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GW18 Ones to watch: Jonjoe Kenny

The Scout 14 Dec 2017
Everton defender Jonjoe Kenny

The Scout on why the young Everton defender demands attention from Fantasy managers

The Scout is selecting five Fantasy Premier League players set to make an impact in Gameweek 18.

Jonjoe Kenny (EVE) £4.4m

The pursuit for value in defence has made Everton's young defender a top FPL target.

Kenny has started the last eight matches to emerge as an outstanding cut-price option.

The right-back has taken his opportunity to shine in the absence of the injured Seamus Coleman (£6.4m).

He has produced 16 points in his four home starts, supplying an assist and two bonus points.

With clean sheets in his last two matches at Goodison Park and three in the last four Gameweeks, the visit of Swansea City on Monday looks promising for Kenny.

Swansea have not scored in four of their last six away matches, and no team have fired fewer shots (25) from inside the penalty area on their travels.

Should Everton shut out Monday's visitors, Kenny could be among the bonus points again.

Since earning his first start in Gameweek 9, he ranks second among Everton defenders for clearances, blocks and interceptions (CBI), with 67.

He is also ranked top for tackles won (19).

Both are key metrics in the Bonus Points System (BPS), which decides the bonus awards.

Attacking threat

The 20-year-old has shown he can also contribute in attack.

Again, since Gameweek 9, he has made more passes ending in the final third (75) than any other team-mate.

Meanwhile, only Gylfi Sigurdsson (£8.0m) has supplied more successful crosses, 10 to Kenny's six.

That suggests Kenny can pose problems raiding forward on Monday evening, especially since Swansea have allowed 125 crosses from their left flank in away matches, second only to the Burnley (130).

Everton's short-term schedule also adds to his appeal.

Three of their next four matches score only two in the Fixture Difficulty Rankings (FDR).

Everton's next four Gameweeks
GW Opponent FDR
18 SWA (H) 2
19 CHE (H) 4
20 WBA (A) 2
21 BOU (A) 2

Kenny has been brought in by 11,000 managers ahead of Gameweek 18 and is found in only 1.9% of squads.

Those numbers will soar if he prospers against the Swans and continues his rapid rise as an FPL bargain.

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