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DraftKings Gameweek 30: Picks of the Week

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Gameweek 30 may look a little thin due to FA Cup commitments, but DraftKings 1-day fantasy football will still be bringing you the chance to win big prizes from the four exciting Premier League encounters over the weekend.

While the likes of Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea are all involved in the famous old cup competition, Premier League title contenders Leicester and Tottenham will continue their pursuit of success against relegation candidates Newcastle United and Aston Villa respectively.

Stoke City are facing Southampton in a battle for a Europa League qualifying place while Swansea and Bournemouth will be trying to secure their Premier League status in a battle at the bottom. Needless to say, all eight clubs have something fight for, as do you.

There are no obvious picks from the so-called 'elite clubs' this week so the potential to steal an advantage on your DraftKings competitors has never been better. Here, we pick three players who you should consider for your DraftKings lineups:

MAME DIOUF - $3,700 (Southampton @ Stoke)

Mame Diouf has not been a regular in Mark Hughes' Stoke side, starting just 10 Premier League games so far this season. But the Senegalese striker was at his very best against Chelsea last weekend and it would be a surprise to see him anywhere other than the starting XI against Southampton.

Diouf broke a 15-game drought with his goal against the Blues, which earned the Staffordshire side a much-deserved point, but he could have had even more in a game that saw his earn 18 fantasy points.

Prior to that, he had earned eight fantasy points in just 20 minutes played against Newcastle United. We admit that he has the tendency to blow hot and cold, but all the signs are pointing towards him having a stellar end to a difficult campaign. At $3,700, you can not go wrong.

Yaya Toure - $5,500 (Manchester City @ Norwich)

It is no surprise to see Manchester City drop off the boil soon after Manuel Pellegrini confirmed he was leaving at the end of the season. The players seem to have lost their focus and look more like dropping out of the top four than winning the Premier League.

However, Yaya Toure has everything to play for between now and the summer. With Pep Guardiola coming in, the Ivory Coast midfielder is almost certain to leave and will have to impress potential buyers by proving he can still cut the mustard.

Up until recently, the 32-year-old has been ineffective, but he has upped his game considerably in recent times, scoring 24 fantasy points against Dynamo Kiev and a further 14 against Aston Villa, scoring in both.

As City fight to secure their place in next season's Champions League, expect them to come out all guns blazing against a struggling Norwich side. Carrow Road is certainly not an easy place to go and it will be up to Toure to make the difference. At $5,500, he is markedly cheaper than the likes of Christian Eriksen ($8,200) and Marc Albrighton ($7,100) yet has an equal chance of scoring highly this weekend.

Kyle Walker - $4,000 (Tottenham @ Aston Villa)

With Tottenham attempting to chase down Leicester City at the top of the table and Aston Villa seemingly destined for relegation to the Championship, this game looks like a forgone conclusion.

The Villains have shipped 15 goals in their last four Premier League games and will face in-form stars like Harry Kane and Erik Lamela, who are both likely to haul in the points.

But Kyle Walker certainly has the potential to join his attacking team-mates in the 15+ fantasy points group. The right-back has been sharing game time with Kieran Trippier for much of the season but is sure to start this Sunday after his team-mate played against Borussia Dortmund in the Europa League.

He will come into the game on the back of some tremendous form, scoring an average of 10.5 fantasy points per game (FFPG).

In theory, he should have it easy in defence – no one in the Premier League has scored less than Villa's 22 – so will be free to attack with gusto. Expect Walker to score higher than his 8.6 FFPG average this weekend.

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Kieran Trippier
Premier League
Manchester City
Gnegneri Toure Yaya
Stoke City
Mame Diouf
Tottenham Hotspur

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