Premier League: 4 FanDuel Value Plays for Matchweek 36
The main slate on FanDuel for the Premier League's matchweek 36 only features one of the top six teams. Roster construction should be easier, but there are still great candidates that will allow more flexibility.
|Saturday, April 28th|
|Brighton at Burnley|
|Leicester at Crystal Palace|
|Everton at Huddersfield|
|West Brom at Newcastle|
|Bournemouth at Southampton|
|Chelsea at Swansea|
Two Chelsea players, Eden Hazard and Olivier Giroud, are tied for most expensive on the slate at $11,500. Only 13 total players are priced at or above $9,000. The Blues' Marcos Alonso will be serving out the last game of his suspension, so James Tomkins is the most expensive defender at $7,000. There are 22 defenders at or above $6,000. The keepers range from $5,500 to $4,500.
With the lay of the land set, let's see where the value lies.
Forward to Target
Steve Mounie ($7,500) -- Mounie and Huddersfield will take on Everton, a team that has given up the seventh-most shots per 90 to opposing forwards.
Everton have lost six of their last eight away games and are not playing inspiring football. They also give up 14.5 shots and produce a league-leading 12 fouls per match. In a match against Swansea, a team with very similar stats to Huddersfield, two weeks ago, Everton were behind on possession, total shots, and shots on target. Huddersfield also have more to play for with their safety not yet secure.
Mounie didn't score a goal in his last match, but he was involved defensively and created a chance. He did have a goal in the previous match against Brighton on his way to 26 FanDuel points. Mounie is still Huddersfield's leading goal scorer, and this one sets up well for him to add to his total.
Midfielder to Target
Jake Livermore ($6,500) -- Livermore scored his first goal of the season for West Brom last week. It was an encouraging display from Livermore and the team despite impending relegation. The midfielder has been trending upward and will have a good matchup this weekend at Newcastle.
Livermore was in the right place at the right time to score last weekend, and he should continue to get into the box on set pieces. He also works on the defensive end and gets defensive actions points.
With West Brom in the relegation zone, Livermore may have more liberty to get forward. He has created a chance in each of the last two matches, helping to increase his FanDuel output in each of the last three weeks.
Defender to Target
Stephen Ward ($5,500) -- There is not great value among the cheapest defenders and many of the games look to be evenly-matched affairs, so it is smart to go with a defender on the team with the fewest goals against on the slate. Burnley's Ward fits the bill.
Ward averages 14.6 FanDuel points per game and scored just above his average last week against Stoke. He was credited with two chances created from his left-back position. While he will get forward at times in this one, Ward should be able to meet his average of seven defensive actions per match.
Burnley have seen under 2.5 goals in 11 of their last 13 matches against Brighton. Brighton have also failed to win their last 10 away matches.
Keeper to Target
Martin Dubravka ($4,500) -- West Brom may be playing a little better with nothing to lose, but they still struggle to finish. Newcastle have been good at home with Dubravka in net, posting three clean sheets in four home matches with the on-loan keeper.
West Brom have only nine goals in away matches this season, the worst mark in the league, and Newcastle are averaging less than a goal against at home this season.
Dubravka's play has impressed his new team so much that they are looking to turn his loan into a permanent deal. He and Kenedy have been key in moving Newcastle away from the relegation zone, and Dubravka's salary and form combine to make him very appealing.
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