After the international break, English Premier League (EPL) resumes this coming weekend.
DraftKings features six games to be played this coming Saturday, November 19. The matches are:
Watford – Leicester City
Everton – Swansea City
Southampton – Liverpool
Sunderland – Hull City
Stoke City – Bournemouth
Crystal Palace – Manchester City
It is unclear as of yet this early in the week if DraftKings will include Tottenham Hotspur – West Ham in the Saturday contests. If it does and players from this match are featured, I strongly recommend considering Hugo Lloris and Harry Kane for your fantasy lineup.
Unfortunately, the match to watch, Manchester United – Arsenal, is scheduled for early in the day, too soon to be featured by DraftKings.
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): Jordan Pickford, Loris Karius
Defenders (choose two): Erik Pieters, Dejan Lovren, Christian Fuchs, Virgil Van Dijk
Midfielders (choose two): Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino (try to field one of these two players if not both, given the limitations of the salary cap), Joe Allen, Robert Snodgrass (quite inexpensive)
Forwards (choose two): Romelu Lukaku (did you see his two goals for Belgium this past Sunday?), Jermain Defoe, Charlie Austin, Troy Deeney
Utility (choose one): Wilfried Bony, Adam Lallana and last, but not least, Sadio Mane’
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 qualify at both positions, as well as utility, on Draftkings. 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.
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