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FPL watchlist: Anderson to make a strong start

The Scout 9 Jul 2019
Felipe Anderson, West Ham

The Scout says winger is most popular player for West Ham side with enticing early fixtures

As Fantasy Premier League managers can now select their 15-man squads, The Scout analyses standout budget and premium players in each position.

Felipe Anderson (WHU) £7.0m

The West Ham United midfielder has one of the most encouraging early schedules of players in FPL.

Manuel Pellegrini's men have a tough opening-weekend encounter against Manchester City but then face only two of last season's top 10 sides in the next 11 Gameweeks.

West Ham GW2-12
GW Opp FDR GW Opp FDR
2 BHA (A) 2 8 CRY (H) 3
3 WAT (A) 3 9 EVE (A) 4
4 NOR (H) 2 10 SHU (H) 2
5 AVL (A) 2 11 NEW (H) 2
6 MUN (H) 4 12 BUR (A) 2
7 BOU (A)  3    

Those matches occur in Gameweek 6, when the Hammers host Manchester United, and Gameweek 9, when they visit Everton.

Indeed, according to the Fixture Difficulty Rankings (FDR), six of those matches during that period score only two.

Key creator

Anderson was West Ham's top performer in FPL last season.

He returned nine goals, six assists and 155 points in his debut campaign.

And the underlying statistics highlight his influence.

The Brazilian's 65 chances created were more than any team-mate, while his total of 58 shots ranked third for Pellegrini’s side.

FPL managers have been quick to turn to Anderson since the game launched.

West Ham's most popular player is already found in 13 per cent of squads, with goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski (£5.0m) next in line on 10.8 per cent ownership.

Anderson's early 2019/20 schedule, coupled with his record from last season, suggests managers backing the Brazilian can expect points aplenty.

See: The Scout's 2019/20 FPL watchlist

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