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Wildcard targets: Time to back Vardy

The Scout 7 Jan 2021
Jamie Vardy, Leicester City

Leicester striker has a favourable schedule and is tipped to shine along with three other forwards

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

Premium forwards
Jamie Vardy (LEI) £10.2m

The Leicester City striker ranks second in his position in Fantasy, totalling 112 points over his 16 Gameweek appearances.

Vardy has scored 11 goals, joint-top with Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£7.8m) among forwards in Fantasy.

He has also supplied eight assists, already bettering his total of seven from the previous campaign.

Vardy's GW17 assist

That all-round output has helped him average 7.0 points per match ahead of Double Gameweek 19 home encounters with Southampton and Chelsea.

Leicester's subsequent schedule only adds to Vardy’s appeal.

Only one of their 10 matches over Gameweeks 20-29 scores more than three in the Fixture Difficulty Ratings (FDR).

Harry Kane (TOT) £11.0m

The Tottenham Hotspur star is the top-scoring forward in FPL and ranks joint-third overall, having amassed 125 points.

Impressively, Kane has already been involved in more goals this season than in the previous campaign.

He has scored 10 goals and supplied 11 assists, compared with 18 goals and two assists in 2019/20.

Although he is without a Double Gameweek 19, Kane still has a very favourable match-up at Sheffield United, who are the only side yet to keep a clean sheet this season.

Crucially, Spurs also play in the reduced Gameweek 18, visiting Aston Villa in one of only six matches scheduled to take place.

Danny Ings (SOU) £8.3m

An ownership of 5.8 per cent makes the Southampton striker a major differential for their Double Gameweek 19 trips to Leicester and Leeds United.

Although Ings has been limited to only 13 appearances this term due to injury, his 27 shots, 22 shots in the box and 15 shots on target are all team-leading totals.

Ings' average of 151.1 minutes per goal is more than twice as fast as the 338.8 minutes of his strike partner Che Adams (£6.1m).

His superb strike against Liverpool in Gameweek 17 highlighted Ings' ability to produce points regardless of opponent, and also suggests he is back to his very best. 

Alexandre Lacazette (ARS) £8.3m

Arsenal’s frontman has stepped up his output considerably in recent matches.

Lacazette has scored four of his seven goals this season in the last three Gameweeks, helping Arsenal beat Chelsea, Brighton & Hove Albion and West Bromwich Albion.

As a result, 27 of his 58 points for the campaign have come during that run.

The underlying numbers further highlight his potential.

Lacazette’s seven shots on target from Gameweek 15 onwards are more than any other player in Fantasy.

Home matches against Crystal Palace and Newcastle United in Gameweeks 18 and 19 respectively hand the Frenchman the chance to extend his red-hot form.

Also in this series

Part 1: Martinez the go-to goalkeeper
Part 2: Dallas an all-round performer
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

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