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GW16 Ones to watch: Charlie Austin

The Scout 7 Dec 2017
AFC Bournemouth 1-1 Southampton

Fantasy managers seeking goals on a budget can now turn to the Saints striker, reckons The Scout

The Scout is selecting five Fantasy Premier League players set to make an impact in Gameweek 16.

Charlie Austin (SOU) £6.0m

The prospect of Austin earning starts and scoring goals should be welcomed by FPL managers.

With a lack of convincing cut-price options up front, the Southampton striker can step up to fill the void.

Austin was handed a first start of the season against Everton in Gameweek 13. He responded with a brace and a 13-point return. 

Rested at Manchester City, he then returned to the teamsheet with another strike in the 1-1 draw with AFC Bournemouth.

Austin not shot-shy

His underlying statistics in these matches are impressive.

Despite being limited to a seven-minute cameo at the Etihad Stadium, Austin has produced eight shots in the opposition penalty area in the last three Gameweeks.

Alvaro Morata (£10.8m) and Alexandre Lacazette (£10.3m) are the only forwards to record more during this period, with 10 apiece.

Indeed, over the season as a whole, Austin is averaging a shot every 21 minutes.

Only Harry Kane (£12.8m and 15.2 minutes) and Daniel Sturridge (£8.0m and 20.5 minutes) can better that among forwards who have earned at least one start.

Arsenal's away weakness

Austin will face Arsenal in Gameweek 16.

While the Gunners defence has impressed with five of seven clean sheets at Emirates Stadium, they have remained vulnerable on their travels. 

Arsene Wenger’s backline shipped seven goals in three away matches prior to the clean sheet at Burnley in Gameweek 13.

Following Sunday's encounter, Austin’s run of home fixtures adds to his appeal.

The next three opponents at St Mary’s Stadium all score just two in the Fixture Difficulty Rankings (FDR).

Saints' next four home matches
GW Opponent FDR
16 ARS 4
17 LEI 2
19 HUD 2
22 CRY 2

Just over 18,000 managers have moved to acquire Austin ahead of Gameweek 16.

But his stock will boom if he can breach the Arsenal defence to maintain his run of goals.

Also in this series

Part 1: GW16 Ones to watch: Lukasz Fabianski
Part 2: GW16 Ones to watch: Mamadou Sakho
Part 3: GW16 Ones to watch: Matt Ritchie
Part 5: GW16 Ones to watch: Philippe Coutinho

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