Fantasy Premier League

Defoe is FPL's top value forward

By The Scout 7 Nov 2016
AFC Bournemouth v Sunderland, Jermain Defoe goal cele, 051116

The striker has scored or assisted 77% of Sunderland's goals to rule the points-per-million standings

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The Bonus Points

Jermain Defoe (£7.3m) and Victor Anichebe (£4.5m) scored the goals to earn Sunderland victory over AFC Bournemouth and claim five of the six bonus points on offer.

The Black Cats strike pairing earned 43 and 39 in the Fantasy Premier League Bonus Point System (BPS) respectively, returning a goal and assist apiece.

Defoe provided Sunderland's winning strike from the spot, while Anichebe contributed two completed dribbles and six recoveries.

Making only his second Premier League start of the season, Dan Gosling (£4.7m) collected a single bonus point for the home side after firing the opening goal of the contest.

Victor Anichebe, goal, Bournemouth v Sunderland, 051116
Victor Anichebe earned a goal and an assist in his first Premier League start of the season to offer FPL managers a new budget forward option

Outstanding throughout, the Cherries midfielder also made 10 recoveries and completed 92% of his 78 passes - more than any other player on show at Vitality Stadium.

The ICT Index

Gosling's performance was to be recognised in the ICT Index, as he topped the rankings ahead of both Defoe and Anichebe.

With five goal attempts, four from inside the Sunderland box, Gosling recorded the biggest Threat score (71) on his way to an overall Index tally of 15.5.

Cherries' left-back Charlie Daniels (£5.1m) was the most reliable source of Creativity on the day, with a score of 44 with 7.6 in the Index.

He recorded 20 successful passes in the final third, providing three chances for team-mates.

AFC Bournemouth v Sunderland, Charlie Daniels, 051116
Only Liverpool's Nathaniel Clyne has created more chances from defence than AFC Bournemouth's Charlie Daniels

Daniels has now scored 217 Creativity over the season - only Liverpool's Nathaniel Clyne (£5.6m) has a higher tally among FPL defenders.

The Scout Notes

Defoe's decisive penalty took him to six goals and 61 points - level with the top owned FPL asset, Manchester City's Sergio Aguero (£13.1m).

He has now scored or assisted 77% of Sunderland's goals this season and, with 8.4 points per million, Defoe is the top ranked FPL forward for value.

His ownership had started to decline before Saturday but Defoe has since gained more than 29,000 transfers in ahead of the Gameweek 12 Stadium of Light clash with Hull City.

That could be a profitable encounter for Defoe, along with fellow striker Anichebe.

AFC Bournemouth v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League, Callum Wilson
Callum Wilson missed Saturday's defeat to Sunderland with a knock sustained in training

The latter is now presenting FPL managers with a viable new option at the very bottom of the market for forwards - ideal for those exploring the possibility of investing heavily in midfield.

However, Anichebe sustained a cracked rib in Saturday's contest and is an early doubt for the Hull City clash.

As for Bournemouth, manager Eddie Howe was able to welcome back Junior Stanislas (£5.5m) to the right flank but Callum Wilson (£6.6m) missed out for the home side with a knock sustained in training.

Josh King (£5.4m) took up the central striker role in his absence.

Howe will hope to have Wilson fit for the Gameweek 12 visit to Stoke City as he seeks to halt a slide of back-to-back defeats, with just a single goal scored in their last three outings.

But the Cherries will be without right-back Adam Smith (£4.8m). Owned by 12.8% of FPL managers, he will sit out Gameweek 12 having earned a fifth booking of the campaign.

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