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⚽ The Corner Kick: EPL DFS Picks DraftKings + FanDuel | Manchester United Fade? 2/2

Jovanni Vidal

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Welcome to our EPL DFS coverage for Tuesday, Feb. 2. Here you’ll find our top EPL DFS picks for DraftKings and FanDuel, which consider all aspects of the slate, from projections to pricing to popularity across soccer DFS. These picks should help you create highly projected lineups in DraftKings EPL and FanDuel EPL tournaments and cash games.

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EPL Odds Report

Sheffield United (-118) vs. West Brom (+350), O/U 3.5

Wolverhampton (+240) vs. Arsenal (+120), O/U 2.5

Manchester United (-200) vs. Southampton (+550), O/U 3.5

Newcastle United (+180) vs. Crystal Palace (+160), O/U 2.5

EPL DFS Picks DraftKings + FanDuel Lineups | Feb. 2

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

EPL DFS Picks: Forwards/Midfielders

Bruno Fernandes (DraftKings $10,900, FanDuel $22)

Eberechi Eze (DraftKings $7,700, FanDuel $13)

Manchester United’s home offense ranks fifth in the EPL, and their most consistent player since arrival has been Bruno Fernandes. He provides a solid floor, even against the sixth ranked road defense in Southampton. He averages 4.71 open play crosses with 6.09 shots and assisted shots per match. With 48% contributions on his club’s overall scoring, Fernandes is in play in all formats.

Eberechi Eze sees a plus matchup against Newcastle United. Newcastle allows the fifth-most shots on target in the EPL at 4.8 per match. Eze provides a floor with 2.1 drawn fouls and 2.68 crosses per match. With set-piece shares, his crossing volume jumps to four per match in full-game runs. If Andros Townsend does not start the match, Eze is a core play for me. Even with Townsend in, Eze has scoring upside with 2.1 shots/assisted shots per match and 40% on-target accuracy. Teammates Wilfried Zaha is also an option in GPP due to his high-volume drawn fouls and shots.

Matheus Pereira (DraftKings $8,600 FanDuel $18)

John Fleck (DraftKings $6,800 FanDuel $10)

Sheffield United plays a tight defense and rarely has the score ran up on them. They allow the second-most shots on target in the EPL at 5.04 per match, and their home defense ranks sixth worst. West Brom has the worst offense in the EPL, averaging just 0.62 expected goals on the road. Matheus Pereira still stands out as the do-it-all for his club. He contributes on 47% of their overall scoring and handles the penalties and sets. His floor is built off 3.17 shots/assisted shots and 3.35 crosses per match. Since his return from injury, Pereira has a goal in four of five matches and a solid output against a Manchester City club that no one can break through in recent form.

On the other side of the pitch, Sheffield United constantly mixes their rotation, so it is hard to focus on key parts until lineups come out. John Fleck comes in discounted considering his corner shares. He gets a plus matchup against West Brom’s second-worst defense. Fleck averages 2.9 crosses per match and 1.93 shots/assisted shots, which makes him a GPP flier. His salary allows us to spend up for other options, and his deliveries offer upside given the opponent. For GPP goal hunting, David McGoldrick, Oliver McBurnie or whoever else starts up top come in discounted and see the same exposed defense.

Bukayo Saka (DraftKings $10,200, FanDuel $16)

James Ward-Prowse (DraftKings $8,300, FanDuel $16)

Arsenal looked terrible in their last match without Bukayo Saka. He could return in this one and is a core play with 5.11 crosses and 3.55 shots/assisted shots per match. In their last five victories, Saka has contributed in the scoring and has risen his crossing output to 6.8 per match. Wolverhampton is a tough defense to crack through, but Saka still produced 1.5x value in two of his previous four matches where he was not involved in the scoring. If Saka is not starting, I have little interest in Arsenal.

James Ward-Prowse provides a floor in what looks to be a tight match. He averages 6.2 crosses per match and 2.6 shots/assisted shots. He can play on both sides of the pitch with 2.65 won tackles/interceptions per match. Manchester United ranks second overall in the EPL in fouls per match at 12.47. This will help Ward-Prowse with more set-piece crosses and added assisted shots if his teammates can connect on the tail end of the deliveries.

Other Options: Pedro Neto (DraftKings $9,700, FanDuel $18), Callum Wilson (DraftKings $8,000, FanDuel $19), Callum Robinson (DraftKings $5,200, FanDuel $10), Marcus Rashford (DraftKings $8,800, FanDuel $20), Nicolas Pepe (DraftKings $7,800, FanDuel $17), Danny Ings (DraftKings $7,400, FanDuel $18), Jonjo Shelvey (DraftKings $6,700, FanDuel $11).

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EPL DFS Picks: Defenders

Jayden Bogle (DraftKings $4,800 FanDuel $8)

Patrick van Aanholt (DraftKings $5,100 FanDuel $12)

With options in the midfield and attack, I won’t spend up too much on defenders on this slate. Jayden Bogle stands out given his involvement on the wing and his plus matchup. He has a number of output options on defense with 2.83 won tackles/interceptions. On offense he is not shy to shoot and averages 1.83 shots/assisted shots against a plus matchup.

Patrick van Aanholt is active on the offensive end and sets up counters for Crystal Palace. He averages 2.27 open-play crosses and 2.11 shots/assisted shots per match. He doesn’t need goals for upside and can benefit form the sit-and-absorb style of play Newcastle runs.

Other Options: Kyle Bartley (DraftKings $2,600, FanDuel $14), John Egan (DraftKings $2,500, FanDuel $12) Willy Boly (DraftKings $3,300, FanDuel $14), Alex Telles (DraftKings $6,200, FanDuel $9), Cedric Soares (DraftKings $5,200, FanDuel $12).

Goalkeepers

Bernd Leno (DraftKings $5,200 FanDuel $12)

Alex McCarthy (DraftKings $3,900, FanDuel $7)

Vicente Guaita (DraftKings $4,900 FanDuel $10)


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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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