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The Corner Kick: EPL DFS Picks DraftKings + FanDuel | Arsenal To Continue Rise? 1/14

Jovanni Vidal



Jovanni Vidal breaks down English Premier League soccer odds and strategy and gives his top EPL DFS Picks for DraftKings + FanDuel lineups.

Welcome to our EPL DFS coverage for Thursday, Jan. 14. Here you’ll find our top EPL DFS picks for DraftKings and FanDuel, which consider all aspects of the slate from projection, to pricing, to popularity across soccer DFS.

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EPL Odds Report

Arsenal (-189) vs. Crystal Palace (+550), O/U 2.5

EPL DFS Picks + Lineups | Jan. 14

These are listed in order of what I believe are the top plays, including median projection, floor and upside.

Bukayo Saka (DraftKings $16,200 | FanDuel $11)

Andros Townsend (DraftKings $14,400 | FanDuel $12)

Arsenal welcomes Crystal Palace for this EPL showdown. Arsenal home defense ranks mid-tier in the EPL, while Crystal Palace’s road defense is slightly worse. Bukayo Saka handles the set-piece shares for the home side and has helped lead the resurgence for Arsenal. The active winger averages 3.26 shots/assisted shots per match and can draw a number of fouls.

Andros Townsend will handle the sets for Crystal Palace and can contribute in a variety of ways. He averages 5.66 crosses per match to go with 2.4 shots/assisted shots. In an expected low-scoring match, the raw points without scoresheet contributions make both of these wingers the preferred choice. Which one you take comes down to which side you like to come away with the win. I prefer Townsend given the salary discount and ability to fit a more balanced Flex.

Alexandre Lacazette (DraftKings $15,900 | FanDuel $15)

Alexandre Lacazette has been on a scoring run and will likely go overlooked at the Captain spot. He makes a solid GPP option given the ownership the two above will garner. His shot volume has risen in his full-game runs, and he holds a 69% on-target accuracy. Lacazette is a goal or bust, but with goals scored on average in 50% of his appearances, if anybody breaks the stalemate, it will be him.

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EPL DFS Picks: Flex

Wilfried Zaha (DraftKings $9,200 | FanDuel $13)

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (DraftKings $8,600 | FanDuel $15)

The two respective PK men for their clubs are Wilfried Zaha and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Zaha’s role there is assuming Luka Milivojevic is out of the rotation. Zaha leads Crystal Palace in scoring and averages 2.4 shots per match. He can add to his value with his drawn-foul rate of over three per match. Aubameyang has had a tough time scoring this season, but the price is too low. With two shots per game and a few crosses, this price won’t remain this low given Arsenal’s run.

Emile Smith Rowe (DraftKings $7,400 | FanDuel $10)

Emile Smith Rowe is active as center attacking midfielder. He can jump into the attack, draw fouls and set up his teammates. Assists are hard to come by, but the involvement around the box suggests he will soon find the back of the net. He is a solid GPP option that can provide leverage given his price tag that holds no floor.

Other Options: Eberechi Eze (DraftKings $9,000, FanDuel $9), Kieren Tierney (DraftKings $7,800, FanDuel $10), Luka Milivojevic (DraftKings $4,600, FanDuel $7).

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Jovanni Vidal is accountant and finance analyst, with lifetime passion for fantasy sports. He has provided content and player analysis for season-long fantasy sites. He joined Awesemo to help new and current DFS soccer players learn new approaches to the game and how to succeed, with an overall goal to grow the DFS soccer sport and various league content offerings. You can reach him on Twitter @fluff_marsh.

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