Premier League: 4 FanDuel Value Plays for Matchweek 26

Tammy Abraham returns to full fitness for a Swansea team with momentum from midweek as one of this weekend's value plays. Who else should you be targeting?

With all the cup action hitting its peak, the Premier League has yet another quick turn around between matchweeks. The majority of teams on FanDuel's six-game slate were in action on Wednesday.

Matchweek 26
Saturday, February 3rd
West Ham at Brighton
Huddersfield at Manchester United
Swansea at Leicester
Stoke at Bournemouth
Southampton at West Brom
Everton at Arsenal

Manchester United's new man, Alexis Sanchez, is the most expensive player on the slate at $12,000. Only a total of 13 forwards and midfielders are priced at or above $9,000, including Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

There are three defenders priced at $7,500 with a total of 30 at or above $6,000. Meanwhile, all keepers are priced between $5,500 and $4,500.

Let's see where the value lies on the other end of the spectrum.


Tammy Abraham ($6,500): Abraham has been out for much of the last month with a hip injury, but the Swansea attacker played in the FA Cup match last weekend. He is expected to start in the middle of an attacking front three this weekend as Swansea go with a 3-4-3 to take on Leicester. Andre Ayew's return to Swansea may take time away from Abraham, but Ayew is still dealing with his own injury.

Swansea enters this match on a two-game winning streak in the league with four goals scored. Meanwhile, Leicester looked out of sorts for much of the first half against Everton in the middle of the week. The team was without Riyad Mahrez, who looked on his way to Manchester City. Mahrez is building up fines for not attending Leicester training and surely causing a distraction for his club.

Center backs Robert Huth and Wes Morgan are still out, although the current Leicester back four has had time to mesh. Regardless, Abraham has something to prove coming off the injury. He wants to ward off Ayew to keep his spot in the starting lineup. He is also on loan at Swansea from Chelsea, a team that just sent Michy Batshuayi to Germany and added Olivier Giroud. Abraham needs to make a name for himself to either impress his parent club or another that will bid for his services and that must start now.


Solly March ($5,500): Brighton's March has been on the uptick over the past three matchweeks. He has had a higher output on FanDuel in each of those weeks and has a favorable matchup this week at home against West Ham.

March drew the penalty that led to Brighton's only goal in their matchweek 25 game. He found the ball in the middle of the box despite being tasked with wide midfielder duties. That shows he has a little more freedom to create in the Brighton system. March and Brighton will also have the luxury of playing against a heavily injury-riddled West Ham team.

West Ham have not had a clean sheet since December 16th against Stoke. They gave up three goals to Brighton when they met earlier this season and have also allowed 26 goals away from home.


Moritz Bauer ($5,000): Austrian right back Bauer came over from Rubin Kazan in the early stages of the January transfer window. He has two games over 14 points since his debut in the Premier League. In total, he has 17 defensive actions, 3 chances created, and 8 fouls drawn.

Bauer has been praised for his energy and is not afraid to get forward to send in a cross. The opponent this weekend, Bournemouth, have allowed the fourth-most crosses to defenders on the season. That bodes well for the feisty Bauer, who looks to have ended Glen Johnson's time at Stoke.


Adrian ($4,500): The keepers are all bunched up again and the chalk will be David De Gea as Manchester United take on Huddersfield. However, only two expected starting keepers are priced below $5,000 and both Adrian and Alex McCarthy have appeal.

Adrian gets the nod, averaging five more points per match than McCarthy. Adrian had two saves in each of his last two games and tallied seven against Tottenham at the beginning of the January. Brighton are also not in the best goal-scoring form despite March helping to create chances. West Ham's depleted roster may lead to more chances for Brighton, but an inability to convert will help Adrian rack up points.

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