4 FanDuel Premier League Players to Avoid in Matchweek 13
Matchweek 13 sees the top squads returning from Matchday 5 of the European tournaments (Champions and Europa), meaning DFS players, as always, should look at injury reports and confirmed starting XI, when they become available.
We should look to take advantage of the teams -- and players -- who play especially well either home or away while also looking at Vegas favorites and over/under totals.
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 also just as important not to overspend on players in bad matchups.
FanDuel made their Premier League DFS games available to U.S. players starting in Matchweek 10, and this article will be geared toward the main slate for the U.S.-based FanDuel site. The main slate for Matchweek 13 features five Saturday matches, which include three of the top five clubs.
Let's take a look at four players, across the entire pitch, who should be avoided in the upcoming matches.
Harry Kane, Tottenham
FanDuel Price: $11,600
Kane is the second-highest priced forward for Matchweek 13, and he has averaged 25.1 FanDuel points per game. Tottenham faces Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in Saturday's premier matchup. Kane has been in impressive form since returning from an ankle injury, scoring four goals in the Spurs last three matches across all competitions. In those three matches --- against Monaco, West Ham and Arsenal --- Kane took five shots on target while only scoring one goal in open-play (against West Ham). Three of Kane's four goals came from the penalty spot, while his one open-play goal came off a rebound from West Ham's Darren Randolph which allowed Kane to easily capitalize on an open net.
Chelsea is the league's top squad through Matchweek 12 and have conceded a league-best three goals on their home pitch. The Blues have maintained 54.9% of the possession at Stamford Bridge and enter Saturday's match as the favorites. The Blues have yet to concede a goal to a forward at Stamford Bridge, conceding two to defenders --- against Liverpool and West Ham --- and one to a midfielder (against Liverpool).
Tottenham are coming off an emotional exit from the Champions League after losing to Monaco, but they have performed well away from White Hart Lane, winning two, drawing four and possessing the ball 57% of the match. Kane is one of the Premier League's top forwards, and he is always a threat to score in any match. However, with the Liverpool-Sunderland match over/under set at 3.5, Kane should be avoided in favor of forwards in matches that should produce more goals.
Son Heung-Min, Tottenham
FanDuel Price: $7,900
Son is 12th-highest priced midfielder for Matchweek 13, and he has averaged 20.9 FanDuel points. Son made his first start this season Matchweek 4 against Stoke City and entered the starting XI in prolific form. In his first four matches after being selected in the starting XI, Son scored four goals and assisted on two others. However, since Matchweek 7, Son has not contributed on any goals for the Spurs and has seen his shots on target and chances created diminish.
|Matchweek 4 Through 7||Matchweek 8 Through 12|
|Shots On Target||7||1|
|Average FanDuel Points||39.94||5.6|
As mentioned above with Kane, the Blues and Spurs are two of the top squads in the Premier League, and both do well possessing the ball. The Blues are a large favorite at Stamford Bridge and have conceded a league-best three goals on their home pitch. Son proved earlier in the season that he is capable of a putting forth tournament-winning performances, but his recent form and difficult matchup make him hard to trust.
Ahmed Elmohamady, Hull City
FanDuel Price: $5,200
Elmohamady is the fifth-highest priced defender for Matchweek 13, and he has averaged 13.3 FanDuel Points. The Tigers enter Saturday's match against West Brom as a slight underdog. Elmohamady has not produced over 19 FanDuel points in any match this season, but he has produced under 10 FanDuel points twice, both away from KCOM Stadium. Elmohamady averages 12 defensive actions per match, fourth-best average on his squad, behind Curtis Davies, Michael Dawson and Josh Tymon.
The Tigers possess the ball 43.8% of the match at KCOM Stadium and have conceded 11 goals at home. The Tigers are set to be in a relegation battle all season and face a West Brom squad that has struggled to score goals away from the Hawthorns, netting just six in their travels. The Baggies have possessed the ball 42.8 % of the match away from their home pitch, third-worst in the Premier League.
Elmohamady is not involved in the Tigers' attack, averaging 0.5 crosses and 0.3 key passes per match while taking two shots this season. In a match that features two squads which struggle to possess the ball, Elmohamady should be avoided in favor of defenders who will likely see a high amount of pressure from their opponent's attack or defenders who have the ability to contribute in their squad's attack.
David Marshall, Hull City
FanDuel Price: $7,000
Marshall is the seventh-highest priced keeper for Matchweek 13, and he has averaged 9.9 FanDuel points per match. The Baggies have been held scoreless once this season away from the Hawthorns, failing to score in Matchweek 4 against Bournemouth. The Baggies possess the ball 42.8% of the match away from their home pitch, averaging 11.5 shots per match (3.5 shots on target), which is the 11th-best mark in the Premier League.
Clean sheets and saves are extremely important for keeper scoring on FanDuel. Marshall has yet to record a clean sheet this season, and he has averaged 3.9 saves per match. The Tigers have conceded 11 goals this season at KCOM stadium, with Marshall allowing five in his three starts. West Brom enters the match as a slight favorite, and the over/under is set at 2.5.
The Tigers, as expected, are in a relegation battle that should last all season while the Baggies are surprisingly fighting for a spot in Europe. In a match that does not set up for Marshall to see a lot of shots, DFS players should avoid him in favor of keepers who are likely to see more shots, giving them a higher ceiling.