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Benik Afobe (DK: $3,700): After making his club debut last fixture, Benik Afobe had an unexpected subpar performance. To put his production in context, though, let’s remember that Afobe was matched up against West Ham; their defense has allowed the fewest goals in the past six games prior to Week 21. Who will be his next opponent? Norwich City, who have lost their last three road games by a total of 8-1 and were dealt an astounding 43 shots during those games. Going up against such a poor defense, we expect Afobe to redeem himself from his last outing. At Wolves during the 2015-2016 season, Afobe had an impressive shooting accuracy of 54%. In addition, Norwich City’s backline is in shambles after defender Gary O’Neil received a red card last game. Accuracy and weak defense is a recipe for high fantasy production in our book. While there are doubts of his playing time, we don’t think Bournemouth paid a record amount for Afobe to sit the bench. With two of the main offensive options for Bournemouth possibly missing the match due to injury, Afobe becomes an even more enticing play. We are predicting for Afobe to be low owned as he is new to the DraftKings database. At the very least, Afobe is a great value pick with a high ceiling.
Dimitri Payet (DK: $6,200): The best times to jump on discounted players are when they receive a spot start for an injured player or when they themselves are returning from an injury. That being said, be sure to take a look at West Ham United midfielder Dimitri Payet this weekend. Payet, who was out for 6 matches with an ankle injury, returned to the pitch January 3rd in West Ham’s 2-0 win against Liverpool. Since that appearance, Payet has had 10 days of rest and is expected to return to West Ham’s Starting XI and log significant minutes in their fixture against Bournemouth this Tuesday. Bournemouth, the 16th ranked team in the premier league, has allowed 34 goals in 20 league matches this year. In Payet’s first 12 league matches (when he was healthy), he recorded 5 goals and 3 assists, along with an astounding 103 crosses. Adding in his 2 shots per match and 1 shot-on-goal per match, Payet was averaging an impressive 17.1 DK points per match (ppm). This 17.1 ppm is comparable to superstar midfielders Mesut Ozil (15.5 ppm) and Riyad Mahrez (19.9 ppm), whose prices are currently $8,700 and $8,500, respectively. In a matchup against a poor defensive team on a small 3 game slate, it is difficult to refrain from entertaining the option of a man whose price has dropped nearly $3,000 from its peak ($9,100 in Week 9). Payet’s $6,200 price tag shouldn’t be this low for long, so don’t be afraid to take a chance with the French midfielder this week.