The first Sunday after College Football. It’s going to be a rough morning but there is only one thing to do…set your alarm, wake up, drink an ice cold beer and set your lineups. Maybe mix in a water tonight, too!
Let’s head to the desert!
–Everton +120 2 (-130o/+110o)
–Arsenal +130 3 (EVENo/-120u)
We know exactly what the Wolves are, right? Solid team, especially away from home. They are organized and make it tough for teams to break them down. Here’s my question: Who from Everton is going to break this team down? Gylfi Sigurdsson’s form hasn’t been great. Digne can certainly whip a cross in from wide. Richarlison perhaps breaks through the back line. At first glance this would appear to be a game that would be a 1-0 or 1-1 snooze fest.
NOT SO FAST, my friend… Last season at home Everton lost 1-3 and on the road tied 2-2. BOTH games had 4 goals. So while my inclination is to head to the game with the superior total and individual talent, let’s not ignore this opportunity for fantasy points.
Both games did have outlier actions that dictated the rest of the game. In the 3-1 win by the Wolves, Ruben Neves converted a penalty in the 7th minute. The home Everton were chasing from inside of 10 min. In the 2-2 draw, Everton went up early through Richarlison before Phil Jagielka was sent off in the 40th minute. Very weird starts to both games…
Neves did score in both games for what it’s worth.
The North London derby! This is such an awesome fixture and we get it twice a year (at least)! Arsenal got the better of Tottenham last season, beating them 4-2 at home and they tied on the away fixture. Aubameyang bagged two with Lacazette also finding the scoresheet in their big win at home. You’d think Emery would open up the team a little bit and play expansive football. Or will he? His tactical nightmare last week gave Arsenal zero chance of getting any kind of a result. We’ll have to wait for team news to see how this one shakes out but, obviously, the usual suspects are in play.
For Tottenham, it’s about righting the ship. I said they were the third best team in the Prem until someone shows me otherwise. Arsenal have the talent and this would be a big statement. Tottenham need to show some resolve and grit. They have Son back. Ndombele and Kyle Walker-Peters are out but they are relatively healthy. Aurier will slide into the RB role and look to get up and down the flank. It’s officially September when the game kicks off so expect Harry Kane to score a goal.
- Aubameyang – ARS – $9.2k
Scored two in this fixture last year and has played the full 90 in each of the first three matches. He loves a big game and they don’t come bigger than this. Auba for the W.
- Lacazette – ARS – $8.3k
Emery has to start this, man. He makes the difference for this team. Should he start, I like him to bag a goal. Sometimes managers can’t get out of their own way and players need to remind them what they are missing. Laca has a little of that extra something in him to want to prove a point to Emery.
- Sigurdsson – EVE – $8.5k
I mentioned Everton are going to need someone to break down this Wolves back line and who else but Siggy can get it done? He’ll be heavily involved from open play but, again, Digne will be on sets.
- Traore – WOL – $4.7k
Will he start? No. If he starts, do we play him? Yes.
- Hueng-Min – TOT – $7.7k
My favorite piece of Tottenham on the day. He did OK in his first game back in action but Maitland-Niles loves to get forward and there will be space for Son to attack. With Kane occupying the backline, the focus will be elsewhere. He’s really cut into Lamela’s production as well.
- Kane – TOT – $8.7k
Very reasonable price for Kane. The worrying piece for me isn’t the lack of goals the last two games, it’s the lack of shots. Only two shots with zero on goal is a worrying sign, but it’s Kane. He’ll get his chance…will he put it away?
- Richarlison – EVE – $7.8k
I don’t like rostering players against the Wolves and certainly not two but Richarlison is in decent form and, if you are building multiple lineups, he’s in the player pool.
- Pepe – ARS – $8.1k
I’m fading this slate. Huge fixture. Price is an issue and I prefer Laca/Auba. I’m not going full Arsenal stack.
- Neves – WOL – $4.8k
As I mentioned earlier, he scored in both fixtures last year, has a goal this year and fired five shots last game against Burnley. On the road, but the price is right for cash and GPPs.
- Ceballos – ARS – $7.6k
Everyone looked like shit against Liverpool so I’m giving Dani a pass there. Under $8k, he’s a nice pairing with Auba or even Auba/Laca for an ARS stack. On a two game slate, it’s not out of the question. I’m watching the set piece situation when he and Xhaka are on the field together. That eats into his value a touch.
- Moutinho – WOL – $7.1k
Up there at the top end of his price range but a safe bet at M for cash consideration. I doubt I’ll have any in GPP.
- Torreira – ARS – $4.2k
Will Emery start this man? He should! He’s exactly what Arsenal needs in the midfield next to Guendouzzi. He can do a bit of everything and will be key to stopping the TOT attack.
- Eriksen – TOT – $8k
Lamela is stepping on his toes a bit in the attack. I’d like to see Lamela grab some pine with Lo Celso coming on. Should that happen, I’ll move Eriksen up my rankings.
- Gibbs-White – WOL – $3.5k
Young player who offers salary savings should he get back-to-back starts. Big time sub risk but pacey and strong. He picks up DK points.
- Digne – EVE – $6.6k
We tried to get cute Saturday leaving KDB out of the core group and he punished us with a goal two minutes into the game. You don’t get cute in cash. Plug and play. GPP he’s a good option as well.
- Coleman – EVE – $4.8k
I’m a sucker for Everton fullbacks in this game I guess. Ten crosses from three games isn’t amazing production but it’s a short slate. Everton will have to attack from wide and the Wolves are too solid through the middle.
- Rose – TOT – $5k
You’d think Tottenham would attack down his side more with Serge Aurier likely filling in on the right. He takes the odd set piece as well.
- Doherty – WOL – $3.9k
This is just WAYYY too cheap. It will be either Doherty or Traore at the RWB role. Whoever starts, just play them.
- Monreal – ARS – $4.3k
Yes, he’s old, but he also gets forward a bit with the flow of play and the price isn’t a killer.
- Arsenal to win (+140) – 0.71 to win 1 (Sportsbook)
- Aubameyang to score (EVEN) – 0.5 to win 0.5