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FPL Watchlist: Kane merits premium spot next to Haaland

The Scout 24 Sep 2022
Kane, Tottenham

The Scout on why Spurs' talisman should be picked alongside Man City forward

The Scout highlights players with good form and fixtures who managers should target in Fantasy Premier League between the international break and the FIFA World Cup.

Forwards over £8.5m
Harry Kane (TOT) £11.4m

The Tottenham Hotspur forward has enjoyed a prolific start to the season, blanking just once in his seven appearances.

Kane has six goals and two assists from Gameweek 2 onwards, averaging eight points per match in that run.

Kane's goal v Leicester

That form suggests that, rather than have a premium midfielder, managers should look to the England captain as their second premium player, alongside Erling Haaland (£12.0m).

See: Wildcard: How to have Kane and Haaland in your squad

Kane is the only player to feature among the top three for both shots and key passes, with 24 and 16 respectively, highlighting his huge all-round potential under Antonio Conte.

Erling Haaland (MCI) £12.0m

Managers need no convincing on the Manchester City forward, who can now be found in a massive 81 per cent of squads.

In an impeccable start to 2022/23, Haaland has produced 11 goals and an assist in seven appearances.

That has helped him to a 23-point advantage over his nearest rival Kane at the top of the player standings, on 73 points.

Haaland's goal v Wolves

The underlying numbers show why Haaland is now the go-to captain for millions of managers every Gameweek. 

As the focal point of Man City’s attack, he has been supplied with 14 big chances, at least 11 more than any team-mate.

Apart from the eight big chances for Aleksandar Mitrovic (£6.9m), that total is at least twice that of any other player in Fantasy this season.   

Managers should simply bench Haaland for Man City’s Blank Gameweek 12 and rely on their squad to cover.

Darwin Nunez (LIV) £8.9m

His indifferent start to the season, added to a Gameweek 11 meeting with Man City, makes Liverpool’s Uruguayan no more than one to monitor for now.

Nonetheless, the Reds' schedule from Gameweek 12 onwards gives Nunez the chance to find his form. 

According to the Fixture Difficulty Ratings (FDR), four of Liverpool’s final five matches before the World Cup score just two.

Liverpool's fixtures GW12-16
12 WHU (H) 2
13 NFO (A) 2
14 LEE (H) 2
15 TOT (A) 4
16 SOU (H) 2

That includes a home encounter with West Ham United in Gameweek 12, when both Haaland and Gabriel Jesus (£8.1m) are without a fixture.

Owned by under seven per cent of managers, Nunez has all the makings of a big differential for those willing to take a risk in their forward line. 

Also in this series

Part 1: Sa can challenge Pope for No 1 spot
Part 2: Tarkowski can outscore Patterson
Part 3: Set-piece threat raises Dier prospects
Part 4: Zaha has form and fixtures to thrive
Part 5: Maddison's value offers greater appeal
Part 6: Toney an all-round prospect

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