Premier League: 4 FanDuel Value Plays for Matchweek 13
A five-game slate awaits on FanDuel for Matchweek 13 of the Premier League. It includes the feature game of the weekend with Chelsea hosting Tottenham at 12:30 p.m. EST on Saturday. Tottenham is coming in off an exit from the Champions League group stage.
Although it is the biggest match of the weekend, that is not where the value plays are this weekend. In fact, most of the focus is on one match.
Adama Diomande, Hull City
FanDuel Price: $6,100
Diomande is returning from a lengthy ban to a Hull squad that desperately needs bodies. He has not played in a match since the end of October, so it is unclear if he can go the full 90. His only goal of the year came in the first match of the season.
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â€” Camino a Rusia (@caminoarusia) October 11, 2016
Hull will have a tough match against West Bromwich Albion, a top-half team. It is only because of West Brom's 4-0 victory last week that their goal differential is positive. The shutout was their first clean sheet since the opening game of the season. The majority of the goals West Brom has allowed have come from open play. If Diomande has time to settle in with West Brom providing space, he should get plenty of looks on goal.
In just eight appearances for Hull last season, Diomande tallied three goals and an assist. He will likely start up top with another striker or out left to create more chances. FanDuel has credited Diomande with five chances created this season. Hull will need the chances in a game that is too close to call and could be back and forth.
Matt Phillips, West Bromwich Albion
FanDuel Price: $5,500
Since it could be a hectic game and Phillips is on form, there is no need to switch fixtures for value in the midfield. Phillips has scored over 32 FanDuel points in his last two matches. Phillips roamed freely in the big win over Burnley and took advantage of the absence of Nacer Chadli.
Phillips has shined when the shackles have been off this year. He is credited with 16 chances created. He has created at least three chances in a match on four separate occasions this year.
Phillips only averages one defensive action per match, but it is more than likely the action will be a clearance. That is an additional point in the FanDuel system. However, Phillips is known more for his offensive ability. Before the international break, he helped to end Leicester's 20-match home unbeaten streak with a goal and an assist.
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â€” FPL (@OfficialFPL) November 22, 2016
In the five-game slate, there are 41 midfielders priced higher than Phillips. At close to 40 points per game over the last two matchweeks, taking a chance on Phillips' form could bring a big reward.
Nyom, West Bromwich Albion
FanDuel Price: $3,200
At this point it is clear that the total value in the match at KCOM Stadium is high. Nyom's price is too low to ignore. In recent weeks, he has shown the ability to get forward consistently, and he provided an assist in last week's match.
While the offensive output is nice, Nyom has been contributing defensively. He is averaging six defensive actions per appearance. He has 15 clearances alone over his last four matches. Nyom's industrious nature was on display against Leicester as he recorded five interceptions, three tackles and two clearances. He was also second on the team in total touches in the match.
Nyom is the cheapest defensive starter on the FanDuel slate this weekend. He offers salary relief in one of the most unpredictable matches of the weekend.
Wayne Hennessey, Crystal Palace
FanDuel Price: $6,000
The theme ends at keeper with Hennessey stepping in for the injured Steve Mandanda at Crystal Palace. While the injury is not serious, Mandanda is expected to miss this week's match against Swansea City. Hennessey will start for the second straight week. He earned 3.5 FanDuel points last week against Manchester City in his first match since August 20th.
Swansea are winless in their last five against Palace. They have only scored 11 goals on the season and now sit in last place in the table. Swansea has managed 135 shots over the first twelve weeks of the season.
Hennessey and his Crystal Palace teammates need to stop the downward spiral. They have lost five in a row and rumors are swirling that Alan Pardew may be on his way out. Palace need points to avoid the drop, so they should be playing desperate this weekend.
Still, it is clear that Palace has defensive issues, and Hennessey should not have a quiet day. He made three saves in this fixture last December to earn a clean sheet. His last save was a stop on a free kick from Gylfi Sigurdsson after he was initially off balance.
As always, make sure to check out the team news on Saturday as this was written prior to the managers' last press call before Matchweek 13.