Liverpool attackers are options, but given the price of Mohamed Salah ($22), Luis Diaz ($19) and Mane, it'll be tough to stack all of them. Mane is the cheapest in a matchup where Liverpool have an implied-goal total of 2.64, which is far and away the most on the slate. Salah should be the highest-rostered player Wednesday as most won't want to miss out on the potential of a 30-plus point performance, something he's done in 12 of 23 appearances. Luis Diaz scored his first goal for Liverpool on Saturday and looks like he could be a danger against Premier League defenses the rest of the season. Thiago Alcantara ($10) and Harvey Elliott ($10) are both super cheap, which could be good options for GPPs if you'd prefer a Liverpool stack.
Josh Brownhill, BUR v. TOT ($13): As I mentioned with Wout Weghorst, Tottenham's backline has been less than airtight over the past five matches, conceding 11 goals over the past five matches. Brownhill isn't known as a goalscorer, but he is a consistent source of defensive stats from his holding midfield role. He and Ashley Westwood ($11) operate in a similar manner and represent a low-ceiling, high-floor play against Tottenham. Westwood missed Saturday's match due to COVID-19, which could put more pressure on Brownhill to produce again Wednesday.
Imran Louza, WAT v. CRY ($9): Louza had been finding consistent playing time prior to going away with Morocco for AFCON. After being a substitute in the previous two matches, Louza played the full 90 in Saturday's win over Aston Villa, where he made two blocks, four interceptions and four tackles to finish with 15.6 fantasy points in a huge result for Watford. He should be one of the cheapest starters on the slate and is a value add for when you inevitably run out of budget while deciding between Liverpool and Tottenham forwards. Moussa Sissoko ($10) is another cheap option for Watford, while Emmanuel Dennis ($18) was back to his best self against Villa as he scored the match-winner, his ninth goal of the season, en route to 38.4 fantasy points. He and Conor Gallagher ($18) will likely be less rostered than the likes of Mohamed Salah ($22) and Harry Kane ($19), which could make for a better GPP route. From a personal standpoint, I continue to think Joshua King ($15) is a good play, though his past three matches haven't offered much.
Cristian Romero, TOT at BUR ($11): Last week, I wrote about Romero for Saturday's massive 14-team slate as he faced off against Manchester City. My reasoning was his consistency and likelihood to face extended attacking onslaughts from City's attack. It somehow worked to how I predicted, as he finished with 14.3 points on seven clearances and two blocks as Tottenham stole a massive three points from the league leaders. He's now finished with at least 14 fantasy points in all three of his starts since returning from injury. Although the matchup is vastly different when Tottenham travel to Burnley on Wednesday, I still like Romero's value as his price remains the same. Burnley have just four goals in their past five matches, while being shut out in three of those (they scored three goals last match against Brighton). You could potentially play for the clean sheet here, which would be a big boost, though Romero's recent consistency offers a safe haven for defensive points. Ben Mee ($12) is only a bit more expensive and has scored at least 10 points in 11-straight matches, including five with more than 15 points.
Pascal Struijk, LEE at LIV ($10): I think Pascal Struijk is a good play against Liverpool for the same reason I liked Cristian Romero against Manchester City last Saturday. Liverpool's attack forces 26.2 clearances per match, which is six more than the five other teams on Wednesday's slate. Along with clearances, Liverpool's opposing sides make more interceptions and blocks than any of the other teams involved, which is generally a good place to look for defensive value. Struijk won't break your budget and he's a consistent source of defensive stats that should come easy during an away trip to Liverpool. If for some reason you have leftover budget for defenders, Trent Alexander-Arnold ($15) was rested over the weekend and has scored at least 22 fantasy points in 12 of his 22 Premier League starts. Kostas Tsimikas ($13) stood in for Andrew Robertson ($14) at left-back on Saturday, but I expect Robertson, who has provided three assists over his past five matches, back in the lineup after some rest.
Ben Foster, WAT v. CRY ($9): The matchup between Crystal Palace and Watford has the lowest-implied goal total and that's the first place to look. Both Foster and Jack Butland ($10) are relatively cheap and are where I'd go for a value goalkeeper. Alisson Becker ($13) has the best clean-sheet odds, but he doesn't leave a ton of room for attacking players, while Hugo Lloris is coming off six-straight matches with at least eight points. Illan Meslier ($6) is the cheapest and should see the most save opportunities against Liverpool, while Nick Pope ($8) rounds out the goalkeepers. Pope has scored more than 19 points in four of his past six matches, though that'd mean you're also going against in-form Harry Kane.