The English Premier League (EPL) resumes this Saturday with another packed schedule of games. We break down some players to consider from each position for DraftKings’ main three-game soccer slate on Saturday.
Patrick Bamford ($8,800)
On this slate, Bamford is arguably the most proficient out-and-out striker. He has scored 13 goals this season, third most in the Premier League, on 82 shots taken. That equates to a 16% conversion rate, which is not bad at all for a player that has immense aerial strength. He is even leading Leeds in assists with five, taking his direct contributions to 18 goals this season.
Neal Maupay ($7,500)
Maupay has been, by a distance, Brighton’s most important player in an attacking phase. He has already scored seven goals on 53 shots taken this season. That is even more impressive because he doesn’t usually play the entire duration of a game. West Brom has a leaky defense, which Maupay may be well positioned to capitalize on.
Others to consider: Ollie Watkins ($7,100)
Pedro Neto ($9,500)
Any player that leads a club in all three key offensive fantasy metrics is a crucial target on DraftKings. Neto has scored five goals on 49 shots taken with four assists, leading Wolves in all three areas. He has even averaged 14.6 DKFP per game. Even though his price is quite high, he will make for a valuable addition to your fantasy roster.
Allan Saint-Maximin ($6,700)
Saint-Maximin has recently returned from injury, which is partly why he isn’t too high on any offensive charts. However, he scored a terrific goal from inside the box against Manchester United in a 3-1 loss in the previous game. He has also chipped in with three assists already. This will hold him in good stead, from a confidence standpoint, for a tricky home game against Wolves.
Others to consider: Leandro Trossard ($8,500)
Luke Ayling ($4,800)
Ayling is probably the most integral part of Leeds’ defense just because of how the team plays. With such an attacking mindset, Leeds can often be vulnerable at the back. However, Ayling has proved to be a reliable defensive asset. He is leading Leeds in successful tackles made (66). He is also second in the team in clearances (49) and aerial battles won (51).
Lewis Dunk ($4,300)
Dunk is not just a crucial part of Brighton’s defense in the center of the pitch, but he is also a vital attacking threat. He has scored three goals this season, second highest for Brighton. He has completed the most passes for his club this season (1,437) and is third in aerial battles won (52), an indicator of his prowess from dead-ball situations.
Robert Sanchez ($5,400)
West Brom has conceded 55 goals this season at an average of 2.2 per game. That is second most among the top five leagues across Europe. West Brom has also scored just 19 goals at a rate of well below one per game. This lack of rhythm on both ends of the pitch doesn’t bode well for confidence. Brighton could easily benefit from that, albeit on the road, with a clean sheet.
Others to consider: Rui Patricio ($5,200)
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Nikhil Kalro is the Founder and CEO of Altletics Esports.