The English Premier League (EPL) returns this Saturday after a quick turnaround of mid-week games. Three games constitute DraftKings’ main EPL slate on Saturday. Here is a look at studs and value options for your DraftKings roster.
Raheem Sterling ($9,400)
Sterling has been a force in the Premier League for Manchester City. He has scored three goals this season, second for his club. He has also chipped in with two assists, also second for Manchester City. He can occasionally be moved to the right or the left wing depending on how manager Pep Guardiola stacks his offense up. He has taken 23 shots this season, third for his club. He has averaged 10.3 DKFP per game so far.
Danny Ings ($7,800)
Ings has missed quite a few games so far this season. Still, he has scored six goals, highest for Southampton this season. These are expected returns for one of the best strikers in the league. He hasn’t scored yet after his return from injury. Not from a lack of trying though. Manchester City’s preferred high-press style of soccer often leaves them vulnerable on the counter-attack. This could easily be one of those games.
Other to consider: Gabriel Jesus ($7,900)
Kevin De Bruyne ($11,100)
De Bruyne hasn’t quite found his best yet this season. He has been off the mark in terms of his offensive accuracy, at least compared to his penetration last season. Still, he has been one of the best players in the EPL. He is leading Manchester City in assists (6) and shots taken (40). He is averaging a slate-high 20.3 DKFP per game.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ($7,000)
For a large part of the previous game against Southampton, Aubameyang looked fatigued and a tad bit disinterested. Although that was not the case, that was a direct result of a loss of confidence after a few subpar games. Then, he was given an opportunity with a nice 1-2 pass and he scored at home against Southampton. His entire body language changed thereafter. He has averaged 8.8 DKFP per game, which is likely to move up as this season progresses.
Other to consider: Bukayo Saka ($7,500)
Kyle Walker ($5,400)
Walker hasn’t been as proficient as he would have liked. That’s also because he hasn’t been given as many starts as he probably should have because of Manchester City’s involvement in European competitions. He came off the bench in Manchester City’s 1-1 draw to West Brom in the midweek, which means he is likely to get the nod in the starting XI for this game.
Jannik Vestergaard ($3,600)
Vestergaard has been a revolutionary force for Southampton this season. His presence at the back has been calming for a team that has occasionally lacked some offensive impetus. He also moves forward in and around the six-yard box to intercept set-pieces. His efficiency at the back may have attracted the interest of several big-name clubs but for now, he will be a valuable pick even against Manchester City at this price.
Ederson has kept five clean sheets this season, joint second in the Premier League. He has shown his ability to stay aware and composed when the opposition gets an opportunity in the final third, as was the case against West Brom. Southampton, in a tough road game, will be much harder for Ederson and Manchester City but expect the team to stay solid at the back.
Other to consider: Karl Darlow ($4,900)
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Nikhil Kalro is the Founder and CEO of Altletics Esports.