Premier League: 4 FanDuel Value Plays for Matchweek 4
The transfer window is shut and international play has concluded for now, so the Premier League will be back in action this weekend. The main slate on FanDuel will consist of six games from Matchweek 4.
|Saturday, August 26th|
|Bournemouth at Arsenal|
|West Bromwich Albion at Brighton and Hove Albion|
|Tottenham at Everton|
|Chelsea at Leicester City|
|Watford at Southampton|
|Manchester United at Stoke City|
With Chelsea and Manchester United on the slate, there are four players at $11,000 or higher. A total of 19 players are priced at or above $9,000, including midfielder Dusan Tadic. He has seen one of the most significant price hikes in the early season.
However, there is still value with costs ranging below $4,000. Let's see who can provide the best value this week.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin ($6,500): The Everton forward is averaging just over 13 points a game through the first three weeks and comes off an international break where he scored for the England U21 side. He's also getting to pick the brain of one of England's best scorers, Wayne Rooney.
ðŸ¦ðŸŽ¥| Video- Dominick Calvert-Lewin's (20) goal for England.
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â€” Footy Scouted (@FootyScouted) September 1, 2017
Everton were unable to secure the services of another striker at the deadline, so Calvert-Lewin will have his opportunity to shine. Former Everton forward Graeme Sharp thinks Calvert-Lewin can be a mainstay in the squad. The young forward is still adapting, but his confidence is growing.
Everton will host a Tottenham team that has had a slow start to the season for a team expected to contend for the title. They have been able to hold possession, but have earned six yellow cards and only scored 3 goals in the first three weeks. Even if Everton have less possession, they have shown that Calvert-Lewin is an outlet in transition. He has been targeted for plenty of long balls in the early going, and his pace has allowed him to run onto the ball to gain possession for his side.
There is still some uncertainty with the Everton starting lineup, so be sure to check the team news. Still, there seems to be room for Calvert-Lewin in attack.
Chris Brunt ($6,000): West Brom's wing back has picked up where he left off last season. He continues to have major defensive responsibilities while finding a way to create chances on the offensive end. Through three matches, he's averaging close to 16 points per game while recording 6 chances created and 7 clearances.
Brunt should be active on both ends again this weekend against Brighton. West Brom is comfortable not owning possession and are actually the worst team in terms of possession this season. However, Tomer Hemed and Glenn Murray are nursing injuries for Brighton. Attacking options are limited for the home team with the player availability, which should allow West Brom to find more time on the ball.
Chris Brunt. My hero. #GAWA pic.twitter.com/gVzqzw9Sss
â€” Jonny Walsh (@jonathanwalsh_) September 4, 2017
Brunt showed off his free kick ability during the international break, which should add to his confidence. He could find himself in a similar situation with a chance to add goal-scoring points that will automatically make his value price tag worth a starting spot.
Christian Kabasele ($4,500): With Sebastian Prodl suffering a hamstring injury and Miguel Britos earning his third red card in 32 games, the Watford back line is in flux. That opens up a spot for the 26-year-old Belgian defender in central defense. Kabasele will provide a target for corners and indirect free kicks, but his value will come defensively in what is expected to be a hard-fought match.
Perhaps somewhat surprisingly, Southampton is among the leaders in possession average to this point in the season. Southampton is also unbeaten in their last five home matches against Watford. Kabasele and company should have plenty of opportunities to thwart the Southampton attack. He should be able to match his 11 defensive actions from the last time out against Brighton.
Mat Ryan ($4,000): The Brighton keeper's price tag is tied for the lowest among expected starting goalkeepers. Ryan was a club-record signing back in June and has recorded 5 saves and a clean sheet after taking over the starting role.
Two of the top three score predictions for this match include a Brighton clean sheet. While Brunt may be able to get crosses in the box and create chances, it does not mean that his teammates have been able to convert. West Brom averages 11.3 shots per match, good for 13th in the league.
Tim Krul did sign with Brighton at the transfer deadline, but Ryan should hold the starting position for now. Ryan is cheap and has a chance to score 10 points for the shut out. It is a risk, but one worth taking.