We have a writer at Never Manage Alone, Mike, who has been on a hot streak in Draft Kings. For the past two weeks, he’s come in high money winning positions in both Premier League and Champions League competitions. Unfortunately for him, they’ve been quarter buy in games so he didn’t win too much except for the bragging rights amongst NMA writers. On second thought, maybe he should be writing this article… Oh well! Let’s take a look at some good player picks for Saturday’s matches in the Premier League.
Heurelho Gomes ($4,600)- It’s my opinion that it’s usually best to spend as little on a goalkeeper as possible, while still trying to make sure they have a decent chance at a shutout. I feel this is true with Gomes this week. Watford have been a very solid team this year, which is the opposite of what can be said about Swansea. Though new manager Bob Bradley might’ve exceeded some expectations last week against Arsenal, I don’t see them pulling this one out against the Hornets, putting Gomes in a good position to get good value.
Maarten Stekelenburg ($5,600)- If you want to play it a little safer than trusting in Watford’s defense, Stekelenburg can be a good choice but at a cost. $5,600 sounds a little expensive to for a keeper to me, but Everton have a very good chance to keep a clean sheet against a weaker Burnley side. Stekelenburg is averaging 6.5 points in Draft Kings so far this year which is a good return for a goalkeeper.
Nathaniel Clyne ($5,200)- Liverpool are up at the very top with a few other teams in title contention talk. They’ve been brilliant going forward this year and were a little stilted on Monday against a certain bus parked by Jose Mourinho. As Jurgen Klopp pointed out after the draw, rather sarcastically, it was their first clean sheet of the year. The Reds have a good chance to continue that defensive form against West Bromwich Albion who have been on and off this year. On top of that, Clyne enjoys getting forward whenever possible and can contribute to a threatening Liverpool attack.
Nacho Monreal ($5,100)- I’m a big fan of Nacho Monreal, even if I’m not a big fan of the team he plays for. That being said, Arsenal have been wonderful at points this year. Middlesbrough are currently sitting in 17th in the table and I do not expect them to make any sort of a run at Arsenal. Monreal can have a good shot at a shutout here and can make things happen in the opponent’s end of the field.
Mesut Ozil ($8,500)- Is he expensive? Yes. Is he expensive given the form he’s in? I don’t think so. Ozil has been on a hot streak recently, including lovely hat trick in midweek Champions League play. He’s bene pulling strings in the midfield, creating opportunities for his teammates and being the central cog in the Gunners’ machine. If he can score on top of that, he’s deadly and he’s got to have a place in your team this week.
Joe Allen ($6,200)- Here ate Never Manage Alone, we’ve all bought first class cabin tickets on the Joe Allen express. Perhaps underappreciated at Liverpool, he’s been sensational for Stoke City so far this year, carrying on a great run of form for Wales in the Euro Cup. Similar to Ozil in Arsenal, Allen is a central part of the creative effort at Stoke City and with a game against the admirable yet less talented Hull City, I like Allen’s chances of fashioning a few opportunities for himself and his teammates.
Romelu Lukaku ($9,200)- Lukaku has been on a hot streak recently, scoring 6 goals in his last 5 league games. Against, Burnley the Toffees should have an easy win and the man in the center of that attacking threat is going to be Romelu Lukaku. Everton have been overachieving a bit so far under the management of Ronald Koeman and did well to earn a draw against Manchester City away from home. The Belgian forward is scintillating on his day and I have confidence he will have one of his days tomorrow
Islam Slimani ($7,700)- I didn’t expect to have a Leicester City player on the list this week, but the more I looked at the other striking options the more I liked Slimani. For not too bad of a price, you can get yourself a good striking option. Leicester seem to have put an emphasis on the Champions League this year, which many find a little strange, but with Vardy questionable for tomorrow’s match against Crystal Palace Slimani should get the start. He’s bagged 2 goals in 4 games this season and he can be expected to link up well with his Algerian compatriot Riyad Mahrez.
So what players have you put in your Draft Kings squad this weekend? Let us know in the comments section below!