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DraftKings Gameweek 27: Picks of the Week

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The Premier League resumes after a one-week break on Saturday and it will signify the start of what Sir Alex Ferguson once famously described as "squeaky bum time"; more professionally known as the business end of the season, of course.

Gameweek 27 will see Leicester City attempting to consolidate their position at the top of the Premier League against relegation candidates Norwich City while Chelsea travel to Southampton intent on avenging the 3-1 defeat the Saints inflicted on them in October.

More importantly, it will give you all the chance to compete in the DraftKings 1-day fantasy football game and, once again, GiveMeSport has picked three key players who could make all the difference in your pursuit of a big win.

Here they are:

Yannick Bolasie $5,000 (CRYSTAL PALACE @ West Brom)

Yes, we know Crystal Palace are currently sitting rock-bottom of the Premier League form table with one point from their last six games but while the Eagles have struggled since the turn of the year, the return of Yannick Bolasie could signal a pivot point in their season.

The midfielder, famed for his incredible array of flicks and tricks, has been out since December with a hip injury but returned for Crystal Palace's FA Cup tie against Tottenham last week. He may have only played 14 minutes, but he looked as sharp as a tack and will be hoping to start against the Baggies.

Prior to his injury, Bolasie had been on fire. He averaged of 20.3 fantasy points per game (FPPG) across six games and there is little reason why he can't pick up where he left off. While he may only have four goals and one assist all season, his penchant for shooting on sight – he has averaged over five shots on goal in his last four matches – means he is almost guaranteed to get a decent haul.

Thanks to his long absence, he represents a bargain at $5,000, leaving you with plenty to spend elsewhere.

Xherdan Shaqiri $5,300 (Aston Villa @ STOKE CITY)

Aston Villa are still hunting for a miracle as they sit rooted to the bottom of the Premier League table, but they are unlikely to find it in Staffordshire as they take on a Stoke City side pushing hard for a Europa League place.

If the Potters are to achieve the feat of Europa League qualification, they'll need pocket rocket Xherdan Shaqiri at his very best. Luckily for Mark Hughes – and for you – the Swiss international is looking every bit as good as his $5300 price tag.

Despite an average of 10.8 FPPG, Shaqiri has, admittedly, blown hot and cold this season. His four points against Leicester in January was subsequently followed by 10.5 points against Everton and an impressive 20.5 points against Bournemouth. But he has broken the ten-point barrier seven times in 19 appearances. Against a hapless Aston Villa side, expect him to make that eight in 20.

Ryan Bertrand $3,900 (Chelsea @ SOUTHAMPTON)

Southampton are starting to raise eyebrows after keeping six consecutive Premier League clean sheets, but they will raise plenty more if they can make that seven against a revived Chelsea this weekend.

While all will be fighting for another shutout, none will be trying harder than Ryan Bertrand, who will be coming up against his former club. The left-back will be extra determined to show Chelsea fans exactly what they are missing and goes into the game in great form.

He has averaged 10 FPPG in his last three games and has maintained a 7.9 average throughout the course of the season. However, his team-mate Matt Targett has an average 9.4 FPPG – albeit across fewer appearances – and comes cheaper at $3,600. We think Bertrand is worth the extra outlay but the choice is yours.

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