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GW23 Ones to watch: Reece James

The Scout 15 Jan 2020
Reece James, Chelsea v Burnley

The Scout says a recent return to the Chelsea starting XI lifts right-back's prospects in FPL

The Scout is tipping five players to produce big points in Gameweek 23 of Fantasy Premier League.

Reece James (CHE) £5.0m

The Chelsea defender has impressed since returning to the starting XI in Gameweek 21.

James provided an assist and earned two bonus points in a 3-0 home win over Burnley last weekend.

That display earned him his season-high haul of 11 points ahead of a visit to Newcastle United on Saturday evening.

Forward thinking 

The underlying numbers show James has been among the most attacking defenders in FPL over the last two Gameweeks.

His total of five shots was more than any other defender.

And his four chances created were bettered only by the five of Benjamin Mendy (£5.5m) and Andrew Robertson (£7.0m).

When assessed against his previous displays, James has clearly improved his attacking threat for Frank Lampard's side.

He managed only four shots and created three chances in his nine appearances over the first 19 Gameweeks.

Threat out wide

In particular, it is James's delivery from out wide that could pose big problems for the Magpies.

The 20-year-old produced 13 crosses and four successful crosses in the last two matches, more than any team-mate.

Newcastle, meanwhile, have conceded 71 headed shots this season, more than any other side.

James can exploit that weakness and bring in another big haul this weekend.

Also in this series

Part 1: GW23 Ones to watch: Lewis Dunk
Part 2: GW23 Ones to watch: Todd Cantwell
Part 3: GW23 Ones to watch: Troy Deeney
Part 5: GW23 Ones to watch: Sergio Aguero

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