The Premier League is back in action Wednesday with four games on the DFS slate. In the early games Chelsea hosts Arsenal, Everton faces Leicester and Newcastle is home against Crystal Palace. Manchester City will face off with Brighton 15 minutes later.

This slate has a little bit of everything. Manchester City is the biggest favorite on the slate, while Everton is the favorite at home against Leicester despite sitting just one spot above the relegation zone. Chelsea could be in for a fight coming off a soft recent schedule while Newcastle and Crystal Palace have little to play for, sitting firmly in 12th and 13th place. While it would be natural to want to load up on as many Manchester City attackers as possible, this slate should produce plenty of goals, making a balanced strategy viable.

Kasper SchmeichelLEIEVE46007.221010.87
Trusting Kasper Schmeichel is usually a fool's errand, but only four teams have scored fewer goals than Everton this season. Schmeichel is a solid play if you don't trust any of the cheaper keepers.
Once again with a lack of attractive goalkeeper options, I'm chasing a win and a clean sheet with Ederson. Manchester City has 23 wins and 18 clean sheets in 31 games, while Brighton has been shut out in 12 of 32 games this season.
Aaron RamsdaleARSCHE42009.3814.44
Only four teams have allowed fewer goals than Arsenal, and while Chelsea's offense is on a roll, they have been feasting on teams in the bottom half of the league. I think Ramsdale has a better chance against Chelsea than his price indicates, even if he is a risky pick.
Kai HavertzCHEARS79008.271713.85
Havertz has five goals, nine chance created and 15 shots in his last five games. He is still probbably better in GPPs but he is underpriced on FanDuel.
Jacob MurphyNEWCRY50004.89127.14
Murphy struggled in his last start against Chelsea but he had 11 crosses, five chances created and seven shots in his four starts before that. Murphy is a safe, cheap midfielder if he starts in place of the injured Ryan Fraser.
Bukayo SakaARSCHE800013.221818.09
This is as cheap as Saka has been since before Christmas despite having nine crosses, nine chances created and seven shots in his last two games. We are going to have to play at least a few players with tough matchups, and Saka is as good a bet as any.
Conor GallagherCRYNEW610012.611818.40
I am going to blame Gallagher's current form on playing three teams in the bottom six in goals allowed. There are a lot of safe midfielders in his price range on DraftKings, but none of them can match his upside.
Phil FodenMCIBHA740013.261915.06
There are higher-upside plays if you want to chace City attackers, but Foden is safe and relatively cheap. Foden has four crosses in five of his last six games, wtih at least two shots in five of his last six as well.
Anthony GordonEVELEI73009.571111.65
Gordon has been Everton's best player for most of the season, especially of late. Gordon has 17 crosses, four chances created and five shots in his last two games. I have no idea why he is so cheap on FanDuel.
MidfieldersTeamOpp.DK $DK FPPGFD $FD FPPG
Ilkay GundoganMCIBHA710011.611516.09
For two seasons now, Gundogan has been a must-play whenver Kevin De Bruyne sits. If De Bruyne's calf keeps him out of a second consecutive game, Gundogan will be in most of my lineups, especially on FanDuel.
Riyad MahrezMCIBHA1030013.321917.23
Mahrez is averging 0.58 goals, 3.25 shots, 2.0 chances created, 0.33 assists and 5.5 crosses per start. Kevin De Bruyne might be safer but Mahrez is eligible at forward on DK and he is cheaper on FD.
Cesar Azpilicueta#N/A#N/A43006.57#N/A#N/A
He has 11 crosses and three chances created in his last three starts. The matchup is keeping his price down, but he looks like the best value defender on the DK slate.
Reece JamesCHEARS650013.941517.92
I don't love any of the values at defender on DK, especially if Azpilicueta is on the bench. James's pirce is down after coming off the bench in his last two games, and this is probably our last chance to get him for less than $7000. If you need to save some money, Marcos Alonso is a fine alternative.
Cedric SoaresARSCHE52007.4299.77
Soares is averaging 5.8 crosses per game in his last five, including four in a loss to Liverpool. If that is his floor against Chelsea, sign me up.
Joel VeltmanBHAMCI33005.85911.32
Veltman has at least 13 FD fantasy points in three straight games, with three blocks, 10 clearances and eight tackles in that span. He should continue to rack up defensive stats against Manchester City.
Dan BurnNEWCRY30004.11214.76
Burn has at least 11.5 FD fantasy points in 13 of his last 14 games. He is a safe defender who won't break the bank.
Joachim AndersenCRYNEW41004.811012.36
Andersen was a great DFS play with Fulham last season, and while it took him half the season to find his footing, he is now a nice value play. Andersen is averaging 23.3 FD fantasy points in his last four games.


Core Plays:

Draftkings Core Plays
Top TierBukayo Saka$8,000
Riyad Mahrez$10,300
Mid TierConor Gallagher$6,100
Anthony Gordon$7,300
Value TierJacob Murphy$5,000
Cesar Azpilicueta$4,300
Fanduel Core Plays
Top TierBukayo Saka$18
Riyad Mahrez$19
Mid TierKai Havertz$17
Ilkay Gundogan$15
Value TierAnthony Gordon$11
Joachim Andersen$10

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