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EPL DFS Player Pool – Saturday, December 21st, Gameweek 18 (FREE)

Tristan Hoh



Tristan's EPL DFS Top Plays of matchday 18's fantasy Premier League action, including Dwight McNeil and James Ward-Prowse.

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Welcome to EPL DFS for Matchday 18! English Premier League action is truly heating up this winter, and we’ve got a five-match slate on tap this Saturday to kick things off. Here you’ll find our top plays, all things considered, including Dwight McNeil. The players who have price-considered floor/ceiling on DraftKings are especially highlighted, in an aggregate ranking. FanDuel specific strategy will be below the DraftKings portion. We have soccer content each and every week here at Awesemo, so stay up to date on it all by following @Awesemo_Com and @tristanhoh on Twitter!

Premier League GAMEWEEK 18 Cheat Sheet posted here.

Forward – EPL DFS

(In order of what is believed to be the top players per dollar; including median projection, floor, and upside.)

Dwight McNeil ($7800) – The clear spend up if looking for a floor at forward. It’s a slate devoid of any large favorite, so capturing safe points will be a popular method.

Pascal Gross ($8900) – A bit absurd of a price for a guy like Gross, but arguably has the highest floor on the slate. Sheffield United can bunker down and a set piece monopoly should see Gross to double digits fairly safely.  Leandro Trossard ($7100) is right there on the same Brighton side as a bit riskier, but higher upside option.

Raul Jimenez ($9000) – Wolves as the largest favorites on the slate (albeit slight favorites) deserve consideration despite none of the trio having much of a floor (Jimenez, Diogo Jota ($7600) & Adama Traore ($8800)). Jimenez is the strongest all-around player, with the most all-around upside. Jota may end up as the most popular given his hot run of form and consistent stream of shots of late.

Shane Long ($5700) – I don’t expect Southampton to garner much ownership, but I dig them as a sneaky stack in GPPs. You could even use them as a one off, but I prefer stacks between the three main attackers of Long, Danny Ings ($7300), & Nathan Redmond ($5200). Redmond has been poor of late but is due for some positive regression given his quality. Likely a sub 10% option at forward. Also stackable with set-piece stud Ward-Prowse who we’ll hit on later.

Alternative Forward

Joshua King, Wesley, Andy Carroll, & Christian Benteke are a few goal dependent strikers who fall just shy of making my main lineup consideration cut, although they make for excellent GPP picks. They each carry brace upside if things fall their way. 

Midfield – EPL DFS

(In order of what is believed to be the top players per dollar; including median projection, floor, and upside.)

Ryan Fraser ($6800) – Far too cheap for his floor/ceiling combo on this particular slate. On home turf against Burnley who are susceptible to conceding in bulk on the road can’t hurt.

James Ward-Prowse ($7500) – Southampton are in the highest totaled match of the slate and Ward-Prowse has a firm grasp over all of their set pieces. He’s been playing central lately, but given Saints shortage of healthy bodies on the wing, JWP should start outside which helps his open play value.

Jeff Hendrick ($3300) – A low-key strong value. In matches Ashley Westwood ($4800) has missed, Hendrick split set-pieces with McNeil, or rather, took Westwood’s role when on the field. Given Westwood is looking doubtful, we’re getting roughly a $1000 – $1500 (given Westwood is $4800) discount on a partial share of Burnley’s set-pieces.

John McGinn ($6900) – Highest total on the slate and one in which Villa should come out on top. They’ll play on the front foot and McGinn has a rock solid floor. Tough pickings between the mass of strong midfielders, but McGinn cannot be ignored. Jack Grealish ($9100) is also a stud for Villa, but given his price it becomes a matter of how your build shakes out. If Conor Hourihane ($6600) started, the set-piece situation would muddy for both McGinn and Grealish.

Emi Buendia ($6700) – Another player with a full monopoly of his teams set-pieces. Margins are slim between the great deal of midfielders on tap.

Pierre Emile Hojbjerg ($4400) – 9.4 floor points in four of his last five. Been more involved in the attack of late and goes to show yet another Southampton player worthy of consideration.

Alternative Midfielder

Joao Moutinho, Luka Milivojevich, Oliver Norwood, and Luke Freeman are a few names who are just shy of making the cut for main lineup consideration. Moutinho and Luka are priced close enough to the other dominant set piece takers who carry slightly higher upside. There’s nothing wrong with flipping between these midfielders, especially in cash games where all of their projectable floors are similar.

Defender – EPL DFS

(In order of what is believed to be the top players per dollar; including median projection, floor, and upside.)

Cedric Soares ($4300)

Diego Rico ($6000)

Ryan Bertrand ($4700)

Max Aarons ($3800)

Matt Doherty ($5000)


Rui Patricio ($5400)

Martin Dubravka ($5200)

Tom Heaton ($5100)

Dean Henderson ($4400)

Tim Krul ($4300)

Hi! I’m the Director of Soccer Content at and a student at the University of Cincinnati. My main goal here at Awesemo is to help you become a better daily fantasy player, especially through the means of a sport that you’re not accustomed to, like soccer. You can find me on Twitter and Instagram @tristanhoh.

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