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GW9 Ones to watch: Reece James

The Scout 27 Sep 2022
Reece James, Chelsea

Chelsea wing-back has schedule to deliver big hauls before start of World Cup, says The Scout

The Scout is tipping five players to produce big points in Gameweek 9 of 2022/23 Fantasy Premier League.

Reece James (CHE) £6.0m

A favourable run of opponents lifts the potential of Chelsea’s wing-back prior to the FIFA World Cup.

According to the Fixture Difficulty Ratings (FDR), each of the Blues’ next eight matches score no more than three.

Chelsea's next eight Gameweeks
9 CRY (A) 3 13 MUN (H) 3
10 WOL (H) 2 14 BHA (A) 3
11 AVL (A) 2 15 ARS (H) 3
12 BRE (A) 3 16 NEW (A) 3

That schedule can allow new head coach Graham Potter to get his tenure at Stamford Bridge off to a successful start.

Crucially, the arrival of Potter is good news for James’ prospects in Fantasy.

The England star sometimes featured as a centre-back under Thomas Tuchel but he is now expected to play only as a wing-back. 

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James’ multiple routes to returns make him one of the best defenders for huge hauls.

Despite making just 22 starts last term, he produced five goals, nine assists, seven clean sheets and 26 bonus points.

Indeed, his total of six double-figure hauls was joint-top for both Chelsea and among defenders in Fantasy. 


The underlying numbers this season further highlight James’ influence on the Blues’ attack.

His seven shots place fourth for Chelsea, while his seven chances created sit third, just behind the eight of midfield duo Raheem Sterling (£10.0m) and Mason Mount (£7.6m).

James' ability to deliver at both ends of the pitch can offer managers an extended run of returns for many Gameweeks to come.

Also in this series

Part 1: Bernardo Silva (MCI)
Part 3: James Maddison (LEI)
Part 4: Ivan Toney (BRE)
Part 5: Bukayo Saka (ARS)

GW9 deadline: 11:00 BST, Sat 1 Oct

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