3 FanDuel Premier League Under-the-Radar Plays for Matchweek 17
If you have played daily fantasy sports for a while, you know the importance of being contrarian in large-field tournaments. Recognizing which players are going to be owned by the masses and finding others who you think have a similar point projection but will come at much lower ownership can really separate yourself from your opponents.
The same goes for DFS Premier League. Even though the large-field tournaments aren't quite as large as they are for other sports, there is still value in identifying quality under-the-radar plays.
This article will discuss FanDuel's main Saturday slate, which starts at 10:00 a.m. EST and features six matches.
|Saturday, December 15th|
|Leicester City at Crystal Palace|
|Burnley at Tottenham|
|Newcastle at Huddersfield|
|Bournemouth at Wolves|
|Cardiff at Watford|
|West Ham at Fulham|
The 17th main slate of the season features a single elite side, Tottenham. Fresh off their surprise advancement to the Champions League Round of 16, Spurs host Burnley. They are the largest favorites on the slate by a significant margin, with an implied win probability of 86.67%, per FanDuel Sportsbook. The next closest sides are Watford (61.54% implied win odds) at home against Cardiff, and Wolves (52.38%) at home versus Bournemouth. The three remaining matches are all pickems.
As the only elite side on the slate, Tottenham should carry extremely high ownership this weekend. Despite that, they are not worth completely fading as their matchup against Burnley is excellent. Tottenham are averaging 1.83 goals per home match while Burnley concedes an average of 2.12 goals per away match. A potential reason to fade Tottenham requires a walk down narrative street, which hints at the possibility of Tottenham being emotionally flat following their dramatic come-from-behind draw against Barcelona on Tuesday.
For tournaments, consider fading only Harry Kane ($14,000), who will likely be the slate's highest-owned player. This allows for exposure to Tottenham's midfielders and for salary to be redistributed to other positions besides forward, creating a more unique lineup.
With that in mind, here are three players to consider this weekend -- especially for tournament formats -- who may fly under the radar.