Zlatan Ibrahimović at Euro 2012

Daily Fantasy Premier League: Week 1 Strategy

We’ve put together a comprehensive list of players to consider for your Daily Fantasy Premier League lineups this weekend.

Rack up those points and make a name for yourself in Daily Fantasy Premier League by making the best picks from Week 1! Read on to discover the players we think you should consider for your Week 1 lineups, with stats for DraftKings (DK), Mondogoal (MG) and PlayON (PO).

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Forwards

The core to any Daily Fantasy Premier League lineup. You should consider splashing out on high-performing forwards who score goals and make assists. This is true whether you’re playing a tournament or a cash game.

Saturday

Sergio Aguero playing an international friendly between Switzerland vs. Argentina, 29th February 2012

Sergio Aguero

  • Sergio Aguero ($10,600 DK, £15m PO, £9.8m MG): Forward favourite Aguero will have a high ownership percentage, so it’d be too risky to not pick him for a cash game. This Manchester City striker scored 29 goals and added two assists in all of his competitions last season.
  • Harry Kane ($10,200 DK, £14.7m PO, £11.7m MG): This talented Tottenham Hotspur forward scored 27 goals, winning him the Golden Boot, and made an assist in all competitions during the last season. He and midfielder Delli are looking good against Everton.
  • Andre Gray ($7,600 DK, £8.9m PO, £8.1m MG): Jamie Hinks of DraftKings FC makes an intriguing argument for Gray: “Every season a player comes out of the Championship and tears it up. Of the forwards this time around there’s only one guy with the track record to do so and that’s Andre Gray […] he should get fantasy points through his eagerness to score goals.”
  • Nolito ($7,500 DK, £12.2m PO, £7.6m MG): Man City striker Nolito (Manuel Agudo Durán) is fairly affordable on DraftKings and Mondogoal, despite pulling in an average of 11.3 points per game. He’s not the most consistent, but the chance of getting him on a good day makes him a solid tourney pick.

(Not sure about the strategic differences between Tournaments and Cash Games? Check out our guide).

Sunday

Zlatan Ibrahimović at Euro 2012

Zlatan Ibrahimović

  • Zlatan Ibrahimović (£13.7m PO, £19.3m MG): United’s newest star striker Ibrahimović is the de facto stud player for Sunday of Week 1. Unless you want a risky line up for a big tourney, this player is a must. He is very expensive on Mondogoal though.
  • Wayne Rooney (£11.6m PO, £9.6m MG): Rooney is always a stud favourite for daily fantasy football. But it isn’t all sunshine and roses for the player right now. His house was broken into recently, and then there’s the possibility of ceding his position to Paul Pogba. It may be worth paying extra for Ibrahimović, though Rooney is still a solid player.
  • Roberto Firmino (£11.6m PO, £7.2m MG): Firmino will benefit from a weakened Arsenal attacking side in this match. Just a word of warning that Firmino is listed as a Forward on Mondogoal and a Midfielder on PlayON as of August 10th.

Midfielders

Look out for great all-rounders for your daily fantasy Premier League Midfield. Assists and shots are almost as important as goals when it comes to getting those fantasy points.

Saturday

Dele Alli

Dele Alli

  • Kevin de Bruyne ($9,300 DK, £13.7m PO, £12.5m MG). This pricey stud player is a great option for cash games and tournaments alike. Manchester City are anticipated to bulldozer Sunderland, and de Bruyne will likely play a key part.
  • Christian Eriksen ($9,400 DK, £11.7m PO, £12.0m MG). Eriksen dished out a huge number of assists last season, as well as 8 goals, making him a fantastic daily fantasy pick.
  • Dusan Tadic ($7,200 DK, £11.0m PO, £8.6m MG). Tadic is looking to play a full campaign this season. This comes after he really pulled it out the bag towards the end of last season – with seven goals and 12 assists in 34 league matches.
  • Dele Alli ($8,200 DK, £11.5m PO, £9.8m MG). Alli is great at creating chances, as demonstrated in the England vs. Wales UEFA EURO group stage match, where he helped Sturridge score.
  • David Silva ($8,300 DK, £12.6m PO, £8.2m MG). Silva had a string of injuries last season, but the Man City player is looking fit and healthy for 2016. Plus, he still had an impressive run last season (with 2 goals, 15 assists and 29 shots in 22 starts).

