FanDuel Premier League Value Plays for Matchweek 1
Value plays are often the difference on the FanDuel leaderboard. There are always uncertainties with the first week of the season and the slate features many teams that figure to be at the middle of the table when the season ends.
This article will cover FanDuel's main slate that begins Sunday at 10:00 a.m. EST.
|Saturday, August 10th|
|Brighton at Watford|
|Everton at Crystal Palace|
|Southampton at Burnley|
|Sheffield United at Bournemouth|
|Aston Villa at Tottenham|
Given the slate, it likely comes as no surprise that Harry Kane is the most expensive player, and it would take $24 of your $100 budget to have him in your roster. Everton's Lucas Digne ($20) is the most expensive defender. Hugo Lloris ($16) is the most expensive keeper among the 10 starters.
Let's look at where the value lies in Matchweek 1.
Moise Kean, Everton ($12)
Kean was a splash signing for Everton this summer, although his move from Juventus has flown under the radar in the overall transfer window madness. However, he figures to get the first chance to be the lead attacker. The 19-year-old forward had six goals in limited action in Serie A last season. Kean is tied with Dominic Calvert-Lewin ($14) for the top odds to score in the match against Crystal Palace. Kean unfortunately faced a racist and hostile crowd in April against Cagliari, which may be why his name sounds familiar. His goal now is to move on from that and lead Everton to the Champions League. Kean was the youngest player to ever debut for Juventus when he stepped on the field three years ago, and now he'll looks to be a star at Everton.
Philip Billing, Bournemouth ($10)
Billing joined Bournemouth at the end of July from relegated Huddersfield Town. He averaged over 1.5 shots per match, although he scored just two goals. Huddersfield struggled all season to score, and Bournemouth have shown better offensive ability in recent years. His lifetime pass completion rate is 78%, and Billing should be in a position to string the offense together as he rotates in a possible double pivot with Jefferson Lerma ($10). Billing also sent in 68 crosses, had 99 tackles, and did not have an error to contribute to a goal in 43 matches with Huddersfield.
Moussa Djenepo, Southampton ($8)
Djenepo is a new attacking option for Southampton, and the speedy winger likes to have the ball at his feet. He is coming off his best year as a professional, having a breakout year with Standard Liege. He scored three goals in five Europa League matches. Djenepo netted eight goals and drew three penalties in league play last season, as well. Manager Ralph Hasenhuttl wanted Djenepo to fit in to his unconventional formation and help Southampton break down defenses. His production stats last season were better than Southampton's other midfield options, although he is not known for his passing.
Lewis Dunk, Brighton ($10)
Dunk found himself as one of the most expensive defenders time and again two seasons ago, but he starts off this season as a value pick after a solid yet underwhelming 2018-19 effort. He finished last season averaging nearly 15 FanDuel points a match. He scored at least 14 FanDuel points in four of the last five matches of the 2018-19 season. Dunk has been rumored to move to Leicester, but at the time of writing, he was still with Brighton. Losing Dunk would be incredibly tough for Brighton as he is a big part of the team off the field, as well, providing leadership. Currently, Dunk is slated to start as part of a three-man back line.
Bjorn Engels, Aston Villa ($8)
Engels joined Aston Villa in July and became the fourth central defender moving over in the window. However, Engels experience at Reims and his month with the team have been impressive enough for him to be supposedly slotted in to the starting lineup. Engels played in 35 matches in a row last season and picked up only four yellow cards. Villa will have a tough test against Tottenham to start the season, with Spurs a big favorite to win. That likely means Spurs will own possession and put Engels and the Villa back line under constant pressure. Engels will have his hands full with Kane in his first start for Villa, and he should offer a high floor.
Nick Pope, Burnley ($8)
Despite Burnley signing keeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell ($8) this past week, Pope inked a new deal and looks set to be the number-one keeper this season. Pope has played well in the role in the past when filling in for Tom Heaton ($12), and he played well in the preseason, especially against Parma. He finished last season averaging just over 10 FanDuel points per game. FanDuel Sportsbook has the match against Southampton as even, so Pope should have an opportunity to gain points from making saves and a win is on the table, too.
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