EPL Fantasy: Draft Kings Classic – Week 32

WITH Championship glory on a knife’s edge at one end of the table, and top flight status at the other, we’re ready to take a look at the best DFS options heading into the thirty-second 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
David De Gea (Manchester United)
$5,800

With Manchester United the only top tier club playing on Sunday, this was an easy choice.

Although the Spanish international has failed to keep a clean sheet in his last three matches, we still think he is the best bet to do so against Watford at Old Trafford. Only Manchester City and Liverpool have conceded fewer goals in the last six games, suggesting Manchester United’s defensive numbers under new management are still very strong.
While Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men stumbled against Arsenal, the squad will be galvanised by their unlikely Norwegian gaffer penning a long-term deal at the club.

Defenders
Yan Valery (Southampton)
$4,800

We have drummed in the importance of chasing goals from the back in this format, with goalkeeper’s the only significant beneficiaries of a clean sheet.
The 20-year-old Frenchman has scored twice in his last two games, one effort proving crucial in the Saints spectacular last ditch victory against Spurs.

They will be envisioning another victory against Brighton this weekend, and with players like Valery experiencing more attacking freedom under Hassenhuttl – We think he’s a solid choice.

Patrick Van Aanholt (Crystal Palace)
$3,700 – Basement bargain

The Dutch international is another of the players we have turned to often in our lineup this season.

With eight goals in his three seasons in the Premier League, the flying fullback has proven himself to be a reliable and consistent attacking force for the Eagles.

Don’t ignore the fact that Roy Hodgson’s outfit are arguably the hottest lower-table team in the league at present, sitting at sixth in form table.

Their home performances may not have ignited the passion of their faithful, but they’ll hope that hosting an all-but relegated Huddersfield side sitting rock bottom on the table will give them something to cheer about.

Midfielders
Youri Tielemans (Leicester City)
$7,200

The 21-year-old Belgian international appears to have filled a void at somewhat rejuvenated Leicester City, staking his claim for new manager Brendan Rodgers to break the club transfer record if he wants to make his signing permanent in the summer.

With one goal and three assists in his six starts for Leicester, Tielemans has shown glimpses of his class and the Foxes will likely look to go for the throat against a beleaguered Cherries outfit this weekend.

Paul Pogba (Manchester United) – Marquee must have
$8,600

From sulking, underwhelming on the pitch, and even warming the bench, to becoming the most influential midfielder in the entire league – The Premier League’s most expensive player has undergone perhaps the most sudden, drastic and significant overnight transformation football fans have witnessed in recent memory. And the catalyst appeared to be very straightforward – Just fire Jose Mourinho.

The numbers speak for themselves here – 8 goals and 7 assists in his last 13 games has catapulted Pogba statistically into the ranks of the best attacking players in the league.

For the first time in his emphatically disappointing Manchester United career, the French world cup winner looks worthy of the $166 million the Red Devils paid for him – So naturally, he is angling for a move to Real Madrid.

A home fixture against Watford will certainly allow the 26-year-old to shimmy and showboat, perhaps even sneaking a cheeky, Balotelli-esque wink to Zinedine Zidane and Florentino Perez in the process.

Forwards
Nathan Redmond (Southampton)
$5,200

After being reimagined as a pivotal component of manager Ralph Hassenhuttl’s attacking unit, Redmond’s form has led to him being touted for a recall to the England lineup.

His three goals and three assists this season doesn’t tell the true story of his influence, in recent weeks the 25-year-old has been outshone at the St Mary’s only by the sterling form of teammate James Ward-Prowse.

Southampton play away to Brighton, but off the back of a crucial and incredible 2-1 comeback win against Champions League hopeful Spurs, and still desperate for Premier League survival, we can expect the Saints to put their hearts and souls into this game.

Jamie Vardy (Leicester City)
$8,300

With so much uncertainty over Manchester United’s strikeforce due to injuries and the midweek internationals, we predictably turn to the Premier League’s best and most consistent striker outside of the Big Six bubble.
With twelve goals and four assists this season, Vardy may be marginally off the pace for his usual haul of goals, but with four in his last four games he is in red hot form and will relish the prospect of facing off against an out of sorts Bournemouth outfit at the King Power stadium. With only one win in their last eight games on the road, the Cherries will struggle to contain the England international.

Utility
Jesse Lingard (Manchester United)
$6,200 – Value pick

The 26-year-old England international has suffered some injury setbacks this season, but his new manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer appears to fancy him and Lingard has repaid that faith with a string of good performances.

Reports suggest Lingard is fully fit and is being touted for a return to the starting lineup with question marks over the fitness of many of his teammates. Picking up players as they return from injury or absence is advisable in this format because the algorithm substantially decreases their value when they aren’t racking up points.