Premier League: 4 FanDuel Value Plays for Matchweek 8
It is possible that Manchester City star Sergio Agüero rests this weekend, despite saying he is fit, so many players will pivot to Kelechi Iheanacho for value. Iheanacho could become the chalk pick if he starts against the defending champions, Leicester City. However, there may be better value across the Premier League this week.
Southampton players are in a good spot against Burnley. The international break will create more opportunity for squad rotation. Players on lower profile squads, like Joshua King, should have recovered fully from any lingering issues. In other words, there are a lot of possibilities in play this weekend, so finding value will be tricky.
As always, be sure to check the team news before the games kick off this weekend. Let's start with a player from the team opposite of the potential chalk pick.
Demarai Gray, Leicester City
Price: £6 million
Gray replaced Marc Albrighton in Mmatchweek 7 and contributed 7.25 FanDuel points in fewer than 30 minutes of game time. The week before, he scored 25.25 FanDuel points against Manchester United.
England U21 boss Aidy Boothroyd believes Demarai Gray can emulate Jesse Lingard in being called up to the senior squad in the future. pic.twitter.com/JnkelrFbpX
— BBC Leicester Sport (@BBCRLSport) October 10, 2016
With three games in eight days, Leicester is going to have to rotate some players. Gray is on good form, which includes a goal for the England U21s last week, so he warrants game time. Gray can make a splash as a substitute as well, which is a role he became familiar with last season.
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Southampton
Price: £6.5 million
Hojbjerg is shining after his move to Southampton. He is asserting himself more than anyone expected as shown by having more touches than anyone on the pitch in the game against West Ham. Hojbjerg followed up that game with a Man of the Match nod against Leicester, according to WhoScored. He provided two key passes and was credited for two clearances on the way to a 26.5-point performance. It was his second-best performance of the year with his best game coming against Manchester United in Matchweek 2.
Hojbjerg and his Southampton teammates have a favorable matchup against Burnley this week. Southampton have only lost once in their last 14 matches at home against Burnley. They have also scored in their last 13 Premier League matches at home and are on a run of 6 consecutive clean sheets. Because Hojbjerg is an all-around player, he plays a big role on both sides of the ball for the Saints when he is on the pitch.
Geoff Cameron, Stoke City
Price: £6.3 million
Cameron returned to Stoke early in the international break from U.S. Men's National Team duty. He played center back for the USMNT against Cuba but was employed in the midfield for Stoke in their last match against Manchester United. Cameron secured 20.5 FanDuel points in that game due in part to 3 tackles and 2 shots on target. An injury to Joe Allen means Stoke will likely need Cameron in the midfield again this week, which adds to his value.
Geoff Cameron has headed home from international duty early, but isn't injured. #SCFC #TBPTV pic.twitter.com/OM6QrffXLb
— The Bear Pit TV (@TheBearPitTV) October 11, 2016
Cameron has formed a good partnership with Glenn Whelan in the center of the park. Despite being employed to help sure up the defense, Cameron has managed two games with more than 20 FanDuel points in his last four. The matchup is also favorable, as Stoke have lost only one of their last eight Premier League matches at home against Sunderland.
David Marshall, Hull City
Price: £6.2 million
Marshall has played in only two matches for Hull but has the best save-per-minute statistic of any Premier League keeper. He recorded 12 total saves in those two games against top-10 opponents.
Marshall was also put to the test against Slovakia this week. Scotland lost 3-0, but it could have been much worse without Marshall in net.
Hull will travel to Bournemouth this weekend, so Marshall may not be under fire quite as much. However, Hull leads the league in saves this season meaning that whoever is in net is under plenty of pressure. Hull's 23 shots allowed per game leads the league as well.
The Cherries are averaging a bit less than 10 shots per match. They may increase their average against Hull's defense, but have only managed six goals on the year. Clearly, Bournemouth's finishing ability is in question, making Marshall a great value play.