SOCCER

4 FanDuel Premier League Studs to Target for Matchweek 10

On a wonky main slate, Sébastien Haller's upside in a home match with Sheffield United is awfully appealing. Who else is worth paying up for?

As is the case when playing any sport on FanDuel, it’s imperative to hit on high-priced studs, the players in which you’ve made the biggest investment. This is especially true with forwards in soccer. Not only are the top-end forwards expensive, they are the ones most likely to put the ball in the back of the net, and goals are often the difference between winning and losing in DFS.

This article will cover FanDuel's main slate, which begins Saturday at 10:00 a.m. EST and features just four matches.

Matchweek 10
Saturday, October 26th
Bournemouth at Watford
Everton at Brighton
Sheffield United at West Ham
Chelsea at Burnley


Well, this is a weird slate. We have just one big-six side, and it's Chelsea. At -130 (56.5% implied win odds), per FanDuel Sportsbook, Chelsea are the slate's biggest favorite, though a road trip to Burnley isn't an easy task by any stretch. The other three matches are all fairly level, with West Ham (+105) the next biggest favorite.

Let’s take a look at some high-priced players -- all across the pitch -- who, despite costing a good chunk of change, are worth the investment.

Sébastien Haller, FWD, West Ham

FanDuel Salary: $20

On a slate this balanced, there are so many routes to take with lineup construction, and for the most part, ownership should be fairly spread out.

While West Ham are only slight favorites (+105) to win at home over Sheffield United, I like them a little more than the oddsmakers do, and that leads me to Haller. He's been the main man for the Hammers this year, pacing the team in goals (4) and shots per game (2.4). He's also got one assist and is averaging one key pass per match, according to WhoScored.

Sheffield United have seen just 44% of the possession overall this season, so West Ham should be able to generate chances, and Haller -- who is averaging 21.2 FanDuel points per game, totaling at least 25.3 in two of his last three outings -- should be the man on the end of a lot of those chances.

Mason Mount, MID, Chelsea

FanDuel Price: $21

The Blues (-130) are the slate's biggest favorite for their road clash versus Burnley. It's far from an easy matchup, however, as the Clarets are tough to beat at Turf Moor, conceding just three goals across four home matches this campaign.

Chelsea should see a lot of the ball, though, and that is a great thing for Mount. Even at home, Burnley usually sit back as they average just 44.6% possession at Turf Moor, the third-lowest home possession rate in the EPL. Meanwhile, Chelsea are seeing 53.8% of the ball in their travels.

Mount has been a key figure for the Blues in midfield, and he's a top play on this slate as long as he's in the starting lineup after playing a full 90 Wednesday in Amsterdam. He's tallied four goals and averages 2.3 shots per game as he's been given the license to make runs into the box. He's gone for at least 27.2 FanDuel points five times in nine starts and has created at least one chance in every match.

Chris Wood, FWD, Burnley

FanDuel Salary: $16

On the flip side of that match, Burnley have some appeal, too, since Chelsea have yet to keep a road clean sheet this season. On the road this year in domestic play, the Blues have conceded four to Manchester United, two to Wolves, two to Norwich, and one to Southampton.

Wood is the lone Burnley player priced above $14, and given his recent form, he's probably a tad too cheap. Over his past four games, he's got four goals and has tapped into his upside with single-game outputs of 49.3 and 38.2 FanDuel points.

Teammate Ashley Barnes ($14) would be enticing, as well, if he's able to recover from the groin injury that forced him to miss last weekend's match.

Callum Wilson, FWD, Bournemouth

FanDuel Salary: $17

There's some sneaky high-scoring potential in the Bournemouth-Watford matchup. Despite Watford being last and winless on the year and Bournemouth sitting in a solid 10th place, Watford are small favorites, at +120.

While the Cherries have some nice attacking quality, the reason this could be a fantasy-friendly matchup is the lack of quality in defense. The Hornets have conceded goals 21 times in nine matches while Bournemouth have allowed 13 goals in that same span, including six in four away fixtures. As such, the two most likely scorelines, per FanDuel Sportsbook, involve multiple goals, and a 2-2 draw is only +1100.

Wilson has showcased a decent floor so far this year, scoring at least 9.0 FanDuel points in seven of nine appearances. He's not on penalties (Joshua King has been), which dings his DFS stock, but Wilson leads the Cherries in goals (5) and shots per match (1.8).