There were no results of real shock in Round 13 last weekend, but Spurs did manage to end Chelsea’s unbeaten start to the season, leaving only City and Liverpool yet to taste defeat. The result also puts Spurs into third above the Blues, keeping it tight at the top. There is plenty to be excited about heading into the last weekend of games for November.
The excitement is amplified by the team at PlayON, who are offering up Daily Fantasy Premier League competitions for the whole of Week 14.
To fine-tune your teams and try and help you towards the prize places, I have singled out the players in each game I think will make the difference from a DFS perspective – from straight up guns to in-form value plays, with the odd point of difference (“POD”) pick thrown in to set you apart from the competition.
We start, as always, with the games on Saturday:
Crystal Palace v. Burnley
Two sides in poor form here, with no win for either in the last five and just four between them all season. You would imagine, then, that both would be desperate for the win here.
Six previous encounters have seen three Clarets’ wins to two for the Eagles. That said, the current season form has the hosts keeping it a bit tighter at the back, and they do come in from a good point against United last out. For me, that gives their players the edge for DFS.
Topping the DFS averages in this one is Luka Milivojevic (£10.9m), who has scored at 1370 so far. Two goals and four clean sheets in that, so not a lot of attacking boosts indicating he maintains a solid base score.
Playing every minute so far for the home side and likely to be on spot kick duties should the Eagles be awarded one. All signs point to including him in your sides.
Yes his average is low, but being able to pick up a potential match winner in Wilf Zaha (£10.8m) at that price has to be considered value.
Quiet of late, but three goals and two assists show what he can do on his day. If Saturday is to be his day, there is definite value here.
Huddersfield v. Brighton
Both of these sides have seen a reversal of fortunes in recent weeks. Three weeks back, Huddersfield were winless before embarking on a three game unbeaten streak. Brighton were going well, but are now without a win over the same period.
Last season’s results are the only two for these teams at Premier League level. Of those, Huddersfield won one and drew the other. Three weeks ago, I would have gone Seagulls all the way, but now I can see scope for players on either side.
Two good goals last week put Aaron Mooy (£10m) back into form and back to the top of the PlayON averages in this match.
They were his only two goals for the season, but you would hope he can kick on now to match the uplift in his side’s fortunes.
Plus he sits on set pieces, which only increases the chances of goals and assists.
Averaging over 1000 for a basement price, Terence Kongolo (£6m) has two clean sheets in his last three for the home side.
If he continues to get an extended run in the team, and his side continue to keep teams out, he shapes as an absolute steal for this one.
Brighton’s talisman from last season, Pascal Groß (£8.1m) returned to the Brighton team last week after eight games out.
Others might leave him out this week on account of his 810 average and to give him an extra week to get back into it.
But already knowing what the German can do, bring him in this week with a degree of confidence and reap the rewards if he goes big,
Leicester v. Watford
Ninth against tenth in this one, with two losses in three sliding Watford down to sit just above a Leicester side who are unbeaten in four – three of those being draws.
Eight previous datasets for this one and the Foxes have five wins to the Hornets’ two. Form in the last four meetings has seen the home side win each time.
Signs point to a Leicester win then, and who am I to argue?
Only 34 minutes on the pitch last week, but Jamie Vardy (£12.1m) still found his way onto the scoresheet and onto an average of 1190.
It is that clinical attacking instinct that make his a great DFS option, especially if he gets the full game this week.
No attacking stats in the last couple, but Ricardo Pereira’s average still sits at 1140, for the bargain cost of just £6.3m.
To clarify, that is the fourth best average in this game for at least $2m less than anyone else averaging over 1000.
Three assists so far, to go with his goal in round eight. Who would back against him being involved again here?
Foxes winger Marc Albrighton (£7.3m) has just one goal, one assist and an average of under 550 this term. Fair to say he will not be considered for too many sides.
However, he continues to get good game time and you only need to look back to last season where he popped up with eight assists.
