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Thursday 21st Sep 2017

First, Antonio Conte led Juventus to three Serie A titles. Now, his Chelsea squad is at the top of the English Premier League table. He is making a believer out of me. This coming Saturday, he will face the biggest test of his skills as a manager to date. Manchester City vs. Chelsea. I cannot wait.

Sadly, due to an early kickoff start of the Manchester City – Chelsea match, DraftKings may not feature this vital game in its contests, although it is too early in the week to be certain about it. The games that DraftKings will feature for sure for this coming Saturday are:

West Bromwich - Watford
Tottenham Hotspur – Swansea City
West Ham - Arsenal
Sunderland – Leicester City
Stoke City – Burnley
Crystal Palace – Southampton

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 for Saturday, December 3 are as follows:     

Goalkeepers (choose one): Hugo Lloris, Petr Cech   

Defenders (choose two): Gareth McAuley, Cedric Soares, Danny Rose, Michael Keane   

Midfielders (choose two): Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli (it is clear that I like Hotspur this week), Gylfi Sigurdsson, Theo Walcott     

Forwards (choose two): Harry Kane (a must at this point), Alexis Sanchez, Jermaine Defoe and, if you need an inexpensive player to counter the expensive Kane or Sanchez, go with Victor Anichebe     

Utility (choose one): Christian Benteke, Charlie Austin, Troy Deeney

In doing the search for a winning fantasy lineup, we are sensitive to the requirements of the dreaded salary cap. Our recommendations include midfielders and strikers who have a favorable match and whose salary is low. This is the reason why you find Victor Anichebe listed here this week. Note that several midfielders and forwards are qualified by DraftKings as both and can be placed in either position or as utility. Our strategy is to have a proper mix of high and low salaried players.

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

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