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FPL Draft: Players in relegation fight offer value

By The Scout 5 Apr 2018
Jose Izquierdo

League leader explains why the battle to avoid the drop can limit rotation and provide enticing transfer targets in Draft

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With just six Gameweeks remaining, every fixture in our Clash Across the Pond Fantasy Premier League Draft league is now vital.

The UK's Paul McKinnon retains a four-point advantage at the top but now faces a crunch Gameweek 34 head-to-head with second-placed US pundit Neal Thurman.

We caught up with the league leader to find him scouring the free agent market for new signings.

Gameweek 32 results
Team Score Team
Sutherns Comfort (UK) 42 63 Jonty's XI (UK)
Rotoworld_PL (US) 35 32 Andy's Allstars (UK)
Woody Allen (UK) 51 37 10 Huddersfield Lane (US)
Sean's Super Subs (US) 50 36 Get on The Snake (US)
Team Name: Woody Allen

Current Squad: Courtois, Karnezis, Bailly, Christensen, Valencia, Robertson, Otamendi, Sanchez, Sane, Mata, Izquierdo, Iwobi, Giroud, Firmino, Deeney.

This week’s confirmation that 12 teams will play a Double Gameweek in GW37 now allows Draft managers to firm up planning for the run-in.

Crucially, six of those teams – Brighton & Hove Albion, Chelsea, Leicester City, Manchester United, Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur – will also play twice in Double Gameweek 34.

Managers should pinpoint free agents who are likely to feature twice in both these rounds of fixtures.

Goal threat

Brighton winger Jose Izquierdo is one such option who should be on our radars.

He has played every minute from Gameweek 25 onwards, supplying two goals and an assist over those seven appearances.

The Colombian has fired 17 shots on goal in that time, the sixth-highest total among all FPL midfielders and more than his team-mate Pascal Gross, who has 16.

Chris Hughton’s side are still involved in the relegation battle, which should ensure that most, if not all, of their regulars will retain starting roles.

Thinking ahead

However, as those same six teams also miss Gameweek 35, Draft managers must now strike a balance with their plans from this point onwards.

Newcastle United are one of five teams who both play in Gameweek 35 and also offer two matches in Double Gameweek 37.

Their on-loan wide man Kenedy is another on my watchlist.

Like Izquierdo, the Brazilian has started every match since Gameweek 25, supplying two goals and a pair of assists.

At a time when some Premier League managers will consider rotating their line-ups, focusing on key men who are playing in teams with plenty at stake can prove the difference in Draft.

Gameweek 33 fixtures

10 Huddersfield Lane* v Sutherns Comfort
Andy's AllstarsGet on the Snake
Jonty's XISean's Super Subs* 
Rotoworld PL* v Woody Allen 

*US teams 

The FPL Draft GW33 Waiver deadline is Friday, 6 April, 11:30 BST

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