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FPL watchlist: Back Calvert-Lewin for another fast start

The Scout 18 Jul 2021
Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Everton

The Scout on why forward can deliver immediate returns in Everton’s early fixtures

As Fantasy Premier League managers can now select their 15-man squads, The Scout analyses standout budget and premium players in each position.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin (EVE) £8.0m

Everton’s favourable run of early opponents has made the striker a top target for Fantasy managers building their Gameweek 1 squads.

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According to the Fixture Difficulty Ratings (FDR), Everton avoid all of last term’s top eight sides in the first six Gameweeks.

That has earned Calvert-Lewin a place in 28.9 per cent of squads, making him the third most-popular forward in the game.

Everton’s first six Gameweeks
GW Opponent FDR
1 SOU (H) 2
2 LEE (A) 3
3 BHA (A) 3
4 BUR (H) 2
5 AVL (A) 3
6 NOR (H) 2

Everton’s fine schedule suggests Calvert-Lewin can mirror his quick start to the previous campaign. 

He produced 10 goals and an assist across his first nine outings, blanking only once.

That helped the striker deliver his best-ever Fantasy season, combining 16 goals and six assists for 165 points.

Calvert-Lewin's goals in 2020

When selected, Calvert-Lewin was involved in a team-leading 54 per cent of Everton's goals in 2020/21.

The underlying numbers suggest the forward will again be a key figure this season.

Calvert-Lewin’s 83 shots, 72 shots in the box and 46 shots on target all ranked top for his side last term.

Furthermore, his 31 big chances were more than double any team-mate, bettered only by two other players in Fantasy.

That points to another strong start for the striker in Everton’s first season under new manager Rafael Benitez.

See: The Scout's FPL watchlist for 2021/22

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