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GW29 Ones to watch: Marko Arnautovic

The Scout 28 Feb 2018
Marko Arnautovic, West Ham United

Back in the striker’s role, the West Ham man is poised to become a hot property once again, reckons The Scout

The Scout is selecting five Fantasy Premier League players set to make an impact in Gameweek 29.

Marko Arnautovic (WHU) £6.9m

Back to fitness and leading the attack for West Ham United, Marko Arnautovic can become a force in Fantasy again.

David Moyes's decision to hand the Austrian a striker’s role has transformed the outlook for the Hammers and uncovered a gem for FPL managers.

Pushed up alongside Michail Antonio (£7.4m) in the Gameweek 16 derby with Chelsea, Arnautovic scored the winner.

He was part of just 27,000 squads at that point.

By Gameweek 22, he had scored five goals in six matches and been snapped up by over half a million managers.

Since the change in position, Arnautovic has fired 3.2 shots per 90 minutes, compared with every 1.6 before. 

How Arnautovic has changed
 Per 90mins GW1-15 GW16-28
Shots 1.6 3.2
Penalty area shots 1.5 2.4
Chances created 1.0 1.6
Enforced break 

Injury has interrupted his progress, although he returned with a seventh goal of the campaign against Watford in Gameweek 27. Arnautovic was Moyes's lone striker at Anfield last time out.

He will pose the main threat to Swansea City this weekend, before West Ham host Burnley seven days later.

Swansea are licking their wounds, having conceded four goals to Brighton & Hove Albion in Gameweek 27.

Meanwhile, Burnley are without a win from their last 11 encounters, with no clean sheet in seven.

That offers the platform for Arnautovic to thrive again.

At just £6.9m, he represents excellent value and is still found in only 5.4% of squads.

With a goal or an assist in eight of his last 10 starts (seven goals and four assists), his potential as a differential over the next two Gameweeks looks unrivalled.

Also in this series

Part 1: GW29 Ones to watch: Andrew Robertson
Part 2: GW29 Ones to watch: Riyad Mahrez
Part 4: GW29 Ones to watch: Troy Deeney
Part 5: GW29 Ones to watch: Romelu Lukaku

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