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4 FanDuel Premier League Studs to Target for Matchweek 12

With Tottenham a home favorite versus Sheffield United, Harry Kane offers big-time upside this week. Who else should you build around?

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 forwards in soccer. Not only are the top-end forwards expensive, they are the ones most likely to put the ball in the back of the net, and goals are often the difference between winning and losing in DFS.

This article will cover FanDuel's main slate, which begins Saturday at 10:00 a.m. EST and features five matches.

Matchweek 12
Saturday, November 9th
Everton at Southampton
West Ham at Burnley
Bournemouth at Newcastle
Sheffield United at Tottenham
Arsenal at Leicester


Tottenham are the slate's biggest favorite, per FanDuel Sportsbook, listed at -180 (64.3% implied win odds) at home versus Sheffield United. No other team has implied win odds above 50%, with Leicester (+100, 50.0% implied win odds) the next biggest favorite.

Harry Kane, FWD, Tottenham

FanDuel Salary: $22

On what is a balanced slate, ownership figures to center on Spurs, the only team with implied win odds greater than 50.0%. They are at -180 to win against Sheffield United.

Let's get it out of the way -- the Blades have been really good defensively this season, allowing a league-low eight goals through 11 matches. This is where the "but" comes in -- but they haven't had a super tough schedule. In three games against big-six sides, they've conceded two goals to Chelsea, one to Liverpool and none to Arsenal. The Chelsea fixture was the lone road game of the lot, and Sheffield United also allowed two goals in a home match versus Leicester.

In short, the Blades are good on defense, but we shouldn't avoid them on the road versus a big-six side, especially on this slate.

A lot of ink has been spilled about Tottenham's woes this season, and they've certainly had a tough go of it so far. But there's plenty of talent on this side, and oddsmakers like them to best the Blades.

Kane leads Spurs in goals (6), expected goals (3.8) and shots on target (10). He has a monopoly on penalties and owns the best anytime goal odds (+200), per FanDuel Sportsbook.

Jamie Vardy, FWD, Leicester City

FanDuel Salary: $20

Leicester City have taken a big step forward in their first full campaign under Brendan Rodgers, and he has them firmly in the race for a top-four spot. In truth, they've looked every bit like one of the EPL's top sides this campaign, with WhoScored's team rankings putting the Foxes second.

Vardy has been a force in his number-nine role, netting 10 goals in 11 league starts while no other Leicester player has more than three tallies. He's put 14 shots on target and has the team's lone penalty goal.

The Foxes are the slate's second-biggest favorite as they host Arsenal, though Leicester have implied win odds of just 50.0%. The Gunners, however, have been fragile at the back all year, giving up three goals to Liverpool and two to Spurs while also getting carved up by lesser sides (three to Villa and two to Watford).

Vardy is usually a goal-or-nothing DFS play, scoring fewer than 10 FanDuel points in each of his goal-less outings, but he's got multi-goal upside in this spot.

Son Heung-min, MID, Tottenham

FanDuel Salary: $19

Son is eligible to play this weekend after having his suspension overturned. A lot of what we listed above for Kane applies here, as well.

Son is tied for second on Spurs in goals (2) and sits alone in second in expected goals (1.9) and shots on target (9). He bagged a brace midweek in UCL play and is the lone Tottenham player with more than one assist (he has three). FanDuel Sportsbook has him as the second-most likely player to score in this match, handing him anytime goal odds of +400.

Stacking Son and Kane and hoping to get exposure to every Tottenham goal is a viable strategy on this slate, and it may not be all that popular given the league form of these two sides.

Lucas Digne, DEF, Everton

FanDuel Salary: $15

Digne has been in fine form this season for Everton, and his all-around play gives him a great DFS floor. He's put up 23.5, 23.3 and 27.7 FanDuel points over his last three matches despite recording just one assist and no goals in that span.

The Frenchman has created at least two chances in each of the past five matches, and he contributes defensively, too, racking up five clearances apiece in his last two outings. His corner and free-kick duties lift both his floor and ceiling, and there's some sneaky back-and-forth, high-scoring potential in Everton's road fixture with Southampton.

On a slate without a bunch of high-priced attackers, it's much easier to get up to Digne's salary, and he offers a great floor/ceiling combination versus the Saints.