Premier League FanDuel DFS Matchweek 16: Sadio Mane’s Turn To Shine

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Liverpool striker Sadio Mane (Photo by Graham Wilson/Actionplus/Icon Sportswire)

The Premier League’s matchweek 16 continues Saturday with four fixtures on the main slate. Among the sides in action are Chelsea, Liverpool, and Manchester United.

Players must build their FanDuel Premier League DFS lineups with four forwards/midfielders, two defenders, and a goalkeeper. And they must do so while remaining under the $100 budget.

The slate kicks off at 10 a.m. EST. Lineups are confirmed approximately 45 minutes before kickoff, so don’t forget to double check before the action begins.

Saturday EPL Odds (FanDuel)

HomeOddsAwayOddsDraw
Chelsea-380Leeds United+1000 +500
Liverpool-450Aston Villa+1100+550
Arsenal-145Southampton+ 420+270
Norwich City+600Manchester United-240+ 370

FWD/MID: Sadio Mane ($19), Liverpool vs. Aston Villa

Mane has been overshadowed by Mohamed Saleh, and to a degree, Diogo Jota — who is questionable to feature in the starting 11. Sane is still a force in Liverpool’s attack. His seven goals are third on the squad, while his 3.32 shots per 90 are tied with Jota. Mane provides scoring potential while saving salary and perhaps providing some differentiation from your DFS competitors.

FWD/MID: Raphina ($18), Leeds United @ Chelsea

Leeds have funneled their attack through Raphina when Patrick Bamford has been out of action. That will be the case for them once again with their principal striker set to miss time with a hamstring injury. Raphina leads the team in shots (38), goals (six), and shot-creating actions (49). Chelsea’s defense is tied for fewest goals conceded, but they’ve failed to keep a clean sheet in four matches across all competitions.

FWD/MID: Armando Broja ($15), Southampton @ Arsenal

Broja has quickly emerged as one of the Saints’ featured front men and demonstrated class and composure in the final third. The 20-year-old is co-leader in goals and second in the side in shots per 90 (among players with at least one full 90). Arsenal are hardly an impenetrable defense, and when Southampton get on the front foot, Broja will find himself in threatening areas.

FWD/MID: Emiliano Buendia ($14), Aston Villa vs. Liverpool

Buendia has started three of four matches under new manager Steven Gerrard, and turned in a full 90 in one of those starts. Buendia hasn’t been as prolific as he was in the Championship last season, which is to be expected. However, his 2.97 shot-creating actions are second among Aston Villa’s regulars. Villa have enjoyed the “new manager bounce”, and Buendia should have chances to create and impact the final result — even against a stingy Liverpool side.

DEF: Trent Alexander-Arnold ($15), Liverpool vs. Aston Villa

Competition has increased on the “best fullback in England” front, but Alexander-Arnold continues to make an air-tight argument with a staggering 5.27 shot-creating actions per 90. Liverpool are heavy favorites (-450), with oddsmakers expecting a flurry of goals (3.5 O/U), so it’s not crazy to gamble on multiple assists from Alexander-Arnold, especially with the Reds’ front three in such sharp form.

DEF: Diogo Dalot ($7), Manchester United @ Norwich City

Dalot hasn’t played a lot of football (273 minutes) this season, so he doesn’t have a lot of stats to show off. However, the 22-year-old has been effective when on the pitch, creating 2.31 shots per 90 from his fullback position. We’ve seen crazier things happen in the Premier League, but Manchester United are solid favorites (-220) against Norwich City. Dalot should have plenty of opportunities to leave his mark on the match.

GK: David de Gea ($12), Manchester United @ Norwich City

Picking against the Canaries isn’t going to offer much differentiation. Manchester United are expected to earn all three points on the road, though. Norwich City have scored eight goals, and new Red Devil boss Ralf Rangnick continues to focus on his side’s defense. It’s not crazy to cautiously expect a clean sheet a clean sheet.

Update: Emi Buendia is out of the starting 11. We’re going to replace him with Jacob Ramsey ($10), who’s starting on the right flank for Aston Villa. With the savings, we’re going to swap in Mohamed Salah ($22) for Sadio Mane.

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Craig Williams

Craig Williams

Craig Williams is a Charlotte-based writer for Gaming Today, who has worked professionally in the gaming, fantasy sports, and sports business industries. He’s an avid fantasy football player, managing over 100 leagues across multiple formats. When he’s not pouring over Vegas odds and statistics, he’s indulging in soccer and enjoys anything from LigaMX to Champions League.

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