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GW1 Lessons: Kelly emulating Wan-Bissaka

The Scout 12 Aug 2019
Martin Kelly

Eagles centre-back was among four £4.0m defenders to start the opening Gameweek of 2019/20

For the second consecutive season, a cut-price Crystal Palace defender has enjoyed a successful start in Fantasy Premier League.

Martin Kelly (£4.0m) is the fourth-most popular defender in the game, sitting in 24.9 per cent of squads.

And he rewarded that ownership with a clean sheet and six points in a goalless home match against Everton.

Last season Aaron Wan-Bissaka (£5.5m) also began at £4.0m for Palace.

He claimed an assist and clean sheet in Gameweek 1 of 2018/19 and went on to record 120 FPL points for the Eagles, before moving to Manchester United this summer.

Back-line bargains

Kelly was one of four £4.0m defenders to be handed a start in Gameweek 1 this season.

Versatile pair Diego Rico and John Lundstram went head to head at Vitality Stadium.

Rico featured as a wing-back for AFC Bournemouth, playing down the left side in a 3-4-3 formation.

Meanwhile, Lundstram continued in a central midfield role for visitors Sheffield United, having produced three assists for the Blades during the summer friendlies. 

Grant Hanley was another cut-price pick, named in the Norwich City line-up against Liverpool on Friday evening.


Looking for reliable value options in defence is a vital part of squad-building.

Managers looking to own all three of Mohamed Salah (£12.5m), Raheem Sterling (£12.0m) and Harry Kane (£11.0m), for example, will need to find a way of freeing up funds.

Seeking out those budget gems like Kelly in defence can be a big part of that strategy.

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