4 FanDuel Premier League Studs to Target for Matchweek 24
As is the case when playing any sport on FanDuel, it’s imperative to hit on high-priced studs, the players in which you’ve made the biggest investment. This is especially true with strikers in soccer as goals are often the difference between winning and losing in DFS.
Let’s take a look at some high-priced players -- all across the pitch -- who, despite costing a good chunk of change, are worth the investment.
This article is geared toward Saturday's main slate, which starts 10:00 a.m. EST and features seven matches.
|Saturday, February 4th|
|Burnley at at Watford|
|Bournemouth at Everton|
|West Ham at Southampton|
|Stoke City at West Brom|
|Liverpool at Hull City|
|Sunderland at Crystal Palace|
|Middlesbrough at Tottenham|
Let's get to it.
Harry Kane, Tottenham
FanDuel Salary: $12,300
Kane is the highest-priced forward this week, but it's for good reason. Spurs have a mouth-watering home matchup against Middlesbrough. Tottenham are 1.5-goal favorites, the largest of the slate, and Kane has superb odds to score.
Spurs are coming off a disappointing 0-0 draw at Sunderland, but this is a great bounce-back spot. Tottenham lead the Premier League in shots per match (17.6) while ranking third in possession (56.9%). Boro, meanwhile, are allowing 14 shots per contest, the seventh-most in the league.
Kane has the 4th-most goals (13) in the league despite missing five fixtures, and he ranks 11th in shots per match (3). In the reverse fixture earlier this year, a game in which Kane didn't play, Tottenham generated 19 attempts and held a 58% possession advantage, and that was at Middlesbrough.
Philippe Coutinho, Liverpool
FanDuel Salary: $10,000
This is really a placeholder for any Liverpool midfielder -- Jordan Henderson ($8,700), Adam Lallana ($8,700), Sadio Mane ($9,100), and Coutinho all make sense as the Reds take on Hull City.
Hull is coming off a road shutout of Manchester United, and Eldin Jakupovic has given them a boost since being inserted as the team's starting goalie. With that said, the Tigers have still given up six goals across their past 11 league matches, and they've allowed 2.04 goals per match this season, the second-worst mark in the league.
Through 23 matches, Liverpool rank first in goals (52), second in possession (58.5%), and third in shots per match (16.9). It's one of the league's top attacks going against one of the league's worst defenses. When the two met earlier this season, Liverpool put on a masterclass in attack, torching the Tigers by a score of 5-1.
Coutinho hasn't scored more than 13 FanDuel points in any of his last five matches, but he owns the highest ceiling of the Reds' midfield group. Prior to this recent cold spell, he had surpassed the 20-FanDuel-point mark in six consecutive matches, with a pair of forays past the 50-point barrier.
James Milner, Liverpool
FanDuel Salary: $7,900
For a lot of the reasons we just covered, Milner is in a great spot, as well. In fact, in the 5-1 win over Hull earlier this season, Milner scored a pair of goals -- both of which were penalties.
In addition to taking penalties, Milner also sends in corners, and those two roles always give him a chance to pick up a cheap goal or assist.
In a match in which Liverpool should dominate possession -- they controlled the ball 71% of the time in the reverse fixture -- Milner will likely get forward enough down the flanks that he'll basically be acting as a winger. He was credited with 78 passes in that first matchup, his second-most in any game this season.
As for other options, with Danny Rose out, Tottenham could rely on fellow fullback Kyle Walker ($6,300) more than usual, so he's a nice play if you can't swallow Milner's salary, which is $1,400 more than the next active defender. If it's a safe floor you're after for cash games, Hull's Michael Dawson ($6,500) should be a very busy man against the Reds.
Tom Heaton, Burnley
FanDuel Salary: $7,400
Heaton is inching up in price, but it's really difficult to turn away from him in the form he's in.
We rolled with Heaton in our midweek installment, and he delivered with another clean sheet, racking up 29.5 FanDuel points. He has three clean sheets in his last six league outings.
What makes Heaton so great -- on top of the clean sheets -- is that even if he gives up a goal, Burnley's defense is bad enough that he can still make enough saves to have a productive fantasy day. Heaton has made at least five saves in five of his last eight matches. The Clarets have allowed the most shots per game (18.9) but only the 10th-most goals (33 in 23 matches).
Watford sits 14th with 27 goals this season, and they're averaging just 1 goal per game over their last six league fixtures, getting blanked in half of those matches.