Premier League: 4 FanDuel Value Plays for Matchweek 2
The first month of the Premier League campaign can be a little crazy for DFS. With new signings arriving and stars reporting late because of international duties, roles are far from set in stone. There are a lot of variables at play.
We already covered some high-priced players who are worth the large investment for Matchweek 2, but let’s shift to some low-cost assets who could deliver with solid production, highlighting one value play at each position.
The Premier League features a 10-match schedule for Matchweek 2, giving us a slew of options.
Andy Carroll, West Ham
Price: £7 million
West Ham is just one game into the year, but they're already going through an injury crisis. Star midfielder Dimitri Payet didn't start the opener after spending his summer playing for France in the Euros, and now he's picked up a small knock, putting his status for this weekend in jeopardy. To make matters worse, forward Andre Ayew, who the Hammers signed in a huge transfer this summer, is now out for four months with a thigh injury he sustained in Matchweek 1.
This means there are opportunities abound up front. Andy Carroll is in a position to take advantage of some extra chances. The Hammers have a nice home matchup with Bournemouth, who allowed the third-most goals in the Premier League last season. It's not hard to picture West Ham firing plenty of crosses going Carroll's way. If Payet is out, giving Carroll, one of the best headers of the ball in the sport, a chance to head one in may be the Hammers' best offense.
Forward Enner Valencia (£6 million) and midfielder Gokhan Tore (£4.8 million) are also worth a dart throw as each should see a much bigger role in a game where the Hammers figure to have plenty of the ball.
Leroy Fer, Swansea City
Price: £7.3 million
After an eighth-place finish in 2014-15, Swansea City had a little bit of a disappointing year last season, finishing 12th and scoring just 42 goals in 38 league fixtures. The Swans' offense was back in top form in Matchweek 1 as they fired off 17 shots -- 9 on target -- in a 1-0 win over Burnley.
Leroy Fer was the star of the show, tapping home the match-winning goal off a rebound. In all, Fer totaled 38.5 FanDuel points, adding to his goal by completing 38 passes with 3 clearances and 5 interceptions.
Swansea is a home favorite this week against newly-promoted Hull City. Hull shocked with a season-opening win over Leicester City, but Hull still allowed 18 shots. With their offensive aggressiveness, Swansea will likely have a good shot at controlling possession, which, in turn, should give Fer plenty of touches in the midfield.
Emre Can, Liverpool
Price: £6.8 million
This almost feels like cheating. Can is listed as a defender on FanDuel, but he actually spends time as a defensive midfielder, which gives him a much better chance of getting into the fray offensively. In a matchup at newly-promoted Burnley, Can should have plenty of opportunities to go forward.
He was a workhorse for Liverpool a year ago, averaging 59.8 passes per game and completing them at an 81.3% success rate. Defensively, Can averaged 2.6 tackles, 2.1 interceptions, and 1.4 clearances per match. Since the turn of the calendar to 2016, no Premier League team has scored as many goals as the Reds.
There is one caveat, however. Can didn't start in the season-opening win at Arsenal, coming on as a second-half substitute as he works his way into the team after playing for Germany in Euro 2016. He is tentatively expected to make his return to the lineup, but it would be wise to double-check Jurgen Klopp's starting XI before rostering Can.
Michel Vorm, Tottenham
Price: £4.3 million
With first-choice keeper Hugo Lloris out, Vorm will step into the starting XI for Tottenham's home matchup with Crystal Palace, and he'll likely be a highly-owned goalie.
Vorm has made just four Premier League starts for Spurs, but he's fared well in limited action, on average allowing one goal every 89 minutes. This is mostly about his incredibly cheap price and the quality of the defense in front of him. Tottenham allowed just 9.8 shots per match in their home games a year ago, and overall, Spurs conceded just 35 goals in 38 fixtures, tying for the league lead.
In their travels last season, Crystal Palace recorded a meager 44.4% possession rate while getting just 4.0 shots on goal per game, so there's a chance Vorm isn't asked to do too much, limiting his upside. However, a goalie this cheap playing behind an elite defense is too much to pass on.