4 FanDuel Premier League Value Plays for Matchweek 38
Value plays are often the difference on the FanDuel leaderboard. There are a lot of players to choose from on the last matchday of the season with the title still up for grabs.
This article will cover FanDuel's main slate that begins Sunday at 10:00 a.m. EST with every team in action.
|Sunday, May 12th|
|Manchester City at Brighton|
|Arsenal at Burnley|
|Bournemouth at Crystal Palace|
|Newcastle at Fulham|
|Chelsea at Leicester|
|Wolverhampton at Liverpool|
|Cardiff at Manchester United|
|Huddersfield at Southampton|
|Everton at Tottenham|
|West Ham at Watford|
The golden boot race is not over yet either and a few of the players in the race are at the top of the list in salaries. Sergio Aguero ($13,000) leads everyone with Manchester City on the verge of clinching the Premier League title. Aguero trails Mohamed Salah ($11,500) by two goals. There are 42 players at or above $9,000, which is much higher than normal -- as one may expect when all 20 teams are playing at the same time.
Lucas Digne and one of the Liverpool heroes from their Champions League triumph, Trent Alexander-Arnold ($8,000), are the most expensive defenders. The number of defenders that hit the normal threshold is not as high as the attackers, which is very unusual. There are 32 defenders at or above $6,000.
Alisson ($7,000) is once again the most expensive keeper on the slate. The salaries for the expected starting keepers range back to $4,000 making it the largest range of any matchweek.
Let's look at some value plays on this large slate that may set apart your FanDuel lineup. Pay attention to the honorable mentions as extra value could come into play on such a large slate.
Fraser Forster, Southampton ($4,000) -- Forster is the lowest-priced keeper on the slate and it is no surprise. Last week was his first appearance of the season and first start in almost 18 months. He conceded three goals in his first match back, so overall it was not a good showing. However, this match means nothing to Southampton or Huddersfield. It is about individual performances. For Forster that means showing that he is still worthy of being on a Premier League team. Huddersfield are relegated and away from home. They have won just one match away from home this season and are likely to feature several fringe players. Huddersfield still average the least amount of shots per game in the league and only Burnley have worse dribbling numbers. The numbers are in Forster's favor and so is the narrative. Huddersfield are sent down after this match while Southampton live another year in the Premier League. This match give Forster a chance to prove that he should as well.
Others to consider: Martin Dubravka ($5,000) scored 16 points the last time he faced Fulham. Chelsea must win to secure third place in the table and Kepa Arrizabalaga ($4,000) is coming off one of his best league games of the season.
Jack Simpson, Bournemouth ($4,000) -- Simpson has been on a steady climb in FanDuel points over the last three weeks after taking over a starting role at center back. He has built momentum after giving up a penalty against Fulham and just turned in his best game of the season last week against Tottenham. He finished with 10 defensive actions, a shot on goal, and even drew a foul. The 22-year-old defender is averaging over four clearances per match in limited appearances. It is clear that he is still learning, but seems to have the backing of manager Eddie Howe. The match up with Crystal Palace has been even in recent history with Bournemouth winning the meeting earlier this season. The back and forth allows Simpson to stay engaged and continue to build on recent form. Despite the win in October, Bournemouth had 10 more clearances than Crystal Palace. Simpson should be among the team's leaders in clearances in this match as he hopes to prove he can take on a bigger role next season.
Others to consider: Matthew Lowton ($4,500) has started the last five matches for Burnley. In the last four he has not scored lower than 11.7 points averaging four clearances and three tackles. Cyrus Christie ($4,000) has featured in Fulham's last two matches. He has an assist, 11 clearances, five interceptions, and five tackles while averaging 18 FanDuel points in that time.
Juan Mata, Manchester United ($7,500) -- Mata feasted on another relegated team last week by creating seven chances and finishing with over 20 FanDuel points. This came after scoring a goal against Chelsea in the previous match. Mata has rekindled the play making ability he is widely known for during the past two weeks playing right behind the two Manchester United strikers. Mata did not play in the match up against Cardiff in December, but United had nearly 75% of possession. If United can match that number Mata will find himself on the ball time and again. Cardiff were officially relegated last weekend, so they presumably have little motivation coming into the last matchweek of the season. This is likely Mata's last game in a United uniform as his contract is set to expire. It does not appear that the 31-year-old is ready to retire and his 86% pass success rate to go along with recent form shows that he still has the game.
Others to consider: Michail Antonio ($7,000) of West Ham has scored at least 16 FanDuel points in three straight matches. He has two shots on goal in each of those matches. Isaac Mbenza ($4,500) comes with plenty of risk even after scoring his first goal of the season last week. The Huddersfield midfielder did score eight times in Ligue 1 before coming to England.
Troy Deeney, Watford ($8,000) -- Deeney has been productive since returning from a three-match ban. He has attempted at least two shots in three straight starts where he has played at least 80 minutes. This week's opponent, West Ham, have allowed the sixth most shot attempts. He scored on a penalty in the first league match between these teams this season. Deeney's average is near two shots per game, which has helped him get to nine goals on the season. He has created at least one chance in nine straight matches. He has also drawn at least one foul in four of his last six matches. One match in which he did not draw a foul was against Arsenal as he only played 11 minutes before getting his red card. It should be noted that Watford are in the FA Cup final, so they could rest some of their key players. However, Deeney got plenty of rest during his suspension.
Others to consider: MIchy Batshuayi ($8,000) scored last week for Crystal Palace and should start in attack once again. The longshot is Bobby De Cordova-Reid ($7,500) from Cardiff. He scored last week and Cardiff may just put all care aside with their fate determined and attack more than any other time this season.
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