As Fantasy Premier League managers can now select their 15-man squads, The Scout analyses standout budget and premium players in each position.
The short-term schedule looks hugely encouraging for Aston Villa’s early prospects in Fantasy.
Villa are the only side whose first three matches all score just two in the Fixture Difficulty Ratings (FDR).
Watkins enjoyed a successful debut campaign in Fantasy last term, producing 14 goals and nine assists to total 168 points.
After a slow start, the Villa striker was far more effective in the second half of the campaign.
Watkins recorded attacking returns in only four of his first 16 outings.
But he then produced a goal or an assist in 13 of his subsequent 21 appearances.
The underlying numbers also back up Watkins’ strong finish to 2020/21.
From Gameweek 20 onwards, his 43 shots inside the penalty area and 26 shots on target were both top among forwards in Fantasy.
His 23 key passes ranked third, just two behind Roberto Firmino's (£9.0m) league-leading total.
Watkins’ early run of opponents has certainly made an impression on managers as they assemble their opening squads.
He is the second most-owned forward in Fantasy, selected by 33.2 per cent.
Watkins can repay their faith quickly before Villa's schedule becomes a lot tougher in Gameweek 4.