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Sunday 10th Dec 2017

Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) Championship League group stage matchday 4 is scheduled for this coming Tuesday, October 31 and Wednesday, November 1. DraftKings features several dozen DFS contests for both days.

The standard lineup of each DraftKings contest has one goalkeeper, two defenders, two midfielders, two forwards and one utility player. Today we are covering goalkeepers. There are plenty of choices and a solid path is to select goalkeepers from strong teams playing at home and facing weak rivals.

Jan Oblak (Atletico Madrid, $6000): Qarabag has scored a single goal in this campaign. Oblak is almost guaranteed a clean sheet. He is the most expensive DraftKings goalkeeper for a good reason.

Alphonse Areola (PSG, $5800): This week Kylian Mbappe’ received the Golden Boy 2017 award. PSG is strong this year and has a good chance of reaching the finals. Combine that with the fact that Anderlecht has not scored yet and the choice of Areola becomes clear.

Note that lineups for today's matches lock at 2:45 PM ET.

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

Whoever sets up the PGA schedule must be imagining the killer Asian cuisine available to the pros after a week in Malaysia, and then South Korea. This week, the tour moves to Shanghai for the World Golf Championship--HSBC Championship.

2017 is the fifth year of the HSBC Championship, held at the Sheshan International Golf Club, a 7,261-yard par 72 challenge which also contributes to the FedEx totals. Sheshan International boasts just four par fives, but the four rank as among the toughest on the tour, hence the big hitters are likely to be the guys able to take advantage.

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

Hideki Matsuyama ($11,400): We have the defending champ who also ranks #1 in GIR, so he's an obvious choice. Two weeks ago, Matsuyama finished in the top five at the CIMB, suggesting he is poised for a big weekend.

Pat Perez ($9100): Perez, who is tied for fourth at GIR at 81.94%, fared well last week, finishing tied for fifth in the CJ Cup.

Rafael Cabrera-Bello ($8100): Another quiet but steady selection, Cabrera-Bello ranks third in GIR at 82.64% and finshed the CJ Cup tied for 11th. He is a hot hand.

Hudson Swafford ($7200): Swafford is not as adept at hitting the greens (67.36%) but he is a big hitter and played well at the CJ Cup until the final day of play, and he nailed the greens in regulation 75% of the time two weeks ago. 

Adam Hadwin ($7100): Hadwin, who was so hot in the beginning of the summer, has cooled a bit, making him a bargain in Shanghai. But, he does hit the greens 73.61% of the time, 17th best on the tour. He makes a good low-end pick. 

Poom Saksansin ($6900): Perhaps the real sleeper of the tourney at just $6900, Saksansin ranks second overall in GIR (83.33%), averaging 71.2 per round. He's a potential high-reward play.

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.

 

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.

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

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

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