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DraftKings Gameweek 28 fantasy picks: Head-to-head

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So soon after Gameweek 27 kicked up a storm in the Premier League, we already find ourselves at the doorstep of Gameweek 28. While the footballers will be looking for three points on the pitch, we will be hoping to bring you some serious points on DraftKings 1-day fantasy football.

Ahead of a full fixture list across Tuesday and Wednesday, GiveMeSport has picked three head-to-heads likely to cause pro-drafters a dilemma. Analysing all the stats on the official DraftKings app, we'll deliver our verdict on each of these tight contests.

Don't forget, if there are any other selection dilemmas that you're facing, leave a comment at the bottom of this page.

Wahbi Khazri - $4,200 (v Crystal Palace) V Yohan Cabaye - $6,300 (v Sunderland)

Interestingly, our first match-up sees two players who will be facing each other on Tuesday evening as Yohan Cabaye's Crystal Palace travel to Wahbi Khazri's Sunderland.

Having started the season so well, the Eagles know a loss against 19th-placed Sunderland will suck them into a relegation fight. If they are to seal an important victory at the Stadium of Light, you can be sure Cabaye will play a big role.

While Alan Pardew's men have been woeful in recent times – seven defeats in eight games – Cabaye has been a consistent performer. The Frenchman has averaged 10.2 fantasy points per game (FPPG) over the last four games and 14.3 FPPG across the season.

The vast majority of these points have been drawn through his shoot-on-sight policy (68 shots this season) and his penchant for crossing (105).

But the tricky Tunisian Khazri looks more than capable of stealing Cabaye's thunder. The 24-year-old has been a revelation since joining the Black Cats in January, averaging a rather impressive 16.8 FPPG in his first four appearances.

That includes a healthy 12 shots on goal and an impressive 27 crosses already. While most foreign imports tend to take their time adapting to the Premier League, Khazri has hit the ground running and there is no reason he cannot do the same against Palace.

Verdict: Considering Khazri is $2,100 cheaper, he is a clear winner in our eyes.

Coleman

Max Gradel - $3,500 (v Southampton) v Shinji Okazaki - $4,200 (v West Brom)

Many fans would have long forgotten about the tremendously talented Max Gradel after his devastating injury blow six months ago. The Ivory Coast international made his long-awaited return from the bench against Watford last weekend and showed exactly why the Cherries value him so highly.

With destructive pace, Gradel unlocked the Hornets' backline on several occasions and was only denied a goal on his return by two excellent saves from Heurelho Gomes. Gradel finished the game with 11 fantasy points and will surely be hoping to start against Southampton. If he does, his $3,500 price will prove a bargain.

However, there is always something to be said for Shinji Okazaki, who is one of those guys whose value on the pitch goes well beyond goals and assists. Indeed, the Leicester City striker may only average 5.3 FPPG, but his industrious nature means he is always threatening to score much higher.

Leicester will face a tough task against a dogged West Brom side and Okazaki may be just the man to make the difference. At $4,200 he is certainly worth your consideration. 

Verdict: With Gradel potentially starting on the bench, Okazaki is your man up front this week.

Coleman

Seamus Coleman - $4,100 (v Aston Villa) v Charlie Daniels - $4,000 (v Southampton)

Everton will go into their game against Aston Villa after a welcomed rest from action over the weekend. The Capital One Cup final saw their game against Liverpool postponed meaning Seamus Coleman and co. have no excuses against the Premier League's bottom side.

Coleman will certainly be looking to keep his form on the up after his last two performances drew 20 and 16 fantasy points respectively. The Irish defender has proved to be an astute attacking force once again for the Toffees, assisting three times in 21 games.

He has also found himself in the right position to shoot and cross on many occasions. Across the season, he has averaged 3.3 crosses per game and 1.2 shots per game. With an average of 9.5 FPPG and a lowly opposition to face, Coleman will certainly be the first name in many DraftKings lineups.

Because of Coleman's fine form, Charlie Daniels many have flown under the radar for many. But the Bournemouth defender has proved a match for his counterpart over the course of the season, reflected by their similar price tags.

In fact, Daniels has averaged more FFPG (9.6) over more appearances (26 compared to 21). This has been largely thanks to his crossing. He has whipped in a massive 93 into the box this season, leading to five assists.

However, he does face a strong Southampton side with the league's in-form goalkeeper Fraser Forster in goal.

Verdict: Coleman's chance to fill his boots against Aston Villa sees him picked ahead of Daniels.

Coleman

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