3 FanDuel Premier League Under-the-Radar Plays for Matchweek 36
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 five matches.
|Saturday, April 27th|
|Everton at Crystal Palace|
|Bournemouth at Southampton|
|Wolves at Watford|
|Cardiff at Fulham|
|Newcastle at Brighton|
The 36th main slate of the season is a little bit a unicorn. It features no elite sides, no sides inside the top six on the league table, and the largest favorite on the slate, Southampton, is 16th on the table. Outside of Southampton, who have an implied win probability of 53.5% at home against Bournemouth, no other side on the slate is favored by a wide margin. Crystal Palace, Watford, Fulham, and Brighton are all slight home favorites in pick em's against their respective opponents.
On paper, this might be the most tightly contested, evenly matched slate of the entire season. With no elite sides in action, and no team greater than a half a goal favorite, ownership is likely to be as spread out as it has ever been this season. Due to their recent form, Everton is likely to be popular and the same could be said of Wolves following their two-goal victory over Arsenal on Wednesday. However, the ownership levels of their players are unlikely to reach the same heights as players on elite sides usually reach.
A flatter ownership curve means fading high owned players will provide less leverage on the field than it usually does. That said, fading Everton and Wolves, who are both on the road, is certainly a viable strategy, as their outlook is slightly worse than several other teams on the slate.
With that in mind, here are three players to consider this weekend -- especially for tournament formats -- who may fly under the radar.