Fantasy Premier League

GW19 Ones to watch: Adrian

The Scout 20 Dec 2017
Adrian, West Ham

The Scout says West Ham's defensive form gives FPL managers a cut-price option for the Double Gameweek

The Scout is selecting five Fantasy Premier League players set to make an impact in Gameweek 19.

Adrian (WHU) £4.3m

The Spaniard’s return in the West Ham United goal is perfectly timed for FPL managers.

The Hammers have favourable fixtures and two matches in Gameweek 22, so can be a source of real value over the festive period.

Clean sheets

David Moyes’s side have also found some form, particularly in defence.

They have shut out opponents in their last three matches and, at just £4.3m, Adrian is the cheapest option in an improved backline.

He will bid for his fourth clean sheet from just five starts when he hosts Newcastle United in Gameweek 19.

The Magpies have struggled for a cutting edge all season and have scored only three goals from their last four matches.

They have also created fewer big chances (two) than any other side.

Favourable fixtures

Saturday’s contest is just the start of an extended promising run for Adrian.

Following the Newcastle match, seven of West Ham's next eight opponents score just two in the Fixture Difficulty Rankings (FDR).

Double Gameweek

Adrian’s appeal is also boosted by two matches in Gameweek 22.

The Hammers welcome West Bromwich Albion to London Stadium before a visit to Tottenham Hotspur.

Goalkeepers are often popular targets for such Double Gameweeks because their starting roles can be more assured than outfield players.

And should they lose their clean sheet, they can often return save points.

Pope pairing

Intriguingly, Adrian also offers an effective goalkeeper pairing when partnered with Nick Pope (£4.8m) for a combined cost of  just £9.1m.

The Burnley player is a popular target for FPL managers.

Already part of 333,000+ squads, he is the most-signed goalkeeper ahead of Gameweek 19, when they visit Spurs.

Swapped according to fixture, it means that Pope can cover for Adrian in Gameweek 21 when West Ham are without a match.

How to rotate Adrian and Pope
GW Opponent Player FDR
19 NEW (H) Adrian 2
20 BOU (A) Adrian 2
21 HUD (A) Pope 2
22 WBA (H); TOT (A) Adrian 2; 4
23 CRY (A) Pope 2
24 BOU (H) Adrian 2
25 CRY (H) Adrian 2
26 BHA (A) Adrian 2

 

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