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GW27 Lessons learned: Hold faith with Hazard

The Scout 13 Feb 2018
Eden Hazard, Chelsea

The Scout on how managers can take advantage of Chelsea midfielder’s declining ownership in Fantasy

Eden Hazard (£10.7m) gave a reminder of his potential as a differential in the highest-scoring Gameweek of the Fantasy Premier League season.

The Chelsea midfielder fired a brace of goals and claimed the maximum three bonus points to total 16 points in the win over West Bromwich Albion.

With Mohamed Salah (£10.4m) and Sergio Aguero (£12.0m) also delivering 13 and 21-point scores respectively, it raised the average score for an FPL manager in the Gameweek to 61, the highest of the season.

Top-10 differential

Hazard’s contribution was crucial to his 474,000 owners, particularly the 119,000 who handed him the captaincy.

It moved the Belgian to 138 points for the season, ranking him among the top 10 overall scorers in FPL.

Significantly, he is one of only two players in the top 10 with less than 10% ownership, or teams selected by (TSB). Riyad Mahrez (£8.6m) is the other.

Despite scoring six goals in his last six Gameweeks, Hazard has lost more than 215,000 owners over that spell.

Top 10 FPL points scorers
Player Pts TSB Player Pts TSB
Salah 217 58.3% Firmino 141 39.4%
De Bruyne 174 23.6% Eriksen 139 14.5%
Sterling 173 37.6% Hazard 138 8.2%
Kane 167 44.5% Mahrez 138 6.6%
Aguero 162 30.3% Alonso 138 21.7%
Managers being put off 

Managers considering bringing in Hazard should be aware of Chelsea's testing back-to-back away matches at Manchester United and Manchester City next up.

But Hazard scored four goals against those two teams last season.

Despite that record and his average of 10.5 points per match over the past four Gameweeks, FPL managers still seem unconvinced.

Time to take advantage?

Hazard’s ownership continues to decline, with 8,000 managers signing him ahead of Gameweek 28, but 13,000 selling.

That could play into the hands of those looking to hold on to the Belgian through those tough fixtures.

Given his form and modest ownership, Hazard’s influence on the FPL season as a big scoring differential could be significant.

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Part 1: GW27 Lessons learned: Rush for Aguero has its risks

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