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The Premier League returns this weekend with very little yet decided. Aston Villa can finally be mathematically relegated - as if they hadn't been doomed since the New Year - but other than that, nearly every other position is still up for grabs.

Leicester will be looking to move one step closer to history, but Tottenham will be waiting in the wings if they slip up.

Manchester City, Manchester United and West Ham are all vying for the top four - just about - and Norwich, Sunderland and Newcastle will be battling to avoid the drop. For the rest, there's always pride to play for. Let's hope that's enough for them to make your DraftKings team.

David de Gea, $4,500 (Manchester United @ Aston Villa), vs. Thibaut Courtois, $3,700 (Chelsea @ Manchester City)

David de Gea might seem a strange choice considering United's 3-0 loss last weekend. Make no mistake, however, Aston Villa will not have the kind of attacking prowess that United had to contain against Spurs.

De Gea's average FPPG stands at 7.6, but he is still one of the best goalkeepers around, and should have fairly little to do against Villa's blunt attack. A clean sheet is certainly on the cards.


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Thibaut Courtois is the slightly cheaper option, at $3,700, so he is a good option to bring your team in under the magic $50,000. He also makes an average of nearly three saves a game, but that could be even higher against Manchester City.


The Citizens are likely to have a lot of the chances, but Courtois is primarily a shot- stopper from short range, which should give him a chance to stand out. Sheerly based on the quality of the opposition, and his potential when he's at his best, De Gea's the stronger option here.

Gylfi Sigurdsson $7,700 (Swansea @ Newcastle) vs. Ander Herrera $3,700 (Manchester United @ Aston Villa)

Sigurdsson is hoping to overtake Wilfried Bony and become Swansea's top scorer in the Premier League era, and he edged closer to that mark with a match-winner against Chelsea.

The Icelandic international bagged 12.9 DraftKings points for his display against the Blues, and with Newcastle's defence in chaos - even if they try to shut Swansea out - Sigurdsson's ability from long range could see him grab a goal or at least an assist.

It's a very different story for Manchester United, who are desperate to get back to winning ways.

Fortunately, they've got Aston Villa. Ander Herrera has perhaps been underused by Louis van Gaal this season, but with three goals and two assists from his 15 starts, it is difficult to understand why.


Herrera only has an average of 6.5 FPPG, though, not least because of the way United play their football under van Gaal, which does not allow him to go forward as much as he's capable of. Against Villa, though, he should be able to carve out a chance or two - presuming LVG sticks with the side who beat West Ham in the FA Cup.

Sigurdsson wins this round, as he has had far more of a chance to prove his accuracy and eye for goal, so is worth his price tag. Herrera’s has looked good when given a chance, but is too much of a risk at this stage.

Fernandinho, $3,100, (Chelsea @ Manchester City), vs. Darren Fletcher, $3,000 (West Brom @ Watford)

Darren Fletcher was about the only standout performer for the Baggies in their defeat to Man City, and that was without much of the ball.

He has a slightly higher FPPG than Fernandinho with 5.4 to 5.2, and has managed 3 assists and 1 goal over the course of the campaign. On the other hand, Fernandinho has the same number of assists and one more goal.


In their two Champions League ties against Paris Saint-Germain, Fernandinho's passing was what held City together at times, and he even managed a goal in Paris. Neither are particularly sexy picks, but the Brazilian's pace and passes could be instrumental in picking Chelsea's languid defence apart - and is worth a flyer given his likely low ownership.

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