Maddison’s value offers greater appeal

The Scout highlights players with good form and fixtures managers should target in the Fantasy Premier League between the international break and the FIFA World Cup.

Premium Midfielders
James Maddison (LEI) £7.9m

The Leicester City playmaker has enjoyed a steady start to the season, losing just two of his six appearances.

Maddison had 29 points, scoring three goals and providing one assist.

The Foxes’ upcoming schedule could hardly be more encouraging for their offensive return prospects.

According to the Fixture Difficulty Ratings (FDR), six of Leicester’s next seven games will score just two.

Leicester’s next seven fixtures
GW Opp. ADR
9 NFO (H) 2
ten BOU (A) 2
11 CRI (H) 2
12 LEE (M) 2
13 WOL (A) 2
14 MCI (H) 5
15 EVE (A) 2

The underlying numbers further bolster Maddison’s appeal as a major differential. It is currently found in only 5.7% of teams.

His 20 shots, seven shots on target and 13 chances created all of the best spots for the Foxes this season.

Kevin De Bruyne (MCI) £12.3m

Manchester City’s Belgian is Fantasy’s best midfielder, with 45 points thanks to one goal and six assists.

De Bruyne’s 24 key passes are the best of any player this season, while his 19 shots are bettered by just three other midfielders.

De Bruyne’s 1st assist against Wolves

Its short-term appeal is somewhat undermined by a pristine Gameweek 12, which is preceded by a Gameweek 11 visit to Liverpool.

But Man City’s schedule from Gameweek 13 gives De Bruyne the chance to make some huge comebacks ahead of the World Cup.

They will face Brighton & Hove Albion, Leicester City, Fulham and Brentford in Gameweeks 13-16.

Son Heung-min (TOT) £11.7m

A hat-trick at home to Leicester ended poor form for the Tottenham Hotspur star.

Son had managed just one assist in his first six appearances and was dropped to the bench against Leicester before his second-half cameo netted him a 19-point comeback.

His production improvement may be crucial for Fantasy managers, with De Bruyne the only consistent heavy hitter to date.

Certainly, the stats highlight Son’s huge goal threat.

His 21 shots, 16 shots inside the box and 11 shots on target all rank among the top two midfielders in 2022/23 Fantasy.

Mohamed Salah (LIV) £12.9m

Managers should already be making plans for Blank Gameweek 12, when Man City and Arsenal are both gameless.

Although Salah has yet to justify his high price tag, Liverpool’s schedule from this point on means he could be a key choice in the final Gameweeks before the World Cup.

Four of the Reds’ last five matches have scored just two in the FDR.

Liverpool Schedule GW12-16
GW Opp. ADR
12 WH (H) 2
13 NFO (A) 2
14 LEE (M) 2
15 TOT (A) 5
16 SOU (H) 2

De Bruyne owners, especially those who are out of Wildcards, should make sure they have the budget available to move to Salah if he can show some form in the coming period.

Next: Toney a versatile prospect

Also in this series

Part 1: Sa can challenge Pope for the top spot
Part 2: Tarkowski can outperform Patterson
Part 3: Free-kick threat boosts Dier’s prospects
Part 4: Zaha has the form and layouts to thrive

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