Premier League: 4 FanDuel Value Plays for Matchweek 20
More so than in any other matchweek, checking the team news ahead of Monday's Premier League matches is a vital step. The teams are playing two matches in three days as the transfer window opens. FanDuel will have a five-game slate on Monday, as they exclude the first game of the day.
This is the only week that taking someone as a potential goal-scoring substitute may work. The quick turnaround means that more players may need a break, so the stars could come off earlier in each match. Our matchweek 19 pick at forward, Joshua King, came through off the bench. Four of the five matches have a clear favorite, which helps make this tactic more viable. Still it is very risky to put even one player from the bench in your starting lineup, so proceed with caution.
Ashley Barnes, Burnley
FanDuel Price: $6,000
Burnley is the underdog in their match against Manchester City on Monday. However, City's defensive struggles continue and their confidence is in question. John Stones has not been the player he was brought in to be on the back line. Claudio Bravo has been erratic in goal. City has been inconsistent and only have two clean sheets in their last 12 matches across all competitions.
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Andre Gray picked up the hat trick on Saturday, but Barnes was on penalty kick duty and added a fourth goal. Barnes has vaulted up the depth chart and now appears to be on spot-kick duties. He is being employed alongside Gray and collected an assist on one of his strike partner's goals. In his last three appearances, Barnes has two goals and an assist.
Barnes was also credited for one clearance on Saturday and will likely have to come back to protect his net on corners against Manchester City. Defensive action points can be key for low-priced attackers.
Matt Phillips, West Brom
FanDuel Price: $6,600
With a small slate, it was expected that Phillips' cost would be much higher after earning his fifth game of more than 30 points on FanDuel during matchweek 19. Phillips earned man of the match honors against Southampton after contributing his team's first goal and assisting on the game winner. He finished with three shots, two key passes, and five defensive actions.
Phillips has four goals and five assists in nine straight starts. He will get a chance to pad those stats against Hull. West Brom have scored 10 goals in their last four matches at the Hawthorns. Hull has conceded 41 goals this season, the second-most in the league. Hull has allowed 12 goals in their last five matches.
These numbers suggest that many of the West Brom attackers are good plays on Monday. However, it is Phillips that has the highest points per game of all West Brom forwards and midfielders.
Ragnar Klavan, Liverpool
FanDuel Price: $4,600
Joel Matip has not played in Liverpool's last four matches and has been ruled out of the match against Sunderland on Monday. However, Klavan and Dejan Lovren have played very well as the center back tandem. They held Manchester City, a team that had scored 39 goals, without a goal on Saturday. Klavan registered seven clearances, three tackles, one interception, and one blocked shot. It was Klavan's third straight game of at least 16 FanDuel points.
Klavan stated that 2016 was the best year of his career and it helps to have finished the year giving up only one goal in the last three matches. In nine appearances for Liverpool he is averaging five defensive actions. He has had no defensive errors and connects on almost 90% of his passes.
On paper, Sunderland do not pose a big threat to Liverpool. Liverpool has won their last three matches at the Stadium of Light. The Black Cats have only scored 17 goals this year and will be without Victor Anichebe. The Sunderland attack should be easy to deal with after shutting down Manchester City.
Joel Robles, Everton
FanDuel Price: $6,100
On a small slate with plenty of favorites, there isn't much value at the keeper position. Robles gets the nod as one of the cheapest starting keepers on Monday and because his counterpart, Fraser Forster of Southampton, has been woeful. Everton is also unbeaten in their last 11 home league matches against Southampton having only conceded six goals.
Robles is averaging over 14 points a game scoring at least 20 points in every other match. It is a small sample size, but if the trend continues he is in for a good game. He scored just over six points on Friday.