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Top targets for return of English Premier League on June 17th

Kevin De Bruyne headlines Wednesday’s top list of plays for the return of the English Premier League.

Kevin De Bruyne of Manchester City reacts during the Carabao Cup Final between Aston Villa and Manchester City at Wembley Stadium on March 01, 2020 in London, England. Photo by Tom Flathers/Manchester City FC via Getty Images

The English Premier League is set to return for the first time since March on Wednesday, and DraftKings will have DFS contests available for a two-game slate. Arsenal will face Manchester City while Aston Villa will match up against Sheffield United. We break down some ideal EPL picks for the action below. You can set your lineup here.

Forward

Arsenal’s Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang ($7,500) has been on the best forwards in the EPL this year with 17 goals this season. His pace makes him lethal against virtually any defense, He should be able to create chances in his return — even against City’s sturdy back line.

Aston Villa has given up more goals (56) than any team in the EPL. Sheffield doesn’t have a standout scorer, but Olie McBurnie ($6,100) was playing like his team’s top forward ahead of the break and is reasonably priced for a player going up against such a poor defense.

Midfield

Kevin De Bruyne ($11,000) is the must-have player in this slate. He’s bound to send in an abundance of crosses in his first game since February and is among the top playmakers in the EPL with a league-leading 16 assists. He also has eight goals to his name and has one of the highest floors in the field. No player can match his DKFP average of 22.9 points.

Jack Grealish ($9,700) is another midfielder to keep an eye on. He produces a ton for Aston Villa as the team’s leading goal scorer and assist man. He’s worth paying up for and consistently notches 10 or more fantasy points.

Defender

Benjamin Mendy ($5,200) has the highest DKFP average (8.9) in the slate. The fullback loves to get and send in crosses. He doesn’t have many assists (2) and doesn’t take many shots, but is an efficient passer who should create chances for his teammates.

Enda Stevens ($4,900) is the top performer on a top-notch Sheffield defense and is highly involved as a passer, but so is George Baldock ($4,700). The duo can both flirt with double0digits in fantasy points.

Goalkeeper

There aren’t a ton of goalkeeping options in such a small slate, but I see value in Sheffield’s Dean Henderson ($5,000). Aston Villa also scrapes the bottom of the barrel when it comes to goal production, and Sheffield has given up the second fewest goals in the EPL. Henderson has the highest DKFP average (7.7) in the slate.

Utility

Sheffield’s John Fleck ($7,100) leads his well-rounded team with five goals and could benefit from facing a poor defense, like McBurnie. Rostering both wouldn’t make sense, but both are mid-tear plays that could light it up.