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King treble triggers transfer scramble

The Scout 13 Mar 2017
Joshua King, AFC Bournemouth

FPL managers swoop for outstanding value offered by AFC Bournemouth midfielder

The Bonus Points

A hat-trick from Josh King (£5.6m) sealed a dramatic 3-2 victory for AFC Bournemouth over West Ham United, helping the forward claim the highest Fantasy Premier League Bonus Points System (BPS) total of Gameweek 28.

King recovered from an early missed penalty to collect a score of 64 in the BPS, completing seven dribbles and winning four tackles in addition to his three goals.

West Ham picked up the remaining bonus points, with goalkeeper Darren Randolph (£4.4m) benefiting from a second Cherries miss from the spot, as he gathered Benik Afobe's (£5.4m) tame first-half effort.

That was one of six saves made by Randolph, who produced six recoveries to earn a BPS tally of 35.

Michail Antonio (£6.9m) received the final bonus point on offer.

Returning from a one-match ban, Antonio opened the scoring on Saturday, supplied a key pass and won two tackles.

The ICT Index

King also dominated in the ICT Index, ranking top in Saturday’s contest and overall for Gameweek 28.

The Norwegian's tally of 21.5 included a Threat score of 79, made up of five shots, all from inside the West Ham penalty area.

Antonio surpassed King's Threat score with 91, the highest in Gameweek 28, after six shots, three of which came from inside the penalty area..

Michail Antonio, West Ham United
Michail Antonio returned from suspension to score his first goal since Gameweek 18

Ryan Fraser (£4.8m) was again the main architect for AFC Bournemouth.

The winger laid on four chances for team-mates, succeeding with three of 10 crosses to score 56 for Creativity.

The Scout Notes

King's hat-trick is only the second scored by an FPL midfielder this season, after Alexis Sanchez (£11.5m) at West Ham in Gameweek 14.

Ryan Fraser, AFC Bournemouth
Ryan Fraser missed out on an assist from Saturday’s win, despite creating four chances for his AFC Bournemouth team-mates

The 18-point return took King to 116 for the season, establishing him as second only to Watford's Etienne Capoue (£4.5m) for points-per-million value among midfielders.

Deployed either up front or in the No 10 role since Gameweek 22, King has eight goals in seven starts.

He is the top transfer target for FPL managers, with more than 41,000 acquiring him ahead of the home match with Swansea City.

For West Ham, Antonio's return to the scoresheet offered a reminder of his qualities.

Robert Snodgrass, West Ham
Robert Snodgrass was omitted from the West Ham starting line-up to make way for the returning Antonio

Antonio lost more than 143,000 owners after his recent suspension but, thanks to a first goal since Gameweek 18, is back on the radar ahead of a favourable schedule (see below), according to the Fixture Difficulty Rating (FDR).

West Ham's next fixtures

Gameweek Opponent FDR
29 LEI (H) 1
30 HUL (A) 2
31 ARS (A) 4
32 SWA (H) 2
33 SUN (A) 2

Robert Snodgrass's (£5.8m) 12% ownership will hope the Scot can be part of those matches.

After one assist in four starts since arriving from Hull City, the midfielder was on the bench to make way for Antonio's return at the Vitality Stadium.

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