Premier League: 4 FanDuel Value Plays for Matchweek 30
Only two months remain in the Premier League season with much of the focus on the relegation battle, which is where daily fantasy players will focus as well. The main slate on FanDuel will feature many teams in the bottom eight places in the table.
|Saturday, March 10th|
|Southampton at Newcastle|
|Brighton at Everton|
|Swansea at Huddersfield|
|Leicester at West Brom|
|Burnley at West Ham|
|Crystal Palace at Chelsea|
Five of the six most expensive players on the slate are from Chelsea. Only 15 forwards or midfielders are priced at or above $9,000. Another Chelsea player, Marcus Alonso, is the most expensive defender at $8,000. A total of 29 defenders are priced at or above $6,000.
The expected starting keepers again range from $5,500 to $4,500 with Mat Ryan leading the way.
With the lay of the land set, let's see where the value lies.
Steve Mounie ($7,000): Mounie is expected to keep his spot at the head of the Huddersfield attack as they host Swansea. He leads the team in goals after tallying four in his last seven matches across all competitions. Mounie was honored with the team's player of the month award for February.
His last three goals have come against Birmingham, Bournemouth, and West Brom. Those teams are on par with Swansea, this week's opponent. Swansea allow 14 shots per game overall and a touch more than 16 per night on the road, where Swansea have a -13 goal differential.
Given the teams on the slate, there are several expected starters at striker who can be good value plays. Mounie's form over the last month is much better than players like Collin Quaner or Christian Benteke. Look for the Huddersfield forward to cause Swansea problems all day.
Ashley Westwood ($4,500): Westwood is the ultimate value play on the day. The Burnley midfielder is the cheapest expected outfield starter on the slate. With Scott Arfield added to the injury list, Westwood should keep his place in central midfield.
In last week's win over Everton, Westwood led the Burnley front six in touches. He completed nearly 80% of his passes and managed one shot for the typically conservative Burnley attack.
Westwood is sure to pitch in on defense given Burnley's style of play. The team have earned 18 points on the road, which is sixth-best in the league. Westwood averages close to two defensive actions per match in his limited playing time this season. He will be looked to as the first line of defense against a West Ham team in need of points to remain above the relegation zone.
Westwood's cost is so low that it would not take much for him to pay off, and using him would allow for greater roster flexibility.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka ($5,000): Two weeks ago, not many fans of Crystal Palace knew the name Aaron Wan-Bissaka. Now, the 20-year-old defender has many singing his praises after two stellar performances against Tottenham and Manchester United.
Wan-Bissaka scored total 48 FanDuel points in those two games, showing a great work ethic on defense. He switched from midfielder to a wing-back role, which is where he has been employed in his cameo with the first team.
Although it is a small sample size, Wan-Bissaka is averaging 14.5 defensive actions per game. It cannot be understated that his performances came against two of the better teams in the league, so a clash with Chelsea shouldn't intimidate the young defender.
Jordan Pickford ($5,000): Everton's Pickford is in the middle of the pack of keeper pricing, but he has a good matchup this week at home. Brighton is on their longest winning streak of the year, but the law of averages should come into play.
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This will be the first time in a month that Brighton have been away from home. They have managed only two wins on the road and have also only scored seven goals away from home, which is tied for the lowest mark in the league.
Meanwhile, Everton have scored 23 goals at home and they have won their last two games at Goodison Park. Everton are also expected to get a trio of defenders back from injury in time to face Brighton, which helps Pickford's value.
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