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Wednesday 18th Oct 2017

Today we are covering DFS for both the English Premier League Matchday 5 and the UEFA Championship League Group Stage Week 1.

Note that DraftKings offers both UEFA CL and EPL contests. The standard lineup of each DraftKings contest has one goalkeeper, two defenders, two midfielders, two forwards and one utility player.

UEFA CL games are being played later today and tomorrow, so let’s begin with them.

For Tuesday, Sept. 13 matches   

Goalkeeper (choose one): Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munchen), Jan Oblak (Atletico Madrid)   

Utility (choose one): Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City), Edinson Cavani (PSG)

Defenders (choose two): Alexandar Kolarov (Manchester City), Sime Vrsaljko (Atletico Madrid), Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munchen)   

Midfielders (choose two): Angel Di Maria (PSG), Marek Hamsik (Napoli), David Alaba (Bayern Munchen)     

Forwards (choose two): Marc Janko (Basel), Luis Suarez (Barcelona), Arkadiusz Milik (Napoli)

For Wednesday, Sept. 14 matches

Goalkeeper (choose one): Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Casillas (Porto)     

Utility (choose one): Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Guido Carrillo (Monaco)   

Defenders (choose two): Andrea Barzagli (Juventus), Marcelo (Real Madrid), Alex Telles (Porto)   

Midfielders (choose two): Sami Khedira (Juventus), Luka Modric (Real Madrid), Mousa Sissoko (Tottenham Hotspur)     

Forwards (choose two): Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund), Admir Mehmedi (Bayer Leverkusen)

You must have noticed that not all of the above names are top players. The reason is simple: there is a mix to allow you to fit your lineup under the dreaded salary cap. Due to an interesting twist, DraftKings qualifies several forward players as midfielders as well. Unfortunately, that may not help your salary cap, as all of these players are quite expensive. However, one strategy is to pick inexpensive goalkeepers and defenders to limit your exposure and end up with four capable forwards. Should you follow this strategy, here are some inexpensive defenders to consider:

Tuesday, Sept. 13 matches: Diego Godin (Atletico Madrid), Adama Traore (Basel)

Wednesday, Sept. 14 matches: Miguel Layun (Porto), Omer Toprak (Bayer Leverkusen)

Alternatively, you could field the least expensive defenders, even if they may not be featured on the pitch by their teams. You may be able to accommodate both Lionel Messi and Robert Lewandowski or Cristiano Ronaldo and Gonzalo Hugain.

Now let’s move on to EPL Matchday 5 DFS contests. Five games will be held on Sept. 17.

Goalkeeper (choose one): Claudio Bravo, Eldin Jakupovic   

Utility (choose one): Raheem Sterling, Ross Barkley

Defenders (choose two): Jonny Evans, Arthur Masuaku, John Stones   

Midfielders (choose two): Mesut Ozil, Santi Cazorla, Michail Antonio     

Forwards (choose two): Romeru Lukaku, Demarai Gray, Nolito

Hurry up, DraftKings contests for today's matches lock at 2:45 PM ET.

Follow Pasko on Twitter @varnica123. His essays about sports in ancient Roman times can be found at www.SportsInAntiquity.com

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