DraftKings has a three-game slate centered around Saturday’s English Premier League matchups. We break down what players seem like ideal picks by position for classic contests ahead of the weekend. You can set your lineup here.
Wolverhampton’s Raul Jimenez ($9,600) was riding a hot streak ahead of the break in March and had tallied double-digits in fantasy points for three straight games while scoring two goals during that span. He didn’t score in his team’s 2-0 win against West Ham earlier this year, but he’s taken a ton of shots (99) and has 13 goals with six assists.
Jordan Ayew ($7,900) of Crystal Palace is another forward who could regain his momentum after the break. He draws a ton of fouls, and that makes up for his lack of passing. He almost always plays the full 90 minutes and will be up against one of the less competent defenses (Bournemouth) in the slate.
Adama Traore ($9,500) is one of Wolverhampton’s many desirable options. He has the highest DKFP average (12.4) of all midfielders in the slate and is essentially a lock for 10+ fantasy points any time he plays the entire game. He’s a well-rounded player capable of attacking and distributing, and also draws his fair share of fouls.
Jarrod Bowen ($8,300) hasn’t been with West Ham long, but he’s established himself as a major threat by racking up 38.2 fantasy points in his last two games. When he plays more than 70 minutes, he produces at a high level. If he’s in the starting lineup he could be a nice variance play.
Only one team has given up more points to defenders than West Ham, and that’s great news for Matt Doherty ($5,900). He has four goals and one assist this term and has tallied 30 shots in 27 appearances. Two of his last three games ended with him scoring more than 20 fantasy points. Expect for him to be very aggressive.
Diego Rico ($4,900) has rare instincts and averages more than three intercepted passes per game. That helps bolster his numbers to give him the highest DKFP average (10.3) of all defenders. That and crossing are his moneymakers, and his high floor makes him worth the price tag.
Bernd Leno ($5,100) and Rui Patricio ($5,300) are neck-and-neck for the top pick. Both have ideal matchups, but Leno will probably see more shots. If you think West Ham — the team with the 19th ranked fantasy soccer offense — will be aggressive, pay up for Patricio.
Arsenal got trounced by Man City in its last game, but Eddie Nketiah ($5,400) has some nice surges throughout the game and got the start. The speedy youngster will have a less challenging opponent this time and could showcase more upside this time around.