23rd February 2017
The English Premier League season gets back underway this Saturday following a weekend of FA Cup action. The race for first place remains as intense as ever, as does the scrap to avoid the dreaded drop. With everything still to play for, now could be the perfect time to assemble a fantasy soccer squad capable of bringing in some serious cash.
Title chasers meet relegation candidates at Stamford Bridge this weekend, as Chelsea face Swansea City. Both teams have been in good form of late, but the home side will obviously be favorites to clinch victory. Dynamic duo Diego Costa and Eden Hazard have undoubtedly been at the heart of the Blues fine form this season, but the pair harbor hefty salaries. Instead, punters might consider opting for Victor Moses, with the 26-year-old in fine form after years in the South West London wilderness. The winger commands a DraftKings salary of just $7,200 and has an impressive average points haul of 9.2. Alternatively, Swansea’s Gylfi Sigurdsson could also be worth considering, costing slightly more at $8,400, but offering a more desirable average points score of 15.7.
Another game worth keeping an eye on this weekend will be West Bromwich Albion’s encounter with Bournemouth. The Baggies have been performing well this campaign, picking up 10 wins from their 25 league games to date. In contrast, the Cherries find themselves without a victory in 2017, a run that has seen Eddie Howe’s men slip ever nearer the relegation zone. Expect the home side to run out winners, with Chris Brunt ($5,900) and James McClean ($4,900) looking good value with DraftKings. The pair, who have been in sensational form this season, have posted an impressive average score of 17.4 between them and could be amongst the goals on Saturday.
For those in desperate need of a reliable goalkeeper, Hull City’s Eldin Jakupovic or Burnley’s Tom Heaton could be good choices. This weekend’s game at the KCOM sees the resurgent Tigers face a Clarets stopper who has proved exceptionally hard to beat, meaning that England international Heaton could rack up the points. Likewise, 32-year-old Jakupovic could be counted on to keep a clean sheet, especially given the Lancashire club’s woeful away record this term. Both men boast an average points return of nine or higher, while relatively low salaries make either the ideal base on which to build a prosperous line-up.