Sunday, 19 March 2017

Gameweek 29 Review: Value & Lukaku Shine Through

Romelu Lukaku went ahead of Harry Kane in the top scorer charts this weekend. The striker was the obvious captain choice with Kane out injured. He left it late to get goalscoring returns after a brilliant flick to provide Valencia with a goal in the first half, but was on hand to score twice past 10-man Hull in the last minute.

Lukaku is the second highest point-scoring player in FPL as it stands. Although Lukaku has been a fantasy favourite for many years, this is a little surprising as he has been unable to keep up consistent goalscoring runs, and instead having long periods of the season without a goal. His start price back in August was only 9.0, but Lukaku has proved his doubters wrong this season, having 18 goals to his name in 28 games, and finally looks to have fulfilled his goalscoring potential. Lukaku is in tip-top form, scoring in each of his last 4 games.

Pulis' Defence Provide Points Aplenty

Craig Dawson's two headers in West Brom's victory over Arsenal were the 12th and 13th goals scored by The Baggies' defence this season, more than any other defence in the league. Tony Pulis' team is renowned for its aerial superiority as the tallest team in the league, and are statistically the best team at scoring goals from set pieces (18). Chelsea's back four has also been prolific in front of goal at a close 2nd with 12 goals, with Gary Cahill matching Marcos Alonso's season-long tally of 4 at Stoke.

The hidden gems this season in defence have been in West Brom's back line. The idea of doubling up or trebling up on the West Brom defence looks as good as ever. Gareth McAuley in particular is the 6th top defender in FPL as the top goalscoring defender with 6 goals.

McAuley is the best value outfield player with 24.8 points per 1.0, while Burnley's Tom Heaton, the league's top keeper, has been the best value player in the game thus far (26.4 points per 1.0). Like McAuley, Heaton started the season as a budget pick at just 4.5. Pulis and Dyche are making this an interesting season of FPL.

Written by Kyle Norbury
Stoke fan, football fan, fantasy football nerd
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