Sunday

Heinrikh Mkhitaryan

Heinrikh Mkhitaryan

  • Philippe Coutinho (£11.3m PO, £12.7m MG). Liverpool players look to be in for a chance against an Arsenal team plagued with injury and players on break. After an impressive performance with Brazil for Copa America, Coutinho is evidently a great pick.
  • Henrikh Mkhitaryan (£12.4m PO, £13.4m MG). Signing with Manchester United this July, Mkhitaryan shone at the last Bundesliga season with Borussia Dortmund, winning the Player of the Season Award.
  • Jordan Henderson (£8.9m PO, £8m MG). James Milner is off with a heel injury, so Henderson looks set to take over. This less pricey player could be ideal alongside the more expensive Coutinho (or Mkhitaryan – if you don’t want all your eggs in one basket).

Goalkeepers

A dependable goalie is hugely important in daily fantasy Premier League rosters. You should be looking out for saves stats and those all important clean sheets. See our list of picks below…

Saturday

Tom Heaton

  • Tom Heaton ($4,900 DK, £6.1m PO, £11.3m MG). Heaton gained a very impressive 20 clean sheets last season (including 12 at home, where he’ll be against Swansea). You’ll likely have it in the bag with Heaton.
  • Fraser Forster ($5,400, £7.3m PO, £7.0m MG). Forster is looking strong against an uninspiring Watford side. Also, he made a record-breaking 10 saves against Arsenal earlier this year, showing he can really go the distance for those tourney scores.
  • Joe Hart ($5,600 DK, £7.9m PO, £7.1m MG). The Man City goalkeeper will be playing as part of a very strong side this season. As an individual, he’s also impressive; 15 clean sheets last season make him a great pick.
  • Wayne Hennessey ($4,100 DK, £6.2m PO, £6.8m MG). A great value pick across the board, Hennessey was in form in Wales’ fantastic Euro 2016 run (5 starts, 14 saves, and two clean sheets). We’re hoping this continues for the Premier League!

Sunday

David de Gea

David de Gea

  • David de Gea (£8m PO, £7.8m MG). The master of the clean sheet and a consistent player, Man United’s David de Gea is a great bet, particularly for cash games.
  • Petr Cech (£7.9m PO, £7.2m MG). If you’re looking for someone who will have less ownership than de Gea but still bring in consistency, try out Cech.

Defenders

And finally, let’s round up those defenders. In some cases we’ve suggested stacks, or which goalies you can pair players with.

Saturday

Virgil van Dijk

Virgil van Dijk

  • Virgil van Dijk ($4,500 DK, £7.0m PO, £7.6m MG). The punters’ favourite and a bargain to boot. His star has been on the rise since his inaugural Premier League appearance last season, helping Southhampton keep 10 clean sheets, as well as scoring 3 goals.
  • Leighton Baines ($5,500 DK, £7.5m PO, £9.1m MG). He’s more expensive than van Dijk, but Baines does have a respectable 10 fantasy points per game average. However, he will be up against Tottenham’s Kane, Erikson and Alli, who are all expected to do well.
  • Scott Dann ($3,600 DK, £7.5m PO, £5.5m MG). Dann is a value option on DraftKings, especially against a fairly weak attacking side for West Bromwich Albion. Plus, he’s a great attacker, scoring 5 goals last season.
  • Aleksandar Kolarov ($6,600 DK, £8.1m PO, £8.7m MG) and Nicolas Otamendi ($4,600 DK, £8.0m PO, £10.5m MG). For a defence stacking option, you could try out Man City’s Kolarov and Otamendi. Pair with goalie Joe Hart and you could win big on clean sheet points.

Sunday

Antonio Valencia

Antonio Valencia

  • Antonio Valencia (£7.0m PO, £9.0m MG). Valencia did well during the pre-season, and is a less-owned alternative to Luke Shaw. He’s good value on PlayON right now, so take advantage while you can!
  • Luke Shaw (£7.7m PO, £8.0m MG). Although a good pick in his own right, stack Shaw with Valencia for the chance of some major point-generation.
  • Héctor Bellerín (£8.8m PO, £9.9m MG). The Arsenal defender will likely get put through his paces with his team’s weaker attacking side. Arsenal defence may therefore get the chance to rack up some serious fantasy points.

This has been our guide to Week 1 of the Daily Fantasy Premier League. Happy playing!

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