DraftKings Daily Fantasy Football – Tips for the EPL Sweeper & Golden Boot (Week 34)
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$10,000 Premier League Sweeper and $12,000 Premier League Golden Boot!
Gameweek 34 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 Sweeper” gives you four fixtures to select your eight man fantasy team from, all for an entry fee of just $4 (deposits and withdrawals will be converted at a competitive rate). $4 entry can potentially scoop you a chunk of the $10,000 prize pool, which has a $1,000 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 $12,000 prize pool and a $1,000 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
Romelu Lukaku (Everton) – Price: $11,400
Romelu Lukaku’s 67 goals in an Everton shirt makes him the club’s highest scoring player of all time and the Belgian’s 24 goals so far – his best ever Premier League season – puts him four goals ahead in the runnings for the Premier League Golden Boot. Though Everton and Lukaku have been at their best at home, the Toffees have a favourable fixture on the road to West Ham this Saturday – the Hammers have conceded two goals or more in six of their seven most recent Premier League outings. Hence, other Everton players, such as, Ross Barkley or Kevin Mirallas, also warrant consideration.
Manuel Lanzini (West Ham) – Price: $7,200
Lanzini has arguably been one of West Ham’s best players this season. The Argentinian’s recent performances have seen him exceed his season averages for crosses and shots taken per match and he’s scored 9 points or more in six of his last nine starts for the Hammers, over which he’s scored three goals. West Ham should have plenty of opportunity for goals themselves, with Everton keeping a clean sheet in just one of their last five Premier League away outings, so expect Lanzini to cause some trouble.
Xherdan Shaqiri (Stoke City) – Price: $7,700
Shaqiri has been dynamic since his return from injury, taking 19 points in Stoke’s 2-1 defeat against Liverpool (one assist, two shots, ten crosses and four fouls drawn) and 22 points in the Potters’ 3-1 win at home to Hull City (one goal, one assist, three shots (one on goal), three crosses and one foul drawn). Stoke face strugglers Swansea on Saturday, so the Swiss winger should be looking to continue his strong form alongside Austrian counterpart Marco Arnautovic.
Kamil Grosicki (Hull City) – Price: $7,200
Though Hull City find themselves just outside of the relegation zone, it’s been their run of form in Premier League matches at home which has kept them afloat – Hull City have lost just one of their last eleven Premier League outings at the KCOM Stadium (W6 D4 L1). The Tigers have taken the maximum three points in five of their last six in front of the home fans, scoring at least two goals in each win, with attacking midfielder Kamil Grosicki earning a minimum of 13 points per match over the same number. Grosicki’s 11.1 FPPG (Fantasy Points Per Game) average is one of the highest for his price range, but other Hull City players also offer decent potential this Saturday.
Lee Grant (Stoke City) – Price: $4,400
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. Stoke City’s Lee Grant is, for example, $1,100 cheaper than the most expensive goalkeeper available this weekend (Bournemouth’s Artur Boruc), but he holds a higher FPPG average for a reason. Stoke’s weaker back line means that Grant will be forced to make more saves (+2 points per save), something the Englishman has proved he’s more than capable of doing, and thus grind out high tallies even when failing to hold onto the clean sheet bonus (+5 points).
Who to Avoid
Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea)
Gylfi Sigurdsson is by far Swansea’s most impressive fantasy performer, but he hasn’t quite provided the same consistent returns over the Swans’ recent slump in form. Sigurdsson blanked out for a fifth successive match in Swansea’s 1-0 defeat away to Watford last weekend and we consider his $11,000 price tag (just over 1/5th of the DraftKings squad budget) a bit too high for the potential of the Icelandic international this Saturday.
Fernando Llorente (Swansea)
Though Llorente’s return to fitness is a huge boost for the Swans’ attacking depth, he’s also struggled to perform over Swansea’s slump – the Spaniard is without a goal in four matches and has otherwise done very little to boost his fantasy rankings. Llorente comes with a hefty $6,500 price tag, which seems too much for a player boasting a meager 1.25 FPPG average since his goal-less streak began.
Robert Snodgrass (West Ham)
Robert Snodgrass is another player whose price ($7,000) is a bit too high given his recent form, especially alongside the availability of other more in-form midfielders at a similar price range, such as, Bournemouth’s Joshua King ($6,900). Snodgrass’ three assists from eleven outings for the Hammers’ pales in comparison to his performances at Hull (7 goals and 3 assists over 20 appearances) and, to make matters worse, his time on the pitch is frequently cut short with a substitution around the 70 minute mark.
Darren Randolph (West Ham)
Darren Randolph cost West Ham a win with a critical error in stoppage time against Sunderland last weekend. Randolph’s two goals conceded in the 2-2 draw means the Irishman himself has ended a match with no points or worse (negative points) in six of his last ten starts for the Hammers.
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, Hull City’s Evandro ($3,600), will often earn more points and be involved with more of the action than some of the better central midfielders, such as, Everton’s Morgan Schneiderlin ($3,300).