Welcome back to this year’s edition of the Daily Fantasy Preview! I’ll be taking a look at every week’s slate this season in a light, fun, and quick format! I’ll be going through all the games, highlighting how I think the match will go, and noting interesting DFS plays. I’ll try throwing in strategy hints and interesting stats when they available. Let’s get started with week two and see how this week’s slate looks.
Leicester City – Brighton
Leicester City had a wild first match against Arsenal last week and we saw them lose 4-3 at the Emirates. Returning home against a recently promoted team, I fully expect a bounce back here. While Jamie Vardy looked much better than last season in the opener, Riyad Mahrez also impressed while keeping quiet on the stat sheet.
I think many will chase Vardy’s big performance, but Mahrez is only $9,500 on FanDuel, where I think he should be more in this matchup. He is useable in cash games but mainly a target in tournaments. Lewis Dunk had a big game last time out with a series of defensive stats, and with Leicester likely to attack all game, he will have an opportunity to impress once again. He is in consideration in all formats but is preferred in tournaments due to his price. Teammate Bruno is cash usuable.
Southampton – West Ham
Southampton couldn’t break down a weak Swansea team last weekend but had plenty of chances to do so. Dusan Tadic and James Ward-Prowse played well and are good options here on sites that award points for crosses. The issue for the Saints was that five different players took a corner kick last week, but Ward-Prowse seems to have the job when he’s on the pitch.
Ryan Bertrand is cheap on FanDuel and worth a shot. He likes to get involved with the attack and has plenty of experience in the opposition’s box. He is viable in all formats, especially at this price. Manolo Gabbiadini had a few chances last weekend but couldn’t capitalize. He will improve this week and is in the mix for tournament consideration amongst plenty of forward options.
Liverpool – Crystal Palace
Liverpool love to attack relentlessly when playing at home and nothing will change with that as long as Jurgen Klopp is at the helm. Trent Alexander-Arnold was great in defense last weekend and will have plenty more chances to attack this week in a home match against Crystal Palace. He is a primary target on multiple sites. In attack, everyone benefits with more touches when Philippe Coutinho doesn’t play. That means Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah, and Roberto Firmino are once again to be considered. They’ll reward their loyal fantasy owners once again.
With Crystal Palace losing 3-0 to a newly promoted team, the struggles have begun early. They are a horrific team this season and that was highlighted in week one. I don’t anticipate they can improve much, and I don’t see them staying up. Liverpool will dominate them on Saturday.
Bournemouth – Watford
Watford held their ground against a strong Liverpool team with three goals, but that was more of a defensive blunder on Liverpool’s part than Watford being an attacking superpower. Bournemouth are favorites here and the game is expected to end at over 2.5 goals, so there’s certainly some interest in this match.
Joshua King is fairly priced and a player who has shown his ceiling to be sky-high. He is a great tournament play that should be under owned with all of the Arsenal and Liverpool options out there. Jermaine Defoe can be considered if he starts ahead of Benik Afobe. On sites that award points for crosses, Ryan Fraser is a great option. The matchup is solid, and he is on corner kicks this season. Bournemouth only had two corner kicks last week in a tough road match at West Brom, but that will improve this week.
Burnley – West Brom
This game is heavily favored to stay under 2.5 goals and I’m not surprised. West Brom will probably park the bus and try to earn a 1-0 win or walk away with a point. They have some counter-attacking potential with Jay Rodriguez in town now, and Rodriguez can be sprinkled into GPPs. Tom Heaton is cheap and has some appeal if you’re into chasing clean sheets. Nyom is even cheaper and can be considered as a salary punt that allows you to spend on all the Liverpool attack power.
Stoke City – Arsenal
This will be a popular game in daily formats, especially after Arsenal’s convincing attacking performance last week. However, it’s hard to imagine them scoring four goals again, especially away from home. Arsenal have struggled on the road, and last week were forced into attacking due to playing from behind.
Depending on the game script, this match might not have as much value as initially expected. Mesut Ozil is really expensive, while Granit Xhaka was great in week one but presents a difficult choice. He is $8,500 and doesn’t have as much attacking upside as other players in his price range. He is fairly consistent with passing and defensive stats, enough to give him consideration for cash games. However, in GPPs, I think we saw his absolute upside last week and I won’t be chasing it. On sites that award points for crosses, Xhaka is a better play.
Defensively, Sead Kolasinac played well in week one and should get the start again. He is fairly priced and a good option in all formats. Petr Cech is too cheap and has great clean sheet potential. Feel free to use him in cash games if you are not afraid of variance.
Good luck everyone!