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Daily Fantasy Premier League GW17: Hot picks

The weekend is here and another nice round of Premier League football and that calls for some amazing daily fantasy football. The biggest game of the game week is Liverpool vs Manchester United, which takes place on Sunday at 17:00 CET.

Usually, an early match is scheduled on Saturday. This time, it is Manchester City vs Everton. After defeating Hoffenheim 2-1 on Wednesday, Manchester City won their Champions League group with a nice margin. Everton will not be able to resist the attacks from Man city, but the game won’t be part of the big fantasy tournaments this week, so let us move on to the games that really matter.

To Kane or not to Kane, that is the question

Tottenham’s Harry Kane REUTERS/Albert Gea

HARRY KANE (14.6M) is the most prized player in the daily fantasy game for this weekend and will be the most picked captain. His form has been slowly growing the last 10 games he has scored 6 times. He is known for starting the season on a lower level, but this season he is only one goal after the leaders (Aybameyang and Salah). If past seasons are anything to go by, Kane will do even better in the upcoming months. Spurs are playing at Wembley against Burnley – absolutely one of the poorer teams as of now. They won against Brighton last week, but it was not an impressive win. Burnley managed to be very solid defensively, but this season they have allowed 32 goals, which is second worst in the Premier League. We like Harry Kane’s opportunities this round, but keep an eye on HEUNG-MIN SON (13.2M). The South Korean has been really good in the last matches and scored against Leicester. Against Leicester Kane only played the last 15-20 minutes, in order to rest him for the Champions League clash against Barcelona. The north London team needed a result there to be able to go through in their group, and by some miracle, they managed 1-1, while their competitor, Inter only managed the same scoreline against presumed weaker opponent PSV. Consequently, the mood in the Tottenham dressing room must be high right now, and it will probably only help with morale when taking on Burnley. If you can afford three Tottenham players, CHRISTIAN ERIKSEN (13.6M) is usually involved in their goals.

Back on the road of 3 pointers 

Watford’s Roberto Pereyra celebrates a goal REUTERS/Andrew Yates

Watford has not won a game since October 27th, but don’t let that fool you, there are in good form. They impressed us when they turned the match against Everton around in a matter of minutes, from being down 0-1 to leading 2-1. Sadly for them, Everton managed to get a very late goal on a free kick in the 6th minute of the overtime. Now Watford is playing at home and the opponent is moderate. Cardiff has won three out of the last five games, but all wins came home in Wales, against midtable teams. This is a great opportunity for Watford to get back to winning ways. ROBERTO PEREYRA (11.5M) is their best offensive player, and while GERARD DEULOFEU (11.2M) has been a bit up and down, Pereyra has kept his good form and was involved a lot against Everton. Someone also worth thinking of is ABDOULAYE DOUCOURE (10.3M), who has a reputation for being not so offensive-determined, but that is just not true. He is clinical both on shots, but apparently also on headers, as he scored that way versus Everton.

Find a good outsider  

Burnley’s Phil Bardsley in action with Brighton’s Yves Bissouma REUTERS/Andrew Yates

Let us really go underground. We admit it is a long shot, but for those trying to find for a very reasonable prized midfielder with some potential, how about YVES BISSOUMA (4.4M)? He was the best Brighton player against Burnley, according to reports. Playing in midfield in a 4-3-3, he is not known for being the most attack-minded, but we have seen him from time to time pushing forward. He scored just twice last season for Lille, nevertheless. Brighton is up against Chelsea, which seems like a tough assignment, but Chelsea has had some bad encounters on the road recently. They lost 1-2 to Wolverhampton, and they lost 1-3 to Tottenham a few weeks back. We will see, maybe Bissouma can get a clean sheet, and he is very likely to play the whole game, giving him 3 points instead of 2.

CHICHARITO (9.3M) is slightly cheaper than players similar to Kane, Salah and Hazard, but far from being in the same price range as Bissouma. On the other hand, he seems to offer excellent value, as the form for the West Ham striker is optimal. Reports from the 3-2 win over Crystal Palace, say that Javier Hernandez was the best player on the pitch. He was compensated with 10 points for 1 goal and 1 assist. This time West Ham takes to the road, but the opponent is perfect for Chicharito, as the hosts are Fulham. 40 goals conceded on 16 matches is not a pretty sight. Watch out for ROBERT SNODGRASS (9.3M) also, as he is finally recovering his form at West Ham.

A reasonable prized defense with value

Bournemouth’s Simon Francis in action with Huddersfield Town’s Erik Durm. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

Huddersfield looks like a good nominee to pick cheap defenders from. They defended quite good against Arsenal but ended up allowing a late goal. Overall, we believe Huddersfield’s form to a bit better than the results show. Their main difficulty is that they do not have any typical goal machine, but that is not a problem when we are looking for defenders. ZANKA (6.1M) is normally a safe starter. ERIK DURM (5.3M) has been playing wing-back lately and has a nice price tag. TERENCE KONGOLO (6.3M) offers a bit offensive potential on set pieces. Worth noting is that JONAS LÔSSL (8.3M) was extremely good against Arsenal, but perhaps his price is slightly too high. As always we urge fantasy managers to check the line-ups for the 16:00 matches on Saturday. They are available from 15:00 CET.

Good luck!

The author of this article has been playing fantasy football for real money extensively for several years and is considered an expert in the field.