Premier League: 4 FanDuel Value Plays for Matchweek 20
Boxing Day is upon us, which means 16 Premier League teams will be in action. It also means teams only had three days between matches during the busy holiday season.
FanDuel will feature a seven-game slate that begins at 10 a.m. EST on Tuesday.
|Tuesday, December 26th|
|Burnley at Manchester United|
|Leicester City at Watford|
|Everton at West Brom|
|West Ham at Bournemouth|
|Stoke City at Huddersfield|
|Brighton at Chelsea|
|Swansea City at Liverpool|
Manchester City and Tottenham are not a part of the slate, which means that pricing is down slightly. The top spot is shared by three players at $11,500. A total of 17 forwards or midfielders are priced at or above $9,000. Marcos Alonso is the only defender priced at $7,500, with nearly 30 others priced at or above $6,000. Pricing for keepers remains from $6,000 to $4,500 with Nick Pope leading the way.
Let's see where the value lies on Boxing Day.
Collin Quaner ($7,000): The Huddersfield forward picked up a pointless yellow card at the whistle on Saturday, but that should not hinder his status on the team. The long-term injury to Elias Kachunga opened the door for Quaner, and he started on the right side of the attacking midfield right behind Laurent Depoitre.
Quaner has appeared in 11 matches, generally for limited minutes. He did score a touch more than 35 FanDuel points in Matchweek 18, an outing which included an assist, 5 tackles, and 3 fouls drawn. The German forward plays tough and uses his physical stature to hold off defenders and win tackles. It is a gritty type of style that fits well for Huddersfield and against Stoke.
Davy Propper ($5,500): Propper has three straight games of at least 13 points while playing in the center of the midfield for Brighton. He is earning the majority of his points through defensive actions and will have a chance to rack them up this week against Chelsea.
Over his last three games, Propper has six tackles, six clearances, and nine interceptions. With Chelsea averaging 8% more possession per match than Brighton is, Brighton is likely to be defending much of the game, allowing Propper to add to his defensive stat line.
Propper was able to get an assist on November 20 by weaving through defenders and sending a hopeful ball into the box. While the final ball was not great, the dribbling and effort on the ball were excellent and showed that he is willing to take on defenders. Still, Propper should be able to match his recent point totals through defensive actions in this clash.
Kevin Long ($5,000): The new look Burnley back line was torched by Harry Kane and Tottenham on Saturday, and they do not get an easier match on Boxing Day as they travel to Manchester United. Long is filling in for James Tarkowski as he serves a three-game suspension. Charlie Taylor filled in for Stephen Ward on Saturday, as well, but Burnley fans will hope that the new back four figured it out in two training sessions.
Despite the poor team result, Long still scored 20 fantasy points against Tottenham. He was credited with 12 clearances for the second time this season. He also had three interceptions and one block on Saturday.
In three games, Long is averaging 19.2 FanDuel points per game. His lowest output was 18 points against Watford at the beginning of December.
Burnley averages less than 45% of possession on the season, so they are content with allowing the opposition to keep the ball. Manchester United prefers the ball at their feet, so Long will stay busy trying to fend off Romelu Lukaku and Anthony Martial.
Jack Butland ($4,500): Butland's play has been trending up for Stoke City, and they come into the match against Huddersfield after a very good win on Saturday. Butland is sure to be challenged, but his form shows that he is ready to make saves.
While the best chances for a clean sheet are from the high-priced keepers, Stoke needs another win to stay away from a relegation battle. Butland and the team are sure to do anything to get the three points, like they did on Saturday, when Butland had six saves against West Brom after recording four saves the previous contest.
The six saves helped Butland score 21.5 FanDuel points, his second-highest total of the season. He may need to match that output to keep Quaner and the Terriers at bay.
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