4 FanDuel Premier League Studs to Target for Matchweek 31
As is the case when playing any sport on FanDuel, itâ€™s imperative to hit on high-priced studs, the players in which youâ€™ve made the biggest investment. This is especially true with strikers in soccer as goals are often the difference between winning and losing in DFS.
Letâ€™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 geared toward FanDuel's main slate, which contains all four of Tuesday's matches.
|Tuesday, April 4th|
|Everton at Manchester United|
|Sunderland at Leicester City|
|West Brom at Watford|
|Stoke City at Burnley|
Let's get to it.
Jamie Vardy, Leicester City
FanDuel Price: $9,100
Leicester are good again, and the play of Vardy is one of the reasons for the Foxes' turnaround. After winning a mere 11 times in their first 25 Premier League matches, Leicester have won four straight league fixtures, scoring 11 goals across those four matches. In that span, Vardy has accounted for two assists and four goals.
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The Foxes enter their home matchup with Sunderland as a 1-goal favorite, which ties them with Manchester United as the slate's biggest favorite. The Black Cats have been all sorts of awful this season, conceding 51 goals in 25 matches and allowing a league-high 18.2 shots per match.
With United a big favorite, Zlatan Ibrahimovic ($11,800) -- who recently completed his suspension -- is also a good play, but the Red Devils' matchup with Everton isn't quite as favorable as Vardy's home date with the last-place team in the Premier League.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Manchester United
FanDuel Price: $7,900
With Juan Mata out and Paul Pogba questionable, United may be shorthanded in midfield, and if Pogba is out, they are going to need someone to step into a playmaking role. Mkhitaryan can be that player if he gets a spot in the starting XI.
Recently returning from his own injury, Mkhitaryan saw his first league action in more than a month this past weekend, totaling 12.75 FanDuel points in a scoreless draw against West Brom. He sent in three crosses in the match and recorded 55 passes. The return of Ibrahimovic would give Mkhitaryan a much better chance of turning one of those crosses into an assist.
If Pogba ($9,700) plays, he'd be in a great spot to do some damage. He's played well in his first season in Manchester, and it's translated to consistent fantasy production. Pogba has scored at least 22 FanDuel points in five straight matches, and he's done so without the scoring boost of a goal or an assist in that stretch. He's recorded at least 70 passes per match -- getting 14 FanDuel points from his passing alone -- in each of those five games, giving him a very safe floor.
Ashley Williams, Everton
FanDuel Price: $6,100
With Manchester United expected to be on the front foot often against Everton, it puts Ashley Williams in a good spot to rack up defensive statistics. When playing at home, United fire off the second-most shots per game (19.3) and are third in possession (57.3%). Everton, meanwhile, sit third in tackles per match (20) in their travels.
Williams was in a similar spot last weekend, playing on the road at Liverpool, and he finished with 33.5 FanDuel points. Williams has scored at least 12 FanDuel points in five straight matches, including averaging 27.25 FanDuel points over his last two outings.
Kasper Schmeichel, Leicester City
FanDuel Price: $6,500
As we mentioned earlier, the Foxes have a juicy home matchup with Sunderland. The Black Cats average a meager 8.9 shots per road match, the third-fewest in the Premier League. Since scoring four goals against Crystal Palace on February 4th, Sunderland have been blanked in five straight matches.
Schmeichel has scored at least 13.5 FanDuel points in three of his last four matches. Admittedly, he's not the safest play because he's unlikely to be asked to make more than a few saves in this one, meaning he needs the points from a clean sheet to have a good day. But on a four-game slate, he's as good of a play as anyone, and he's only the sixth-most expensive keeper.