Welcome to the first mid-week slate of the EPL season! This article will review my top plays at each position to help you build a winning lineup.
Soccer DFS: Game Overview
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Crystal Palace (1.44)
This slate shapes up to be an extremely low-scoring affair and we are doubtful to see another 9-goal outburst from a team on Tuesday. Chelsea is the only team projected to score close to two goals, and they’re the biggest favorite on the slate. Even with all that said, you won’t see me touting the Blues much in this article (I do like a couple of guys though). Outside of Chelsea, the Leeds/Everton game is my favorite game on this slate.
SOCCER DFS: Forwards/Midfielders
For me, paying up twice at forward is not something I want to do. There are a couple of good high-priced plays in Raheem Sterling ($10,200) and Aleksandar Mitrovic ($9,400) but they might have a hard time hitting value. A better option, if you want to pay up, is Pascal Gross ($9,700) from Brighton. Gross may be more expensive than Mitrovic, but he has a safer floor and that’s the type of play I want on this slate. With there not being too many goals expected on this slate, we want to find players with safe floors.
Another forward that is a little pricey is Eberchi Eze ($8,000). Eze takes set pieces for Palace so he has a big upside, but there is a catch here with Nigerian. If Michael Olise ($5,900) starts in the midfield for Crystal Palace he hurts Eze’s upside because he will take half of his set pieces away. Olise is actually a good play if he is in the lineup on Tuesday and will be in a few of my builds.
There are a plethora of good, inexpensive forwards and midfielders on this slate:
Even though Southampton is the biggest underdog, they have a few options up front and in the midfield that are cheap and make for great value. Joe Aribo ($3,500) is M/F eligible and projects as one of the highest-scoring value plays on the slate. Sekou Mara ($4,800) is another sub-$5K value play that offers upside from Southampton
If Neal Maupay ($3,900) starts for Everton, he is my favorite play in the under $4K range. Maupay will most likely be popular, but I am still going here. In that same game, Danny James ($5,000) from Leeds is another forward I have an interest in.
Sticking with Leeds/Everton game, both Jack Harrison ($8,300) and Brenden Aaronson ($6,000) are good plays in the midfield for Leeds, while Anthony Gordon ($7,700) and Demari Gray ($7,500) are solid upside plays from Everton.
Now, let’s move on to Chelsea. Kai Havertz ($6,700) is my favorite play not on the backline for the Blues. Havertz is honestly too cheap for his upside. Unfortunately, there isn’t much else I want from my favorite club.
I know I threw A LOT at you all, so let me try and simplify it:
Pick a top-priced play at forward, my favorites are Gross and Eze, and pair them with a cheap forward. Maupay or James would be my top plays there.
In the midfield, play two players in the $5K range. There is no need to pay up for someone like James Ward-Prowse in my opinion. There are two guys I did not mention that I plan to play a lot of, Andreas Pereria ($5,700) and Solly March ($5,400).
Soccer DFS: Defenders
I am all about paying up for the Chelsea wingbacks in this matchup. Ben Chilwell ($6,300) and Reece James ($8,100) are in great spots and are well worth paying up for. It’s because of these two plays that I suggest staying in the $5K range on midfield and playing one cheap forward with a high-priced guy. If Chilwell doesn’t start, but Marc Cucurella ($6,800) does he is a fine replacement. If you want to play three defenders, I am just fine with that, and Pervis Estupinan ($5,200) is a good option from Brighton. Rasmus Kristensen ($3,500) is my favorite cheap option and in that same game, Ruben Vinagre ($4,300) from Everton.
SOCCER DFS: Goalkeepers
If you want to pay up for the top keeper on the slate in Edouard Mundy ($5,700) then by all means do it. I do not plan on having much, if any, of Mendy because I feel like he’s too expensive for a goalie who is unlikely to keep a clean sheet. I would prefer to save $700 and go with Robert Sanchez ($5,000) for Brighton. Sanchez is averaging the most DKFP P/90 of any keeper on the slate. Both goalies in the Palace/Brentford game are also in play for me.
Remember to check lineups after 2 pm eastern to make sure the players you want to use are in thestarting XI. I will try and be in discord to answer questions and post any players I like that may be in lineups.