EPL Fantasy: Draft Kings Classic – Week 18

AS we buckle in for the home stretch of this nailbiting season, we’re ready to take a look at the best DFS options heading into the twenty-sixth round of the Premier League campaign.

We’ll be basing our selections on Draft Kings Classic 8-Player format as we analyse the best inclusions for your Sunday AEST DFS lineups.

Goalkeeper
Alisson (Liverpool)
$6, 000

The Brazilian stopper has kept 13 clean sheets in 25 games, at a rate of 52% – Safely the best record in the league.

As we have reiterated, the cost differential for keepers is marginal in this format, so your best option is usually to select the player most likely to garner that hefty clean sheet bonus, regardless of their pricetag. You could consider Bernd Leno this week, but with Arsenal playing away from home, albeit against Huddersfield, would you really want to save a meagre $400,000 from your budget on that chance?

Klopp’s Reds have stumbled ever so slightly in recent weeks, incurring somewhat of an injury crisis, but we expect them to recover at Anfield against 10th place Bournemouth. The Cherries have lost nine of their twelve away games this year. Liverpool are undefeated at home and no team has conceded fewer goals on their home patch.

Defenders
Saed Kolasinac (Arsenal) – Basement bargain
$4,300

The 25-year-old Bosnian has looked one of the most dangerous attacking full-backs in the league since breaking into Arsenal’s starting eleven, with five assists in just 14 appearances.

Arsenal travel to last place Huddersfield this week who boast the worst home record in the league, recording just a solitary win. Unai Emery has typically given Kolasinac license to venture forward and terrorise opposing back-lines, so expect to see the former Shalke 04 man bomb up and down the touch-line with impugnity at the Kirklees.

The pricetag is inexplicable for a player of this quality, so Kolasinac is our basement bargain for this week.

Andy Robertson (Liverpool)
$5,500

We have discussed the criminal undervaluing of wingbacks in this format, and Robertson’s price tag only consolidates that point. In regular fantasy, the 24-year-old is the fifth highest scorer across all positions, and in this format his 8.4ppg is nothing to scoff at. Six assists, a straight-forward home fixture and a relentless desire to press forward make him an easy pick this week.


Midfielders
Richarlison (Everton)
$7, 000


Things may have not gone particularly well for Everton and the 21-year-old Brazilian in recent weeks, but with ten goals and two assists from midfield this season, Richarlison has cemented his reputation as one of the standout attacking players in the league.

Marcos Silva’s marquee summer signing which may cost Everton up to $79m, has been nothing short of a revelation since arriving from Watford. Notably, outside of the Big Six bubble, he is the fourth highest scoring midfielder in fantasy football.

Vicarage Road will be a tough fixture for Everton, particularly with their current form, but we expect Richarlison to return to the starting line-up and prove integral to Everton’s attacking gameplan.

Nathan Redmond (Southampton) – Value pick
$6,000

The 24-year-old England international might be the most underrated player in the league. Able to play virtually anywhere on the pitch, last week he filled in as a striker and capped his performance with a goal.

New Saints manager Ralph Hassenhuttl has praised Redmond’s improvement and is said to be building the new-look team around him.
Southampton sit at 8th in the form table, highlighting their progress under new management, but they will need to keep moving forward if they want to distance themselves from the relegation mire.

This week they host 18th placed Cardiff City, so we like Redmond as our value pick.

Forwards
Sadio Mane (Liverpool) – Marquee must have
$9,100

We were tempted to go with Mo Salah in this slot, but couldn’t look beyond Liverpool’s on-form Senegalese hitman. The 26-year-old has outshone his counterpart in recent weeks, and comes at a much cheaper price, enabling us to invest a little more generously in other areas of our team.

Mane has 11 goals and two assists this season, but has scored in Liverpool’s last three matches. Liverpool will be desperate for a response against Bournemouth, and we think they will look to Mane to provide much of that inspiration.

Troy Deeney (Watford)
$5,200

The Hornet’s brutish frontman might have only managed five goals and two assists this season, but at this price it’s tough not to back him in a home fixture against an out of sorts Everton outfit. The Blues have only won three of their twelves games away from home, and sit at 15th on the form table.

Utility
Michy Batshuayi (Crystal Palace)
$7, 100

Roy Hodgson signed the 25-year-old on loan from Chelsea to breathe some life into an impotent and misfiring strike-force. Only three teams have scored fewer goals than Palace, and star players like Wilf Zaha have struggled to find form – Or the back of the net.

The Belgian international is immensely talented, a significant upgrade on most of their existing options, and should thrive with regular playing time, despite Palace’s very defensive structure.

This week Palace host West Ham at Selhurst Park. At first glance it seems like a very tough fixture, but the Hammers sit at 18th in the form table with just one win in their last six games.

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