Premier League: 4 FanDuel Value Plays for Matchweek 37
A four-match Premier League main slate awaits FanDuel players on Saturday. While Chelsea may win the league title at West Brom on Friday night, there is still much to play for over the league's last two weeks.
The slate includes three players over $10,000, and there is a large gap to the rest of the field, as Arsenal's Danny Welbeck is the fourth-most expensive player at $8,800. To no one's surprise, it is Arsenal that dominates the top 10, so finding value among The Gunners will be tough.
This week the value plays come from teams looking for a top-half-of-the-table finish with the exception of one player from a team that is already relegated. The prices are very low this week, so let's see who is in a good spot to produce.
Mame Biram Diouf, Stoke City
FanDuel Price: $6,700
Diouf scored last weekend, so he is expected to start against an Arsenal team that is likely without Laurent Koscielny. Stoke have many options at striker now, but most have been inconsistent, so Diouf gets his shot. It's also clear that Stoke fans think Diouf should be starting.
How many likes for DIOUF! Start him up front in a team that hasn't scored an away goal in 6 games!
BANG @MameDiouf99 SCORES! ðŸ‘ðŸ‘ðŸ‘ pic.twitter.com/qLOCoenAiu
â€” Mighty Potters TV (@MightyPottersTV) May 7, 2017
The goal last week was his first of the season, but Diouf has created eight chances. He does win 50% of his duels as well. Regardless he has not been given time consistently to make an impact for Stoke. The start last week was his first in a month and he played a total of 18 minutes in that time span.
Pay close attention to the starting XI on Saturday, as other Stoke strikers are bargain plays as well. However, if given more consistent playing time, Diouf should work well in the team's system.
Sebastian Larsson, Sunderland
FanDuel Price: $5,200
Sunderland are already relegated, but Larsson is still putting in solid work. He has scored at least 17 points in four of his last six matches from the left side of midfield.
In 18 appearances Larsson has created 15 chances for a team that has struggled mightily on offense. He also averages 3 defensive actions and completes passes at an 81% success rate. He has nine clearances in his last seven matches and notched an assist last week.
Ander Herreraâ€™s â€˜screamâ€™ is why Sebastian Larsson was shown a red card, claims Victor Anichebe https://t.co/mLncd78hlh #football #soccer pic.twitter.com/SuWc63xZIE
â€” Louise Stainton (@LouiseStaintonU) April 10, 2017
Larsson was shown a red card earlier in the season, and Sunderland lost the appeal. However, there is still some controversy surrounding the decision and Larsson has only seen three other cards this year, all yellow. He should not make any more questionable tackles to harm your squad.
Kevin Long, Burnley
FanDuel Price: $4,600
Long scored 19.3 points in his debut last week. Squawka credited the Irish defender with nine defensive actions. Long did only win 44% of his duels, but his 6'2" frame should give him a chance to improve those numbers.
Worth the wait as @kevinlong28 and Clarets pass @premierleague test. Read: https://t.co/oXxL6SCmd5 pic.twitter.com/wTnWSBXsSz
â€” Burnley FC (@BurnleyOfficial) May 8, 2017
Burnley travel to Bournemouth with both teams looking for a top-half finish. The game in December between these teams ended 3-2, and there is no reason to believe that this contest will be played close to the vest. It should be a back-and-forth match that keeps both back lines busy.
Long is one of the cheapest defenders on the slate, so if he does not start, be prepared to spend more. Kieran Gibbs of Arsenal is $1,000 more expensive, but he could start in a wing back role. Martin Olsson of Swansea sits at $5,200 as his team potentially looks to clinch safety for next year.
Fraser Forster, Southampton
FanDuel Price: $6,700
Forster has a great shot at a clean sheet as Southampton travel to Middlesbrough, the league's lowest-scoring team. A clean sheet is worth 10 points, and that is what a FanDuel player must hope for when selecting the Saints' keeper.
Forster did see two get by him in midweek action, but his defenders did not help. Alexis Sanchez beat two defenders, and Olivier Giroud had a free header from close range. Boro do not have any player the caliber of Sanchez, and Alvaro Negredo has not been supplied with the service he needs in the box.
Prior to the Arsenal match, Southampton had recorded two clean sheets. They also shut out Middlesbrough in the return fixture back in December. With Boro already relegated, there is no reason to think that will not happen again.
This is the next-to-last matchweek of the season as the Premier League moves toward super Sunday on May 21st when all Premier League games will happen at the same time. Hopefully this weekend will go well for you on FanDuel to prep for what is likely to be the biggest slate all season.