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English Premier League (EPL) Fantasy Soccer Picks: Brighton and Hove Albion vs. Chelsea DraftKings DFS Strategy

Nikhil Kalro preps you for Monday’s 3:15 p.m. ET contest between Brighton and Hove Albion and Chelsea with DraftKings Captain’s Picks and flex options.

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Chelsea’s new-look squad opens the new Premier League season with a trip to the coast to face Brighton and Hove Albion. Here is a breakdown of the players to consider for Captain and the flex positions for DraftKings’ Monday soccer showdown.

Set your DraftKings lineups here: EPL Showdown $50K Counter Attack [$10K to 1st] (BHA vs CHE)


Captain

Timo Werner ($16,200)

Werner’s Premier League debut will likely set the trend for the rest of the season. From his experience in the Bundesliga, he is fairly well known as one of the most composed finishers in front of the goal. He had a delightful 2019-20 campaign in Germany, finishing as the second-highest goal-scorer behind Robert Lewandowski. He will need some time to get attuned to the slower pace of play in England but could still have a memorable debut.

Others to consider: Kai Havertz ($17,100)


High-priced flex options

Kai Havertz ($11,400)

Havertz will have a lot on his shoulders as he replaces the experience and skill of Willian in Chelsea. However, he managed pressure well for Bayern Leverkusen, often slotting into a front-two formation to provide additional attacking capability. He will be a key figure in Chelsea’s offense this season, tasked with being the playmaker in Willian’s absence.

Mason Mount ($8,800)

With Christian Pulisic ($11,000) questionable with a hamstring injury, it’s unlikely manager Frank Lampard will rush him back into action at the start of a long season. That means a few more starts for Mount. He had a sensational 2019-20 EPL season, exhibiting the exuberance of his style with Chelsea handicapped due to a transfer ban. One year later, he has added some experience to his repertoire.

Pascal Gross ($9,000)

Gross didn’t do a lot last season (two goals and four assists) but he still provided fantasy value. He is the most expensive player from Brighton because he is the team’s playmaker and most offensive plays go through him, directly or indirectly. He is also averaging 9.7 DKFP per game, which is not bad for his price.

Others to consider: Olivier Giroud ($10,400)


Value flex options

Neal Maupay ($8,400)

Maupay was comfortably the most effective goal-scorer for Brighton last season. He scored 10 goals with three assists in a solid campaign for the French national. There were concerns about his fitness and workload management, which was a major reason why he didn’t start as many games as he should have. He could be awarded with a lot more time on the pitch this season.

Marcos Alonso ($7,200)

Cesar Azpilicueta ($6,800) can seamlessly transition between right and left back. With him questionable for this game, Alonso will mostly be given the start at left back. He likes to move forward in an attacking capacity as well. He provides the dual opportunity for fantasy points from a clean sheet or an offensive contribution.

Others to consider: Kepa Arrizabalaga ($6,600)

Set your DraftKings lineups here: EPL Showdown $50K Counter Attack [$10K to 1st] (BHA vs CHE)


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Nikhil Kalro is the Founder and CEO of Altletics Esports.