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How to make Fantasy plans for fit-again Harry Kane

The Scout 2 Apr 2018
Harry Kane, Spurs

The Scout on Tottenham Hotspur striker's return from injury and how FPL managers can adapt for the run-in

It took just a 16-minute appearance for Harry Kane (£12.7m) to turn the Fantasy Premier League market on its head.

The Tottenham Hotspur striker made an unexpected return to the squad in Sunday’s 3-1 win at Stamford Bridge.

He was introduced from the bench late on and now looks well placed to earn a recall for a visit to Stoke City.

FPL managers are wasting no time to swoop.

Kane is already the most-signed player ahead of Gameweek 33, earning more than 42,000 new owners.

Firmino making way

Roberto Firmino (£9.7m) is suffering heavy sales as a result of the clamour for Kane. 

The Brazilian has more transfers out (39,000+) than any player, having produced a single goal and assist in his last four Gameweeks.

Romelu Lukaku (£11.6m) is another casualty, with almost 10,000 managers swapping to Kane.

That is despite the Manchester United striker supplying four goals and two assists in his last six Gameweeks.

The Belgian’s Gameweek 33 fixture at rivals Manchester City is a likely factor behind the trade.

Kane’s trip to Stoke City could offer greater points potential.

He has an exceptional recent record against the Potters, scoring eight goals in his last four meetings.

Like Man Utd, Kane and Spurs then have two fixtures in Gameweek 34.

They host Man City before making the midweek trip to Brighton & Hove Albion in that Double Gameweek.

A Wildcard target

That makes Kane a top target for those managers playing the Wildcard at this time.

Without the chip to play, managers must decide whether to use transfers ahead of his Double Gameweek.

With a goal every 102.4 minutes and 6.0 points per match, Kane has to be a target.

But he has produced just a single double-figure score in his last eight Gameweek starts.

Comparing that to the last eight starts of rival FPL forwards, he is tied with Firmino on 46 points, while Lukaku betters Kane on 48.

Meanwhile, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£10.7m) has 39 points from just six starts for Arsenal.

The waiting game

Managers should, therefore, be wary of selling those players and spending points on transfers to accommodate Kane.

Instead, it could be wise to save the Gameweek 33 transfer and consider him for Gameweek 34.

But with Spurs missing their fixture in Gameweek 35, there is also the option to delay the move.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side have a favourable run-in from that point.

At present, three of their final four opponents score just two in the Fixture Difficulty Rankings (FDR).

Spurs' remaining fixtures
GW Opponent FDR
33 STK (A) 3
34  MCI (H) 5
BHA (A) 2
35 -  
36 WAT (H) 2
37 WBA (A) 2
38 LEI (H) 3
TBC NEW (H) 2

They also have a second Double Gameweek to come, which will ensure that Kane is a favourite for the armband and a key option for those with the Triple Captain chip still to play.

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