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GW35 Lessons: Risk-takers rewarded by Deulofeu

The Scout 22 Apr 2019
Gerard Deulofeu, Watford

The Scout says Watford midfielder shows why less popular long-shots can now be vital in push for mini-league glory

The rush to bring in big-hitters for Double Gameweek 35 meant Gerard Deulofeu (£5.6m) was largely overlooked in Fantasy Premier League.

The Watford midfielder had been troubled by an ankle injury before his matches against Huddersfield Town and Southampton.

As a result, only 37,409 bought Deulofeu for Gameweek 35.

But his 5.1 per cent owners were richly rewarded with two goals on Saturday afternoon.

Bargain Spaniard

Deulofeu is the second top-scoring player in the Gameweek, with 16 FPL points.

And with Troy Deeney (£5.9m) still suspended, the Spaniard could have another productive match at home to the Saints on Tuesday evening.

Deulofeu’s success should encourage FPL managers who are looking to rein in their mini-league rivals. 

Risk-reward strategy

Managers in front are likely to play it safe at this point, which allows those chasing to seek out differentials.

This was also shown in the first fixture of Gameweek 35, when Manchester City played at home to Tottenham Hotspur.

Four of the five most-bought players for the Gameweek featured in the Saturday lunchtime kick-off.

Lucas Moura (£6.8m), Raheem Sterling (£11.6m), Son Heung-min (£8.8m) and Sergio Aguero (£11.8m) were all transferred in by 169,000+ managers.

Foden surprise

Yet they were overshadowed by Phil Foden (£4.5m).

In only his second start of the season, the teenager’s match-winning display earned him 11 FPL points.

A mere 191 managers bought Foden for Man City’s two matches.

Like Deulofeu, his exploits show how lesser-owned players can be a big weapon for those needing to take risks over the final three Gameweeks.

Also in this series

Part 2: FPL Experts: Back Vardy for strong finish
Part 3: GW35 Stats: Captain Aguero brings frustration

 

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