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FPL rotation: Avoid top six with Diop and Boly

The Scout 24 Jun 2019
Issa Diop of West Ham and Willy Boly of Wolves

By teaming up West Ham and Wolves centre-backs managers can ensure no fixtures against top-six sides for the whole season

The Scout looks at clubs who can be paired together effectively to help Fantasy Premier League managers make a strong start in 2019/20.

West Ham and Wolves

Want to go an entire season without facing a single top-six side? By rotating between West Ham United and Wolverhampton Wanderers managers can do so.

They face four of last season's top six in the first 12 Gameweeks but you can avoid these opponents in that run, and indeed for the whole season, with clever rotation.

In Gameweek 1, West Ham host defending champions Manchester City so instead you can pick a Wolves player at Leicester City.

In Gameweeks 2 and 5, Wolves play at home against Manchester United and Chelsea. But the Hammers travel to Brighton & Hove Albion and Aston Villa.

And in Gameweek 6, Wolves visit Crystal Palace when West Ham welcome Man Utd.

This tactic can be replicated for the entire 38 Gameweeks.

How to rotate in opening GWs
GW Team Opp GW Team Opp
1 WOL LEI (A) 7 WOL WAT(H)
2 WHU BHA (A) 8 WHU CRY (H)
3 WOL BUR (H) 9 WOL SOU (H)
4 WHU NOR (H) 10 WHU SHU (H)
5 WHU AVL (A) 11 WHU NEW (H)
6 WOL CRY (A) 12 WOL AVL (H)

See: All 2019/20 fixtures

The appeal of this combination is increased further by the guarantee of home fixtures.

By selecting and rotating a Wolves and West Ham player over the whole season, an FPL manager is ensured a match at home in every Gameweek.

That is encouraging because last season these teams were far more resilient when playing at home. They combined for 11 clean sheets at home but managed only five away.

Attacking defenders

But which of their players should managers pick?

In terms of attacking potential, Matt Doherty (£6.0m) is the standout defender from either side.

But having produced four goals and seven assists last season, his price could limit his appeal as a rotation pick.

Doherty's team-mates Willy Boly (£5.0m) and Jonny (£5.5m) offer cheaper options.

Centre-back Boly scored four goals in 2018/19 while wing-back Jonny supplied a goal and three assists.

More contenders

Issa Diop (£4.5m) and Ryan Fredericks (£4.5m) appeal for the Hammers as they cost under £5.0m.

Diop's 19 shots and 15 headed shots from set-pieces were both more than any team-mate last term.

Fredericks established himself at right-back in the final months of 2018/19, producing 22 FPL points in his last two home matches.

Goalkeepers Lukasz Fabianski (£5.0m) and Rui Patricio (£5.0m) offer further options.

However, Fabianski is less suited as a rotation choice, as his ability to produce save points away from home means it is always risky to bench him.

Instead, it could be a Diop and Boly pairing that proves the most reliable as rotation partners.

See: The Scout's 2019/20 FPL rotation pairings

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