4 FanDuel Premier League Studs to Target for Matchweek 7
As is the case when playing any sport on FanDuel, it’s imperative to hit on high-priced studs, the players in which you’ve made the biggest investment. This especially true with strikers in soccer as goals are often the difference between winning and losing in DFS.
With a full 10-game slate on tap for Matchweek 7, there is no shortage of options. Let’s take a look at some high-priced players -- all across the pitch -- who, despite costing a good chunk of change, are worth the investment.
This article is for the Friday through Sunday slate, which includes all 10 matches.
Romelu Lukaku, Everton
Price: £10 million
Sergio Agüero is going to be a popular play, especially in cash games, but it'll take a whopping £16.5 million to roster him. Lukaku is an attractive pivot for his Friday night home clash with Crystal Palace.
The centerpiece for the Toffees' attack, Lukaku has a monstrous ceiling, going over the 30-point mark on FanDuel twice in four starts, including a 79.5-point, 3-goal explosion. He's averaging 31.8 points per match through five contests. The Belgian has totaled four goals and one assist while creating eight other chances.
Everton is fourth in shots per game (15) and second in shots on target per match (6.5). Palace's defensive numbers don't look too bad, but they've only played one game -- versus Tottenham -- against a team currently in the top eight of the table. In that game, Tottenham racked up 20 shots and owned 57% of the possession.
Eden Hazard, Chelsea
Price: £12.8 million
The midfield position is weakened with Kevin De Bruyne on the mend, but Hazard has a chance to put in a big performance at Hull City.
Only one team in the Premier League is allowing more than 19 shots per game, and it's Hull, who are giving up 23.2 shots per game. Hull also have the fifth-worst possession rate (44.6%), and they have conceded 12 goals in six matches. You're going to want some exposure to that.
Chelsea, who are a one-goal favorite, check in fifth in shots per game (16.7) and fifth in possession (55.6%). Hazard hasn't scored more than 11 FanDuel points in the past two weeks, but he's still averaging 22.79 points per match. He has netted a pair of goals and is averaging 3.0 shots, 3.2 fouls drawn, and 52.8 passes per game.
Nicolas Otamendi, Manchester City
Price: £8.8 million
Otamendi has been a consistent performer this season. He's scored between 15 and 24 FanDuel points in four of his five outings, with the lone exception being a 36-point outburst. That season-high production came against Manchester United, the most offensive-minded team Manchester City have played thus far.
In Matchweek 7, the Citizens will tangle with Tottenham, another attack-minded side. Spurs slot in second in shots per game (19) and third in possession (55.8%). Tottenham will be sans Harry Kane, but the fact that the game is at White Hart Lane, where Spurs are getting off 20.7 shots per contest, should help ensure that Otamendi is busy.
Otamendi is averaging 4.2 clearances per game to go along with 3.4 interceptions and 3.4 tackles. He also chips in with 59.2 passes per game as part of Pep Guardiola's possession-based tactics.
Tom Heaton, Burnley
Price: £7.5 million
Heaton gets a home matchup against Arsenal. The Gunners are a 1.5-goal favorite and should control the proceedings.
They are getting off 14.5 shots per game and rank fifth in possession (54.7%). Arsenal have also been in dazzling form, scoring 13 goals over their last four matches across all competitions.
All that means Heaton should be active, giving him the chance to amass a plethora of saves. In his last match against one of the big boys, Heaton was beaten three times, but he still scored 15.75 FanDuel points. He could be in for that type of performance this week in a game that should unfold in a similar fashion.