Unfortunately, Saturday’s EPL DFS slate is as notable for who is missing as who is playing. Erling Haaland, Jeremy Doku, Eberechi Eze, Kieran Trippier and Reece James are all set to miss out, as will multiple first-choice goaltenders. All of that means there is a lot of potential value to be had throughout the slate. The biggest challenge may be finding top-tier players to target outside of Manchester City.


EPL DFS Soccer Picks December 16

Bernd LenoFULNEW44009.22911.00
I kind of like all of the cheap keepers, so feel free to pivot if you need to save some money. Leno gets the nod here because Fulham has won its last two games by a combined score of 10-0, while Newcastle has lost its last two games by a combined score of 7-1. Kieran Trippier is out suspended, which certainly helps.
Bournemouth has allowed the fourth-most goals but they are tied for eighth in clean sheets. For as competitive as Luton has been this season, they have scored the third-fewest goals per game on the road and they are tied for the league lead in road losses.
James TraffordBRNEVE  105.31
Trafford has probably been the worst keeper in the league to this point, but he recorded 10 saves at Brighton last week to singlehandedly steal a point. Trafford is just 21 years old and had never played above League One prior to this season, so perhaps this marks a turning point in his season. Only four teams have allowed more saves than Everton and no team has allowed more clean sheets. Unless the price becomes exorbitant, every keeper is playable against Everton going forward.
Anthony GordonNEWFUL820012.822020.94
Gordon should be on set pieces with Kieran Trippier suspended. That would make him a must-play on DraftKings and the top Newcastle target on FanDuel. If Gordon's hamstring injury keeps him out, Miguel Almiron will go in all of my lineups.
Julian AlvarezMCICRY940015.012222.56
Alvarez was quiet against Luton but still finished with an assist. He also took all three of City's corners but recorded just one cross. He may not have the same role as last season when he produced seemingly every time Haaland was out, but he looks like City's most dangerous available attacker and the price is pretty reasonable.
Wilson OdobertBRNEVE  1310.76
Odobert has scored a goal in two of his three Premier League starts. Odobert is averaging 1.48 chances created per 90 minutes, so he could provide some value even if he doesn't find the back of the net.
Christopher NkunkuCHESHU10000016 
Nkunku should be available Saturday, though there is a good chance he will come off the bench in his Premier League debut. That being said, Nkunku averaged 1.03 G+A per 90 over his last two seasons with RB Leipzig, and Sheffield has allowed seven more goals than any other team in the league. I believe Nkunku is too cheap on FanDuel, which is why he needs to be on your radar.
Bernardo SilvaMCICRY910012.012120.35
My Bernardo Silva love paid off with a goal, and he is playable for as long as Erling Haaland and/or Jeremy Doku are out. Silva is averaging 3.1 crosses and 2.4 chances created in his last eight games, so he offers a high floor along with a high ceiling.
Jack GrealishMCICRY81008.881713.90
Grealish is the closest thing City has to a value play. He actually has pretty good chemistry with Erling Haaland, so the Haaland injury isn't all good news. That being said, Grealish has goals in both games since returning from illness.
Mykhailo MudrykCHESHU72006.05149.66
Mudryk remained on set pieces despite Conor Gallagher's return, finishing with six crosses and five chances created. This is a much better matchup, and Mudryk looks like a great play on both sites.
Lewis CookBOULUT51006.681514.92
Cook is averaging 3.8 crosses and 2.0 chances created over his last five games. I don't love his upside on FanDuel but he should provide nice value on DraftKings.
Andros TownsendLUTBOU53006.81119.75
Townsend is cheaper than Elijah Adebayo and is eligible at more important positions than Ryan Giles. Townsend has an assist in each of his last two games and now he has a much easier matchup. He was probably overrated at Crystal Palace but I believe he is still underpriced this week.
Tino LivramentoNEWFUL41003.1297.07
I was wrong about Livramento against Tottenham last week, but I think a move back to the right side would help him. This should be a better matchup, and his price remains low.
Antonee RobinsonFULNEW50008.851318.18
There are very few defense-eligible players in this slate who will line up outside and send in a few crosses. Robinson had five crosses last time out and has three assists in his last five games. I don't really trust him, but its better than scrounging the bottom of the barrel for center back who might get a header on a corner kick.
George BaldockSHUCHE34004.21910.15
Speaking of the bottom of the barrel, here we are. Baldock has been good for fantasy when he starts on the outside, despite injuries and a rough matchup with Manchester City. This isn't exactly a good matchup, but we are getting a good price so long as Baldock doesn't move back to center back.


EPL DFS Soccer Core Plays

DraftKings Core Plays
Top TierJulian Alvarez$9,400
Bernardo Silva$9,100
Mid TierJack Grealish$8,100
Anthony Gordon$8,200
Value TierAndros Townsend$5,300
George Baldock$3,400
Fanduel Core Plays
Top TierBernardo Silva$21
Julian Alvarez$22
Mid TierJack Grealish$17
Mykhailo Mudryk$14
Value TierAndros Townsend$11
Wilson Odobert$13