11 Jan.

DraftKings' Standout Selections 12/01

By Fantasy Football Fix ()

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Here are our fix standout selections for the DraftKings' gameweek eighteen daily contest (Saturday 12th January):

GK / Etheridge / $5,100

Cardiff host bottom of the league Huddersfield in gameweek 22, and the Bluebirds man is our value pick for your goalkeeper slot this week. As always, our attention is focused on the saves potential of the keepers given the DraftKings’ point scoring system rewarding keepers with 2 points per save, on top of 5 for a clean sheet. Etheridge has made 79 saves, trailing only Fabianski (80), and has saved three penalties already, which is worth +3 points in the DraftKings format. Huddersfield have only scored eight goals on their travels, only Fulham (seven) and Cardiff (six) have scored fewer. They have also registered the fewest ‘big chances’ with seven. Our Fix predicted points and stats feature suggests that Cardiff have a 47% chance of a clean sheet and for additional informative data on Goalkeepers, see our bespoke DraftKings’ custom stats table here.


D / Pereira / $6,100

Pereira notched his fourth assist of the season as Leicester kept a clean sheet in their win at Goodison park in gameweek 21, his sixth attacking involvement thus far. Leicester have now kept seven clean sheets, the sixth highest in the league. The Portuguese averages three crosses (+0.75 points in Draftkings), 1.9 interceptions (+0.5 points in DraftKings), 0.4 clean sheets (+3 points in DraftKings), 2.3 tackles (+1 point in DraftKings) and 0.9 shots (+1 point in DraftKings) per match, indicating his multiple routes for points in this format. Leicester’s defensive form at home has been strong, conceding only 57 shots in the box (SiB), the fourth lowest in the league. Their opponents Southampton have only scored 10 goals on their travels and our Fix predicted points and stats feature estimates a 46% probability of Leicester keeping a clean sheet this week. For more data like this you can access this custom stats table here.


M / Salah / $10,300

The league leaders will be looking to get back to winning ways after their defeat to Man. City in gameweek 21 and the Egyptian is likely to spearhead their charge. Only Kane, Mitrovic and Aguero have averaged more shots  (+1 points in DraftKings) per match than Salah’s 3.2, and the winger also averages an assist (+6 points in DraftKings) every third game with 0.3. Only Aubameyang and Kane average more goals than the Egyptian’s 0.6 per game (+10 points in DraftKings), indicating his explosive potential. Brighton have allowed opponents 82 SiB at home, the sixth worst in the league, and our Fix predicted points and stats feature predicts Brighton to have the only a 16% probability of a clean sheet this weekend. The Egyptian demands selection despite his lofty price tag, and for more data like this you can access this custom stats table here.


F / Vardy / $8,200

With a home fixture against a team tipped for relegation, Vardy is our forward selection for this week. The Englishman has registered two goals and an assist in the last four gameweeks, with eight SiB and four SoT and he averages 0.4 goals and 2.1 shots per game. The Foxes fired 19 SoT in this period, the ninth highest in the league, which is impressive considering they played Chelsea, Man. City and Everton in three of those games. Their opponents Southampton have conceded 21 goals on their travels, keeping just three clean sheets in 11 games. Our Fix predicted points and stats feature estimates only a 25% probability of a Watford clean sheet, and more data like this you can access this custom stats table here.  


How to play DraftKings Fantasy Football

For those unaccustomed to this fantastic daily cash game, you are required to select eight players with a $50,000 salary cap. The structure is as follows;

GK -- D x2 -- M x2 -- F x2 -- UTIL (utility player)

The utility player can be either a D (Defender), M (Midfielder) or F (Forward) and will score points in the same way as the other selections. However, you will notice your budget has been spread thin, so, this is all about finding a hidden gem that could score well. For example, a defender that is not typically a big scorer but is playing against a team that struggle to score, therefore heightening the chance of (clean sheet, tackles won, passed intercepted etc.) points.

The format allows you the luxury of entering into a variety of contests including beginner tournaments/leagues, head to heads (against one other opponent), 50/50s (where you win if you finish in the top half) and many more.

The full scoring breakdown is as follows:


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