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After DraftKings detailed a huge overhaul list of new scoring changes for its soccer contests this week, we fly high into this Halloween weekend ready to maximize this fresh slate. Lets slide right in:
Taking Advantage of DraftKings' New Rules
The DFS company has adjusted its soccer rules to include a full 11-man roster and a wider variety of scoring metrics. Here's how you should adjust your strategy to get the most out of the switch.
Joe Hart (Manchester City, $3,900) - At the risk of sounding like a man city supporter (bleh) I can't help but throw Hart to the top of the list yet again. Norwich has given up a goal in every match this season and you can put the house on that streak continuing this weekend. Hart is worth his price tag as he is a virtual lock for the win and hopefully a few cheeky fouls drawn and a clean-sheet.
Simon Mignolet (Liverpool, $3,300) - By far our favorite low risk/high reward keeper play of the day, Mignolet has been on an absolute tear since the appointment of the vivacious Mr. Klopp and with Chelsea in crisis mode and Mourinho potentially one big, center-stage home defeat away from getting the axe, Liverpool will be more than motivated to run the extra mile and will simply be defending their socks off tomorrow. Gods prediction: 1-0 Liverpool with seven Mignolet saves and a clean-sheet.
Jack Butland (Stoke City, $3,200) - Stoke have been playing very organized defensive football of late and Butland is a nice cheap play for those looking for a low scoring game and a potential cheap clean sheet bonus.
Other options to consider: Asmir Begovic (Chelsea, $3,200), Petr Cech (Arsenal, $3,700)
Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool, $3,900) - With the addition of tackles completed and passes intercepted only adding to his appeal, Clyne scored the game winner for Liverpool on Wednesday in Cup play against Bournemouth and has looked truly inspired under Jurgen Klopp. With his scoring and crossing upside coupled with his recent form we think little Nate is the move.
Vincent Kompany (Manchester City, $3,400) - Here's someone who should be very familiar to FIFA and general soccer fans alike, but may be relatively unknown to the DFS world. Kompany has finally recovered from a string of bad injury luck
and will be the poster-boy of who these new DK scoring changes affect the results drastically. He's getting the win and should get the clean-sheet points coupled with a least 4 tackles and most assuredly plenty of interceptions. Smart to pair either him or Sagna with Hart.
Bacary Sagna (Manchester City, $3,300) - Sagna will be assuming his role filling in for the injured Zabaleta and will prove to be a very nice value play considering his offensive upside and the new defensive categories he will contribute in.
Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal, $2,800) - Here's a nice GPP value play for you. Laurent scored last weekend and has been a player of cheeky scoring streaks in the past. He's in form and Arsenal have probably been the most consistent team in the Prem thus far. Call it a hunch, he may bang home a nice header this weekend.
Other options to consider: Nicolas Otamendi (Manchester City $2,500), Hector Bellerin (Arsenal, $3,800), Alberto Moreno (Liverpool, $3,600), Pape Souare (Crystal Palace, $3,000)
Dimitri Payet (West Ham, $6,700) - Looking like the most impressive purchase of the summer, Payet continues to do it all for the Hammers. With a more than winnable matchup against Watford, we see no reason why his form should dip now. Pay up for this maestro.
Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City, $6,500) - KDB continues to produce and make Chelsea look insane for not bringing him back. As previously mentioned, Norwich has a defense that can't stop anyone and Man City are as in form as anyone else offensively. Look for 25-40 points from Kevin as we expect a goal, 1-3 assists, and 5+ crosses into the middle.
Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace, $4,600) - With Antonio Valencia being ruled out for Man United, Matteo Darmian should see a return to the starting lineup. That's fantastic news for Crystal Palace as he will 100% struggle to keep up with the pace of Bolasie, Sako, and Cabaye. Bolasie is selfish for lack of a better term, he is a very active midfielder with plenty of goal-scoring upside coupled with a tenacious motor.
Georginio Wijnaldum (Newcastle, $4,500) - Coming off of some impressive offensive performances domestically, the Dutchman could easily have another field day against a very inconsistent Stoke side. Newcastle always seems to put up goals at home and their fans will be rocking again tomorrow.
Ramires (Chelsea, $3,300) - Ramires comes in as a very cheeky GPP option. Chelsea Liverpool should be very low scoring and the need for Ramires to assert himself right away in the midfield will be emphasized in the game plan. He could easily be another candidate for the face of all these DK scoring changes.
Jamie Vardy (Leicester City, $7,000) - Probably the story of the season so far, Vardy will simply be a mainstay in my articles and my lineups until he gets injured or takes a vacation. This man hasn't stopped scoring and will look to continue the trend this weekend, most likely being fed by a nice Mahrez through ball.
Christian Benteke (Liverpool, $6,500) - The big man was rested this week during the Cup victory against Bournemouth and was proclaimed healthy by manager Klopp this week. Benteke says he is more than ready to lead the front-line tomorrow in the most anticipated matchup of the weekend. I'm calling a man of the match performance and a game winning assist or goal as he will finally justify his steep price tag during the summer.
Olivier Giroud (Arsenal, $6,000) - Giroud has been en fuego since his game winner against Bayern in the Champions League two weeks ago. He's a very streaky player with the ability to dominate anyone in the air. Ashley Williams hasn't impressed me at all this season so look for Giroud to be the beneficiary of some brilliant Alexis run and chipped cross into the middle for Giroud to blast in with his forehead.
Wilfried Bony (Manchester City, $5,200) - Aguero is still hurt and Bony is still the main man up front for the Citizens. He's been churning out assists and goals with every starting opportunity and against the lowly Norwich defense that rank last in the EPL, Bony will undoubtedly be successful again tomorrow.
Other options to consider: Wayne Rooney (Manchester United, $6,900), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City $6,100), Enner Valencia (West Ham, $4,200)
Joel Campbell (Arsenal, $3,000) - Arsenal have been hit with the injury bug of late and Campbell should be the man to slot right into the vacant midfield role that ahs proven so lucrative for the likes of Walcott, Oxlade-Chamberlain, and Ramsay this season. Double check to confirm he starts, but barring the unexpected Campbell will more than exceed his value.
Lucas Leiva (Liverpool, $4,000) - CDM extroardinaire, look for Lucas to fill it up in the defensive side of the scoring and showcase the importance of understanding the new scoring system.
As always, we like to provide a sample lineup we think has the potential to do well this game week. Here's a sample for Week 11's Saturday slate:
DF: Clyne, Otamendi, Sagna
MF: De Bruyne, Dyer, Sissoko
FW: Vardy, Benteke
UT: Campbell, Ozil
That's it for this week's DraftKings DFS EPL preview, don't forget to check out our website to purchase our premium EPL packages. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts in the comments!