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DraftKings Gameweek 29 fantasy picks: Head-to-head

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Gameweek 28 was eventful, wasn't it?

Leicester City drew 2-2 with West Brom, Arsenal and Tottenham both lost, Liverpool hammered Manchester City, while Manchester United recorded their second successive league win. At least we could all rely on Aston Villa losing again.

Gameweek 29 is here - the games really are coming thick and fast at the moment - and you're forgiven if you feel as if you haven't had sufficient time to mull over your DraftKings picks for this weekend.

To make your job that little bit easier, we're here with another head-to-head. Three battles and three verdicts.

Here they are...

Harry Kane - $8,200 (v Arsenal) v Sergio Aguero - $8,600 (v Aston Villa)

Sergio Aguero versus Aston Villa has carnage written all over it.

The Manchester City striker has scored four goals in five appearances against Villa since arriving in the Premier League in 2011 but could conceivably double that tally this weekend given how poor Remi Garde’s side are.

Villa are rock bottom of the table and doomed to suffer relegation to the Championship - probably as early as next month - and although Manchester City have suffered three consecutive league defeats, it would rank as one of the shocks of the season if Manuel Pellegrini’s side fail to secure all three points at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

Aguero has gone two league games without a goal - a mini-drought by his high standards - and averaged a disappointing 6.5 fantasy points per game (FPPG) during his last 180 minutes on the pitch; however, in the four matches prior to that, the world-class Argentina international averaged 25.6 FPPG.

There’s a reason why he’s the most expensive striker on DraftKings this weekend - Villa’s abject defence have conceded 51 goals this season - but if you’re not convinced that Man City will emerge from their blip, then how about Tottenham’s Harry Kane?

The England international has scored three goals in his previous two league appearances against Arsenal, whose confidence has disintegrated over the past week, and boasts a slightly better FPPG record than Aguero this season.

Spurs will be keen to kick their fierce local rivals while they’re down and Kane, having scored 33 per cent of his team’s league goals this term, will fancy his chances of increasing his 14.2 FPPG record.

Verdict: It has to be Sergio Aguero. Good luck, Villa - you’re going to need it.

Aaron Lennon - $3,400 (v West Ham) v Michail Antonio - $5,100 (v Everton)

This is a battle of the in-form Premier League midfielders.

Everton’s Aaron Lennon has scored four goals and averaged 13 FPPG in his previous six Premier League appearances, while Michail Antonio has netted three goals and averaged a slightly superior 13.9 FPPG in his past six league matches for West Ham.

This weekend, the two English wingers go head-to-head at Goodison Park, where the Hammers haven’t won since December 2005.

But that could all change this weekend. Slaven Bilic’s side are in terrific form - just one defeat in their previous six league fixtures - and confidence will be sky high following their midweek win over second-placed Tottenham.

Antonio scored the only goal of the game in that match and bumped his tally up to an impressive 21 fantasy points thanks to four shots (one on target), two fouls drawn, four interceptions and two tackles won.

Lennon, meanwhile, bagged 16 fantasy points against Aston Villa - the fourth match in a row the revitalised 28-year-old registered double figures - with one goal, one shot (on target), three crosses, one tackle won and an interception.

Verdict: With home advantage and the fact he’s $1,500 cheaper, Aaron Lennon is our choice.

Salomon Rondon - $3,900 (v Man Utd) v Roberto Firmino - $6,300 (v Crystal Palace)

For those who selected Roberto Firmino during Wednesday’s round of Premier League fixtures, it paid off dividends.

The Liverpool forward scored one goal and assisted another in the 3-0 win over Manchester City and finished the 90 minutes with 19.50 fantasy points to his name.

That boosted the Brazilian’s overall FPPG to 10.5 - and don’t be surprised if he increases it further against Crystal Palace on Sunday.

Palace have lost four of their previous five matches at Selhurst Park and remain 19th in the Premier League form table after Fabio Borini’s 90th-minute equaliser denied them a huge win at Sunderland in midweek.

But if you’re looking for a cheaper alternative on Sunday, then Salomon Rondon could be a decent option and, like Firmino was on Wednesday, a real differential.

Because Manchester United have won two matches on the bounce, it’s safe to assume that Rondon - despite his price - will be overlooked, dismissed even, by the majority of players.

This may prove to be a costly mistake.

United have won just one of their previous seven Premier League away matches, while the Baggies haven’t suffered a league defeat at home since December.

Rondon, whose FPPG is currently 7.3, has netted three goals in his previous five league appearances and should fancy his chances against the Red Devils' suspect defence, which is likely to feature at least one makeshift or inexperienced centre-back.

Verdict: Salomon Rondon. His $3,900 price tag has the potential to be the bargain of the weekend.

Which players will be in your DraftKings lineup this weekend? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

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