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Saturday 21st Oct 2017

After the break due to international matches, the English Premier League resumes this coming weekend. Gameweek 30 will be played on Saturday, April 1 and Sunday, April 2. DraftKings will feature seven Saturday games for their daily contests. The matches are:

Burnley – Tottenham Hotspur
Chelsea – Crystal Palace
Hull City – West Ham United
Leicester City – Stoke City
Manchester United – West Bromwich Albion
Watford – Sunderland
Southampton – Bournemouth

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

In searching for a winning fantasy lineup, we are sensitive to the requirements of the dreaded salary cap. Our recommendations include players who have a favorable scheduled match and whose salary will allow you to field a well-balanced team. In addition, our recommendations for your lineup are based in part on the odds set by English bookmakers for each game.

Our recommendations for your Gameweek 30 fantasy lineups are:     

Goalkeepers (choose one): Eldin Jakupovic’ (Hull City), Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea)   

Defenders (choose two): Antonio Valencia (Manchester United), Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur), Christian Fuchs (Leicester City), Maya Yoshida (Southampton)   

Midfielders (choose two): Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur), Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur), Dusan Tadic (Southampton), Pedro (Chelsea)     

Forwards (choose two): Jamie Vardy (Leicester City), Diego Costa (Chelsea: he is expected to recover), Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace), Jermain Defoe (Sunderland)     

Utility (choose one): N’Golo Kante (Chelsea), Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Manchester United)     

Note that several midfielders and forwards qualify at both positions, in addition to utility, on DraftKings. Unfortunately, this may not help your salary cap, as all of these players are quite expensive. Our strategy is to insert into the mix low-salaried defenders.

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

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