AS the twists and turns in the title and relegation races keep fans on edge, we’re ready to take a look at the best DFS options heading into the thirtieth 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.
Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur)
Tottenham have kept the fourth highest number of clean sheets this season (10), while only Manchester City and Liverpool have superior defensive records. Hugo Lloris is a world class goalkeeper and an integral component of their powerful rearguard.
This weekend, Spurs travel to the St Mary’s to take on 17th place Southampton – Interestingly, if the Premier League was only played away from home, Spurs would be top of the table. They have the most away wins and points in the league, somewhat ironic given their lack of a home stadium.
Since they are ruthless and enjoy their football on the road we think the 32-year-old French international keeper is a good bet to shut the gates this weekend.
Ben Chilwell (Leicester City) – Basement bargain
The 22-year-old fullback is one of this season’s breakout players, having established his position in the England national team, and drawing the interest of heavyweight clubs like Manchester City.
Very much in the mould of a modern fullback, Chilwell is a constant threat down his flank and liable to give opposing backlines nightmares in fixtures where he has the freedom to roam forward.
This week, Leicester face a hapless Fulham outfit that look certain to be relegated, with the ignominy of the worst defensive record in the league. 11th place Leicester have stuttered somewhat in recent weeks, but playing at King Power stadium against the crisis-club Cottagers, they should be able to bounce back to form.
Kyle Walker (Manchester City)
The 28-year-old England international is one of the defenders we turn to often in our lineup, especially when City play at home against mid-table opposition.
Lightning fast, powerful, and uncompromising in his physicality, Walker may have underperformed statistically this season, with just one goal and one assist, but it’s likely not a fair reflection of his general threat and willingness to get forward.
Twelve clean sheets also bolster his case, as is the fact that with the exception of Aymeric Laporte, he is the only City defender almost certain to keep his place in an oft-tinkered backline.
Ayose Perez (Newcastle United)
The 25-year-old Spaniard is one of Benitez’s preferred options upfront, and seems to relish playing infront of the St James faithful, having scored his last six goals on home soil.
He was one of the Geordies better players in their loss against West Ham, and while their opponents, Everton, will provide very stiff opposition, Perez will be one of the outlets through which Newcastle attempt to mount an offense.
Worth noting, Newcastle are in the top half of the form table, and Everton sit in 15th place, with just one win in their last five games.
Ilkay Gundogan (Manchester City)
With 5 goals and 2 assists in just fifteen starts this season, the 28-year-old may be one of the most underrated players in weekly fantasy formats.
The German international has started the last five league games for City, and with Fernandinho still injured, looks certain to start against the Hornets. Gundogan’s energy and dynamism means that in this format, he has a knack of picking up points for his general play, which rewards less considered metrics like crosses and shots attempted.
At this price, if he’s playing, Gundogan represents great value.
Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) – Marquee must have
What more can we say about Sergio Aguero?
He is the league’s top scorer with 18 goals in 25 appearances.
We have harped on about the disparity of his performances home and away – But with 15 goals coming in just 12 appearance at the Etihad, you can see why.
For the most part, City have scintillated on home soil, particularly with Aguero leading the line, popping up ghost-like in all the right places.
If you leave Aguero out of your lineup this week, you’re braver than we are.
Josh King (Bournemouth) – Value pick
The 27-year-old Norwegian international has been a stalwart of the Cherries front-line for the last four seasons, with a respectable 39 goals in 126 games.
He has 9 goals and 3 assists for 12th placed Bournemouth this season, and is likely to lead the line again versus last-place Huddersfield with Wilson and Solanke still injured.
Bournemouth will be looking to put some disappointing results behind them and place their season back on track. Travelling to the team with the worst home record in the league will likely strike manager Eddie Howe as a good place to start.
Seamus Coleman (Everton)
Having impressed in helping Everton keep a clean sheet against Liverpool in the Merseyside derby over the weekend, the 30-year-old Republic of Ireland international is likely to keep his place in the lineup as the Blues travel to St James Park to take on Newcastle.
With 19 goals in his ten years at the club, Coleman has proven himself to be a defender that knows how to find the back of the net. He may have slowed down his output ever so slightly this season, but still represents great value at this price.