DraftKings Daily Fantasy Football – Tips for the EPL Season Finale (Week 38)
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$15,000 Premier League Mini Season Finale and $20,000 Premier League Medium Season Finale!
Gameweek 38 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 “EPL Mini Season Finale” gives you ten fixtures to select your eight man fantasy team from, all for an entry fee of just $6 (deposits and withdrawals will be converted at a competitive rate). $6 entry can potentially scoop you a chunk of the $15,000 prize pool, which has a $1,000 top prize!
DraftKings “EPL Medium Season Finale” follows exactly the same format, just at a higher buy in. $44 is the entry for that competition, which has a $20,000 prize pool and a $3,000 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
Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) – Price: $9,600
Harry Kane’s four goal haul against Leicester City on Thursday puts him up front in the race for this season’s Golden Boot. If his performance during the week wasn’t enough to go by, Kane has matched or bettered his 15.9 FPPG (Fantasy Points Per Game) average in six of his last seven outings across all competitions. With eight goals over the same number, the English forward has huge potential for even more points on the road to the relegated Hull City this Sunday.
Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City) – Price: $8,900
Gabriel Jesus has three goals and two assists to his name since returning to the Manchester City starting eleven against Middlesborough. Though the Brazilian played a much wider role against West Brom during the week, this only seemed to improve his point returns. Jesus’ 28 point haul (1 goal, 1 assist, 5 shots (4 on goal), 1 cross, and 3 fouls drawn) was his 2nd best score of the season and his predatory instincts make him the most dangerous figure from Pep’s side ahead of Sunday. Watford have not only conceded more goals (15) than any other team over the last six matches, but the Hornets are also suffering from a number of defensive injuries and suspensions.
Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) – Price: $10,300
With a price tag of $10,300 (around 1/5th of the budget), Philippe Coutinho is the most expensive player this Sunday – but the Brazilian should be worth the investment. Coutinho put in his best performance of the season against West Ham last Sunday (2 goals, 1 assist, 6 shots, 3 shots on goal, 6 crosses, 1 foul drawn, 1 tackle won), which has a huge possibility to replicate itself this weekend. Liverpool need a win at home to an already relegated Middlesbrough, who have not only lost 9 of their last 11 Premier League matches on the road, but have conceded three goals or more in the last three of these.
Fernando Llorente (Swansea) – Price: $6,000
Revived following recent injury concerns, Fernando Llorente has found some form again, supplying three goals over his last four outings. He’s on the cheaper side for a starting eleven forward, has proved crucial in Swansea City’s fight against relegation and his ability in the air has seen him take some decent point hauls in recent weeks. Llorente’s headed goal against Sunderland marked his eighth of the campaign – more than any other player – and his aerial prowess should reap further rewards against West Brom on Sunday – the Baggies have lost six of their last seven in the Premier League.
Jordan Pickford (Sunderland) – Price: $3,600
It’s important to spend your budget where it matters in the DraftKings format and, simply put, goalkeepers have the lowest potential of all player types to take away high points scores. Hence, you should be using less of your budget on them. Sunderland’s Jordan Pickford is, for example, $2,400 cheaper than Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois, but holds only a marginally lower FPPG average for a reason. Clean sheets are worth just 5 points, while saves are worth +2 points per save. Sunderland’s weaker back line means that Pickford is forced to make more saves, something that earned him a whopping 18 point haul in Sunderland’s 2-0 defeat on the road to Arsenal during the week, and a match on the road to champions Chelsea on Sunday are perfect conditions for a repeat performance.
Who to Avoid
Manolo Gabbiadini (Southampton)
While Southampton have been solid at the back in recent weeks, the Saints have struggled in front of goal. Gabbiadini made an instant impact in the Premier League after signing for Southampton in January, scoring four goals in his first three starts, but since returning from injury, he’s not quite had the same flair. Gabbiadini has failed to score in any of his last seven outings and he even earned negative points during the week (-4 points) against Manchester United by failing to convert a penalty.
Diego Costa (Chelsea)
With Chelsea resting players in the lead up to the FA Cup final at the end of May, Diego Costa found himself benched in place of Michy Batshuayi last weekend. In fact, only three players (Hazard, Kante and Azpilicueta) held their position in Chelsea’s starting eleven, so be cautious of even further potential rotation from Antonio Conte this weekend.
Alvaro Negredo (Middlesborough)
Though Negredo is one of the cheaper forwards available this weekend (and almost guaranteed 90 minutes on the pitch), Middlesborough have been consistently poor in front of goal all season. Alvaro Negredo is not solely to blame, but his 9 goal total isn’t breaking any records and Boro have a tough match ahead of them on Sunday. Not only do opponents Liverpool need a win for a top four finish, but the Reds have also kept four clean sheets from their last five.
Burnley/West Ham Players
Burnley against West Ham is arguably one of the duller fixtures of the weekend. Neither side has anything to play for and neither side has been in particularly top form as of late – scoring or otherwise. It’s hard to pick out a single “star performer” from either team and there are simply too many other players from other teams that should be considered ahead of those from Burnley or West Ham this Sunday.
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 attacking midfielder from a weaker side, such as, Burnley’s George Boyd ($3,700), will often earn more points and be involved with more of the action than some of the better defensive midfielders, such as, Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka ($3,500).