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Aaron Cresswell    D    West Ham United
Cresswell is expected to be sidelined for at least four months after suffering a knee ligament injury during Saturday's preseason match against Karsruher SC, the club announced Monday.

Fantasy Analysis

A decision has not been made about whether Cresswell will undergo surgery to fix the issue, though that could potentially extend his absence. His injury is a major hit to the Hammers' back line, as he was the most consistent starter last season and the club has very little depth at leftback behind him. Sam Byram could potentially move over to the left side in Cresswell's absence, allowing Michail Antonio to keep his spot at rightback, or West Ham could try to pick someone up before the transfer window closes.
Gonzalo Higuain    F    Juventus
Higuain signed a five-year contract with Juventus on Tuesday after transferring from Napoli for a €90 million transfer fee.

Fantasy Analysis

Higuain is an elite goal scorer who led Serie A with 36 goals last season, 15 more than the next highest player, who happened to be new teammate Paulo Dybala. Juventus made the major purchase with the expectation that Paul Pogba will be sold to Manchester United for more than €120 million, and while that void will be a big one to fill, Higuain's addition up front cannot be understated. The transfer is the third-highest in history and biggest in Serie A. Higuain was already a front-runner to lead the league in goals, and his move to Juventus will only help him in that endeavor.
Dom Dwyer    F    Sporting Kansas City
Dwyer scored two goals in Sunday's 3-0 win over Seattle. He finished with six shots and put three shots on target.

Fantasy Analysis

Dwyer continues to pace Sporting KC with a team best 10 goals on the season. He's hit double digit goals for three years running and could be poised for a big run over the second half of the season.
Jacob Peterson    F    Sporting Kansas City
Peterson scored the second goal in Sunday's 3-0 win over Seattle. He took four shots and put two on target.

Fantasy Analysis

Peterson made his first attacking contribution in over two months. He's capable of the random goal or assist but can't be relied upon for fantasy purposes.
Graham Zusi    M    Sporting Kansas City
Zusi had five crosses and an assist before being subbed off in the 41st minute of Sunday's 3-0 win over Seattle. The early sub was related to the same hamstring he's been dealing with recently, Sam McDowell reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Zusi has been sharp in limited action since returning from Copa America but it looks as though he'll need some time for his hamstring to heal. Connor Hallisey replaced him and could see more playing time while Zusi recovers.
Roger Espinoza    M/D    Sporting Kansas City
Espinoza had three crosses and earned an assist in Sunday's 3-0 win over the Sounders. He also picked up a yellow card early in the match.

Fantasy Analysis

He's up to four assists on the season but he also has five yellow cards and a red card. He can be a useful fantasy play from time-to-time but is a bit of a dart throw due to his knack for picking up cards.
Saad Abdul-Salaam    D    Sporting Kansas City
Abdul-Salaam assisted on the second goal in Sunday's 3-0 win over Seattle.

Fantasy Analysis

Abdul-Salaam leads Sporting KC with five assists on the season, though this was his first assist in over two months. It would be quite an accomplishment if he finishes as the team leader in assists with some of the best crossers in the league coming from KC. Abdul-Salaam doesn't do much elsewhere, so his fantasy value comes in the form of the occasional assist.
Ike Opara    D    Sporting Kansas City
Opara earned an assist in Sunday's 3-0 win over Seattle. He also contributed to the clean sheet with four interceptions.

Fantasy Analysis

Opara is mostly known for his defensive contributions but provides a valuable presence in the attack as well. He reads the game well and is a big target in the box on set pieces.
Tim Melia    G    Sporting Kansas City
Melia earned a clean sheet in Sunday's 3-0 win over Seattle.

Fantasy Analysis

Melia had little to do in this one, with Seattle failing to register a shot on goal. The lone shot the Sounders took came in the 88th minute and was wide of the target. Sporting KC hosts the Portland Timbers on Sunday before traveling to play at Portland the following week.
Erik Friberg    M    Seattle Sounders FC
Erik Friberg was subbed at halftime of Sunday's 3-0 loss to Kansas City due to an ankle injury, Ari Liljenwall reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Friberg hasn't done much to contribute in any fantasy format this season. The severity of his ankle injury is to be determined, but he can be avoided as it is.