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English Premier League (EPL) Fantasy Soccer Picks: Wolverhampton Wanderers vs. Crystal Palace DraftKings DFS Showdown Strategy

Nikhil Kalro shares his top targets and values for Friday’s English Premier League (EPL) contest between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Crystal Palace, which locks at 4:00 p.m. ET on DraftKings.

Nothing separates these two teams. Wolves and Crystal Palace have an identical record this season (three wins, one draw and two losses in six games). Both sides meet on Friday at Molineux Stadium. Here is a look at options for captain and the flex positions for your DraftKings fantasy soccer lineups.

Set your DraftKings fantasy soccer lineups here: EPL Showdown $40K Counter Attack [$10K to 1st] (WOL vs CRY)


Captain

Raul Jimenez ($18,000)

Jimenez is a crucial fantasy target, and not just because he scores goals. Firstly, it’s important to note how he does that. He has terrific skills in the air, rising high to intercept deliveries and head them towards goal. He has already taken 21 shots in this season’s Premier League, and has converted four of those into goals, including the match-winning goal against Newcastle in the previous game. Since the start of the 2019-20 season, he has directly contributed to 27 goals (21 goals and six assists).

Other to consider: Wilfried Zaha ($16,200)


High-priced flex options

Wilfried Zaha ($10,800)

Zaha is in terrific scoring form. He has scored five goals in his last six Premier League games. He had scored those many in the preceding 41 games. He is comfortably the most important offensive weapon for Crystal Palace. He has scored five goals this season. The next on the list is Cheikhou Kouyaté with one goal. He has also taken 15 shots so far. The next on that list is Eberechi Eze with five shots. This is indicative of where the ball is going for Crystal Palace in an offensive cycle.

Andros Townsend ($9,600)

Townsend’s value is increasing, not just from a fantasy perspective but also due to his management. He is contributing more defensively. That, in turn, helps his fantasy average because he spends more time on the pitch. He has made 23 tackles, tied most for Crystal Palace this season. He also has nine interceptions, second most for his club. That form could even translate into an offensive contribution.

Pedro Neto ($10,200)

Wolves has lacked goals this season, particularly at Molineux. In three home games this season, Wolves has scored exactly one goal in each game (one win, one draw, one loss). Neto was brought into the starting XI for the previous game to address that issue. He has made an impact already this season: he has one goal and one assist, and has taken 12 shots for Wolves, second most behind Jimenez.

Other to consider: Adama Traore ($11,400)


Value flex options

Daniel Podence ($8,800)

Podence is another key cog in the Wolves’ wheel. He could be interchanged with Adama Traore ($11,400) depending on the situation, because manager Nuno Espírito Santo sees Traore as an advantageous substitute given his speed. Podence has been trusted with a starting role this season, alongside Jimenez. He has chipped in with two assists so far, leading Wolves in that metric.

Rui Patricio ($7,800)

Wolves doesn’t concede a lot of goals. That’s just how the team plays soccer. Wolves has conceded eight goals this season in six games. Only Arsenal and Aston Villa have conceded fewer goals. Crystal Palace is a resurgent team this season, but even that style of soccer is methodical and concerted. Overall, I can’t see too many goals in this fixture. Patricio, who is averaging 7.9 DKFP per game, could keep another clean sheet here.

Other to consider: Ruben Neves ($5,400)

Set your DraftKings lineup here: EPL Showdown $40K Counter Attack [$10K to 1st] (WOL vs CRY)


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Nikhil Kalro is the Founder and CEO of Altletics Esports.