3 FanDuel Premier League Under-the-Radar Plays for Matchweek 10
If you have played daily fantasy sports for a while, you know the importance of being contrarian in large-field tournaments. Recognizing which players are going to be owned by the masses and finding others who you think have a similar point projection but will come at much lower ownership can really separate yourself from your opponents.
The same goes for DFS Premier League. Even though the large-field tournaments aren't quite as large as they are for other sports, there is still value in identifying quality under-the-radar plays.
This article will discuss FanDuel's main Saturday slate, which starts at 10:00 a.m. EST and features six matches.
|Saturday, October 28th|
|Huddersfield Town at Liverpool|
|Manchester City at West Bromwich Albion
|Stoke City at Watford|
|Swansea City at Arsenal|
|West Ham United at Crystal Palace|
|Chelsea at Bournemouth|
Despite being on the road, Manchester City are tied for the highest implied goal total on the slate. While we can never expect low ownership on their players, they might be less popular than Arsenal and Liverpool, who home favorites. If their ownership levels are even slightly depressed, then they are the pick of the elite teams for large-field tournaments.
Keep in mind that many of the sides in action this weekend had mid-week League Cup fixtures, so value may open up as starting lineups rotate to accommodate.
With that in mind, here are three under-the-radar players to consider for Matchweek 10.
FanDuel Salary: $9,500
Richarlison has the same salary as Alexandre Lacazette, who could easily end up being the highest-owned player on the slate. However, in a lineup that is fading Arsenal in favor of a different elite side, Richarlison offers the perfect combination of low ownership and upside.
Despite his two missed opportunities that might have sealed the victory for Watford against Chelsea last weekend, Richarlison has been in excellent form. As one of the biggest early-season surprises in the Premier League, he has three goals and two assists in nine appearances and has averaged 23.03 FanDuel points per match. After coming off the bench for Watford in their Premier League season opener, Richarlison has started every match for the Hornets. His FanDuel production has been hit or miss, but the hits have been huge, with performances of 33.50, 43.25, and 48.50 FanDuel points.
At home this season, Stoke City have been predictably tough, but they are the second-worst team in the Premier League on the road, with only one point earned in four matches. Throwing aside their recent 7-2 defeat to Manchester City, they are still allowing an average of 1.33 goals per match on the road.
At first glance, Watford’s home results seem terrible, with only five points earned in four matches. However, they have a win over Arsenal, a draw to Liverpool, and a 6-0 loss to Manchester City during that time. Against a lesser opponent, they should produce closer to how they have on the road this season, where they have three wins and one loss against non-elite sides. Watford should get their home form back on track this weekend, much to the benefit of Richarlison.
Andre Carrillo, Watford
FanDuel Salary: $5,000
Finding a midfield option to pair Richarlison with is a bit of a struggle, as $9,000 is a steep price to pay for Abdoulaye Doucoure, and Tom Cleverly produces most of his FanDuel points from defensive statistics. Enter Andre Carrillo, who should get the start in place of the injured Roberto Pereyra, who has already been ruled out.
Despite carrying the midfield designation on FanDuel, Carrillo is expected to operate as the attacking right mid in Watford’s 3-4-3 formation. At a price of only $5,000, he offers great value on a slate where it is needed to include the numerous high-priced options that are available. At his low price tag, any production will be enough to make his inclusion in a roster worth it.
After his arrival to Watford on a season-long loan from Benfica in August, Carrillo started four consecutive matches in September. He has only been used as a sub since then, but produced five shots and sent in seven crosses during those four starts. In his seven Premier League appearances this season, he has only failed to record a shot once. Carrillo’s move to Watford also reunited him with Marco Silva, who was in charge of Sporting CP while he played for them. As a value midfielder playing in an attacking role for a home favorite, Carrillo is an intriguing option this weekend.
Wilfried Zaha, Crystal Palace
FanDuel Salary $8,000
After missing multiple weeks with a knee injury, Zaha appears to finally be back to full fitness. Despite his showing against Newcastle last week, Zaha is as dynamic an attacker as there is in the Premier League and has shown it on numerous occasions throughout his career. He can do it all and is capable of scoring amazing solo goals, as well as creating chances and putting them away.
Usually, his talents are underutilized in a Crystal Palace side that spends more time defending than attacking. However, Palace are actually slight favorites at home against West Ham United this weekend. That increases Zaha’s outlook, and due to his injury, poor performance last week, and Palace’s terrible form this season, he may go underowned at only $8,000. Two of Zaha’s three Premier League appearances have come at home, and he is averaging 26.37 FanDuel Points in those matches.
For what it’s worth, Crystal Palace have been marginally better at home this season than on the road. They have their only win of the season at home against Chelsea, and have looked like a much better side since Zaha’s return. On the other side of the pitch, West Ham have been horrendous on the road this season, allowing three goals to both Southampton and Newcastle. They have been slightly better since allowing those goals and a mid-week win over Tottenham in the League Cup could spark some momentum, but Zaha should still have plenty of opportunities in the final third. West Ham have allowed 11 goals on the road this season, tied with Stoke City for third-most in the league.