WATCH: THREE KEYS TO LINEUP CONSTRUCTION
The Premier League is back and so is daily fantasy soccer on DraftKings. The first major slate kicks off Saturday morning at 10 AM ET and features six matches. Chelsea will begin their title defense, and big-spending Manchester City takes on Premier League new boys Brighton & Hove Albion. Let’s get to the fantasy picks at each position that will help you set your DraftKings fantasy Premier League roster.
Thibault Courtois – $6,000 – Chelsea – Courtois was the third highest scoring GK last season as Chelsea took home the Premier League title. He will look to pick up the win and clean sheet against Burnley, as Chelsea is the biggest favorite on the board for this slate. Last year at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea shut out Burnley 3-0.
Other Options – Ederson Moraes ($5,800)
Jonas Lossl – $4,100 – Huddersfield Town – Huddersfield are considered by some pundits to be the biggest underdog to ever play in the Premier League. If you are unfamiliar, the English Premier League has a relegation system, the bottom three teams each season are demoted to the Championship, a lower division league. The top two teams in the Championship plus a winner of a playoff between three through six are promoted. Huddersfield won the playoff, and here they are. Lossl is on loan from Mainz and will be in goal, taking the place of Danny Ward, a Liverpool loanee who got Huddersfield to the Prem. Expect Lossl to face a lot of shots and in turn be a nice contrarian option, especially in DraftKings tournaments.
Other Options – Lukasz Fabianski ($4,100) is a great option as well, as Swansea, looked better at the end of last season once Paul Clement took over as manager. Consider Lossl and Fabianski as upside options based on the level of risk you want to take in your lineup construction.
Marcos Alonso – $6,700 – Chelsea – Alonso broke out last season scoring six times from open play. There is no doubt Alonso is the top offensive-defender, but spending on him will impact your ability to stack some of the top offensive combos available, specifically City’s attacking players. While he has a steady floor, he doesn’t have the upside of some of the midfield options priced similarly.
Other Options – Benjamin Mendy ($6,000), Cedric Soares ($5,600), Kyle Walker ($5,400), Leighton Baines ($5,300)
Charlie Daniels – $4,500 – Bournemouth – Daniels was a top-10 defensive scorer on DraftKings last season, so he offers nice value at just a $4,500 price tag. Last season, Daniels scored four times, delivered three assists and sent in 86 crosses. His DraftKings Fantasy Points Per Game average of 7.7 put him ahead of the household name Kyle Walker (7.1). Don’t disregard his teammate, Adam Smith ($4,700) who was also a top-10 fantasy option at D last season.
Other Options – Cesar Azpilicueta ($4,300), Mame Biram Diouf (if playing at RWB) ($4,200)
Kevin De Bruyne – $10,400 – Manchester City – De Bruyne was brilliant last season, and he should continue to have room to roam and create for Pep Guardiola’s Man City squad. The real debate here is not whether or not De Bruyne will be productive, but whether or not you can fit him in roster wise. Last season’s top scorer Gylfi Sigurdsson is available at a $500 discount, but he’s been the subject of transfer rumors all transfer window, which is enough to not be willing to spend on him till he sorts out where he will be playing this season. Don’t overthink it – De Bruyne delivered 18 assists and 275 crosses last season, he’ll be a nice foundation for your fantasy roster going against Brighton & Hove Albion in their first Premier League game since promotion.
Other Options – Gylfi Sigurdsson ($9,900) (check back on his status before game start), Wilfried Zaha ($8,200)
Joe Allen – $4,100 – Stoke City – Allen moved from Liverpool to Stoke last season and was able to provide some surprising offensive outputs at times (six goals). At just $4,100, you get a midfielder that averaged eight fantasy points per game last season and may get an opportunity to play further up the field if Stoke continues to run out the en vogue 3-5-2.
Other Options – Davy Klassen ($6,100), Nacer Chadli ($5,400), Tom Ince ($4,600)
Gabriel Jesus – $9,800 – Manchester City – Jesus started as the lone striker for City in a recent friendly against Tottenham with Sergio Aguero $10,200 coming off the bench. It appears Pep favors Gabriel Jesus, and if he’s confirmed as the starter for Saturday, he is the clear top option on this opening slate in what should be an easy win against newly promoted Brighton & Hove Albion. Gabriel scored seven goals in just eight Prem starts last season. If City instead turns to Aguero, simply exchange his name in this spot.
Other Options – Christian Benteke ($7,800), Manolo Gabbiadini ($6,900)
Joselu – $4,300 – Stoke City – Recent buzz has Joselu on the value radar after scoring five goals in three friendlies. Last season, on loan at Deportivo La Coruna, he scored five goals in nine La Liga starts. Manager Mark Hughes has been impressed with Joselu and is planning on utilizing a two-striker front as part of a 3-5-2 formation.Other Options – Steve Mounie ($4,800), Saido Berahino ($3,800)