DraftKings Daily Fantasy Football – Tips for the EPL Crazy 8’s & Clean Sheet (Week 36)
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$16,000 Premier League Crazy 8 and $12,000 Premier League Clean Sheet!
Gameweek 36 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 Crazy 8” gives you five fixtures to select your eight man fantasy team from, all for an entry fee of just $8 (deposits and withdrawals will be converted at a competitive rate). $8 entry can potentially scoop you a chunk of the $16,000 prize pool, which has a $1,000 top prize!
DraftKings “Premier League Clean Sheet” follows exactly the same format, just at a higher buy in. $33 is the entry for that competition, which has a $12,000 prize pool and a $2,000 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
Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea) – Price: $9,500
Gylfi Sigurdsson is a player who’s presence and orchestration of the offense in the attacking third and from set pieces has earned him a tonne of points under the DraftKings format. Sigurdsson has been outstanding throughout this season from a fantasy perspective and his ten-goal, thirteen-assist total so far sees him hold an impressive 16.1 FPPG (Fantasy Points Per Game) average – the highest of any player available this Saturday. Sigurdsson’s consistency this term is what sets him apart though, returning double figures in seven of Swansea’s last nine Premier League outings. Swansea look to have found their feet again after taking a win and a draw against Stoke City and Manchester United respectively, so a match at home to Everton, who are much stronger at Goodison Park than on the road, should provide the Icelandic international with ample opportunity to continue his strong form.
Joshua King (Bournemouth) – Price: $8,000
Bournemouth may not hold the best defensive record in 2017, but the Cherries have been significantly better in front of goal, with Joshua King being a central figure going forward. King’s strong form sees him boast a 10.1 FPPG average and has even seen him score goals against teams as strong as Liverpool and league leaders Chelsea in recent weeks. He’s returned at least a goal or an assist in eight of his last ten Premier League outings and Bournemouth face a “travel-sick” Stoke City at home this Saturday – the Potters have lost five of their last six Premier League away matches – so the Norwegian international has some decent potential to extend this streak there.
Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) – Price: $8,200
Vardy’s rejuvenation continued as he scored Leicester’s only goal in their 1-0 win away to West Brom last weekend. Vardy has now returned either a goal or an assist (one time both) in all but one of his last nine outings for Leicester, taking an FPPG average of 12.1 over the same number. The Foxes have won all of their last four Premier League home matches, scoring at least two goals in each, and Vardy has an excellent opportunity to continue his top form against Watford this Saturday, who have lost the last four of theirs on the road.
Kamil Grosicki (Hull City) – Price: $7,100
Though Hull City find themselves just outside of the relegation zone, it’s been their run of form at home which has kept them afloat – Hull City have lost just one of their last twelve Premier League outings at the KCOM Stadium (W7 D4 L1). The Tigers have taken the maximum three points in six of their last seven in front of the home fans, scoring at least two goals in each win, and attacking midfielder Kamil Grosicki has earned at least 13 points in all but one of these. Grosicki’s 10.6 FPPG (Fantasy Points Per Game) average is one of the highest for a player in his price range, but other Hull City players are also worth consideration given the favourable fixture at home to the relegated Sunderland.
Tom Heaton (Burnley) – Price: $5,200
Though goalkeepers have the lowest potential of all player types to take away a high points score, we feel that Burnley’s Tom Heaton is worth pushing the boat out for. Heaton is one of the more expensive goalkeepers available this weekend ($5,200), but he’s got the potential to go with it. Heaton has proven his competence between the sticks when it comes to making saves – goalkeepers earn 2 points per save – and a favourable fixture at home to West Brom this Saturday means that he also has the potential to take away both the clean sheet (+5 points) and the extra points for the win (+5 points).
Who to Avoid
West Brom Players
West Brom have been really poor since their surprising 3-1 win at home to Arsenal during March. West Brom have lost all of their last four Premier League matches “to nil” – in fact, the Baggies have failed to score in all of their last five matches (a 0-0 draw before this streak) – and Tony Pulis’ side have performed (in general) much weaker on the road than at home this season. Hence, there’s not much potential for West Brom players in a difficult fixture at Turf Moor this Saturday.
Stoke City are another side that have been struggling on the road in recent weeks. Not only have the Potters lost all but two of their last ten Premier League away matches (W1 D1 L8), but Stoke have also failed to score in all of their last six away days, so a trip to the resurgent AFC Bournemouth this Saturday should continue to prove problematic.
Sunderland defenders are some of the cheapest players available this weekend, ranging between $2,600 and $3,800. However, these players are also those with the lowest FPPG averages in the whole DraftKings format. Another uninspiring defensive performance should be expected as the relegated Sunderland travel to Hull City, who hold one of the best home records in 2017.
Troy Deeney (Watford)
As far as differential forwards go in the 2016/2017 Premier League campaign, Troy Deeney hasn’t been an awful choice. However, after blanking out in all but one of his last six outings, Deeney finds himself out-of-form, earning no more than four points in those matches where he hasn’t hit the back of the net. Watford have another tough fixtures on the road to Leicester City this Saturday, who have kept clean sheets in each of their last two outings at the King Power Stadium.
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 ($3,500), will often earn more points and be involved with more of the action than some of the better defensive midfielders, such as, Everton’s Morgan Schneiderlin ($3,200).