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Sunday 22nd Oct 2017

DraftKings features several dozen DFS contests for the English Premier League Gameweek 9 scheduled for this Saturday, October 21.

The standard lineup of each DraftKings contest has one goalkeeper, two defenders, two midfielders, two forwards and one utility player.  

Midfielders were discussed in yesterday’s article. Today we are adding our recommendations for defenders and forwards. DraftKings salary is shown in parenthesis.

Forward: Gabriel Jesus (MCI, $10,600): After scoring seven times last week, City is on everyone’s radar and the Burnley defense is not going to stop their powerful strikers.

Defender: Stephen Ward (BUR, $3900): Playing at Etihad Stadium means plenty of interceptions and tackles.

Defender: Matthew Lowton (BUR, $3600): See above, re Ward. City scored seven times last Saturday. The Burnley defense has been warned.

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

The PGA and FedEx Cup continue their sojourn to the Far East as the pros move to Nine Bridges on Jeju Island, part of South Korea. The CJ Cup represents the first official PGA event in the country of South Korea, suggesting the fantastic combination of kimchi and putting.

Following time in Malaysia last week, and the perfect cultural bookend as the PGA moves to Jackson, Mississippi next week, Nine Bridges lives in easy view of the volcano, Mount Halla. That puts the course at above 3000 feet, logging in at 7196 with a par of 72.

As far as picks, I went a couple of ways here, first looking at GIR, but also thinking about the homefield knowledge advantage.

These are the names I like. Don't forget, you can join a foursome playing the DraftKings Weekly Hybrid PGA.

Pat Perez ($9400): Perez is tied for first in GIR and is smoking hot coming off his win at the CIMB last week, checking in at -24. He's playing well and his game should suit the environment.

Rafael Cabrera-Bello ($9000): Cabrera-Bello is tied for ninth in GIR with an 80.56%, has made 19 of 26 cuts and boasts eight Top 10 finishes this year. 

Cameron Smith ($8900): Smith smoked last week as well, finishing tied for fifth--his third Top 10--and is tied for 30th in GIR at 75%.

Sung Kang ($8200): Local knowledge has to factor in and Kang has made 20 of 28 cuts and is averaging 59.3 points per week.

Young-han Song ($6900): Again, I am figuring local knowledge gives Song (and me) the advantage and an under par weekend. 

Jinho Choi ($6800): Another relative unknown (one of two cuts made) but again, there is no place like home.

Tune into the Tout Wars Hour on the FNTSY network, hosted by me, with Justin Mason and featuring Lord Z every Thursday night at 9 PM ET, and you can follow me @lawrmichaels.

With the new FedEx season initiated, and Silverado an afterthought, the tour gets exotic moving to Maylaysian capital Kuala Lumpur with the CIMB Classic at TPC Kuala Lumpur.

With the CIMB begins a three-week swing from Malaysia to South Korea, and then onto China with the contests involving 78 invitees and no cuts, meaning for good or bad, picks are in for the duration. In golf, where humiliation or redemption rest with every swing of the club, this can be as bad as good.

Irrespective, the opportunity for points lives with those strokes, so looking for the most efficient relative to course is the way to think.

TPC Kuala Lumpur logs at 7005 yards with four fives and is historically vulnerable to GIR with putting making the difference. So, putting efficiency is where I looked first, along with GIR. 

These are the names I like. Don't forget, you can join a foursome playing the DraftKings Weekly Hybrid PGA.

Justin Thomas ($12,400): Winner of consecutive tourneys CIMB's with great putting makes Thomas a favorite for anyone.

Cameron Smith ($8400): Smith finished third at Kuala Lumpur as a rookie and has been solid, ranking ninth in birdie putt success.

Emiliano Grillo ($7800): Grillo finished 28th at Silverado and is enjoying a fine season with 17 cuts made out of 23 tries.

Martin Flores ($7400): #10 in putting percentage overall and coming off a strong finish at the Safeway.

Richy Werenski ($7000): Werenski finished strong his last six tourneys, making the cut, with improved putting charting the course.

Sung Kang ($6900): Kang, who finished third at the CIMB last year, made the cut last week at Silverado, and he's made 19 cuts out of 27 tries.

Tune into the Tout Wars Hour on the FNTSY network, hosted by me, with Justin Mason and featuring Lord Z every Thursday night at 9 PM ET, and you can follow me @lawrmichaels.

DraftKings features several dozen DFS contests for the English Premier League Gameweek 8 scheduled for this coming Saturday, October 14. The standard lineup of each DraftKings contest has one goalkeeper, two defenders, two midfielders, two forwards and one utility player. 

Defenders were discussed in yesterday’s article. Today we are adding our recommendations for midfielders and forwards. Salaries are shown in parenthesis.

Midfield: David Silva (MCI, $7900): A favorable fixture against Stoke City should give Silva plenty of opportunities to score fantasy points.

Forward/Midfield: Eden Hazard (CHE, $9600): Chelsea players ought to dominate this week’s DFS lineup due to a favorable fixture with Crystal Palace and Hazard was brilliant last week against Atletico Madrid.

Forward: Michy Batshuayi (CHE, $7800): With A. Morata doubtful, Batshuayi, who scored a last minute goal against Atletico Madrid, is another Chelsea player to consider this week.

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

The tour turns to my neck of the woods this coming weekend: one that promises to be busy in Northern California with the famous Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival invading San Francisco, while just north, at the Silverado Resort and Spa, Napa, the heart of the wine country, the tour assembles. In fact, the whole affair looks pretty fun this year with a handful of bands, including Weezer, performing at the after parties.

At 7166 yards, Silverado presents some long challenges nestled in amongst the vineyards, and when looking at the somewhat abbreviated field (88), Greens in Regulation, which was the dominant stat last year, was where I was going.

These are the names I like. Don't forget, you can join a foursome playing the DraftKings Weekly Hybrid PGA.

Tony Finau ($11,500): Not just that Finau is the fave, but he has eight top tens and ranks #17 in GIR, averaging 73.4 points per week.

Jamie Lovemark ($8700): Lovemark has three top tens this season and is averaging a solid 61.7 points a week with 18 cuts made over 22 tries. His GIR is a bit dicey with a #82 ranking, but in this smaller field he seems poised to shine.

Bryson DeChambeau ($7700): Kind of a homer pick, but I am thinking a local knowledge homer pick and that is trumping a lot of stuff, like 12 of 26 cuts made and #105 in GIR. Still, playing near home is a biggie and DeChambeau does have two top ten finishes this season.

Martin Flores ($7600): Conversely, Flores has just two top tens this year, has made 13 of 21 cuts but ranks #1 in GIR. (Kind of like the agony and the ecstasy between these two, no?)

Richy Werenski ($7300): Not unlike his buddies in "less than $8000-land", Werenski has three top tens along with 12 of 20 cuts made, but he ranks a surprisingly strong #36 in GIR.

Aaron Wise ($7100): Gambling on a bit of an unknown, Wise has played in just two tourneys this season, making the cut both times, and averaging 65.8 points. All I am asking is for a third.

Tune into the Tout Wars Hour on the FNTSY network, hosted by me, with Justin Mason and featuring Lord Z every Thursday night at 9 PM ET, and you can follow me @lawrmichaels.

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