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EPL DFS Picks for FanTeam Fantasy Soccer Second Chance Season | 1/14/22

Jovanni Vidal

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Welcome to the English Premier League DFS coverage for FanTeam Fantasy Soccer’s second half tournament. Below are the top EPL DFS picks on FanTeam Fantasy, which consider all aspects of the slate and future season DFS output.

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EPL DFS Picks for FanTeam Fantasy Soccer

What is FanTeam Fantasy Soccer?

FanTeam is a Fantasy Soccer site that offers contests composed of the entire game week. This article will touch on the EPL second half season long fantasy picks for the site. The team is composed of 11-man roster and the formations can change. Players can use up to five defenders and as little as three. Up to three forwards are allowed and as little as two. The midfield is composed between two and five players, and there is one starting goalkeeper. The main scoring aspect is goals, shots on goals and assists. The shots and goals from defenders and midfielders are valued at a higher point mark than forwards.

A win adds value to each player’s final score as well as clean sheet bonuses for goalkeeper and defenders. The roster construction must stay under an $80 million salary cap, with prices ranging based on the current form of the players. Users field no more than three players from one team and select both a Captain and Vice Captain. The Captain scores 2x points, and the Vice Captain will score 2x points only if the Captain does not play in the game week.

Forwards

Mohamed Salah (FanTeam: $13.4M)

Mohamed Salah is the highest-priced forward, and for good reason. He leads the EPL in goals at 16 on the year. This accounts for a goal in 80% of his 90-minute runs. He is trailed atop the EPL list by his teammate Diogo Jota with 10 goals. Salah also leads the EPL in shot volume and averages 3.94 shots per match. His on-target accuracy sits at 41%, which brings his production on FanTeam to 1.62 shots per match. Shots on goal account for 0.4 points for forwards, and the goals are scored at 4 points. Salah has the scoring touch, as proven all season, and the volume is consistent. His score is rounded off with starting every match when healthy, and he plays on a team that is second in victories in the EPL, adding a score of 0.3 to his final score each game week.

Neal Maupay (FanTeam: $5.9M)

Neal Maupay does not jump out as a top forward pick, and midfielders and defenders accumulate more points for goals, shots on target and clean sheets. Maupay is very cheap for his consistent minutes. He also handles the penalties for Brighton, who have played the season without the services of Pascal Gross. Maupay has seven goals on the year, which trails just three forwards. Jamie Vardy is one of those, and his injury could take some time to heal considering his age, and his asking price still sits fourth highest on the slate. The second highest is Cristiano Ronaldo, but Salah and the consistent scoring output of Liverpool make for a better play than Manchester United. Maupay averages 2.24 shots per match but hits target at just 28%. He will need to find a goal, but the low salary is fine if he fails to score week in and out. Maupay is on pace to score more goals than his previous two seasons in the EPL, and Brighton has found their form recently and are scoring more than previous seasons.

Michail Antonio (FanTeam: $7.5M)

West Ham can find goals a number of ways. Michail Antonio has found himself involved one way or the other. He accounts for 37% of the clubs overall scoring via an even split between goals and assists. He has eight goals on the year, which is just shy of one every two games, and averages an assist at the same rate. His 2.92 shots per match offer upside if he can improve on the 31.5% on-target accuracy. West Ham are fighting for a Champions League or Europa League spot, so the wins bonus adds value to for Antonio on a well-rounded club.

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Other Options: Cristiano Ronaldo (FanTeam: $11.3M), Harry Kane (FanTeam: $11.3M), Ollie Watkins (FanTeam: $7.6M), Romelu Lukaku (FanTeam: $10.3M)

Midfielders

Raphinha (FanTeam: $7.6M)

Leeds United will have a hard time seeing out matches with injuries and a poor defense. Raphinha is a one-man wrecking crew, and his salary seems too cheap. He accounts for eight goals on the season, which is one per match, and handles the penalties for Leeds. He averages 3.13 shots per match, which is enough volume despite just 26% on-target accuracy. Overall, the lack of support is funneling shot volume and scoring dependency to Raphinha.

