Now the international break is over, get yourself ready and strap yourself in for the Premier League run-in. That's right, there are no more distractions between now and the end of the season.
There's a title up for grabs at the top, while at the bottom it looks like one club (sorry, Aston Villa) are doomed, leaving three clubs - or possibly even four - fighting to avoid dropping into the Championship.
So who are the players that will guide their teams to a much-needed victory this weekend? We're here to help make sense of some of your DraftKings selection dilemmas by pitting two potential picks against each other and coming up with the right answer. Enjoy.
David Silva (MANCHESTER CITY @ Bournemouth) $7,000 v Alexis Sanchez (Watford @ ARSENAL) $7,800
This really hasn’t been David Silva’s season, but then again it hasn’t been Alexis Sanchez’s either.
Both players have struggled with injury and have been unable to live up to their exploits of last season; Silva managed 12 goals and seven assists last time round while Sanchez bagged 16 goals and eight assists.
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Silva does have 10 assists this term but his goal tally is well down, and Sanchez has just seven goals and three assists. Long story short, neither have been reliable performers this term and neither deserves your trust on a week-to-week basis.
Sanchez is certainly ahead in fantasy points-per-game (14.4 FPPG compared to Silva’s 10.8) but City’s match-up against Bournemouth looks the most favorable - after all, the last time Arsenal played Watford they were dumped out the FA Cup.
The Spanish playmaker has been playing through the pain barrier with an ankle injury, which ruled him out for nine weeks before Christmas, but the international break means he should be rested to take on a Bournemouth side that has shipped five goals in their last three league outings.
Both come in at $7,000 or higher, which is a serious chunk of change for two players who can't be relied on to produce the goods. Sanchez’s trip to South America in order to play for Chile is a warning sign, so if you must pick one - opt for Silva.
Yannick Bolaise (CRYSTAL PALACE @ West Ham), $6,200 v Erik Lamela (TOTTENHAM @ Liverpool), $8,700
Touching a Crystal Palace player in 2016 that’s not named ‘Cabaye’ is a dangerous game. The Eagles remain winless in 2016 in the league so it’s no surprise that Bolasie has struggled to produce the goods following his return from injury.
In his last six games since coming back, he’s managed no goals and a single assist. He can certainly be relied on to whip in a cross (more than five-per-game on average) and because of that, he maintains a healthy 12.9 FPPG average.
Lamela meanwhile has never really lived up to his billing after becoming Tottenham’s most expensive player. Although he’s a key part of Mauricio Pochettino’s game in terms of pressing and providing energy, that doesn’t necessarily translate to the world of fantasy.
In fact, it actually counts against him. The Argentinian averages two fouls-per-game (the third-highest rate in the league) and has seven yellow cards - just three less than the league’s worst offender, Alex Tettey.
Once again, neither player offers a huge amount of appeal but Lamela has been rotated in the league and the Liverpool match-up will be enough to scare people off. It’s not ideal, but Bolasie is the man for the job.
Jonjo Shelvey (NEWCASTLE @ Norwich) $5,500 v Danny Welbeck (Watford @ ARSENAL)
Newcastle’s current form in the league isn’t exactly an advert for picking their players. Jonjo Shelvey is probably one of the more consistent options on Rafa Benitez’s team with 10.1 FPPG that's propped up mainly by crosses (more than four-per-game) and shots (two-per-game), as well as (almost) two interceptions every 90 minutes.
The match-up against Norwich is a tempter too, but we’re feeling lucky and Welbeck is worth drafting.
The striker roared back onto the scene for Arsenal by providing their winner against Leicester, and he gained some much-needed match fitness through the international break.
His numbers are virtually non-existent because he’s been limited to just six appearances this term, but the England international is worth taking a risk on at this price as he continues to progress. Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott aren’t viable options in real life or fantasy as it stands so Welbeck should have a clear run at the starting job.
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