The English Premier League (EPL) resumes on Saturday with a three-game slate, including Arsenal and Manchester United in action. Here is a look at the studs and value options from each position for your DraftKings fantasy soccer lineups for Saturday’s games.
Anthony Martial ($9,600)
Martial’s resurgence after the suspension was a massive part of a new-look, successful Manchester United offense last season. He finished with 17 goals, tied with Marcus Rashford for the most goals from the club. His new role is almost as a sole central striker as the playmakers move either side of him. He could even surpass his goals tally this season.
Patrick Bamford ($7,400)
For the majority of the Championship last season, Bamford was in the top two goal-scorers in the league. He has carried that form and momentum into the big leagues. He scored against England’s best defensive team in the previous game, capitalizing on a rare error to level the scoring against Liverpool at 2-2. This game against Fulham might seem like a Championship game, but that’s where Bamford has honed his skill.
Others to consider: Alexandre Lacazette ($8,500).
Bruno Fernandes ($11,000)
Not many players made a splash as big as Fernandes last season, apart from maybe Kevin De Bruyne. Fernandes managed a staggering fantasy average of 21.6 DKFP per game. He takes the spot kicks for Manchester United, and is also responsible for being the playmaker in one of the best offenses this season.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ($10,200)
Aubameyang threatened to steal away the golden boot from Jamie Vardy last season, but fell one goal shy. Still, his 22-goal EPL season tally helped Arsenal finish on a high, particularly in the FA Cup. He scored again in the season opener against Fulham. This level of form often translates into higher fantasy output.
Other to consider: Marcus Rashford ($9,300)
Aaron Wan-Bissaka ($5,900)
If there is one department in which Manchester United might want to improve, it’s a slightly underwhelming defense. In the first game of the season though, Manchester United will be pleased to face Crystal Palace, a team that struggled offensively last season. Wan-Bissaka also has the opportunity to contribute offensively with his runs down the flanks.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles ($4,000)
Arsenal cruised through the season opener 3-0. It is quite unlikely manager Mikel Arteta will change that defensive line after starting with a clean sheet. Maitland-Niles often pushed forward as well from the left wing. Even though this could be a feisty London derby, Arsenal should stay solid at the back.
David de Gea ($5,900)
Manchester United scored 66 goals this season. Crystal Palace scored 31. That’s how big a mismatch there is in this game. Crystal Palace will see a decent bit of the ball, in terms of possession, but there doesn’t seem to be too many choices to convert that into a shot on target. De Gea might be tested but only sporadically.
Other to consider: Emiliano Martinez ($5,600).
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Nikhil Kalro is the Founder and CEO of Altletics Esports.