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Dimitri Payet can knock rejuvenated Raheem Sterling back to earth

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By the time this weekend's Premier League action gets underway, the transfer window will have just a few days left and the focus will finally return to the football again.

Anyone who's even vaguely kept up with this summer's business will predict that this season is going to be fiercely competitive. In truth, there are as many as six or seven teams in with a chance of lifting the trophy in May, so that's only going to up the ante even further.


A new round of fixtures can only mean one thing, so without further ado, it's time to take a look at the latest dilemmas of who to opt for on DraftKings' fantasy football.

Raheem Sterling vs. Dimitri Payet

If Raheem Sterling's woeful summer with England was just a confidence issue, then Pep Guardiola, who has neatly shifted the spotlight onto Joe Hart, has obviously rejuvenated the player. Manchester City are benefiting from Sterling's new lease of life and he now seems more willing than ever to take on defenders.

The year Dimitri Payet has had is a very different story. The Frenchman was undoubtedly one of the players of the tournament at Euro 2016, but Slaven Bilic is easing him back into action. Even so, the Premier League is just waiting for the midfielder to burst onto the scene once again.

Payet's famous free-kicks will be vital as even if they don't reach the back of the net, they could well find one of his West Ham team-mates. Assists are worth 6 points and the 29-year-old got two of them at the Euros and a further nine in last season's Premier League. Sterling might be showing glimpses of his best form, but Payet's on fire.

- CLICK HERE to select Dimitri Payet

Anthony Martial vs. Robert Snodgrass

Surprisingly, other than the two Manchester clubs, Hull City are the only team to have picked up maximum points so far. That's in no small part thanks to Robert Snodgrass, who scored a superb goal from range on the opening day against champions Leicester, picking up 10 points in the process.

Anthony Martial, meanwhile, is averaging 11.6 Fantasy Points per Game (FPPG) so far this season, which is pretty impressive considering he hasn't scored yet. The Frenchman has given it a fair crack, however, with five shots in United's opening two games, earning 1 point for each, and 2 points for shots on target.

The way Jose Mourinho is setting his side up is going to make it difficult for Hull to see a lot of the ball, so while Snodgrass is ordinarily a decent choice, Martial is the one to go for.

- CLICK HERE to select Anthony Martial

Dele Alli vs. Sadio Mane

Illness confined Dele Alli to the bench against Crystal Palace, but when he did come on, Spurs definitely upped their game. In his first full season since moving from MK Dons, he was named PFA Young Player of the Year, so fans of the Lilywhites will be expecting big things again this time around. Nonetheless, it's no secret that his fiery temper could lose him 0.5 points for fouls conceded, but the more positive aspects of his game should easily balance that out.

Over at Liverpool, Sadio Mane is back in training, and in his short time at the club, he's already shown what he can do. The Senegal international has already destroyed Barcelona and Arsenal, so teams will already see him as Liverpool's new danger man. The fact that Mane can operate on the wing makes him a particularly potent threat, as crosses pick up 0.75 points.

When they're both at their best, there's little between them, but Alli isn't looking at his sharpest yet, so Mane's the better pick here.

- CLICK HERE to select Sadio Mane


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