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GW26 Ones to watch: Ollie Watkins

By The Scout 2 Mar 2023
Watkins, Villa

The Scout on why in-form Villa forward can help managers navigate busy upcoming Gameweeks

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The Scout is tipping five players to produce big points in Gameweek 26 of 2022/23 Fantasy Premier League.

Ollie Watkins (AVL) £7.3m

The Aston Villa striker entertains Crystal Palace this weekend in the most prolific form of his career in Fantasy.

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Watkins has scored in five successive matches to claim 40 points from Gameweek 21 onwards, second only to the 41 of Erling Haaland (£12.2m) among forwards.

His prospects have been lifted by the arrival of head coach Unai Emery in Gameweek 15.

Watkins had managed just 3.2 points per match (ppm) in the first 14 Gameweeks, scoring two goals and supplying two assists. 

By contrast, his average has risen to 5.9 ppm under Emery, with six goals and three assists in 10 appearances.

Indeed, he is the third-top scoring forward in Fantasy since Emery took charge.

The underlying numbers show why Watkins has been such a big success.

His 20 shots in the box, seven big chances and 11 shots on target all place top for Villa under Emery.

Furthermore, his total of 10 chances created was bettered by only two team-mates.

Villa’s upcoming schedule is another big factor in Watkins’ favour.

They have a favourable home encounter with AFC Bournemouth in Gameweek 28 when six sides are without a fixture due to the FA Cup quarter-finals.

See: How midweek FA Cup results affect FPL managers

Villa are then among the 12 sides to have a Double Gameweek 29, facing Chelsea and Leicester City.

As their chief source of goals, Watkins can deliver more returns and help managers navigate the tricky upcoming period in Fantasy. 

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