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FPL Draft: Sarr can thrive over the run-in

Neal Thurman 5 Mar 2020
Ismaila Sarr, Watford

Draft expert Neal Thurman is backing the Watford winger to build on his 19 points against Liverpool and bring in further big hauls

Every Fantasy Premier League Draft season has points where the things you thought you knew based on what you'd observed start to change.

Sometimes this is driven by injuries, hello Tottenham Hotspur, sometimes it is driven by managerial change, looking towards Goodison Park and Emirates Stadium for this one, and sometimes it is driven by the natural ebbs and flows of a long campaign.

It is hard to deny that Liverpool, Leicester City, Spurs and Chelsea are all off their peak form, while Everton and Arsenal are coming into theirs.

The case can be made that Watford are going to be the next side to see a big boost in form thanks to the return of Ismaila Sarr.

The Hornets are a mid-table side with the Senegalese starting and struggle without him. He's back and healthy and announced his intentions in the momentous win over Liverpool.

With this as the backdrop, here are my waiver wire priorities ahead of Premier League Match Week 29:

GKP: Alex McCarthy (SOU)

Southampton had a disappointing weekend last time out but with goal-shy Newcastle United arriving at St Mary's Stadium, McCarthy is a good bet for a clean sheet. He's certainly as good a choice as there is among those goalkeepers likely to be available in eight-team leagues.

DEF: David Luiz (ARS)

With Arsenal set to play twice in Gameweek 29, and West Ham United being one of their opponents, I'd be looking at Luiz, who both offers potential points in defence and attack. The Brazilian also seems physically capable of playing two matches in a week.

MID: Ismaila Sarr (WAT)

Sarr is available in all three of the Draft leagues I play in so I'm guessing that he's available in yours. He should not only be your priority midfielder but your overall priority unless your midfield is absolutely stacked.

FWD: Troy Deeney (WAT)

With Ashley Barnes still out and leaky Spurs defence visiting Turf Moor, Matej Vydra remains a good option. Deeney is likely to see a big boost in form due to Sarr's presence, as he did with his goal and assist against Liverpool. Deeney would be my choice if I needed a forward.

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