Premier League is back and DraftKings is kicking things off with a $50K Season Kickoff [$10K to 1st]! Before you set your fantasy soccer lineups, let’s take a look at some of the top studs and values on Saturday’s featured slate.
Read the DraftKings’ Premier League season preview here.
Willian, Chelsea at Huddersfield, $10,100 — With Eden Hazard set to miss the opener, Willian sticks out as the Chelsea player to pay up for if he’s in the starting lineup. He likely will have a share of Chelsea’s set pieces, and playing on the wing in new manager Maurizio Sarri’s 4-3-3 setup should benefit Willian’s open play game more this season, too.
Others to Consider — Alvaro Morata, Chelsea ($8,800); Aleksandar Mitrovic, Fulham ($8,600); Diogo Jota, Wolverhampton ($8,500)
Gylfi Sigurdsson, Everton at Wolverhampton, $6,400 — Sigurdsson should stand over most — if not all — of Everton’s set pieces, and he pops off as one of the safest plays on the board at the forward position. He comes with a serviceable floor, and if Everton happen to be playing from behind, a double-digit crossing haul could be in order.
Others to Consider — Pedro, Chelsea ($6,600); Richarlison, Everton ($5,600)
Ryan Fraser, Bournemouth vs. Cardiff City ($8,900) — Fraser is another player who should inherit the majority of his team’s set pieces once again this season. He averaged nine crosses per game over his past seven appearances last season and should have no trouble carrying that kind of production over to the home opener versus Cardiff.
Others to Consider — Ivan Cavaleiro, Wolverhampton ($8,400); Junior Hoilett, Cardiff City ($7,500); Andros Townsend, Crystal Palace ($7,200)
Tom Cairney, Fulham vs. Crystal Palace ($4,200) — It’s yet to be seen how Fulham will divvy up dead ball duties, but if last season is any indication, Cairney should shoulder some of the load. He finished last season with six goals and five assists, and as team captain he’ll be looked to for contributions on both sides of the ball.
Others to Consider — Alex Pritchard, Huddersfield Town ($5,000); Joao Moutinho, Wolverhampton ($4,800); Jean Michael Seri, Fulham ($4,700)
Jose Holebas, Watford vs. Brighton Hove & Albion ($6,200) — Holebas led all defenders with 212 crosses last season, and he gives us a defender with set piece upside. Considering we wouldn’t hesitate to plug in a midfielder or forward with the same appeal at this price, don’t overthink it with Holebas.
Others to Consider — Davide Zappacosta, Chelsea ($5,500); Patrick van Aanholt, Crystal Palace ($5,200); Daryl Janmaat, Watford ($5,100)
Maxime Le Marchand, Fulham vs. Crystal Palace ($3,900) — Le Marchand was one of Fulham’s many offseason signings to bolster their squad ahead of the Premier League season. The left-back isn’t necessarily a high-volume crosser, but he does get involved on the wing and he finished the Ligue 1 season with two assists over his last three games.
Others to Consider — Jonny, Wolverhampton ($4,500); Jeffrey Schlupp, Crystal Palace ($3,700)
Asmir Begovic, Bournemouth vs. Cardiff City ($5,300) — After Chelsea, Bournemouth and Begovic check in with the best clean sheet odds on Saturday’s slate. They kick off the 2018-19 EPL campaign at home against newly-promoted Cardiff City, who look less-than-threatening in the attack and offer The Cherries a good opportunity to start the season on a high note.
Others to Consider — Ben Foster, Watford ($5,100); Fabri, Fulham ($5,000)
Jonas Lossl, Huddersfield Town ($3,900) — Despite opening the season at home, Lossl and Huddersfield Town are the biggest underdogs on the slate as they kick the season off against Chelsea. While the Blues have the attacking weapons to hang some goals on Lossl, it’s also their first match under their new manager, and it could take some time for them to build chemistry in their new setup. With so much value on the slate, there’s really no need to take the risk, but Lossl is worth a shot in tournaments given his projected low ownership.
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