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GW12 Ones to watch: Ben Mee

The Scout 15 Nov 2017
Ben Mee, Burnley

The Scout on why centre-back with a bonus ability is the new force in an irresistible Burnley defence

The Scout's series on five players tipped for big points in Fantasy Premier League Gameweek 12 continues.

Ben Mee (BUR) £4.5m

Managers need look to one place to find value in defence.

Three of the top four defenders for points-per-million value in the game are at Burnley.

While Stephen Ward (£4.9m) leads the way with 11.7, it is Ben Mee who has now emerged as the favoured option.

Mee has gathered 33 points over the past six Gameweeks, with the Clarets keeping four clean sheets.

Mee's bonus ability

The centre-back has become Burnley’s top defender in the Bonus Points System (BPS) over this run.

He and centre-back partner James Tarkowski (£4.5m) are ranked second and third for clearances, blocks and interceptions in the entire game.

That is a key metric in the BPS, which has allowed Mee to pick up five bonus points and better left-back Ward in the last two Gameweeks (12 to 17).

Burnley defenders: last six Gameweeks
Player BPS Points
Mee 136 33
Ward 134 35
Lowton 123 29
Tarkowski 114 25
Mee's added threat

Although he has yet to open his account, Mee has also offered a significant goal threat this season.

His total of nine shots from inside the penalty area is ranked third behind Scott Dann (£4.7m and 12) and Marcos Alonso (£6.9m and 10) among defenders.

And only Joel Matip (£5.5m and four) has had more big chances – chances where the receiving player is expected to score – than Mee's three.

Next opponents

Burnley face Swansea City at Turf Moor in Gameweek 12.

Only Crystal Palace (four) have scored fewer goals than the Swans (seven).

They also rank bottom for both shots (25) and shots on target (six) in away matches.

The Swansea encounter is one of five matches across the next seven Gameweeks to score two in the Fixture Difficulty Rankings (FDR) for Burnley.

They can go on delivering points and value over this period, with Mee heading into Gameweek 12 threatening a first double-figure tally of the season.

Burnley's next seven Gameweeks
GW Opponent FDR
12 SWA (H) 2
13 ARS (H) 4
14 BOU (A) 2
15 LEI (A) 3
16 WAT (H) 2
17 STK (H) 2
18 BHA (A) 2
Also in this series 

Part 1: GW12 Ones to watch: Julian Speroni

Part 2: GW12 Ones to watch: Alberto Moreno

Part 3: GW12 Ones to watch: Anthony Knockaert

Part 5: GW12 Ones to watch: Cesc Fabregas

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