3 FanDuel Premier League Trends to Exploit for Matchweek 25
Spotting trends is one way to stay ahead of the crowd in Premier League DFS. Here, we're going to try to hone in on recent occurrences across the EPL DFS landscape that appear to be a sign of things to come.
This article is geared toward FanDuel's main slate, which begins at 2:45 p.m. EST on Wednesday and features seven matches.
|Wednesday, January 31th|
|Bournemouth at Chelsea|
|West Brom at Manchester City|
|Manchester United at Tottenham|
|Watford at Stoke City|
|Leicester City at Everton|
|Brighton at Southampton|
|Burnley at Newcastle|
Well, I will be perfectly honest with you folks. Trends, that you could exploit were few and far between this week, but let's take a look and see what we can salvage. Looking beyond the clear stackable matchups for Chelsea and Manchester City, we will shift our attention to Wembley, where Tottenham take on Manchester United.
Most teams in action on Wednesday plays in FA Cup matches last weekend, so be sure to check starting lineups an hour before the game.
Here we go.
Martial's January Magic
Manchester United pulled off somewhat of a coup in luring Alexis Sanchez to Old Trafford last week amid concern from some parts that United's place in the top four could be in jeopardy. The Chilean helped his new side to a comfortable 4-0 win at Yeovil on Friday, and all the hoopla surrounding the marquee signing might take some DFS attention off another marquee signing from yesteryear, Anthony Martial, who is $9,000 on FanDuel.
The Frenchman has scored three goals and added an assist since the beginning of 2018. He was rewarded with a well-earned rest against Yeovil, and he should slot straight back into the United side for a difficult trip to Wembley to face Spurs, who are undefeated in their last 11 home games.
Martial scored the winner against Spurs in the reverse fixture in October, and in the last three gameweeks, he has scored 30, 43.25 and 36 FanDuel points, respectively, so it is very difficult to ignore him this week. Spurs will definitely do most of the huffing and puffing, but we should never discount form, and Martial is flying high at the moment.
Gray to Outfox the Toffees
As mentioned above, please check lineups an hour before kick-off. The reason I am bringing this up is because Demarai Gray ($7,000) has a decent record against Everton with a goal and an assist in his last two games against the Toffees, but he has been used as a substitute in his last three games for Leicester.
If he does start, there should be lots of opportunities for the young winger in what should be one of the more fantasy-friendly matches of the slate. Based on prior matchups and current form, we should get a high-scoring game between Everton and Leicester. If Gray starts, he could be a nice punt play.
All Hands On the Pump at Wembley
With Sanchez at Manchester United, Jose Mourinho's blueprint away from home against top-six sides will change -- right? Wrong. Manchester United will more than likely travel to London and play defensively hoping to hit Tottenham on the break. United have played Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal away from home this season and have mustered a total of 15 shots (7 on target) in those three matches, so expect another stubborn display on Wednesday.
In fairness, not many would blame Mourinho this time around, with or without Sanchez. In their last five home games, Spurs have scored 17 goals from a total of 80 shots (39 on target), so it's no wonder United might be reticent to attack Mauricio Pochettino's side.
Twelve different opposition center-backs have faced Spurs in their last five games, with those players averaging 22.0 FanDuel points in the process. Based on that, you might want to look at whomever United start at the heart of their defense. Phil Jones ($5,500) and Chris Smalling ($5,500) have been getting the nod of late, but it's not a given that Mourinho tabs those two to start, so check the Red Devils' starting XI.