DraftKings Soccer: EPL DFS Helper for 2/12/22

Raphinha is a great fantasy option for Leeds in a big game against Everton. Who else should we target on Saturday?

It's only a three-game slate with all teams ninth or lower in the table. Here are the games, with odds from EPL odds:

Everton (+135)+250Leeds (+190)
Brentford (+165)+200Crystal Palace (+190)
Watford (+280)+220Brighton (+110)

Forwards to Target

Raphinha ($9,000): Raphinha has become one of the most reliable fantasy players in the Premier League. He's been Leeds' creative force, as he is seventh in the league in crosses with 103. He's also tied for fifth in the league with eight goals. He takes penalties, which gives him a realistic path to scoring in every game.

Leeds will face Everton on Saturday, who are shockingly in jeopardy of relegation. Despite being underdogs away from home, Leeds could have the possession advantage in this game. They are 5th in possession, compared to 17th for their opponents. This should see Raphinha get on the ball a lot and have lots of opportunities for crosses and shot assists. He's a high-floor play on a slate that might not see many goals, making him viable in all formats.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin ($6,700): Calvert-Lewin's injury and lack of goals since his return could explain why Everton have struggled a lot of late. However, this is a good spot for him to bounce back. Everton should play a more attacking brand of soccer under new manager Frank Lampard than what they did under Rafa Benitez. This game against Leeds should be the best fantasy environment on the slate.

Leeds have conceded the third-most goals and allow the fourth-most shots per game in the league. With the lack of reliable goal scorers on this slate, DCL actually has the best any time goal-scoring odds at +120. For just $6,700, that makes him one of the best values on the slate.

Danny Welbeck ($5,600): If you need to save salary, Welbeck is definitely an option. He scored in Brighton's last Premier League game against Leicester. Now, they are technically the biggest favorites on the slate against a struggling Watford team. Welbeck's odds for a goal are +230, which is good relative to his salary. If you can get a goal from him on this slate, it could go a long way to helping your lineup.

Others to Consider: Andros Townsend ($7,700), Daniel James ($7,500), Bryan Mbeumo ($6,500)

Midfielders to Target

Alexis Mac Allister ($8,400) Mac Allister has been a breakout player for Brighton in recent weeks. He's been delivering in fantasy as well, with at least 11 DraftKings points in six straight league matches. He's done this by getting the majority of set pieces in those matches, as well as chipping in with a few goals.

Brighton don't score many goals, but they should have the ball a ton in this game. They are third in possession rate in the Premier League. Watford rank 18th and also allow the fifth-most crosses per game. Mac Allister should be able get crosses in during this game given this matchup. He's listed as a game-time decision but was declared available, so if he starts, he's definitely a solid play in midfield.

Connor Gallagher ($7,600): Gallagher has seen his salary come back down to earth, making him a reasonable option this week. He was scoring at an unsustainable rate to start the season but still has fantasy value when not scoring. He's the main set-piece taker for Crystal Palace and should have a high floor in this game.

After missing a few games due to injury, Gallagher was back on full corner kick duty on Wednesday against Norwich. He averages 1.95 shots and 1.64 chances created per 90 minutes to go with his corner kicks. For the salary at $7,600, he's one of the best plays at midfield on the slate.

Dele Alli ($5,000): If Dele makes his first start for Everton, he's a good value option to take a shot on in tournaments. We know that he's talented and needed a change of scenery from his days at Tottenham. Now, if he plays in an attacking role in an up-tempo match, he could definitely pay off that salary.

Others to Consider: Aaron Gordon ($7,000), Jeffrey Schlupp ($5,200), Jakub Moder ($4,900)

Defenders to Target

Kiko Femenía ($5,000): There are none of the true star defenders that we like to roster from teams like Liverpool and Chelsea. Instead, we can look at Femenía, who has been really good in the last two games. He took all but one corner kick in the last match for Watford. That resulted in 8 crosses and 15 total in his last two games.

Femenía might not be Trent Alexander-Arnold, but he's still a good option in the context of the slate.

Séamus Coleman ($4,200) Coleman was deployed as a wing back on Tuesday. That was his first game in this role, and he got 8.5 DraftKings points. If he plays the same role, he could produce a solid score again.

Joel Ward ($3,900): No one ever gets too excited to play Joel Ward, but he does have games with six and five crosses in his last four outings. He's acceptable for $3,900 on this slate that lacks options at defender.

Others to Consider: Stuart Dallas ($5,300), Rico Henry ($4,000)

Goalkeepers to Target

Robert Sánchez ($5,200): Brighton's defensive record is only bettered by the current top four teams. Sánchez has six clean sheets in 21 league games this season, including against Watford earlier in the season. He is the keeper with the highest salary, but he's not at the cap that is in place for goalies. You should have salary to use at the position, so it makes sense to get the keeper that's probably the safest option.

Vicente Guaita ($4,600): Guaita will be between the sticks for Crystal Palace. They are underdogs away from home, but Guaita can still be used. Brentford could be without leading scorer Ivan Toney up front. They already average the fourth-fewest shots per game in the league. Brentford are unlikely to have an offensive outburst, making Guaita a fairly safe play.

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