3 FanDuel Premier League Under-the-Radar Plays for Matchweek 18

With three of the big-six clubs on the main slate, paying up at defender is a way to differentiate your lineup. Which players should you look to in tournaments?

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 seven matches.

Matchweek 18
Saturday, December 22nd
Watford at West Ham
Crystal Palace at Manchester City
Leicester City at Chelsea
Southampton at Huddersfield
Brighton at Bournemouth
Fulham at Newcastle
Manchester United at Cardiff

The 18th main slate of the season features three elite sides in matchups of varying degrees of difficulty. At home against Crystal Palace, Manchester City are the largest favorite on the slate, with an implied win probability of 88.89%, per FanDuel Sportsbook. At home against Leicester City, Chelsea are the second-largest favorite on the slate, with an implied win probability of 76.19%. Bringing up the rear in terms of elite sides is Manchester United, who have a new manager and an implied win probability of 64.28% on the road against Cardiff.

Of the non-elite sides, Bournemouth are the largest favorite, with an implied win probability of 53.49% at home against Brighton. The remaining matches are all projected to be tight affairs, with West Ham, Southampton, and Newcastle listed as slight favorites.

With three elites sides in action, there are a good number of options available at the top end of each position. This should lead to somewhat spread out ownership levels, but the public is unlikely to be ready to trust Manchester United, increasing ownership on Manchester City and Chelsea. As is always the case when multiple elite sides are in good spots, ownership will be higher on value options and lower on players in the middle salary range as a stars-and-scrubs approach should be popular.

With that in mind, here are three players to consider this weekend -- especially for tournament formats -- who may fly under the radar.