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Wednesday 18th Oct 2017

Two weeks ago, I wrote that I like the parity in the English Premier League this year. Today, after nine match days, that parity is even more apparent. Five teams share two points at the top of the table. Manchester United, the big spender, is not among them.

Has the time come to lower the value of some of the Red Devils prized stars? More importantly (for us), should DraftKings lower the salaries of Ibra, Pogba, Martial and company? On the topic of Ibra, when will Zlatan score next? Being a betting man, my crystal ball says he will score this coming match day against Burnley. See my suggested fantasy lineup below.

DraftKings features six games on Saturday, October 29. They are:

Manchester United – Burnley
Middlesbrough – Bournemouth
Tottenham Hotspur – Leicester City
Watford – Hull City
West Bromwich – Manchester City
Crystal Palace – Liverpool

The standard lineup of each DraftKings contest has one goalkeeper, two defenders, two midfielders, two forwards and one utility player. Our recommendations for your fantasy lineup are:     

Goalkeepers (choose one): Loris Karius, da Silva Gomes (both are inexpensive), David de Gea      

Defenders (choose two): Jose Holebas, Kyle Walker, Christian Fuchs, Steve Cook, Younes Kabul     

Midfielders (choose two): James Milner, Philippe Coutinho (one of my favorite EPL players), Antonio Valencia     

Forwards (choose two): Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Son Heung-Min (unless Pochettino deems that Harry Kane is ready to go, then Kane all the way), Ahmed Moosa, Sadio Mane (at this point, I would refrain from using Sergio Aguero)     

Utility (choose one): Troy Deeney, Juan Mata, Victor Vanyama

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 fantasy lineup under the dreaded salary cap. Due to an interesting twist, several midfielders and forwards are qualified by DraftKings as both and can be placed in either position or as utility. Unfortunately, that may not help your salary cap, as all of these players are quite expensive. In light of that, our strategy is to pick inexpensive defenders to limit your exposure and end up with at least four capable forwards.

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

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