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DraftKings Gameweek 29: Picks of the Week

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There were a lot of disappointed football fans at the end of Gameweek 28 but before the wounds of defeat have even begun to heal, the likes of Arsenal, Manchester City and Tottenham have a chance for reprieve in Gameweek 29.

The games are coming quick as we move into the business end of the season and no doubt the legs of some Premier League players will be getting tired. But it is this time of the year that records are set, titles are won and history is made.

For DraftKings 1-day Fantasy Football players, it is about to get tough. The form book goes out the window as relegation candidates fight for their lives and the title contenders strive for glory. If you need advice ahead of drafting your line-up,, GiveMeSport has got you covered.

Here are our three Picks of the Week ahead of what promises to be another tantalising round of fixtures from the world's best football league:

Eden Hazard - $5,400 (Stoke City @ Chelsea)

You may be thinking we have gone completely bonkers, but despite Eden Hazard's infamously poor season, he, as with Chelsea, finally look to be hitting the kind of form that we saw last season.

We know the Belgian is still waiting for his first Premier League goal this season and has averaged a measly 5.8 fantasy points per game (FFPG) thus far, but his last two performances have given reason to be hopeful.

12.5 fantasy points against Norwich was his best return of 2016 while the game before – against Southampton – saw him return eight. Now, as Chelsea prepare to push for a Europa League place, don't be surprised if Hazard finally comes back to life against Stoke City on Saturday.

There won't be many times when you can get the reigning PFA Player of the Year for $5,400 so take advantage while you can.

Raheem Sterling - $6,000 (Aston Villa @ Man City)

Manchester City will be hoping to get their Premier League season back on track with a dominant win over whipping boys Aston Villa on Saturday afternoon. The Villains seem destined for relegation and appear to have accepted their fate.

While most will be quick to choose Sergio Aguero ($8,600) the fact remains that the Argentinian has failed to score in either of his last two Premier League games, averaging just seven FPPG, and is prohibitively expensive.

Raheem Sterling is by no means in the form of his life either, but he has averaged 12.5 FPPG over the last four games and will certainly give the Aston Villa defence plenty to think about with his pace and trickery.

While he may only have eight goals  and four assists this season, Sterling has garnered plenty of points elsewhere. He has accumulated 30 shots on goal, whipped in 62 crosses and drawn 52 fouls.

For the season, he averages 10.6 FPPG and it would be a surprise if he failed to at least achieve that against the division's basement team. Chances will be plentiful for the England international and, if he takes them, he will prove excellent value for money.

Jonjo Shelvey - $5,000 (Bournemouth @ Newcastle)

A 1-0 defeat to Stoke City on Wednesday night saw Newcastle fall to 19th place in the PremierLeague and set alarm bells ringing around St James' Park.
While they have one game more to play than those around them, the threat of relegation is one that is very real. A loss against Bournemouth on Saturday is unthinkable but, if they are to win, Jonjo Shelvey will have to be at his creative best.
Since arriving from Swansea in January, the England international has been quietly going about his business in the middle of the park, averaging 13.4 FPPG over his last five games for the Magpies.Even at the Britannia Stadium, where the majority of Newcastle players failed to make any sort of impact, Shelvey left with a respectable 11 points. That was mainly due to his four tackles won, four crosses and two interceptions. Needless to say, if all of his team-mates had played with the same desire, they may have returned to Tyneside with three points.At $5,000, Shelvey should slot nicely into anyone's budget and has the potential to make a big difference.

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