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English Premier League (EPL) Soccer Picks: Wolves vs. Crystal Palace DraftKings DFS Strategy

Nikhil Kalro preps you for Monday’s 3:15 p.m. ET EPL soccer contest between Wolves and Crystal Palace with DraftKings Captain’s Picks and flex options.

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Crystal Palace seeks to end a five-game losing streak when the team travels to face Wolves from the Molineux Stadium on Monday. Here is an analytical preview of the players to consider for your DraftKings’ Showdown roster to start the week.

Set your DraftKings lineups here: EPL Showdown $100K Counter Attack [$25K to 1st] (WOL vs CRY)


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Captain

Raul Jimenez ($17,100)

Jimenez has just been too strong this season, either in the air, with his nimble feet or his composure from the penalty spot. He has scored 17 goals this season, which puts him tied for fifth alongside some world-class names like Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling, Sadio Mane and Marcus Rashford. If there was one player to choose to score, it would be Jimenez.

Others to consider: Adama Traore ($15,300)


High-priced flex options

Adama Traore ($10,200)

Traore has been a bolt of lightning on the right wing this season. His speed and momentum make his presence frightening for defenders. He has been used shrewdly by Wolves management but with the season coming to a close soon, it could be a good time to unleash him for one last burst down that right flank.

Wilfried Zaha ($9,600)

Zaha’s footwork in the past few games has been an indicator of two important factors — skill and confidence. The skill and talent have always been there but when confidence is low the legs can take a fraction of a second longer to react purely due to hesitation. Now, that seems gone and he is back to his best. He has scored and fed Jordan Ayew ($7,800) well as well from the left flank in the past few games.

Joao Moutinho ($8,000)

Moutinho, the Portugese midfielder, has been a crucial part of Wolves’ setup in the middle of the field. He has already contributed with six assists and a goal in the EPL thus far. He hasn’t had a chance in every game but when he has been given the opportunity, he has shown his class. He is tasked with taking corners. With Wolves’ aerial strength in the six-yard box, he could add to that assists tally.

Others to consider: Pedro Neto ($11,200).


Value flex options

Matt Doherty ($6,800)

Doherty has scored four goals with two assists for Wolves in this season’s Premier League. Even with his fantasy average lingering around 7 DKFP per game, a defender who can provide that level of offensive output is an invaluable asset for any fantasy team. Besides, the stark difference between these two teams could also lead to a clean sheet for Doherty (Wolves has conceded just 38 goals this season while Crystal Palace has scored only 30).

Jordan Ayew ($7,800)

Ayew scored the leveling goal against Manchester United only for his late movement to be flagged as offside by VAR. Still, it shows he gets in good position in the box and has the composure and skill to convert tough chances into goals. He has scored nine goals this season, highest for Crystal Palace in a campaign where goals have been few and far between.

Others to consider: Rui Patricio ($8,600).

Set your DraftKings lineups here: EPL Showdown $100K Counter Attack [$25K to 1st] (WOL vs CRY)


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Nikhil Kalro is the Founder and CEO of Altletics Esports.