Fantasy line-up: eight players who can be the difference in the Premier League

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It's almost back.

As much as we'd love to spend forever talking about Paul Pogba, there was always going to come a time when the football would take centre stage.


The much-awaited opening day of the Premier League is almost upon us and it's set to be more unpredictable than ever.

Few are expecting another Leicester City fairytale, but there could still be plenty of surprises. We take a look at who can shine for their clubs this season, putting together the ultimate eight-man DraftKings fantasy football line-up.

Here's an eight-player fantasy football line-up that really would take some beating:

GK: Hugo Lloris

Lloris is maybe a little unfortunate not to be returning to Spurs as a European Championship winner, pulling off some incredible saves to get France to the final. The Tottenham captain stood behind one of the strongest defences in the league last season, picking up +5 fantasy points for every clean sheet and an additional +5 points whenever the Lilywhites won.

Click here to select Hugo Lloris. 

D: Ryan Bertrand

Southampton's left-back didn't really impress in the one game he featured in at the Euros, but he should be able to rediscover the form that got him selected in the first place.

Bertrand is usually pretty speedy down the wing for the Saints, but as they find their feet under new boss Claude Puel, he may find himself digging in at the back more. Remember, defenders pick up +3 fantasy points for every clean sheet and it’s another bonus on top of the attacking categories for Bertrand.

Click here to select Ryan Bertrand. 

D: Leighton Baines

It might seem strange to have an Everton full-back in the mix after their horror show defending last season, but Ronald Koeman can give the former England international the discipline he needs to get back to his best.


Baines struggled to find his form at times under Roberto Martinez, but he still made over 100 crosses in 2015/2016, each earning him +0.75 fantasy points.

Click here to select Leighton Baines. 

M: Philippe Coutinho

Coutinho will have much more support in Liverpool's attack this season, but Jurgen Klopp still needs him to be at his peak. The Brazilian scored three goals at the Copa America, which is always a good sign, but his crosses can be just as deadly. With Coutinho picking up +0.75 fantasy points for each ball floated into the area, the Reds' new, improved front line looks deadly.

Click here to select Philippe Coutinho. 

M: Henrikh Mkhitaryan

Mkhitaryan is about as wise a choice as you can make on DraftKings. The former Bundesliga Player of the Year scored 19 goals and provided 15 assists in all competitions last term and all from midfield. Goals alone bring in +10 fantasy points a time and, while he'll be fighting Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba for centre stage, he's sure to get himself on the scoresheet pretty regularly.


Click here to select Henrikh Mkhitaryan. 

F: Troy Deeney

Deeney has stayed at Watford despite all the speculation. That's important because he links up so well with Odion Ighalo, who can feed the ball into the big man again.

The England hopeful hit 13 goals in a memorable campaign for Watford, which means he should be full of confidence, taking on of shots, each one worth +1 fantasy point with a further point if they're on target.

Click here to select Troy Deeney. 

F: Alexis Sanchez

Arsenal fans must be fearing the worst as the last weeks of the transfer window slowly tick away. Arsene Wenger needed a world-class striker, but he hasn't landed one, at least not just yet. That means he will be hugely reliant on star man Alexis Sanchez, who will be buoyed by his part in Chile's triumph at the Copa America. He might not be an out-and-out striker, but Arsenal's lack of depth in that department could see him playing further and further forward.

The 27-year-old will no doubt be hoping to repeat his achievement as the Gunners' top scorer again, but he'll want to improve on the 13 goals he scored last season.

Click here to select Alexis Sanchez. 

Util: Andros Townsend

Andros Townsend's career to date has had its ups and downs, but his move to Crystal Palace should be another positive.

The former Spurs winger couldn't keep Newcastle up with his four goals following his January move, but he gave it a fair go, with an average of 11.8 Fantasy Points per Game (FPPG). 

Alan Pardew will be hoping for similar things from him on his return to London, and as Palace will be depending on him, that makes him a perfect choice for DraftKings fantasy football line-ups, as he can pick up more than his fair share of the points.

Click here to select Andros Townsend. 

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