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Wildcard targets: Dallas an all-round performer

The Scout 6 Jan 2021
Stuart Dallas, Leeds

The Scout says to pick Leeds full-back who has produced the joint-most returns of all FPL defenders

The Scout is pinpointing the best players for Fantasy Premier League managers to target with their second Wildcards.

Budget defenders
Stuart Dallas (LEE) £4.8m

The Northern Ireland international is the sixth highest-scoring defender in FPL, totalling 71 points in his 17 matches.

Dallas has been a big success at both ends of the pitch, combining three goals and two assists with six clean sheets.

Indeed, his total of 11 returns is joint-top among all defenders. 

His Blank Gameweek 18 means managers should target Dallas for Gameweek 19, when Leeds United play at home against Brighton & Hove Albion and Southampton.

And their subsequent schedule suggests he can continue his excellent 2020/21 campaign.

According to the Fixture Difficulty Ratings (FDR), only one of Leeds’ next 10 matches score more than three.

Ben Mee (BUR) £4.9m

His return from injury in Gameweek 8 has played a major part in Burnley’s improved defensive form.

The Clarets have claimed five clean sheets from that point onwards, joint-top among all sides.

Mee has earned bonus points in three of those shutouts and also scored once.

As a result, he has averaged 5.3 points per match (ppm) this season. That is second only to the 5.4ppm of John Stones (£5.0m) among defenders with at least five appearances.

Crucially, Burnley are among only four teams who not only play in Gameweek 18 but also have a Double Gameweek 19.

Vladimir Coufal (WHU) £4.7m

The West Ham United full-back offers multiple routes to points in Fantasy.

Coufal has produced three assists, four clean sheets and eight bonus points over his 13 appearances.

Since making his debut in Gameweek 4, Coufal’s total of 19 chances created ranks joint-fifth with team-mate Aaron Cresswell (£5.4m) among all defenders in FPL.

West Ham have a Blank Gameweek 18 but then host Burnley and West Bromwich Albion in Double Gameweek 19.

Owned by just 4.4 per cent, Coufal offers a strong differential route into David Moyes’ defence.

Rob Holding (ARS) £4.5m

The Arsenal centre-back has produced 19 of his 46 points this season in the last two Gameweeks.

Holding has combined an assist with two clean sheets and four bonus points in those outings against Brighton and West Brom.

Although they are without a Double Gameweek 19, Arsenal offer strong home matches against Crystal Palace and Newcastle United in the next two rounds of fixtures.

At a cost of just £4.5m, Holding can offer a big source of value for managers with their Wildcards active.

Also in this series

Part 1: Martinez the go-to goalkeeper
Part 3: Cancelo worth premium price
Part 4: Get Soucek for Double Gameweek
Part 5: Fernandes a must-have
Part 6: Fixtures point to Bamford
Part 7: Time to back Vardy

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