If this is the week he gets back among the attacking plays, you can reap the rewards of a big score that will not sit in opponent teams.
Man City v. Bournemouth
League leaders and one of two remaining unbeaten sides. Nobody would fancy playing City in Manchester right now, least of all a Cherries side coming off three straight losses.
In fact, the Citizens have a 100% record in this fixture, winning all of the six meetings with this week’s opponents. Cannot look past the home players for PlayON on those stats.
I cannot keep picking Sterling here (although to clarify, you should probably still pick him) so I will opt for Leroy Sane (£13.6m) who has found some form of late.
Two goals and an assist against the Hammers move him to five goals six assists for the season and an average of over 1560.
Yes, it is a fair way from Sterling’s 2025, but you also save over $2m on price difference for what is still a great average.
Goals in his last three, and an average of nearly 1600, David Silva (£11m) still costs substantially less than the other City superstars around him.
Five goals and two assists for the season, in around ten games worth of playing time, a lot to like about the City playmaker. Expect big things here again.
As we have seen previously, City can have a tendency of scoring a few but shipping the odd consolation.
If the Cherries are to find such a goal here, you could almost bank on it coming from or through Callum Wilson (£10.4m).
Six goals and seven assists for the season, the striker is in the form of his life. Plus, with City strong favourites, there is a good chance he will not feature in too many sides.
Newcastle v. West Ham
After a poor start, the Magpies have three straight wins and have moved to 13th on the ladder. The Hammers had put together a three match unbeaten run themselves, but that was abruptly ended with a 4-0 drubbing at the hands of City last out.
Plenty of history here, with 40 matchups in the Premier League. That history sees Newcastle lead 19-11 in terms of wins.
In fact, the hosts have won the last thee over West Ham and will be confident of a fourth here. That said, they are usually good for conceding a goal, so still space for Hammers’ players in your sides as well.
With just one assist for the season, Kenedy (£8.5m) has still amassed a PlayON average of over 1100. A solid platform to build on with attacking stats then.
The winger is also someone Rafa Benitez has stuck with of late, earning decent game time. If he snags a goal or assist in this, a big score is ahead.
If West Ham are to find the net, the player most likely to be involved is their form man and record signing.
Felipe Anderson (£9.3m) has three-in-three and four for the season, plus an assist. Pushing his average to 1355, the Brazilian is the prime candidate for attacking points if the visitors do score here.
Southampton v. Man United
No win for either in the last two and just the one for Southampton all season. United do sit seventh though, while the Saints languish in the bottom three.
Plenty of top flight meetings between the two. Thirty eight in fact, of which the Red Devils have won 25 and the Saints just seven. Add in the fact that the visitors are managing twice as many goal scored and you can see which way the result will likely go.
That said, the 0-0 at Palace last week was just the second clean sheet of the season for United, so there is a decent chance of at least one Southampton goal and the potential for DFS points for whoever scores it.
In all the drama of Lukaku’s poor form and subsequent benching mid-week, you could be forgiven for overlooking the fact that Anthony Martial (£11m) has banged in six in his last six.
Averaging nearly 300 more than anyone else featuring here, the Frenchman is as close to a must have as you will see across today’s games.
Having just two clean sheets for the season, the fact that David De Gea (£7.8m) averages over 1000 is commendable.
Forty four saves made so far, expect the ‘keeper to bag either a few more saves or a clean sheet here.
With Danny Ings likely to miss this one, the best chance of points from a Saints perspective is Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (£8.3m).
The midfielder has scored twice this season and averages over 1100. If the hosts are to get on the scoresheet, the Dane should not be far away in terms of involvement, but could be far away from many other PlayON teams.
Plenty to think about for your Saturday teams then. Once you’ve finalised your side, head to the Games Lobby and enter into the PlayON comps for the day. Then, be sure to check back here for a preview of the Sunday games.