Premier League: 4 FanDuel Value Plays for Matchweek 29
|Saturday, March 3|
|Stoke at Southampton|
|West Ham at Swansea|
|Huddersfield at Tottenham|
|Bournemouth at Leicester|
|West Brom at Watford|
|Newcastle at Liverpool|
Harry Kane and Mohamed Salah are two of the slate's most expensive players. Kane's price has reached $14,000 for the first time this season. In total, 15 forwards or midfielders are priced at or above $9,000.
Virgil van Dijk is the most expensive defender at $8,000. There are 17 defenders priced above $6,000, but another 21 at that price point.
The expected starting keepers again range from $5,500 to $4,500, with Martin Dubravka at the top of the price range by himself.
With the lay of the land complete, let's get started.
Guido Carrillo ($8,000): While there are goals to be had by players not in Liverpool or Tottenham kits, there is a lot of uncertainty with the other fixtures. Many people will likely stick with the more expensive attackers.
However, Carrillo and Southampton can provide some value points against Stoke City, who leads the league in goals allowed. They have also failed to win their last nine away league matches and have not kept a clean sheet on the road since October.
Carrillo started the last three matches across all competitions for Southampton, but he is coming off his best performance in a Saints kit, tallying an assist and created three chances against Burnley. He stayed on the field when Southampton pressed for the tying goal and another striker, Manolo Gabbiadini, was brought onto the field. That shows good faith in Carrillo's ability to impact the game.
This is his first sustained starting spell of the year. He did score eight goals for Monaco across all competitions before moving to Southampton this year. However, many of his appearances in Ligue 1 play were as a substitute. This is his chance to show his worth and fight for a starting role moving forward.
Alex Pritchard ($6,000): A good contrarian play can be the difference between winning and losing on FanDuel. Pritchard fits the bill this week as most players will focus on Tottenham in this fixture and completely overlook Huddersfield.
There is not doubt that Huddersfield players must be defensively active this Saturday. Pritchard had eight defensive actions in the last two matches against Bournemouth and West Brom. Those numbers are sure to increase given the 58.5% possession average for Tottenham. Pritchard has noted that since moving from Norwich City his defensive game has improved.
He has just recently become a bigger part of the Huddersfield game plan, contributing offensively with a goal and an assist over the last two matches. Pritchard has also drawn four fouls over the last two matches and is willing to hold onto the ball and go right at defenders. He will be sure to take advantage of any time the ball is at his feet.
Konstantinos Stafylidis ($5,000): A theme is emerging, as Stafylidis is another player that recently joined their respective Premier League squad. He made his full debut for Stoke City at left back last weekend and should keep his place.
Stafylidis scored 20 FanDuel points in his first start, which included six clearances, three interceptions, and four tackles against Leicester. He was even able to draw a foul in the match.
Stafylidis has not seen much playing time this season but was a major contributor at Augsburg last year. He averaged nine defensive actions during the 2016-17 Bundesliga season and also scored four goals from his spot on the back line, averaging close to two shots per match. He has a lifetime 74.6% passing success rate, which will come in handy if he continues to complete over 14 passes per match as he did last weekend.
Southampton and Stoke are separated by only one point, so this match carries a lot of weight. Southampton have failed to win 14 of their last 15 games and a loss likely means ending matchweek 29 in the relegation zone, so both managers must go for it.
Orestis Karnezis ($4,500): Watford have a huge injury list, but Heurelho Gomes is close to returning. That puts the pressure on Karnezis to perform in net. Luckily, the opponent is the last-place team in the league that has only scored 22 goals this season.
West Brom does average 10 shots per game despite less than 43% possession. They have also scored in each of their last two matches, but are on a five-game losing streak across all competitions. West Brom have been shut out 12 times this season.
Karnezis averages 10.2 points per game and is coming off his second-best game of the season. He had three saves and a clean sheet against Everton and has at least two saves in his last five matches. In addition to his chances of securing another clean sheet, he should get chances to make a couple saves to get close to 20 FanDuel points again on Saturday.
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