Fantasy Premier League

Jakupovic joy brings pain for managers

The Scout 1 May 2017
Southampton v Hull City Eldin Jakupovic

More than 800,000 Fantasy players benched Hull goalkeeper who got his highest points score

The Bonus Points

Eldin Jakupovic (£4.1m) was awarded the maximum Fantasy Premier League bonus points in Hull City’s goalless draw with Southampton.

Scoring 40 in the Bonus Points System (BPS), the Hull City goalkeeper saved a penalty and also registered nine recoveries in Saturday's contest. 

Southampton defenders Jack Stephens (£4.1m) and Ryan Bertrand (£5.5m) collected the remaining bonus points, with BPS tallies of 32 and 29 respectively.

Stephens made 15 clearances, blocks and interceptions (CBI) and five recoveries, also completing 90% of 50 attempted passes to receive two bonus points.

Bertrand got a single bonus point after producing five CBI, six recoveries and three successful tackles. 

The ICT Index

Dusan Tadic (£6.9m) was the standout contender in the ICT Index thanks to a score of 15.2.

The Southampton playmaker's Threat score of 109 is the highest of Gameweek 35 so far.

He enjoyed 11 touches in the Hull penalty area, firing four of his six shots from inside the box.

The Serb also top-scored for Creativity (28), although Hull’s Ahmed Elmohamady (£4.6m) ran him close, scoring 28 after delivering seven crosses and supplying a pair of key passes.  

Southampton's Jack Stephens
Jack Stephens has an assist, three clean sheets and seven bonus points from his last six appearances

The Scout Notes

With an assist, three clean sheets and seven bonus points accrued over his last six appearances, Stephens is the most in-demand FPL defender since Saturday’s deadline.

As Southampton prepare to play twice in each of the next two Gameweeks, more than 20,000 managers have drafted in the centre-half, with his defensive partner Maya Yoshida (£4.4m) acquired by 15,000+.

Manolo Gabbiadini’s (£6.5m) FPL owners were left frustrated on Saturday after he was replaced before the hour-mark.

Owned by 7% and subject to more transfers in than any player for Gameweek 35, the striker captained by more than 83,000 but produced a single point as manager Claude Puel shuffled his pack after half-time. 

Despite their relegation battle, Hull’s key assets remain a viable source of FPL returns under Marco Silva.

Jakupovic’s 14-point haul was his highest of the season and yet he was benched by more managers (807,000+) than any player in Gameweek 35. A total of 81% of his owners kept him in reserve. 

Meanwhile, Andrea Ranocchia (£4.5m) is ranked second only to Everton’s Phil Jagielka (£4.8m) for form among FPL defenders.

The Hull centre-back has produced two goals, an assist, a pair of clean sheets and six bonus points from his last six appearances.

See: FPL players by form

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