DFS FOCUS The Sweat Factor In the lead up to kick off, you’ll start to realise it’s a sweaty experience picking a line-up you’re happy with. Here’s how it plays out: • Do your research and set a preliminary line-up. Don’t sweat here. You’ll need those perspiration juices for later on. • Wait for the line-ups to be released. Take the dog out for a walk, head down the gym or get an early beer in. Whatever your bag is. • Open the app as soon as the line-ups drop and start changing. This is where it gets real sweaty. Every change you make has a bearing elsewhere on your line-up so be decisive. • Finalise your picks and head down the pub to watch it all play out. • Collect your winnings. If you’ve tinkered too much this might not be possible and it’s back to the drawing board in a week’s time. Who are the best players? So you’re probably ready to ask who scores the most points on daily fantasy football and things are quite a bit different to traditional fantasy football in that regard. Whilst all these players won’t make your line-up, thanks to their exorbitant salaries, think of this as a good starting point for your line-up. GK: Petr Cech (11 DraftKings Fantasy Points Per Game (FPPG)) – Cech gets plenty of points for wins and clean sheets thanks to Arsenal’s status atop the Premier League and his league-leading 10 clean sheets. Both are worth five points each and give Cech a significant upside. DF: Leighton Baines, Everton (10 FPPG) – Baines has only been back for a few weeks but is already the second most expensive defender behind Kolarov. The Everton left back takes the majority of set pieces, loves a cross and is as comfortable getting forward as he is defending. DF: Aleksandar Kolarov, Man City (11.8 66 iGB Affiliate Issue 55 FEB/MAR 2016 FPPG) – As you play DraftKings more and more you’ll learn the importance of wing backs. Kolarov epitomises this. DF: Cedric Soares, Southampton (10.1 FPPG) – Cedric is one player that often allows users to take advantage of positional eligibility due to the fact Ronald Koeman likes to play three at the back and Cedric is pushed to right midfield as a result. MF: Riyad Mahrez, Leicester City (18.4 FPPG) – Where do you start with Mahrez? The Leicester man has been a big part of why the Foxes have been so good, mainly thanks to his contribution in every attacking stat column out there. MF: Dimitri Payet, West Ham (17.9 FPPG) – Until he got injured he was pulling the strings at Upton Park. Now that he’s back to full fitness, he’s one of the best daily fantasy midfielders in the Premier League. MF: Kevin de Bruyne, Man City (18.4 FPPG) – de Bruyne arrived with the reputation of being one of those players that Jose Mourinho wasn’t fond of at Chelsea. Any problems the former Chelsea manager had look ridiculous now as de Bruyne makes a contribution every week. FW: Alexis Sanchez, Arsenal (15.4 FPPG) – His fitness is a problem but the way he drifts out wide often is ideally suited to daily fantasy football. FW: Harry Kane, Tottenham (14.5 FPPG) – England may well opt to leave Kane on the bench for the European Championship in the summer, but his value to Tottenham remains undiminished. Fantasy users get added value thanks to the amount of shots Kane has during an average game. UTIL: Mesut Özil, Arsenal (15.9 FPPG) – 16 assists is almost one per game and that gives him a six point head-start going into any contest. UTIL: Yohan Cabaye, Crystal Palace (14.8 FPPG) – Cabaye is by far Palace’s biggest ever signing and has been influential to how they play. Set pieces, assists, crosses and goals make the Frenchman a stand out. JAMIE HINKS is part o f DraftKings’ content team and writes about daily fantasy sports every day at draftkingsfc.com. Holding a degree in Sport Journalism, he worked in the online gaming industry and IT before moving into fantasy sports in late 2014.