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FPL Positions: Big-game Jimenez worth price rise

The Scout 26 May 2019
Raul Jimenez, Wolves

Wolves striker set to increase in value but The Scout says his record against top-six opponents means he's a great pick

With the 2018/19 Fantasy Premier League now over, The Scout reviews each position to highlight the players managers should consider for 2019/20.

Forwards

Raul Jimenez’s outstanding debut season will have implications on his price in 2019/20.

The Wolverhampton Wanderers forward started at just £5.5m following their promotion from the Championship.

But Jimenez defied his low cost to finish as the third top-scoring forward in FPL.

The Mexican totalled 181 points, thanks to his 13 goals and 10 assists.

Price rise

Jimenez’s value for money earned him over 4.1million transfers in, driving his price up to £6.9m by the end of the season.

His rise in cost of £1.4m was more than any other player in the game.

Jimenez’s big season could result in a hike in starting price to £8.5m or £9.0m, in line with Jamie Vardy.

Fixture proof

Both of these players have proven they can be worthy of the extra outlay.

The Leicester City striker is one of the most consistent picks for managers due to his performances against top-six sides.

Vardy has 34 goals against those opponents in his Premier League career.

Jimenez also impressed against the top six in 2018/19, with four goals and five assists in his 12 appearances.

And his underlying statistics in those fixtures are very encouraging.

The Mexican’s 27 shots and 24 shots inside the penalty area in such matches were both among the top two players in FPL.

Keep faith

Jimenez ended 2018/19 as the top-value forward, offering 26.2 points per million.

While a rise in price means he is unlikely to offer the same sort of value next season, his prospects for overall points remain very strong.

Should he avoid rotation in the event that Wolves progress to the UEFA Europa League group stages, Jimenez can still be a big contender for forward lines in 2019/20.

Tomorrow: Value forwards can help shape formations

See: The Scout's 2018/19 FPL Lessons on positions

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