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Premier League: DraftKings 1-Day Fantasy Football returns

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It seems like ages ago that we watched Wes Morgan lift the Premier League trophy for Leicester City, but soon the Foxes will be charged with the enviable task of defending their title. The fight for one of football's most prestigious prizes is about to begin, but if that's not enough to get you going, DraftKings 1-Day Fantasy Football is here to make things even more enjoyable.


Holding partnerships with the likes of Arsenal and Liverpool, it's not entirely surprising that DraftKings are quickly establishing themselves as one of the leading and most versatile fantasy football platforms on the market.

Unlike a lot of fantasy football products, DraftKings is all about the day of the game, so you don't have to wait until the end of the season for a winner. And while the name of the game is notching up as many fantasy points as possible, it's also about winning cash on every week of the season.

Featured contests

The first step is to pick a contest. First-timers can pit themselves against other novices in Beginner competitions, or go straight in with the pros. Contests that are guaranteed (GPPs) will pay out even if they're not full. Others aren't guaranteed and will be cancelled if there aren't enough players, but the entry fee is always refunded.

On the first weekend of the season, there is some serious cash up for grabs in the EPL Kickoff Special. This league is just over £3 to enter and features £40,000 in prizes. Including all of Saturday's 3pm Premier League games, it pays out the top 4,350 finishing positions with first place winning over £3,800.

Picking your team

The biggest product improvement since last season is that line-ups are made up of eight players, not 11. More so than ever, each player is worth their weight in gold and you will need eight men who can be trusted to make an impact.

Each team is made up of one goalkeeper, two defenders, two midfielders, two forwards, and one utility player (any outfield player). Pick wisely.


Goalkeepers might not seem that important but it's best to pick someone who's likely to be on the winning side. A win earns +5pts on its own and the man between the sticks will pick up another +5pts if he keeps a clean sheet. Saves are worth a punchy +2pts and penalty saves are +3pts, so your 'keeper can quickly rack up a lot of points.

Defenders are always going to pick up points in the lesser categories - tackles won are +1pt, while interceptions are +0.5pts. The key is to opt for full-backs or at least defenders who like to get forward, that way they could pop up with a goal (+10pts) or an assist (+6pts). Crosses are now worth +0.75pts and just as rewarding as they ever have been.

One of the most dangerous fantasy positions on the pitch is midfield. Sides build their play from this area and it means midfielders can tot up points from almost any category. Anyone who takes free-kicks and corners will be well worth selecting thanks to the obvious gains offered by shots (+1pt and another +1pt if on target) and crosses.

It goes without saying that up front you want a proven goal scorer, preferably one who's playing against a team with a poor defence. Goals are worth +10pts points and assists +6pts, so that's where the big points are.

Salary cap

Sounds simple enough already. The only other big factor in adhering to the eight-player limit is a $50,000 salary cap. This can be spread across your line-up as you see fit, however, remember that if you spend $10,000+ on one big name, it doesn't leave much for the rest of the team.


This is where the expertise comes in. A well-built DraftKings fantasy football line-up takes ownership into account. In other words, to win the biggest contests you must balance hidden gems who others might not have picked with the big stars. If all managers in a contest pick Zlatan Ibrahimovic, everyone gets the same points, so it doesn't give you much of an edge.

Now is the time to time begin your DraftKings fantasy football journey. What are you waiting for?

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