Playing ESPN Fantasy Soccer for the Premier League this weekend? Here's what you need to know before you make your picks:
Stack your City players
Manchester City have scored 69 goals at home dating back to last season, second only to Paris Saint-Germain (76) among teams in Europe's top five leagues. This season has been no different.
In Manchester City's home games against Huddersfield and Newcastle, City won 6-1 and 2-1, respectively. City have more games of five-plus goals (6) in that span than they do one or fewer (3).
With that, pick up Agüero as your captained Tier 1 forward. Since last season, Agüero averages 20.98 fantasy points per game at home, best on Man City, ahead of Kevin De Bruyne's 19.3. Agüero has played all but 25 minutes this season and leads the team in shots taken with 20. Next most is Gabriel Jesus with 10.
Also, take Mendy as your Tier 1 defender. He has played every minute of Manchester City's season and has assisted on four goals, tied for the most in the league. Most notably, Mendy averages 16.5 fantasy points per game, third among defenders in the Premier League.
Not only that, but you also should take into account the fact that City play Fulham, a newly promoted team. Last season, City scored three goals against newly promoted Newcastle and Brighton. However, Huddersfield held them to a scoreless draw.
Put Chelsea in your midfield
Cardiff City had not scored this Premier League season until their fourth match, at home against Arsenal, so offensively they pose little threat to Chelsea.
With that, take both of Chelsea's midfielders in Hazard and Pedro. Hazard has scored or assisted on four goals so far this season, and he looks to be Maurizio Sarri's creative choice in the final third. Hazard has 199 touches in the final third this season, 65 more than Cesar Azpilicueta, who ranks second in that category.
Pedro has been revitalized by Sarri, scoring three goals in four Premier League games after having scored four goals in 31 league games last season. Pedro has averaged 17 fantasy points per game this season, one of only 11 players to average 17-plus points, including two of his Chelsea teammates (Hazard, Marcos Alonso).
While Cardiff have allowed 24 chances created in the attacking third in four games this season, 13 of them came against Arsenal, the only formidable side Cardiff have faced.
Look to Wolves for lower-tier options
Over the past two league seasons, Wolverhampton have scored 50 goals at home, third only to Manchester City (69) and Arsenal (57) among teams in the Premier League and Championship. While Burnley have allowed 26 goals in their past 21 league road matches, nine have come in their past three contests -- four against Fulham this season, and five to Arsenal at the end of last season.
With that in mind, Jiménez as a Tier 2 forward, alongside Jota as a Tier 3 midfielder, are both solid picks. Jiménez has taken at least three shots in three of four league matches. Jiménez has two games recording an expected goals value of 0.4 or higher, one of just 12 forwards to do so in the Premier League this season. He has scored once this season but is getting into the positions needed to produce results. However, he is an injury doubt, so be sure to check team news on game day!
Jota has scored 10 goals at home for Wolves during the past two seasons, the only Wolves player in double digits. In England's top two leagues, only Harry Kane (115), Mohamed Salah (103) and Brentford's Ollie Watkins (88) have taken more shots at home than Jota during that span.