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English Premier League (EPL) Fantasy Soccer Picks: Top DraftKings DFS Targets, Values for January 2

Nikhil Kalro shares his targets and values for Saturday’s English Premier League (EPL) DraftKings DFS soccer slate, which locks at 1:00 p.m. ET.

Crystal Palace v Leicester City - Premier League Photo by Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images

The EPL resumes this Saturday with a packed schedule of games. Here are some suggestions to help with your roster construction for DraftKings’ three-game EPL slate on Saturday.

Set your DraftKings lineup here: EPL $35K Counter Attack [$10K to 1st]


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Studs

Wilfried Zaha ($10,500)

Zaha is easily Crystal Palace’s most proficient offensive player. He has scored eight goals this season, tied for eighth in the Premier League. This output has come despite missing a few games due to injury. He has even taken 34 shots so far, comfortably the highest on his team. He also scored in a 1-1 draw against Leicester City in the previous game, which will keep his confidence high.

Values

Neal Maupay ($8,200)

Maupay has the happy knack of being at the right place at the right time. His goal in a 2-2 draw against West Ham United on Sunday proved that, as he pounced on an error inside the box to open the scoring. He is leading Brighton in goals scored (5) and shots taken (33), which is a fair indicator of how important he is in the final third for a team that hasn’t scored too many goals.

Other to consider: Eberechi Eze ($9,300)


Midfielders

Studs

Pedro Neto ($9,500)

Wolves has not lost a game when Neto has scored this season. That’s not an irrelevant stat because it indicates he scores important goals, like his late winner against Chelsea earlier in December. With Raul Jimenez (head) out, Neto has stepped up. He is currently leading Wolves in goals scored (4), assists (3) and shots taken (30). His average of 14.9 DKFP per game is also the highest on this slate.

Value

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ($9,000)

There’s a new sense of relief for Arsenal in this new year. After a topsy-turvy December, the team has now settled into a nice rhythm, led by their captain. He has scored three goals on 28 shots taken, which is a low conversion rate. However, he provides a lot more than just goals. His return to form is evident with the rapid increase of his DraftKings price. Still, he is a value selection here.

Other to consider: Daniel Podence ($7,100)


Defenders

Studs

Patrick van Aanholt ($5,000)

This won’t inspire much confidence about this selection: Crystal Palace has conceded 29 goals so far this season, third most in the EPL. However, Crystal Palace is up against Sheffield United on Saturday, a team that has scored a league-low eight goals. Van Aanholt has also completed 486 passes, third most for Crystal Palace. He likes to put in smart offensive runs to contribute in an offensive capacity, too.

Values

Lewis Dunk ($3,300)

Dunk has been a big part of Brighton’s defensive set-up this season, same as he was in the 2019-20 campaign. He is leading Brighton in clearances (46). He is also second on his team in passes made (867) and aerial battles won (29). He scored in Brighton’s draw against West Ham from a set-piece. That ability could be additionally useful for your fantasy roster on this slate.


Goalkeepers

Bernd Leno ($5,600)

West Brom has scored just 11 goals. Considering this, it isn’t surprising the team is 19th on the EPL table. Arsenal, with a renewed spirit and vigour, will be hard to get past in the final third for a team that has simply lacked scoring chances. Leno will have a few saves to make, at most. A clean sheet is very much in the cards.

Other to consider: Vicente Guaita ($5,200)

Set your DraftKings lineup here: EPL $35K Counter Attack [$10K to 1st]


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Nikhil Kalro is the Founder and CEO of Altletics Esports.