Fantasy Premier League

Iversen and Steele can be FPL Bench Boost bargains

By The Scout 19 Mar 2023
Iversen and Steele

The Scout says Fantasy managers must reassess budget goalkeepers for Double Gameweek 29 and beyond

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Managers in Fantasy Premier League should take advantage of the emerging budget goalkeepers ahead of Double Gameweek 29.

Leicester City and Brighton & Hove Albion are among the 12 clubs scheduled to play two matches in the biggest Double Gameweek of the season.

Crucially, both sides now have first-choice goalkeepers priced under £4.0m in Fantasy. 

Leicester’s change of ‘keeper in their 1-1 draw at Brentford has particular significance to Fantasy managers.

Ward out of favour

Danny Ward (£4.0m) is the most popular goalkeeper in the game, found in over 24 per cent of squads. But the Welshman was benched and replaced in the starting XI by Daniel Iversen (£3.8m) on Saturday.

Brendan Rodgers has suggested Iversen will now earn a run of starts, dashing the hopes of managers who were planning to use Ward as part of their Bench Boost chip in Double Gameweek 29.

Although there are still 13 days until the Double Gameweek deadline of 11:00 GMT Saturday 1 April, 150,000+ managers already have the chip active, nearly 10 times the total of any other chip.

Chips active for DGW29
Chip Used by
Bench Boost 155,000
Triple Captain 16,000
Wildcard 14,000
Free Hit 6,000

Leicester’s upcoming schedule suggests a switch to Iversen can pay off for Ward backers.

According to the Fixture Difficulty Ratings (FDR), both of their Double Gameweek 29 matches, against Crystal Palace and Aston Villa, score only two.

Indeed, seven of Leicester's next eight matches score two in the FDR, indicating Iversen can be a handy long-term acquisition.

Leicester's upcoming Gameweeks
29 CRY (A) 2
AVL (H) 2
30 BOU (H) 2
31 MCI (A) 5
32 WOL (H) 2
33 LEE (A) 2
34 EVE (H) 2
35 FUL (A) 2

For Brighton, Jason Steele (£3.9m) has thrived after taking over from Robert Sanchez (£4.6m) in their last three Premier League matches.

Steele has produced 17 points in that run, combining two clean sheets with a save point and three bonus points. 

The Seagulls face Brentford and AFC Bournemouth in their Double Gameweek 29.

Similar to Iversen, Steele offers a strong option for Double Gameweek 29 and beyond.

Brighton have 13 matches still to play in the final 10 Gameweeks, more than any other side.

As a result, they are expected to have two more Double Gameweeks later in the season. 

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