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English Premier League (EPL) Fantasy Soccer Picks: Manchester City vs. Arsenal DraftKings DFS Strategy

Nikhil Kalro shares his top targets and values for Saturday’s English Premier League (EPL) contest between Manchester City and Arsenal, which locks at 12:30 p.m. ET on DraftKings.

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A depleted Manchester City faces a resurgent Arsenal in a blockbuster Saturday English Premier League (EPL) matchup, which is also DraftKings’ featured Showdown contest. Here is a look at some options for Captain and the flex positions from Saturday’s Showdown.

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Riyad Mahrez ($15,600 CP)

With Kevin De Bruyne out and Raheem Sterling ($16,500 CP) doubtful for this game, Mahrez will have to step up. He has scored one goal with one assist this season. He has been a nightmare for defenders from the right wing. That was evident when these teams met on the first night back from the suspension last season, when Mahrez embarrassed David Luiz.

Other to consider: Phil Foden ($12,300 CP)

High-priced flex options

Phil Foden ($8,200)

Foden has slowly been integrated into the starting XI for Manchester City. Based on the early evidence, high praises from his manager Pep Guardiola are well deserved. With so many injuries around, Foden will be a key offensive player for Manchester City in the next few games.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ($9,400)

Aubameyang didn’t play for Gabon in the international game. He has been classified as doubtful for this game. However, he is quickly recovering from an ankle issue and should start against Manchester City. He has helped Arsenal turn around some woeful form with some inspiring performances. He is also one of the best strikers in the EPL.

Alexandre Lacazette ($9,000)

Lacazette has scored three goals this season so far. That’s important because Arsenal will have chances on the counter-attack against Manchester City. Arsenal has shown a preference for playing from the back. That hasn’t always worked, but when it has, Lacazette has had some part to play in the eventual build-up. That will continue in this game.

Other to consider: Willian ($7,800)

Value flex options

Ferran Torres ($7,400)

Torres has immediately brought some offensive impetus from the La Liga. His speed and dribbling technique down the right wing has helped Manchester City continue to dominate defensive lineups. With some holes in Manchester City’s offense for this game, he will be a crucial cog. That could increase his fantasy value because he is certainly worth more than this price.

Ederson ($6,600)

Ederson was averaging negative DKFP before Manchester City’s last game. He has put in a few solid performances to increase his output to 2.7 DKFP per game. Even though Manchester City is depleted for this fixture, Ederson should still keep a clean sheet. He could even have a few saves to make.

Other to consider: Kyle Walker ($5,400)

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Nikhil Kalro is the Founder and CEO of Altletics Esports.