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GW34 team news: Long a timely gift for managers

The Scout 14 Apr 2018
Kevin Long, Burnley

Bargain Burnley defender set for Double Gameweek starts as The Scout reviews the key team news in Fantasy

Kevin Long (£4.0m) is set to become an unlikely hero in Fantasy Premier League.

The Burnley centre-back is expected to retain a starting role for two home fixtures against Leicester City and Chelsea.

He could be the only player priced at £4.0m or below to feature in two matches in the Gameweek.

Long deputised for the injured Ben Mee (£4.9m) against West Bromwich Albion last weekend, earning an assist for Jack Cork’s (£4.5m) decisive goal in the 2-1 victory.

With Mee set to miss the next two Gameweeks, Long is likely to remain in the Clarets’ line-up.

Rare bargain

Finding a Fantasy option at such a price, seemingly assured of a run of starts, is a rarity at this stage of the season so managers should look to exploit it.

For Gameweek 34, Long can help free up funds for investment in big-price strikers such as Harry Kane (£12.9m) and Romelu Lukaku (£11.6m).

Beyond that, he could be a target for those managers deploying the Free Hit chip for Gameweek 35 when there are just six fixtures to be played.

Davies boost

Elsewhere in FPL defences, an injury to Danny Rose (£6.4m) could boost the stock of Ben Davies (£5.9m) for Tottenham Hotspur’s two matches. 

They face Manchester City at Wembley Stadium on Saturday, followed by a Tuesday visit to Brighton & Hove Albion.

Davies could be in line to start both, despite an FA Cup semi-final with Manchester United the next Saturday.

The left-back has been sold by 39,000 managers ahead of tomorrow’s 11:30 BST deadline. Only two defenders have suffered more transfers out.

But Rose's setback could reverse that trend with Davies' 1.3million owners likely to retain his services over Gameweek 34.

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