Premier League: 4 FanDuel Value Plays for Matchweek 16
The six-game slate on FanDuel is dominated by teams from the lower half of the table this matchweek. The three highest-priced players in the Premier League competition this Saturday all come from Tottenham. That may not be unusual, but the next two coming from Watford surely is.
|Saturday, December 9th|
|Watford at Burnley|
|Bournemouth at Crystal Palace|
|West Brom at Swansea City|
|Stoke at Tottenham|
|Leicester City at Newcastle|
|Brighton at Huddersfield|
Along with the Tottenham and Watford players, there are only six other forwards or midfielders priced above $9,000. Six defenders are priced above $7,000. The keepers are again priced between $5,500 and $4,500.
With many players priced lower this week it will be tougher to single out the extreme value, but let's dive into the best options.
Andre Gray ($7,000): Gray returns to Turf Moor on the opposite side of the field for the first time, so the revenge factor is in play. He is expected to line up as the lead striker for Watford this weekend.
Gray came off the bench in the 88th minute last week, but should be restored to the starting lineup against his former team. Burnley, despite playing good defense this season, have allowed the second-most shots to forwards this season. Gray is averaging just over two shots per 90 minutes, although his playing time is down from last season.
The motivating factor for Gray may be his past rift with Burnley manager Sean Dyche that was said to seal his move. Despite Gray's struggles, his team continues to score -- they have the league's fifth-highest total. Even if not every detail in the news about the rift with Dyche is true, the extra motivation of facing his former team should be all he needs to get back on track.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek ($7,000): Loftus-Cheek was a highly-touted prospect for England that had not met his potential prior to this year. Now he seems to be rounding into form, as he was called into recent England matches and Chelsea player Willian began questioning why he was loaned to Crystal Palace.
Loftus-Cheek is just 21 years old and has been consistent for Palace despite their record. He is coming off one of his better performances of the season, creating three chances and staying calm on the ball while also earning points for four defensive actions.
He has shown progression nearly every week and now ranks as Palace's second-best rated player behind catalyst Wilfried Zaha. It helps that Loftus-Cheek plays just off of Zaha and they often interchange on the right side.
Loftus-Cheek has been one of the most reliable Palace players this season, as he continues to put in full shifts each match. He will likely do the same against Bournemouth this week, a team allowing more shots than Palace.
Florent Hadergjonaj ($4,500): There is a little bit of risk in taking a Huddersfield outside back since manager David Wagner continues to rotate the position during this busy time of the season.
However, in a matchup with Brighton where the teams are evenly matched and points matter more as they are likely to battle relegation, there is value with an outside back that can get forward and contribute on both sides of the ball.
Hadergjonaj is on a season-long loan with Huddersfield and has shown his creative ability when on the field. As Huddersfield have struggled over the past month, the number of chances for all outside backs to get forward have dwindled. However, the matchup with Brighton should afford him the chance to produce overlapping runs and crosses into the box.
Hadergjonaj's best match came against another struggling side, West Brom. He recorded one shot, two chances created, five clearances, three interceptions, and three tackles. He could have a similar output against a side that has scored only once in their last three matches.
Pay close attention to the team sheet. Huddersfield continue to attack on the outside, especially the right, and will have more freedom to do so against another newly promoted squad.
Jonas Lossl ($4,500): Lossl keeps the Terriers' theme going. The Brighton attack has been stymied in recent games, having won only one of their last nine at Huddersfield.
Brighton's possession numbers have steadily declined throughout the season. They now average below a goal per match after not performing well in the first few weeks of the busy holiday schedule. Brighton is also among the bottom three in shots on target, along with Huddersfield.
As usual with the keeper pricing, it is good to target one that has a chance for a clean sheet. Brighton keeper Mat Ryan is priced above Lossl, so the Huddersfield keeper gets the nod in this battle of struggling offenses.
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