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$16,000 Premier League Striker and $18,000 Premier League Golden Boot!
Gameweek 26 of the Premier League is almost upon us and DraftKings have plenty of competitions for those who like a quick return on investment through a 1-day fantasy format.
DraftKings “Premier League Striker” gives you six fixtures to select your eight man fantasy team from, all for an entry fee of just $3 (deposits and withdrawals will be converted at a competitive rate). $3 entry can potentially scoop you a huge chunk of the $16,000 prize pool, which has a $1,500 top prize!
DraftKings “Premier League Golden Boot” follows exactly the same format, just at a higher buy in. $27 is the entry for that competition, which has a $18,000 prize pool and a $2,500 top prize!
We’ve put together the following article to help give you an edge over the rest of the field when deciding who should make the cut in your team. See our lineup and read more below!
Who to Buy
Romelu Lukaku (Everton) – Price: $9,000
Romelu Lukaku may have failed to score last time out away to Middlesborough (0-0 draw), but Everton have been at their best at Goodison Park (W7 D4 L1). Lukaku scored four goals when Everton pulled off that massive 6-3 win at home to Bournemouth last time out on their own turf, earning a massive 52 points away for his DraftKings owners. The Toffees face Sunderland this Saturday, who have lost 75% of their away matches and have conceded about 2 goals per match on the road, so expect more from the Belgian striker here. Other Everton players, such as, Ross Barkley ($7,300), Seamus Coleman ($6,000), or young prodigy Tom Davies ($3,500) also warrant consideration for the same reasons.
Diego Costa (Chelsea) – Price: $10,100
Diego Costa is the most expensive player available this Saturday in DraftKings fantasy. Though Costa has scored just 1 goal in his last five Premier League outings, he has ample opportunity to return to form this Saturday at home to Swansea City. Chelsea have won 92% of their matches at Stamford Bridge and Costa has contributed his fair share towards their 3 goals scored per game average. He’s the 3rd top scorer in the Premier League with 15 goals, and given how dangerous Chelsea have been going forward, thanks to the likes of Hazard ($9,400), Pedro ($8,600), Marcos Alonso ($6,600) and Victor Moses ($7,200), who are also all worth consideration, he’s on target to better his 20 goal total from the 2014/2015 season.
Manuel Lanzini (West Ham) – Price: $5,600
Lanzini had one of his best matches of the season last weekend at home to West Brom. He exceeded his season averages across the board thanks to a goal, three crosses, four shots taken – two of which were on target – and a 93.4% pass completion rate earning him a huge 20 points. Lanzini’s goal displayed the individual brilliance of the Argentinian and West Ham should consider a match away to Watford a very “winnable” fixture this Saturday.
Lazar Markovic (Hull City) – Price: $4,800
Head coach Marco Silva has rejuvenated Hull City’s season. His emphasis on attacking from the flanks makes winger Lazar Markovic a potential new budget midfield option in DraftKings this Saturday. Over Silva’s five matches in charge, 75% of Hull’s chances have arrived from wide areas and only five teams have registered more than the Tigers’ 26 completed crosses during that spell. Markovic boasts a 57.1% cross accuracy, better than teammate Grosicki’s 36.4% completion rate, and the Tigers’ match at home to “travel sick” Burnley, who have lost 91% of their matches on the road, strengthens Markovic’s position further.
Joel Robles (Everton) – Price: $5,700
Though goalkeepers have the lowest potential of all player types to take away high points scores, we feel that Everton’s Joel Robles is worth pushing the boat out for. At $5,700, Robles is $300 cheaper than Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois, but he holds a higher FPPG (Fantasy Points Per Game) average for a reason. Weaker defenses means that goalkeepers are forced to make more saves and as goalkeepers earn 2 points per save, these points can soon rack up. Robles has proven his competence between the sticks and took away a decent 11 point haul last weekend thanks to three saves (+6 points) and a clean sheet (+5 points). As Everton thrive at Goodison Park, a favourable fixture at home to Sunderland means that Robles also has decent potential to take away extra points for the win (+5 points).
Who to Avoid
Simply put, Middlesborough are the lowest scoring side in the Premier League (19 goals), an obvious disadvantage for earning points in most forms of fantasy football. Failure to score in four of their last five Premier League away matches has seen Boro take just one point over the same duration (D1 L4), and the Northerners are now 11 consecutive matches without a win on the road (D6 L5). Crystal Palace aren’t the most difficult of opponents for this Saturday, but we’d still steer clear of Aitor Karanka’s side regardless.
Swansea are clearly much improved and in decent form since coach Paul Clement took the reigns in January. With four wins from their last six matches, Swansea have climbed four points clear of the relegation zone. Defenders Alfie Mawson ($3,000) and Martin Olsson ($4,300) have, in particular, made an significant impact since being integrated into the starting 11. However, a match on the road to league leaders Chelsea will likely be too much for the Swans.
Bournemouth defenders Charlie Daniels, Adam Smith and Simon Francis were making a name for themselves following a few solid performances in December. However, the Bournemouth defense has turned to shambles, in part due to defensive injuries, and consequently the Cherries have lost four of their last six Premier League matches (D2 L4), conceding an average of 3 goals per match over the same number. West Brom players should have ample opportunity to score some goals this Saturday.
Sunderland defenders are some of the cheapest players available this weekend, ranging between $3,900 and $2,500. However, these players are also those with the lowest FPPG averages in the whole DraftKings format. Another uninspiring Sunderland defensive performance should be expected as The Black Cats travel to Everton, who hold one of the best home records in the Premier League.
Defensive midfielders are simply the lowest point earners in DraftKings fantasy. Though their cheaper price tag may be tempting, players whose sole responsibility is to reclaim possession and pass it onwards will earn you very few points. Any winger from a weaker side, such as, Adnan Januzaj ($3,900) from Sunderland, will often earn more points and be involved with more of the action than some of the best central midfielders, such as, N’golo Kante ($3,600) from Chelsea.