SAT 26 SEP 2015 - PREMIER LEAGUE
Asmir Begovic ($5,100): Chelsea is beginning to find its form while Newcastle is in a very deep crisis. The Magpies were knocked out of the League Cup by Championship side Sheffield Wednesday. I certainly expect a Chelsea win, but would we weary of the lack of shots on target from Newcastle.
Martin Steklenburg ($4,800): the Swans are on a 3 game winless run, while Southampton deserved a better outcome against Manchester United and are coming off a 6-0 embarrassment of Milton Keynes Dons What gives? A clean sheet would be too much to ask for, but a win with a few saves should push the Dutch keeper into 10+ point haul.
John Ruddy ($3,700): a "no-brainer" pick of the week for me if strapped for cash. Its just like buying Ben Hamer / Kasper Schmeichel at $1 back in the Yahoo days. Norwich does not concede many goals and West Ham is not exactly known as a high scoring team. Buy him cheap and invest the funds elsewhere.
Alberto Moreno ($4,400): a defender playing as an attacking midfielder and at home to Aston Villa? Yes, please.
Matteo Darmian ($4,500): the Italian is a tricky pick. If the game against the struggling Sunderland team goes according to plan, he should play the full 90 minutes and may have a very high scoring game. If it is a tight affair, however, LVG has been known to substitute Darmian in half time which would not bode well considering he is not exactly cheap.
Sebastian Bassong ($2,500): I do not believe in investing a lot of cash in defenders. Paying $6,400 for Aleksandar Kolarov when Victor Moses is $6,200 is unwise, in my opinion. SeaBass is the cheapest starting defender in the game. It is not the defenders who get you the points in DraftKings, however, hence he is a very viable option if tight on cash.
Memphis Depay ($10,100): at home against a leaky Sunderland defense, Memphis is my premier pick of the week.
Riyad Mahrez ($10,000): I won't have him because he is so damn expensive, but based on his performance it is difficult to go against picking him even at this price.
Philippe Coutinho ($7,900): yes, Liverpool is not exactly on fire, but keep one thing in mind: unlike Yahoo or Fantrax scoring, in DraftKings players get points for shots and cross, whether successful or not. Coutinho is exactly the type of selfish player you want playing in your team.
Dimitri Payet ($8,300) / Victor Moses ($6,200): I like both, but Moses is $2,100 units cheaper and plays closer to the goal.
Alexis Sanchez ($10,800): the most expensive player in the game without a Premier League goal. This will surely change against a leaky Leicester City defense. Get on board.
Pedro ($8,300) / Radamel Falcao ($7,300) / Loic Remy ($6,300): I would have at least one of the three, depending on who starts on Saturday.
Anthony Martial ($7,800): still reasonably priced for a goal scoring machine. Will his form continue against Sunderland? All signs point to another successful performance for the 19 year old.
Bojan Krkic ($4,800): another "no-brainer" pick to use as your "Flex" player to balance out all the pricey picks. At home to Bournemouth and on PK duties.
Sunday / Monday Games
SUN/MON 27/28 SEP 2015 - PREMIER LEAGUE
Tim Howard ($4,800): If Southampton could not score on Howard, then West Brom surely does not have a chance.
Alex McCarthy ($4,300): It came as a surprise that a former QPR man was able to oust Julian Speroni as the No. 1 keeper for the Eagles. Away to the league newcomer, Watford, and priced fairly, he is a good pick.
Seamus Coleman ($5,700) / Brendan Galloway ($3,100): the Irish international is back from injury and should slot straight back into the starting 11. Expect a good game with plenty of crosses and a decent chance for a clean sheet. The youngster, Galloway, will back to occupying the left full back position due to Leighton Baines' prolonged absence. He is a reasonably priced pick that should repay the moderate investment.
Allan Nyom ($3,900): I don't foresee a clean sheet in this one, but Nyom has been very impressive at the right back position for Watford and he is priced to buy.
Ross Barkley ($8,000): Barkley is having the season is his career. There is no reason why you should not include him in your team.
Jason Puncheon ($6,100) / Yannick Bolasie ($5,900): with the offensive options fairly limited for the Sunday/Monday games, and since Yohan Cabaye has taken more of a deeper play-making role, one of the two, if not both, should be in your team. I prefer Puncheon.
Romelu Lukaku ($9,500): He will troll you, no doubt, but there are no better offensive options available for the Sunday/Monday games.
Salomon Rondon ($5,500): while it may a slight stretch that the Venezuelan will score against Everton, but let me again remind you that the points are scored based on shots and crosses. Considering his reasonable price, he is worth a punt.
Troy Deeney ($6,400) / Odion Ighalo ($7,000): I see goals in this game and if they are scored by Watford, they will come from one of these two men. I like Deeney to get on the score sheet here.
Best of luck to all who is playing Draft Kings games this weekend.