4 FanDuel Premier League Players to Avoid in Matchweek 4
DFS players rejoice! The international break is over and the transfer window has closed. The first few weeks of any sport are chaos for fantasy players as teams continually adjust their lineups.
The Premier League is even more chaotic for the fantasy community, as most players participated in summer competitions and may have entered the season unfit -- not to mention the transfer window that lingers during the start of the season.
DFS players should start to see more consistency in lineups as well as player roles, as managers start to understand the capabilities of their full squad. It is still imperative to check starting lineups when they are posted, as there are always late fitness checks and scratches. Hopefully those fitness checks are mentioned throughout the week, making DFS players lives a bit easier.
As with any sport, it is imperative to have your players, especially the high-priced studs, live up to their price tag. When making an investment into any player, it is important to determine which players will likely contribute in FanDuel's emphasized areas (goals, assists, and shots on target).
It's just as important not to overspend on players in bad matchups. Let's take a look a four players who should be avoided in the upcoming matches.
Jamie Vardy, Leicester City
Vardy is the eighth-most expensive forward on FanDuel and has averaged 12.83 points through three weeks. That point total is unacceptable from a DFS point of view for a player as pricey as Vardy. The striker was able to find the net for the first time this season in his previous match against Swansea City, greatly increasing Vardy's average point total.
Vardy has under-performed this season, scoring only one goal. For DFS players, especially on FanDuel, goals can be the difference between winning and losing. The goals from Vardy have been disappointing, but the lack of involvement in the attack is more discouraging, as Vardy has taken only seven shots, with one on target.
Vardy's opponent, Liverpool, will be playing at Anfield for the first time this season and should be able to feed off the energy of their home fans. The Reds have controlled 57.8% of the possession this season, while Leicester has possessed the ball 49.7% of the time on the road. Liverpool's back line is mediocre, but they were able to render Tottenham's Harry Kane ineffective in their previous match.
Vardy is a great striker and will undoubtedly score goals this season. However, DFS players should wait until Vardy is more involved in the attack as well as having a consistent starter next to him up front.
Dušan Tadić, Southampton
FanDuel Price: £9.9 million
Tadić is the 15th-highest priced midfielder on FanDuel for Matchweek 4. Tadić has averaged 18.58 FanDuel points in the first three matches and has been credited with 10 chances created, per FanDuel. Digging deeper into those numbers show that since Matchweek 1 --- when Southampton was up a man for the final 20 minutes against Watford --- Tadić has only four chances created and has been unable to place a shot on target.
|Matchweek 1||Matchweek 2 and 3|
|Shots on Target||2||0|
|5 Successful Passes||9||12|
Arsenal, his opponent, have improved defensively since conceding four goals in their first match against Liverpool and enter this mach as the favorite. Tadić has great skill on the ball and will have the opportunity for more goals this season, but his role is also undefined as Southampton recently signed Sofiane Boufal, another attacking midfielder. Until DFS players see the how Southampton involves their players in the attack they should look for another player with more upside in Matchweek 4.
Kyle Walker, Tottenham
FanDuel Price: £8.5 million
Walker has averaged 13.83 FanDuel points in three matches and is the eighth-highest priced defender for Matchweek 4. Tottenham is a slight favorite over Stoke City and should control the possession as they average 54.4% of the possession on the road while Stoke averages 44.9% of the possession at home.
After his performance in Matchweek 1, scoring 26.75 FanDuel points, Walker has been ineffective for fantasy players, averaging just over 7 points in Matchweek 2 and 3. Walker's production, both offensively and defensively, has dropped. In Matchweek 1, Walker had one assist, three tackles and four clearances.
Since then, the defender has tallied three clearances and four tackles.
Danny Rose, according to the team's Twitter account, has been ruled out of Saturday's match. Rose's injury could force the Potters to be more aggressive in their attack opposite of Walker, limiting his ability to score defensive points. DFS players should look elsewhere for defenders who have a higher likelihood of earning defensive statistics in Matchweek 4.
David de Gea, Manchester United
FanDuel Price: £8.3 million
de Gea is priced as the top keeper this week, along with Arsenal's Petr Cech. The United keeper has recorded two straight clean sheets and now faces Manchester City without Sergio Agüero. Although de Gea is fortunate to face City without one of top strikers in the world, the keeper should be avoided this week.
Manchester City has 50 shots this season, fifth-most in the Premier League, while averaging a league leading 65.8% of the possession. The Red Devils, at Old Trafford, have only possessed the ball 46.1% of the time, ranking 14th in the Premier League. City, even without Aguero, will likely control the possession giving the Sky Blues a good opportunity to score a goal. City will likely replace Agüero with Kelechi Iheanacho, the only player in the Premier League, since 2015-16, who has fewer minutes per goal than Agüero.
DFS players may see an Agüero-less City squad and assume the opponent's keeper is a great play. City will still employ Nolito and Raheem Sterling, who have combined for four goals this season, as well as likely replacing Agüero with Iheanacho. de Gea is one of the top keepers in the world and is always capable of a huge performance, but he is not an ideal play against Manchester City, especially at his price.