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DraftKings Gameweek 26: Picks of the Week

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You may still be recovering from the stunning events of Gameweek 25, in which Leicester City tore Manchester City to shreds on their home turf to go five points clear in the Premier League, but Gameweek 26 is fast upon us and promises to be just as fun-filled. 

The top four all meet each other on Sunday with Leicester setting their eyes on another big scalp when they travel to Arsenal while City will attempt to undo the damage done by the Foxes against in-form Tottenham Hotspur.

However, you won't find obvious names like Jamie Vardy and Sergio Aguero in this article. Here we look further down the table to try and pluck some rough diamonds from the other weekend fixtures.

Here are three stars you can't afford to ignore when picking your DraftKings 1-day fantasy football line-­ups for Gameweek 26:

Anthony Martial - $6,200 Sunderland v (Manchester United)

Manchester United will be busy trying to shake off their 'boring' tag line when they travel to the Stadium of Light to take on a struggling Sunderland side on Saturday afternoon. In recent weeks, Louis van Gaal's men have started playing some scintillating football and that is largely thanks to the form of French wing-wizard Anthony Martial.

The 20-year-old has, at times, struggled to cope with the rigours of English football but is starting to find his feet in the second half of the season. He has three assists and one goal in his last three games across all competitions for the Red Devils, so you can expect him to take advantage of a hapless Black Cats defence.

Sunderland have conceded 49 goals – more than any other Premier League team – this season and will struggle to handle Martial's explosive pace on the left-wing. While Wayne Rooney is always deemed a safer option, it is Martial who has the potential to steal the show on Wearside.

Benik Afobe - $4,800 (Bournemouth) v Stoke City

You may not have heard much about 22-year-old Benik Afobe yet, but assuming Bournemouth avoid relegation this season, you can get used to seeing his name on many DraftKings line-ups in the future.

The Arsenal youth product scored a hatful of goals in the Championship and finally made the step up to the Premier League in January. Many would have you believe that moving to the elite division would be a daunting prospect, but Afobe has taken it in his stride. 

Three goals in his first five appearances for the Cherries shows exactly why Eddie Howe agreed to pay £10m to sign him from Wolves and he is likely to lead from the front again when Bournemouth take on Stoke City.

A trigger-happy striker is never afraid to shoot so expect him to get plenty of chances against a struggling Potters backline. Mark Hughes' men have conceded three goals in each of their last three Premier League games and are floundering without their injured captain Ryan Shawcross.

Gylfi Sigurdsson - $6,900 (Swansea City) v Southampton

For years, Gylfi Sigurdsson has been a staple pick for traditional fantasy football players all over the world, but, up until recently, he has experienced a severe dip in form. Now, however, the Icelandic talisman has returned to his best.

Five of his seven Premier League goals this season have come in his last six games, making him 2016's premier attacking midfielder in English football. He may be rather pricey at $6,900, but we think he's virtually guaranteed to make an impact against Southampton.

Be warned, however; the Saints have kept five clean sheets in a row in the Premier League and their goalkeeper, Fraser Forster, has been in superb form recently. A risk, no doubt, but one we believe is worth taking.

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