Fantasy Premier League

Lukaku delivers for FPL millions

By The Scout 20 Mar 2017
Everton's Romelu Lukaku

The most-popular armband choice scores for sixth successive home outing as ownership rise continues

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The Bonus Points

After registering two goals and an assist, Romelu Lukaku (£10.4m) again claimed maximum Fantasy Premier League bonus points as Everton beat Hull City 4-0.

The Belgian also provided a pair of key passes and two successful dribbles, helping him tally 63 in the Bonus Points System (BPS).

Enner Valencia (£5.2m) picked up two bonus points with 37 in the BPS. He came off the bench to score the Toffees' second and provide the assist for the third.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£4.5m), who opened the scoring at Goodison Park, was tied on 32 in the BPS with Phil Jagielka (£4.6m) - both earned a bonus point apiece.

Calvert-Lewin also contributed with three recoveries and won two tackles, while Jagielka registered 10 clearances, blocks and interceptions (CBI). 

The ICT Index

With an ICT Index score of 19.3, Lukaku registered the highest total of any player in Gameweek 29.

A Threat score of 83 was made up of six shots on goal, with four of those arriving from inside the Hull penalty area.

Lukaku is joint-top with Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic for shots on target over the season (43).

Ross Barkley (£7.1m) top-scored for Creativity with 44 in Saturday's contest, helping the Everton midfielder to a total 7.2 in the Index.

He completed more passes in the attacking third than any other player (18), providing three chances. 

The Scout Notes

The most-captained player in Gameweek 29, a total of 1,084,108 FPL managers handed Lukaku the armband as he delivered at Goodison Park.

Saturday's 16-point haul means he has scored in each of his last six home encounters, amassing 71 points in the process.

But the striker now faces two testing away trips.

Everton have a Gameweek 30 derby encounter with Liverpool before making the trip to Old Trafford to take on Manchester United.

But, with two further enticing home fixtures to follow - against Leicester City and Burnley - Lukaku's ownership remains on the rise.

Romelu Lukaku, Everton
Romelu Lukaku is the top FPL transfer target despite two tricky fixtures to come

With more than 35,000 managers moving for his services ahead of the Anfield visit, he is now part of over two million squads and is the current top transfer target.

Everton's defence also remains a rich source of FPL points.

They have produced eight clean sheets from the last 12 Gameweeks, with Seamus Coleman (£6.1m) remaining the standout option.

For a second successive match, Jagielka was preferred alongside Ashley Williams (£5.2m) in central defence.

Having lost his starting role, Ramiro Funes Mori (£4.8m) is currently the third-most sold FPL defender heading into Gameweek 30.

Oumar Niasse, Hull
Oumar Niasse, centre, will be available for GW30 after being ineligible to face his parent club

For Hull, head coach Marco Silva switched to a 5-4-1 formation on Merseyside, dropping Kamil Grosicki (£5.5m) to the bench.

Having claimed assists against Burnley and Leicester City, the winger was shaping up to be a promising differential ahead of a favourable run-in. He will push for a recall when Hull host West Ham United in Gameweek 30.

Striker Oumar Niasse (£5.6m) will return to contention for that match after he was ineligible to play against his parent club on Saturday.

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