Another English Premier League (EPL) Gameweek begins on Saturday in a new format, and DraftKings has a fantasy soccer contest with a $100K prize pool to look forward to. We break down that slate along with players to consider from each position for your DraftKings lineups.
Timo Werner ($9,200)
Werner was given the night off against Barnsley, but should slot right back into the starting XI for this EPL game. In the early going, Werner has shown his goal-scoring acumen. He hasn’t scored yet but it’s only a matter of time. He has linked with his midfielders nicely already, building a chemistry that could create some differential impetus.
Danny Ings ($7,800)
Ings is one of the most underrated strikers in English soccer. He continues to impress, and more importantly, he continues to score goals. He scored twice in a 5-2 loss to Tottenham as well. He had a fantastic 2019-20 campaign, in terms of goals and impact for Southampton. Also, he will take penalty kicks, which could also be an influential factor.
Other to consider: Dominic Calvert-Lewin ($7,400)
Richarlison’s value to his team hasn’t dwindled with the addition of James Rodriguez. If anything, he is required more than ever to combine well with Rodriguez and Calvert-Lewin to convert chances into goals. He had two assists in a 5-2 win over West Brom last Saturday. In this new three-pronged attacking core for Everton, Richarlison could generate substantial fantasy value.
Kai Havertz ($7,700)
Havertz scored a hat-trick in a 6-0 thrashing of Barnsley during the EFL Cup in the midweek. Havertz has been sensational already, creating chances for his colleagues with some delightful deliveries as well as converting chances created for him. Credit to Havertz that Chelsea hasn’t felt the absence of Willian in the production role.
Other to consider: James Rodriguez ($8,400)
Lucas Digne ($7,300)
Everton has some confidence now. Two wins in two games, one a high-scoring victory and another a 1-0 clutch win against Tottenham, will inspire the team. Digne, apart from being a crucial asset defensively, is also an attacking defender entrusted with taking set-pieces. He has averaged 12.9 DKFP per game so far.
Cesar Azpilicueta ($5,200)
Azpilicueta started the game against Barnsley as he continues to make a recovery from a hamstring issue. Starting a game is usually a sign that a player has gained enough match fitness to last the duration. He could move into the left-back role considering how well Reece James ($6,300) has played on the right wing for Chelsea this season.
Kepa Arrizabalaga ($5,800)
Arrizabalaga was also rotated out of Chelsea’s starting XI for the EFL Cup as manager Frank Lampard tends to do for non-EPL games. He will return to the starting XI to try and improve on his performance against Liverpool, in which he conceded two goals. Newly-promoted West Brom should be a much easier team to deal with, which will likely result in a clean sheet.
Other to consider: Alex McCarthy ($5,000).
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Nikhil Kalro is the Founder and CEO of Altletics Esports.