DraftKings has a two-game English Premier League main slate set for Thursday. It will feature a Watford-Burley matchup and a game between Arsenal and Southampton. We break down some ideal picks for each game below. You can set your lineups here.
Mikel Arteta said he wanted more consistency from Nicolas Pepe ($9,200), and he got that in Arsenal’s last match. He’s scored as a starter against Brighton and showcased plenty of creativity. He can make the net bulge and also excels at sending in crosses. Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang ($10,000) hasn’t scored since the EPL returned and isn’t worth paying up for.
Arsenal’s defense hasn’t been impressive. It’s given up five goals and only scored one in the two games it’s played this month. Because of that, I think Danny Ings ($9,300) has a good chance to extended his scoring streak to two games after netting a goal and tallying an assist in his last appearance. He’s third overall in the EPL in goals (16).
Bukayo Saka ($5,900) has moved away from fullback and has been operating as a midfielder primarily. This makes him more of a threat to send in crosses, raising his scoring and assists potential. The teenage wing has seen his price rise, but this is still a bargain.
James Ward-Prowse ($8,300) has donned the captain’s band and might be Southampton’s most important player moving forward. He has a solid floor because of his corners and free kicks and can intercept passes at a high rate as well. He’ll be an important distributor against Arsenal’s struggling defense.
Ryan Bertrand ($5,600) is easily the best defensive option in the slate. He’s cracked 10 fantasy points in his last five games and has crossing numbers that only trail Ward-Prowse’s on Southampton. No other option is anything to call home about, so Bertrand should be a staple in a lot of lineups.
Nick Pope ($4,300) still leads the EPL in clean sheets with 11 after getting pummeled 3-0 against Manchester City. Watford isn’t close to being that good though and is the second lowest scoring team in the league. Don’t expect Pope to be challenged much. He has the best chance to get a clean sheet and a win in the slate among keepers.