2 FanDuel Premier League Under-the-Radar Plays for Matchweek 31

With no elite sides in action on a three-match slate, Burnley's Ashley Barnes could go overlooked on Saturday. Who else should you look at 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 11:00 a.m. EST and features only three matches.

Matchweek 31
Saturday, March 16th
Newcastle at Bournemouth
Huddersfield at West Ham
Leicester City at Burnley

The 31st main slate of the season is a short, three-game slate, featuring no elite sides. With an implied win probability of 64.28%, West Ham are the largest favorite on the slate at home against Huddersfield. Bournemouth are a slight favorite at home against Newcastle, and Leicester City are a slight road favorite in a pick'em against Burnley.

With only three matches and no elite sides in action, ownership will be concentrated on a number of options who are less safe than they need to be to justify their likely ownership. Tops among them will be Jamie Vardy ($12,000), coming off a 55.6-FanDuel-point performance last weekend, James Maddison ($9,500) and a pair of in-form Newcastle forwards Salomon Rondon ($11,000) and Ayoze Perez ($10,500). Youri Tielemans ($8,500) could also see high ownership as a result of his impressive consistency in recent fixtures and lower salary.

All of the players listed above are in the middle of a streak of impressive performances or coming off of one huge performance. However, all of them have been hit or miss in the past and are more than capable of putting up a dud or simply failing to reach the production required to justify their likely ownership. When a group like this is potentially going to garner similar ownership to what stars on elite sides get on normal slates, it is well worth considering fading them completely and opting for their counterparts on the sides they will be facing. All three of the matches this weekend are projected to be relatively even, and going against the grain could pay dividends for large-field tournaments.

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