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FDR Analysis: West Ham prospects on the rise

By The Scout 14 Feb 2019
Lukasz Fabianski, West Ham United

The Scout reckons their key players can be big sources of FPL points in coming weeks

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The Scout shows how using the Fixture Difficulty Rankings (FDR) can help managers plot their transfers in Fantasy Premier League.

West Ham United

West Ham United have struggled to convince FPL managers in recent matches, with only one win and three draws in their last seven Gameweeks.

But their favourable short-term schedule can raise the prospects of their key players.

According to the FDR, four of their next six opponents score only two.

Manuel Pellegrini's men play at home on four of those occasions, which includes their Gameweek 31 encounter with Huddersfield Town.

At present, this is one of only four matches set to take place in Gameweek 31, which coincides with the FA Cup Sixth Round.

West Ham's next six GW opponents
27 FUL (H) 2 30 CAR (A) 2
28 MCI (A) 5 31 HUD (H) 2
29 NEW (H) 2 32 EVE (H) 3
Three players to target
Lukasz Fabianski (£4.7m)

His total of 101 saves is more than any other goalkeeper this season.

Indeed, Fabianski has produced at least one save point in 22 of his 26 appearances.

Despite returning only four clean sheets, he is the sixth top-scoring goalkeeper on 101 points.

By comparison, the top-scoring West Ham defender, Declan Rice (£4.5m), has only 60 FPL points.

Felipe Anderson (£7.2m)

The playmaker has been West Ham's most explosive source of points this season.

Anderson has delivered five double-figure hauls, which highlights his potential as a captaincy option.

His underlying statistics also back up the Brazilian's influence on the Hammers' attack.

His total of 47 chances created ranks top among team-mates, while he places second for shots on goal, with 41.

Marko Arnautovic (£6.8m)

When selected, he has been involved in 59 per cent of West Ham's goals, more than any other regular starter under Pellegrini.

Owned by only 6.6 per cent, Arnautovic's goal threat could make him a major differential over the upcoming schedule.

He has averaged a shot on goal every 32 minutes, compared with the 54.2 minutes of team-mate Anderson.

Indeed, he has scored seven goals to the Brazilian's eight, despite playing 879 minutes fewer in the opening 26 matches.

Also in this series

Part 1: FDR Analysis: Time to consider Leicester
Part 2: FDR Analysis: Fixtures raise Newcastle appeal

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