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Managers to profit as Hull tide turns

The Scout 8 Feb 2017
Hull City v Liverpool

As form and fixtures improve, Jakupovic can save depleted squads while Maguire shoots into Fantasy thinking

The impact of head coach Marco Silva and a promising fixture run-in is about to rejuvenate Hull City as a source of Fantasy Premier League talent.

Faced with the prospect of postponed fixtures both in Gameweek 26 and 28 due to domestic cup ties, FPL squads are set to be stretched to the max.

But the Tigers can help soothe that particular headache by providing a cast of cut-price options.

Despite losing Robert Snodgrass (£5.8m) to West Ham United, Silva has quickly settled new names into Hull’s squad. 

His methods have also instilled a renewed resilience and earned immediate results. 

Having kept just one clean sheet prior to Silva's arrival the Tigers' backline has shown renewed defensive resolve, preventing both Manchester United in Gameweek 23, and Liverpool, last weekend, from scoring.

They have conceded an average of 13.7 attempts per match since Silva's arrival in Gameweek 21, compared with 19 under former head coach Mike Phelan.

The form of goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic (£4.0m) has been a key factor.

Recalled back in Gameweek 21, he has conceded only three goals in four appearances since and contributed 19 stops and six save points. Only Burnley's Tom Heaton (£5.0m), the top-ranked FPL goalkeeper, has made more saves over that spell. 

See: FPL goalkeeper rankings

Hull City v Liverpool
Eldin Jakupovic has conceded three goals while contributing six save points since GW21

Found in more than 935,000 squads by Gameweek 7, Jakupovic lost his starting role to David Marshall (£4.5m) and shed almost 200,000 FPL owners.

But recent form has helped him earn more than 125,000 transfers since Gameweek 19.

In front of the revived goalkeeper, the Hull defence has absorbed recent injuries to Curtis Davies (£4.9m) and Michael Dawson (£4.4m), with Harry Maguire (£4.4m) emerging as a key figure.

Claiming a regular starting role back in Gameweek 15, Maguire has since topped Hull's ranks for clearances, blocks and interceptions (CBI) - a key metric considered in the Bonus Points System (BPS). 

More significantly, Maguire has recorded 19 goal attempts in his last 10 appearances, eight more than any Hull player and more than any other FPL defender since Gameweek 15. 

Hull City's Harry Maguire
Harry Maguire has attempted more shots than any other defender since GW15

Maguire and Jakupovic represent immediate value, while we assess Silva's new attacking acquisitions.

Polish winger Kamil Grosicki (£5.5m) could be the most intriguing on offer. With 13 goals in 85 appearances during a three-year spell at French club Rennes, Grosicki can be a natural replacement for Snodgrass.

These Hull assets have the platform to flourish in the coming months.

One of only six teams guaranteed a fixture in Gameweek 28 and following Saturday's testing trip to Arsenal, Silva's men host Burnley, Swansea City, West Ham United and Middlesbrough at the KCOM Stadium over their next seven Gameweeks.

Watford and Sunderland also visit before the season's climax, with the Tigers potentially primed for improved Premier League and Fantasy Premier League fortunes. 

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