Fantasy Premier League

Dawson overtakes McAuley as West Brom's key threat

By The Scout 8 May 2017
Burnley 2-2 West Bromwich Albion

Defender has scored four of side's last seven goals but remains overlooked by FPL managers despite two Gameweek 37 fixtures

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The Bonus Points

Sam Vokes (£5.6m) was awarded the maximum Fantasy Premier League bonus points in Burnley’s 2-2 home draw with West Bromwich Albion.

Tallying 49 in the Bonus Points System (BPS), the striker fired a brace and also produced a key pass for Burnley.

West Brom's Salomon Rondon (£6.3m) collected two bonus points, with 29 in the BPS. He scored his side’s opener and also registered three recoveries at Turf Moor.

Chris Brunt (£4.8m) picked up the remaining bonus point via a BPS score of 28.

Playing on the right wing, the FPL defender created three scoring chances and earned the assist for the visitors’ second goal. He also contributed eight recoveries. 

The ICT Index

Vokes also topped the ICT Index with a score of 14.8, second only to Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne (£10.4m, with 21.7) in the Gameweek so far.

But Rondon boasted the highest Threat tally (71) in Saturday’s match.

The Baggies striker fired four efforts on goal, equalling Vokes for shots inside the penalty area, with three apiece. 

Burnley’s Scott Arfield (£5.2m) posted the most impressive ICT Creativity score, with 53 to Brunt’s 52. 

Chris Brunt, West Brom
Chris Brunt, right, earned an assist and has supplied eight key passes in his last three starts

Arfield provided four scoring opportunities for the hosts and completed three of six attempted crosses.

Brunt, meanwhile, has now supplied eight key passes from his last three starts – trailing only Everton’s Leighton Baines (£5.9m and nine) among FPL defenders over the last four Gameweeks.

The Scout Notes

Scorer of the visitors' second, Craig Dawson (£4.8m), has netted four of West Brom’s last seven goals over the last 10 Gameweeks.

The right-back has fired nine shots on goal since Gameweek 25, while fellow defender Gareth McAuley (£5.1m) – scorer of six goals this season – has mustered only four efforts over the same period.

But with a single clean sheet accrued during that run, Tony Pulis’ side have failed to convince in defence or attack. 

Indeed, with the Baggies set for a testing Double Gameweek 37 involving a home encounter against Chelsea and a trip to Manchester City, Dawson remains largely ignored by FPL managers.

He has claimed just over 1,000 new owners since Saturday’s seven-point score.

As one of 10 teams to play once in Gameweek 37, Burnley are also being overlooked for the run-in. 

Burnley's Tom Heaton
Tom Heaton is suffering significant FPL sales despite two promising final fixtures

Despite boasting an 11-point advantage at the top of the FPL goalkeeper standings, Tom Heaton (£5.2m) is the second-most sold goalkeeper, with more than 8,000 managers parting company.

However, Sean Dyche’s side offer two promising remaining match-ups, as meetings with AFC Bournemouth and West Ham United score only two in the Fixture Difficulty Rankings (FDR).

See: FPL standings by position

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