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Payet strike highlights FPL value

By The Scout 3 Oct 2016
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Sublime solo effort shows that playmaker can overcome West Ham form to deliver FPL points

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The Bonus Points

West Ham United's desperate bid to earn a result against Middlesbrough saw them dominate the Fantasy Premier League bonus points at the London Stadium.

Dimitri Payet (£9.4m) was rewarded with the maximum three points following his exceptional solo goal, scoring 36 in the Bonus Points System.

Stationed on the left of an altered 4-3-3 formation, the Hammers' playmaker also produced seven recoveries, six successful dribbles and a trio of open play crosses as Slaven Bilic's side arrested a run of four successive defeats.

Winston Reid (£5.0m) earned two bonus points, with 30 in the BPS.

He supplied the assist for Payet's strike and produced an eye-catching 22 clearances, blocks and interceptions (CBI) to repel Boro's attack.

Christhian Stuani (£5.1m) collected a single bonus point for the visitors. He scored 29 in the BPS, netting the visitors' opener in addition to making three successful tackles and a couple of key passes.

The ICT Index

The same three players occupied the top spots in the ICT Index.

Payet fired four attempts on goal and created five scoring opportunities for the home side - his ICT score of 18.0 was ranked second overall for Gameweek 7.

Stuani netted with his only effort of the match, bagging a third goal in five Premier League outings for the Teesside outfit. He also created two scoring chances.

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Winston Reid made 22 clearances, blocks and interceptions on Saturday, more than any other defender in Gameweek 7

Reid's crucial contribution at both ends of the pitch earned the New Zealand international third spot, scoring 10.5 in the ICT Index.

With two attempts from inside the box, his Influence score of 61 was more than any player on show in Saturday's stalemate.

The Scout Notes

Payet's return to form has now earned him 30 points since making his first start of the season in Gameweek 4.

In only five appearances he's created 20 chances for team-mates at a rate of one every 19.2 minutes. That's more frequent than any other Premier League player in a starting line-up in Gameweek 7.

Together with Michail Antonio (£7.3m), the Frenchman is crucial to the Hammers' chances of breaking out of their current malaise.

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Cristhian Stuani netted his third goal in five appearances at the London Stadium - only Jermain Defoe ranks higher for FPL value up front

Bilic opted to start Antonio as the lone forward before he was shifted onto the flank in the second-half.

Although he failed to score, the midfielder managed five attempts on goal, with three arriving inside the Boro penalty area - more than any team-mate on both counts.

At the back, James Collins (£4.6m) returned to the first XI after dropping to the bench in the previous fixture, with Angelo Ogbonna (£4.8m) covering at full-back. With Aaron Cresswell (£5.3m) close to a return from injury, the Welshman's minutes remain in question.

Aitor Karanka omitted Alvaro Negredo (£6.6m) from his Premier League starting line-up for the first time, with Jordan Rhodes (£5.5m) leading the line.

Negredo's stock and ownership continue to plummet - the Spaniard has lost over 400,000 owners over the last three Gameweeks.

In contrast, Stuani presents an intriguing budget option. He is now second only to Sunderland's Jermain Defoe (£7.2m) in terms of value up front after taking his tally to 31 points in five Premier League outings.

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