16th March 2016
There is a full English Premier League fixture list this weekend and excitement is at fever pitch as the finish line moves into sight. Leaders Leicester City face a Crystal Palace side that hasn’t won a league game in 2016, so this may be the perfect time to draft Foxes’ playmaker Riyad Mahrez for a bargain £6.5 million of your £100 million budget at FantasyBet.
The Algerian is the site’s top-ranked player with 201 points, 28 ahead of teammate Jamie Vardy, who will cost £1 million more to utilize. Mahrez, who is said to be a target for Barcelona this summer, was unusually quiet in Monday’s matchup with Newcastle, notching just three points, but with Leicester gunning for the title and Palace struggling at the foot of the league, he is likely to enjoy himself on Saturday.
Between the sticks, Stoke’s Jack Butland is a bargain, using up just $3,300 of your $50,000 DraftKings salary bill. Butland was unfortunate enough to concede twice against Southampton at the weekend and will expect a more successful outcome when facing a Watford squad that has failed to find the net in five of its last six Premier League fixtures. The England international became the first Premier League goalie of the season to reach 100 saves and Saturday’s clash at Vicarage Road should see him add to his burgeoning points tally for the season.
Swansea will be without eight-goal man Andrew Ayew for the visit with Aston Villa, but should still ease past the division’s most beleaguered team. The Swans could pull away from the bottom four with a victory, whereas Villa fans are already tapping the zipcodes of Championship stadiums into their satnavs, so a Swansea victory seems on the cards.
The home side’s top marksman Gylfi Sigurdsson is likely to score highly, but will cost you a mighty £12.1 million at Mondogoal, so you might want to draft Bafétimbi Gomis as a budget alternative. The Frenchman has eight Premier League goals to his name this season and, although he has managed a mediocre 4.03 points per game, the dire opposition and his £5.9 million price tag make him a great option to give you the edge you need.
With just eight games to go for the majority of teams, the most thrilling Premier League campaign in recent years is really hotting up. The rollercoaster nature of the season means that, with a keen eye for the small details, you can build a great value squad to blow your opponents out of the water!