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GW17 Ones to watch: Reece James

The Scout 20 Dec 2022
Reece James, Chelsea

The Scout says wing-back’s potential for huge hauls makes him worth the rotation risk over kind schedule

The Scout is tipping five players to produce big points in Gameweek 17 of 2022/23 Fantasy Premier League.

Reece James (CHE) £5.8m

The Chelsea wing-back’s return to full training can be a significant one for managers in Fantasy.

The Blues are among only two sides, along with Fulham, who have a Double Gameweek 19.

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Notably, their schedule over the coming weeks is one of the most appealing to invest in.

According to the Fixture Difficulty Ratings (FDR), four of Chelsea’s next five matches score only two.

Chelsea's next four Gameweeks
17 BOU (H) 2
18 NFO (A) 2
19 MCI (H), FUL (A) 5, 2
20 CRY (H) 2

Indeed, they play all three promoted sides, AFC Bournemouth, Nottingham Forest and Fulham, in the next three Gameweeks.

Although Chelsea’s head coach Graham Potter likes to rotate his line-ups, James’ ability to deliver huge hauls in Fantasy can make him worth the occasional benching.

The England star delivered six double-figure hauls in 22 starts last term, joint-top with Mason Mount (£7.5m) among team-mates.

Points potential

James’ multiple routes to returns also lift his prospects even if Chelsea concede.

He combined seven clean sheets with five goals, nine assists and 26 bonus points in the previous campaign.

James has the all-round potential and schedule to deliver major hauls over the coming period, handing managers in Fantasy a key big-hitter in defence. 

Also in this series

Part 1: Wilfried Zaha (CRY)
Part 3: Kevin De Bruyne (MCI)
Part 4: Darwin Nunez (LIV)
Part 5: Marcus Rashford (MUN)

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