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GW34 Lessons: Cherries stars back on the radar

The Scout 15 Apr 2019
Ryan Fraser

The Scout says AFC Bournemouth's win at Brighton shows why ignoring teams without Double Gameweeks can be a big mistake

When planning their squads for the run-in, Fantasy Premier League managers were reluctant to consider AFC Bournemouth's key players.

The Cherries had suffered two straight losses ahead of their Gameweek 34 trip to Brighton & Hove Albion.

And with no Double Gameweek to follow, owners of Ryan Fraser (£6.3m) and Callum Wilson (£6.6m) looked for replacements.

Fraser and Wilson were among the seven most-sold players in the Gameweek, each being moved on by 132,000+ managers.

But they delivered devastating hauls at the Amex Stadium, both producing a goal and two assists to record 16 and 15 points respectively.

Pointless signings

For managers who had backed Brighton for their two home matches in Gameweek 34, the 5-0 loss was a huge disappointment.

Seagulls trio Shane Duffy (£4.8m), Glenn Murray (£6.4m) and Mat Ryan (£4.4m) were among the 10 most-bought players in the Gameweek.

But Duffy and Ryan both sit on zero points ahead of a midweek visit from Cardiff City in Gameweek 34's final fixture.

And Murray has one point after appearing off the bench.

Routine run-in

While Brighton's backers may already be reconsidering their options, AFC Bournemouth have the schedule to bring in more big hauls over the final four Gameweeks.

According to the Fixture Difficulty Rankings (FDR), three of their remaining four opponents score only two.

GW Opponent FDR
35 FUL (H) 2
36 SOU (A) 2
37 TOT (H) 4
38 CRY (A) 2

That includes a home match against relegated Fulham next up in Gameweek 35.

Although eight other teams will play twice, Wilson, Fraser and the in-form David Brooks (£5.1m) showed on Saturday that they have the ability to bring in big scores in a single fixture.

Also in this series

Part 1: GW34 Lessons: Double regret for Pogba sellers
Part 3: FPL Experts: Get Deeney for the Double

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