Big Chris’s Top FanDuel Tips | GW17

Welcome to the first instalment (we hope there will be more) of Big Chris’s Tips…!

Don’t let the friendly demeanour and puns fool you, this guy is a serious fantasy football and FanDuel nut – and knows his stuff. Off the back of a successful money haul in GW16, Chris has kindly offered to be our Featured Tipster of the week and offer his recommendations for us all for the coming weekend. I mean, who knew Lallana was going to score 60+pts and Rondon get a hat-trick midweek – turns out, he did.

Take it away Chris…


Diego Costa

Wow, Diego sure does Costa lot…. At a whopping £14.8M, Costa is the most expensive player in this weekend’s fixtures, but there’s a reason for that. In his last 7 games he has 5 Goals and 3 Assists while averaging a game-leading score of 32.36pts. Although he didn’t hit the mark against Sunderland midweek, he has not gone longer than one game without scoring a goal this season and is up against a Palace team that concede goals for fun. You need to spend money to make money right?

Jermaine Defoe

I know what you’re thinking, but just give me a second before you slam the door in my face and return to your ready meal for one. Sunderland might be sitting miserably at the bottom of the Premier League table having only scored 14 goals as a team, but Defoe has played a part in 10 of those, including 8 Goals and 2 Assists. Having scored 5 goals in his last 6 home games, and Watford having conceded 16 away from Vicarage Road this season, at £8.5M, he’s an absolute bargain. Go Defoe, Go!


Dimitri Payet

There’s a lot of good things to say about why you need to pick Payet, all of which was covered before the last round of fixtures HERE. But after a brilliant 34.75 against Hull midweek, which included another 8 chances created (50 for the season now) he’s in my team again for GW17 – although the main reason for selecting him this week is more of an indictment on Hull than anything else. Hull have lost their last 6 away games, conceding an astonishing 19 goals, and although West Ham haven’t produced the results they would like so far this season, at £12.1M this game is tailor made for the Hammers little Houdini and he’s worth the price. Hip Hip Payet!

Jake Livermore

As you will have gathered from what I just mentioned, I don’t anticipate Hull to come away with a victory this game, especially because Hull haven’t had a win in their last 5 Premier League fixtures. However, since a shuffle in positions, Livermore has competed on both ends of the pitch, completing 42 passes, making 13 tackles, and has added 1 goal firing 6 shots, averaging 22.6pts over that time. At £6.9M he looks like a great cheap differential pick to me. Didn’t see that coming did you? #Sleeperpickoftheweek


Nathan Ake

Since his return to the starting line-up, Ake has averaged a whopping 31.1pts per game, showcasing himself to be a defensive stalwart with 48 clearances in that time. With 36 successful passes in this 5 game span, he clearly has an eye for the pass too, and is looking to establish himself as a consistent starter in Eddie Howe’s side now. His cost has soared in recent weeks following the impressive performances but I still feel there is value and £7.8M is incredibly reasonable. Ake-nt pass on picking him this week.

Damien Delaney

At £6.7M I don’t think there’s better value for money in defence this week. Over his last 3 games, Delaney has averaged 19.42pts showing his defensive prowess with 31 clearances and 3 blocked shots. With his second highest scoring output coming in this week’s defeat to Manchester United, it just goes to show, you don’t need to win games to win in Fanduel. This is good for Palace, as they won’t, because they’re terrible, and have a terrible manager. Rant over.


Fraser Forster

What’s that coming over the hill? Is it a Forster, is it a Forster?! In a season where teams are conceding anywhere between 3-6 goals on a regular basis, the idea of a clean sheet seems hugely unlikely for any team. However, Southampton are going away from trend, having kept 4 Clean Sheets in their last 5, 3 of which were at home. There’s not much value in paying top dollar for keepers this season, so for £6.6M I think he’s worth taking a shot at.

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