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Corner Kick: EPL DFS Picks for Matchday 9 Conor Gallagher | 10/23/21

Jovanni Vidal

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Welcome to the English Premier League DFS coverage for Saturday, Oct. 23. Below are the top EPL DFS picks on DraftKings and FanDuel for Matchday 9, which consider all aspects of the slate, from Awesemo’s expert projections to pricing to popularity for DFS fantasy soccer. These EPL DFS soccer picks should help with creating highly projected lineups in DraftKings and FanDuel fantasy soccer tournaments and cash games.

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Leeds (+145) vs. Wolverhampton (+180), O/U 2.5

Crystal Palace (-105) vs. Newcastle (+270), O/U 2.5

Everton (-145) vs. Watford (+400), O/U 2.5

Southampton (-105) vs. Burnley (+280), O/U 2.5

Brighton (+575) vs. Manchester City (-280), O/U 2.5

Forwards/Midfield

Luka Milivojevic (DraftKings: $4,800, FanDuel: $12)

Conor Gallagher (DraftKings: $7,900, FanDuel: $17)

Crystal Palace has a plus matchup against the Newcastle defense. Newcastle has allowed 1.32 expected goals on the road and 2.25 actual goals per match. They sit second in the EPL in most shots on target allowed, with five per match. Crystal Palace is not an imposing offense, with 1.42 expected goals at home. Luka Milivojevic looks to handle set shares and penalties should Wilfried Zaha not see the starting 11.

Milivojevic comes in near free for his floor. He averages 4.29 crosses per match and does not dominate any other category. The play is for salary relief in a plus matchup. Without Zaha he should have his command of PKs, giving him upside with deliveries from the corner to a capable Christian Benteke.

Conor Gallagher sees his production in open play. He has had his chances on set shares and would be a core play should Milivojevic sit this match. Gallagher leads with 3.98 scoring chances created and 3.97 crosses per match. He is not shy to take chances from any distance, with 2.65 shots per match. The price is a bit high when trying to fit Andros Townsend and Raphinha for their massive floors. He is a GPP option on DraftKings where there is no option to roster the Manchester City match. On FanDuel the Manchester City wingers would be preferred.

The goal hunters of Crystal Palace come with Benteke and Odsonne Edouard. Benteke is a finisher around the box with no floor and a Lower price. With Zaha in the lineup, He is a top play given the shot volume and a floor built on drawn fouls with goal upside. Edouard leads the team with three shots per match and an on-target accuracy clip of 55%. Edouard makes an interesting GPP option on FanDuel given the volume on target and the matchup that offers scoring upside.

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Hwang Hee-Chan (DraftKings: $6,500, FanDuel: $17)

Adama Traore (DraftKings: $7,700, FanDuel: $14)

Wolverhampton is playing at a higher pace compared to years past. They average 1.52 expected goals on the road, ranking above average in the EPL. They visit Leeds United, who allows 2.07 expected goals at home, third worst in the EPL. Leeds United’s 1.75 actual goals allowed are in large part to big saves by the keeper and Wolverhampton should be able to break through on the counter punches.

Hwang Hee-Chan is explosive on the wing and averages 1.6 shots per match. His runs have been limited, but he is coming off a 2.67 shot per match and 10 goals and assists season. His price is low enough to roster alongside Raul Jimenez, Joao Mountinho or Adama Traore.

Traore averages 2.62 shots per match and draws a team-high 1.64 fouls per match. He has a low floor on FanDuel because he cannot hit the target with consistency, but he only needs one. The cash play is Mourinho at $4,900. His role is similar to that of Milivojevic for Crystal Palace. One or the other offer the salary relief with an easy to hit floor. He has led the Wolves in scoring each season he has been healthy and handles the PK. Should he miss the match, a punt option on Ruben Neves could be in the cards. Neves has a balance of 2.87 shots/assisted shots per match. He can add to his marks with defensive at an average 1.62 per match, which could see an uptick with the long-ball pace of Leeds’ offense.

Other Options: Andros Townsend (DraftKings $10,500, FanDuel $19), Raphinha (DraftKings $9,700, FanDuel $19), Armando Broja (DraftKings $5,700, FanDuel $17), Allan Saint-Maximin (DraftKings $8,600, FanDuel $17), Stuart Dallas (DraftKings $7,200, FanDuel $11). Ashley Westwood (DraftKings $5,600, FanDuel $13)

Defense

Matt Ritchie (DraftKings: $6,000, FanDuel: $11)

Matt Ritchie handles the set shares for Newcastle. Newcastle can score on any side and are in line for what could prove the highest-scoring match on the slate. Ritchie averages eight crosses and 2.75 assisted shots per match. His floor is there and is better than similarly priced Lucas Digne. Digne has seen his shares fall to Townsend and is in a matchup that projects as a defensive battle. Ritchie’s upside is in his teammates converting the chances he provides, and Allan Saint-Maximin and Callum Wilson can do just that.

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Other Options: Nelson Semedo (DraftKings $4,700, FanDuel $9), Matthew Lowton (DraftKings $4,400, FanDuel $10), Valentino Livramento (DraftKings $4,900, FanDuel $10)

Goalkeeper

Jordan Pickford (DraftKings: $5,700, FanDuel: $12)

Nick Pope (DraftKings: $4,300, FanDuel: $8)


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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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