Written by Chris Maley - Soccer Analyst on September 11, 2021

James Ward-Prowse (DK: $8,000): The first Must-Have for this six-game EPL slate is the English midfielder for Southampton, James Ward-Prowse. Ward-Prowse has reached floors of at least thirteen floor FPTs in each game this season, making him one of the safest plays of the slate. He takes a vast majority of set pieces for Southampton and takes free kicks and penalty kicks as well. Through these three games, he has averaged over eight crosses and two shots to build his floor. Southampton play at home against West Ham in the game with the second-highest implied goal total on the slate. West Ham have demonstrated that they have an exploitable defense by conceding five goals in their first three games. Ward-Prowse has one of the best floors on the slate, and for this reason, we recommend you lock him into your lineups as the first Must-Have of the slate.

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Fernando Marcal (DK: $4,100): The second Must-Have of the slate is the Brazilian wingback for Wolverhampton, Fernando Marcal. Marcal is quietly averaging over six crosses per game to start the season. He has yet to keep a clean sheet and has played against very tough competition in Leicester, Tottenham, and Manchester United. Despite this, he is averaging over eight FPTs per game, which would hit value at his price. This week, he faces a weak Watford side that is a far easier opponent than any he has faced this year. Watford have conceded five goals in their first three EPL matches since being promoted. More importantly, they have allowed the second-most crosses per game out of teams on the slate at nearly twenty-four. Wolves need a win after losing against three tough teams, and we expect them to attack using their width against a narrower Watford team. Marcal is a great value option this week with good attacking upside, and for these reasons, we recommend you lock him into your lineups as the second Must-Have of the slate.