4 FanDuel Premier League Players to Avoid in Matchweek 2
Daily fantasy soccer on FanDuel.uk is new, but the concept behind picking a team is similar to any other DFS game. It is important to hit on high-priced studs and get good performances from value plays.
It's imperative to check out FanDuel's scoring and settings as they are slightly different from other DFS sites. There is a massive emphasis placed on goals and assists, while a cross does not tally any points unless it is recorded as a chance created.
Let's take a look at some players who may be in line for a tough game in Matchweek 2.
Andre Gray, Burnley
FanDuel Price: €7.2 million
Gray had an atrocious outing in the opener, finishing with 6.5 points. The forward was only able to manage one shot on target against Swansea, who were without former defender and captain Ashley Williams. Burnley had just 47% of the possession against the Swans, and now they take on offensive juggernaut Liverpool..
Gray finished last season with just two goals in his final seven matches, while recording a dismal total of four shots on target in that span. He has not been in his best form of late. Liverpool is a huge favorite, and the over/under is set at 2.5. There is a chance the Reds' spotty defense could help Gray get back on track, but it's probably wise to wait until that happens before investing in him.
Ross Barkley, Everton
FanDuel Price: €9.8 million
Barkley had a fantastic match in Matchweek 1, receiving a 7.63 rating from WhoScored.com. The midfielder scored 1 goal, created 3 chances and produced 39.25 FanDuel points against Tottenham. The Toffees only possessed the ball 42% of the time, and Barkley's goal came off a free kick that barely missed Phil Jagielka's head and luckily bounced in the net.
Barkley next faces a West Brom squad that only allowed four shots on target in its season opener. West Brom is not a great attacking side and will likely be in another relegation battle. However, the Baggies have good quality in the back line and are solid in net with Ben Foster.
Barkley played a great match previously, but his only chance on target came off a set piece. Maybe the biggest concern for Barkley is the expected return of Everton striker Romelu Lukaku, who was the focal point of the team's attack a year ago. Barkley's play was an enormous gift for fantasy players in Matchweek 1, which could lead to a spike in his ownership this weekend, but we should not expect the same return against West Brom.
César Azpilicueta, Chelsea
FanDuel Price: €9.3 million
Azpilicueta scored 9.25 FanDuel points in Matchweek 1, totaling one interception, one blocked shot and a yellow card. A poor fantasy performance by the fourth-most expensive defender. Azpilicueta did not get involved in the attack much, recording one shot and two crosses.
Chelsea took part in the last match in Matchweek 1, playing Monday against West Ham, and now have to travel to Watford on Saturday. Watford will have an extra two days of rest for this one, plus the added boost of playing at home for the first time this season.
The 2.5 over/under for the match is appealing, but if a defender is not involved in the attack, he needs to rack up defensive stats -- clearances, tackles and interceptions -- to be useful. With Chelsea the better side, there is a chance they dominate the ball and don't give Azpilicueta the opportunity to make a huge impact defensively, making him a player to shy away from for this match.
David de Gea, Manchester United
FanDuel Price: €8.7 million
De Gea made two saves while conceding one goal in United's 3-1 triumph at Bournemouth last week. Although he only faced three shots, he was unable to maintain a clean sheet. When forking over the cash for a goalie on a top team -- which means he's probably not going to rack up many points for saves -- clean sheets are a must.
De Gea now faces Southampton, a squad which finished in sixth place a year ago. In their opening fixture, the Saints possessed the ball 64% of the time against Watford (although they were up a man the final 20 minutes) and peppered the goal 24 shots, only 6 of which were on target. The Red Devils have been inconsistent defensively the last few years, and the over/under for this one is set at 2.5. As one of the best goalies in the world, de Gea is always capable of a huge performance, but he's not an ideal play against Southampton, especially at this price.