Bukayo Saka (FanTeam: $6.7M)

Arsenal is hitting form and sit inside the top four of the EPL. Bukayo Saka is a big reason for the club’s success. He accounts for 30.3% of Arsenal’s scoring and has six goals on the year, trailing Emile Smith-Rowe, who is dealing with injuries. The return of Smith-Rowe will not cut into Saka’s playing time and could further strengthen his goal or assist upside. Saka averages 2.55 shots per match and hits target at 33.3%. The dismissal of Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang from the starting rotation has increased Saka’s shot volume, which makes him a great midfield option at a low asking price. Smith-Rowe would be an add-in when he returns. Alexandre Lacazette also fits in if stacking an in-form Arsenal with a cheaper forward option.

Mason Mount (FanTeam: $7.2M)

It is hard to not talk up the EPL’s top-ranked club in Manchester City. The issue with the club is the constant rotation of players by Pep Guardiola. Chelsea rotates a fair amount, but Jorginho is a firm piece in the midfield. He handles the penalties for the reigning UCL champions and has six goals on the year. Mason Mount rarely sees the bench and leads the club in scoring with seven goals and contributes on 27.2% of the overall scoring. He averages 2.73 shots per match and has an impressive 47% on-target accuracy. Mount is too cheap and has the extra scoring point for being a midfielder. Both him and Jorginho fit well in the midfield to balance a solid eleven side.

Other Options: Kevin De Bruyne (FanTeam: $11.1M), James Ward-Prowse (FanTeam: $6.7M), Jarrod Bowen (FanTeam: $6.5M), Alexis Mac Allister (FanTeam: $5.5M), Bernardo Silva (FanTeam: $7.3M), Son Heung-Min (FanTeam: $10M), James Maddison (FanTeam: $6.7M), Manuel Lanzini (FanTeam: $5.5M), Anthony Gordon (FanTeam: $4.5M)

Defender

Antonio Rudiger (FanTeam: $5.7M)

Chelsea’ defense has allowed the second fewest goals in the EPL with 0.76 per match. This bolds well for the 4-point clean sheet bonus for each of the defenders under Tomas Tuchel. Antonio Rudiger is a consistent fixture in the back line with offensive upside. He averages 1.35 shots per match, which trails only Mount on the atop the club’s list. He is a force on the corners but has seen just two goals for his efforts. The asking price is low enough with a floor off the wins and clean sheets. Hitting target is an added bonus and Rudiger accounts for the fourth most points on FanTeam across the first half of the season.

Trent Alexander-Arnold (FanTeam: $7.9M)

Liverpool is another solid defense helped by the return of Virgil Van Dijk. the clean sheet bonus helps Trent Alexander-Arnold and his upside is on offense. Alexander-Arnold contributes on 21.1% of Liverpool’s overall scoring. He does this by way of assists at an average rate of one every two games. His floor is built on shot volume of 1.69 per match. He is topped by the likes of Salah, Jota and Sadio Mane but his numbers are still far greater than forwards and midfielders of the lower half clubs of the EPL. He has totaled the second highest total points for a defender on FanTeam in the first half of the season and will have plenty of clean sheet opportunities once the lower tier teams start to pop up on the calendar.

Other Options: Joao Cancelo (FanTeam: $6.7M), Conor Coady (FanTeam: $4.7M), Max Kilman (FanTeam: $4.7M), Kieran Tierney (FanTeam: $5.3M), Marcos Alonso (FanTeam: $5.6M)

Goalkeepers

Jose Sa (FanTeam: $4.8M)

The Goalkeeper position is not heavily reliant on wins. Clean Sheets and saves are the big factor. Jose Sa provides opportunities for top goalkeeper performances. Wolverhampton have a 42.1% clean sheet rate and allow 3.58 shots on target per match. They do well to keep shots from a distance allowing comfortable saves for Sa. His salary is discounted off the keepers of Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City, who do not produce that much differently. They are go-to options for the clean sheet bonus, but Sa does well to hit similar fantasy output with his saves and low allowed goals total.

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Other Options: Aaron Ramsdale (FanTeam: $5.1M), Alisson (FanTeam: $6.1M), Hugo Lloris (FanTeam: $5.6M)


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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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