EPL Season Preview - Part 1

With the return of the EPL just around the corner, I think it’s best to gain some insight on the 20 teams in the league this year. There’s nothing better than the summer transfer market so we will look at who the new signings are and how it will affect the dynamic of a team. We won’t necessarily know what impact a new player can have from a DFS perspective, but their style of play and the purpose of their signing can give us a good feel of what to expect. Are they a hit or miss for the squad? But most importantly, are they an intriguing piece from a DFS point of view or not?


Arsenal is usually that team who starts off hot and then half-way through the season are in shambles and finish outside of the Top 4. And I’m not too thrilled about them this year – no big signing in the defensive area as of yet. For a team who has a struggling defense, this could be bad news and a 5th-6th place finish is in the cards again.

Aubameyang and Lacazette will be the only duo that could save them from plummeting even further. Against lesser sides, expect these two to score lots of goals this year. I’m assuming they will be starting alongside each other this year – if not, that would be a waste.

Ceballos has been signed on loan, which is a nice fit, but nothing great for DFS.

The signing of Pepe is what people should be salivating. He was a machine for Lille in the French league. Now although the EPL isn’t as soft as Ligue 1, he’s a better option than Iwobi or any other winger they have for that matter. From a DFS perspective though, I need to take a step back. I loved targeting him with Lille as he was literally the anchor to every attack. Arsenal doesn’t play that style of football to attract a lot of DFS goodness so beware if his price is set at what it would be if he was still playing in France.

Tierney from Celtic is in speculation, he actually has more cross upside than the current wing-backs on this team but does that mean much when Arsenal’s style of play is possession based with limited crosses?

Oh yeah, the biggest signing so far for them is a centre-back, Saliba, who will be loaned back to St. Etienne – really?

UPDATE: Tierney has signed! David Luiz has signed! So much for me talking shit about their defence. They have upgraded and now are a Top 4 team this year!

Aston Villa

They’re back! And as a result have spent big over the summer to complement star Jack Grealish who will be a wait-and-see player in the first few weeks to see if he can have the same influence in the Prem as he did in the Championship for his team. At least in the first few fixtures, if his price is high, I’ll gladly fade.

Wesley has been their biggest signing coming from Genk but I’m not too excited. Sure, he will score from time to time but like any other striker that comes over to play for a lower-table side, he will need a lot of help from surrounding pieces to be a hit in DFS.

Jota from Birmingham and Targett from Southampton have been added to the squad, both of whom were involved in taking sets at their old clubs.

New arrival Heaton will most likely start in net and from what we know based on the past season, he is a shot stopper, a good one that is.


Will it be another season of mediocrity? Probably.

They were a frustrating DFS team last year as when you took them, they would disappoint. Then you’d fade them, and they’d hammer in 3 or more goals. I assume it will be the same this year with the same old Wilson and King.

Brooks will look to solidify himself in the starting lineup after an intriguing season last year. If he improves, so will Bournemouth. And let’s not forget about Fraser, who surprisingly is going to stay put, lock him up in DFS with his multitude of crosses per game and role on sets and everything else this team does.

And the signing of the year for DFSBilling – I’m only kidding. But I mean if you look at his DFS stats alone from last year, you would think this guy would be a star for this team. Let’s not get too confused, I hope people flock to him in the early stages of the season while they still see his last year totals – I will gladly easily pick a more useful player.


Here’s a team headed for relegation this year – nothing to exciting as always with this team.

After signing Jahanbakhsh last year, this year they have signed Trossard. Basically the same characteristics, a winger with crossing prowess. Now remember when Jahanbakhsh was a signing we lauded as most thought he would be great for DFS – well, it turned out that he was useless and did not help any lineup. This could be in part due to playing on one of the worst teams. With that all said, Trossard may likely have the same faith.

Gross battled a season of injury last year, but if he’s back to his full potential, he is the only guy I will target early on. With Knockaert gone, expect him to have a monopoly over sets.

UPDATE: Mooy has been signed on loan from Huddersfield. Only more confusion now as he will surely bink Gross off of sets, except for penalties.


Finished 7th one year then 16th the next. Expect a finish in between those numbers this year. Their squad is largely in tact from last year which is good news. The likes of Gudmundsson, McNeil (especially), and Brady will continue to be DFS hot spots.

The addition of Jay Rodriguez adds to their mix of strikers – if he’s $7K or above, I’ll pass. Right-back Pieters signed from StokeBurnley lacked strong wing-backs who could cross, perhaps this man can do better? Likelihood isn’t high but we will take a wait-and-see approach.

Drinkwater signed as well but nothing special to note in DFS.


The Lamps is back! I don’t rate him highly as a coach though. He will have to earn my respect on the sideline. With that said, I have no idea how Chelsea will play this year without the big star, Eden Hazard. That is a huge loss and with them being unable to sign players due to some transfer ban imposed by UEFA, it will be a challenging season for the Blues.

I expect a more defensive shape and approach to their game style this year. Again, I don’t see Lamps as being a well versed coach to this point in his career so I believe he will stick to playing behind the ball and squeaking out wins.

It’s all about the young kids for Chelsea this year:
Pulisic – he has big shoes to fill, definitely not a direct replacement for Hazard, but a replacement for the future, a tough target for DFS especially if he is priced above $7K;
Mount – Lamps loves him so we shall see if he actually gets that playing time, took over some sets at Derby so maybe he will have a roll in them this year (though Willian should be the main man);
Hudson-Odoi – yes, everyone knows him from last year and he will be fairly popular in the early going; if he’s on, take advantage of him early before his price sky-rockets to something unplayable.

Crystal Palace

Will he stay or will he go? That’s the talk around Zaha at the moment. If he’s gone, good luck to Palace surviving this year unless they do something with the transfer funds they receive. If he stays, well clearly he remains the anchor of this team.

Townsend and Milivojevic – I don’t think I have to inform any of you on these two.

The loss of Wan-Bissaka hurts – not so much from a DFS perspective, but from a squad standpoint. No suitable replacement has been found yet.

Depending on who else moves or stays, Palace can be looking at a relegation battle this season.

Part 2 – to be continued…

Message me at @CarlitosWayDFS if you have any questions/comments.

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