It is nice having an EPL DFS slate that is the same across both sites. As an added bonus, all four games kick off within 30 minutes of each other, so we should know all of the starting lineups 30 minutes before lineup lock. Each team has two Premier League fixtures this week, with the Champions League group stage beginning next week. As such, we should expect teams to rotate starters more than they have, especially the biggest clubs competing in Champions League. In Tuesday’s slate, Chelsea is the most likely candidate to shake up its starters, but it would not be surprising to see any of the teams shake things up. Keep an eye out for value starters once lineups are announced.




EPL Playbook


David RayaBRECRY42009.52914.75
Brentford is tied with Nottingham Forest for the most saves through four games. Crystal Palace isn't a great matchup but they aren't exactly scary, especially if Zaha is out. Raya is safe and cheap and no one would be shocked if he got a win and/or a clean sheet.
Illan MeslierLEEEVE52008.581113.25
No team on the slate has scored fewer goals than Everton or earned fewer points than Everton. This is a modest price to pay to chase a win and a clean sheet considering Leeds is at home and is pretty clearly the better team. Everton has allowed the most saves in the league as well, so Meslier should have a fairly high floor.
Edouard MendyCHESOU57007.461412.00
Even on the road, I think I just trust Chelsea to take care of business more than I trust Leeds. Mendy probably isn't as safe and he costs quite a bit, but it will be worth it if he is the only keeper with a win and clean sheet.


Bryan MbeumoBRECRY710010.781514.45
Mbeumo is averaging three crosses and three shots per game, and only two teams have allowed more goals than Crystal Palace this season. Mbeumo is the cheapest forward who I still trust on DK and he has some upside as well.
Kai HavertzCHESOU67001.82188.55
At some point, some non-defender is going to have to score for Chelsea besides Raheem Sterling. I wouldn't mind paying up for Sterling on FD if I could afford it but I think Havertz is a better value and should be lower-owned for tournaments.
Wilfried ZahaCRYBRE1040021.51933.60
I am paying up for him on FD if he plays. His three goals in his last two games are nice but his six chances created through three games give him a nice floor on FanDuel.
Rodrigo doesn't have the track record of Aleksandr Mitrovic but Rodrigo is cheaper and has a better matchup. I might jump off the bandwagon if he is shut out Tuesday but four goals in four games is too impressive to ignore.


Mathias JensenBRECRY610013.861416.67
This is a very good slate for mid-priced midfielders, and the real value may come if one or more of them gets the day off. That being said, Jensen has three goals + assists to go with 21 crosses and seven chances created. He is quite affordable and probably has the highest ceiling in his price range.
Pascal GrossBHAFUL970020.331727.08
Is Gross this year's Jarrod Bowen? Bowen was mostly known for empty crosses and chances created before totaling 22 goals + assists last season. Gross has already topped his goal total from last season, and one more goal would give him his most since 2017-18. That being said, I don't think there is anything wrong with chasing someone with a high floor and a hot streak. Gross has eight chances created in his last three games and only three players are averaging more FD fantasy points.
Solly MarchBHAFUL54008.381315.27
March is a defender on FD so keep that in mind before you look at his FPPG and rush out to start him. There is a pretty steep drop in quality amongst midfielders once you go cheaper than March, though he may not have the upside of some of the more expensive players.
Eberechi EzeCRYBRE800011.041510.23
Eze's modest fantasy production is even more impressive when you realize three of his four games were against Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City. If Wilfried Zaha is out again, Eze is the safest Crystal Palace attacker by far.
Michael OliseCRYBRE59000.67121.87
Olise, Jean-Philippe Mateta and Odsonne Edouard are all reasonable tournament plays if they start but Olise is cheaper and looked good in his Cup start last week. I would like him even better if Zaha is out.
Andreas PereiraFULBHA57009.71413.38
Pereira made this list mostly for DraftKings but he may be even more impressive on FanDuel. He has nine chances created in his last three games and this is arguably his best matchup of the season.


Aaron HickeyBRECRY34005.5285.25
Hickey had more crosses Saturday (four) than he did in his first three games combined, but I like his chances of a repeat performance Tuesday. Crystal Palace has allowed 11 more crosses than any other team this season and Hickey only needs a few to return value.
Pervis EstupinanBHAFUL52008.31010.75
I wanted to recommend Tariq Lamptey here but Estupinan has been more impressive in his limited time. Both are averaging five crosses per 90 minutes but Estupinan is also averaging a team-high 4.17 chances created per 90. I would pivot to Lamptey if you need to save money or if Estupinan is on the bench but I expect both outside backs to take advantage of this nice matchup.
Chris RichardsCRYBRE27001.1174.47
Richards has one shot, one chance created and zero crosses in 45 minutes, but that came almost exclusively against Liverpool and Manchester City. The man he is likely replacing, Tyrick Mitchell, had moderate success getting forward, especially against Aston Villa. Richards doesn't need to do much to return value, especially in cash games.
Armel Bella-KotchapSOUCHE32007.791213.73
Mohammed Salisu is a fine pivot if you need to save a buck but both Southampton center-backs should get plenty of defensive stats against Chelsea. Only Liverpool has allowed more tackles + clearances than Chelsea this season.


EPL Playbook Core Plays

Draftkings Core Plays
Top TierPascal Gross$9,700
Eberechi Eze$8,000
Mid TierMathias Jensen$6,100
Bryan Mbeumo$7,100
Value TierDavid Raya$4,200
Chris Richards$2,700
Fanduel Core Plays
Top TierWilfried Zaha$19
Mid TierPascal Gross$17
Andreas Pereira$14
Value TierIllan Meslier$11
Armel Bella-Kotchap$12




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