Fantasy Premier League

FPL Lessons: Cresswell a rare bargain

The Scout 21 May 2018
Aaron Cresswell, West Ham United

The Scout says that the West Ham defender is a 2018/19 FPL option but there is also potential in promoted sides

With the 2017/18 Fantasy Premier League ended, The Scout reviews each position to highlight the players managers should consider for 2018/19.

Defenders

Aaron Cresswell will already be a target for FPL managers next season after emerging as a rare bargain in 2017/18.

He was the highest-ranked defender priced at £5.0m or below, scoring 118 points.

The West Ham United full-back was one of just three players in that bracket among the top 20 defensive options.

Another, Ahmed Hegazi, has been relegated with West Bromwich Albion.

Avoid defensive bargain hunts?

FPL managers often look to save money for expensive attacking signings by seeking out cut-price options in defence.

But the final player standings could question this strategy.

Cresswell may be subject to a price rise to £5.5m for the 2018/19 campaign.

With seven assists, he tied with the Tottenham Hotspur pair of Ben Davies and Kieran Trippier as the most prolific provider of goals among defenders.

Cresswell's strike from a direct free-kick against Manchester City in Gameweek 36 also hinted at a further avenue for future points.

New manager, new style?

The Hammers kept 10 clean sheets, with Cresswell on the teamsheet each time, so he delivered on this front, too.

But with David Moyes's departure from the club, FPL bosses must wait on the next managerial appointment at West Ham and assess its impact on Cresswell's points potential.

Should he be considered as a wing-back, he could maintain or even better his 2017/18 returns.

Lascelles shines

Jamaal Lascelles' debut season showed promise for managers in 2018/19 Fantasy.

The Newcastle United centre-back was the only other defender to score more than 110 points, after starting the season at £4.5m.

He also scored three goals to accompany his nine clean sheets to total 116 points.

Promoted value

Lascelles' returns would suggest to FPL managers to assess closely the promoted teams for next season when looking for value in their backline.

Cardiff City's Sean Morrison, with seven Championship goals, is one such player who should be considered.

Another is Barry Douglas. The Wolverhampton Wanderers wing-back matched Morrison's goal tally, while topping the assists ranks in the Championship with 14. 

Also in this series

Part 1: FPL Lessons: De Gea's season a game-changer
Part 2: FPL Lessons: Burnley battle is key for managers
Part 3: FPL Lessons: Promoted goalkeepers can save seasons
Part 4: FPL Lessons: Chelsea defence still on top
Part 5: FPL Lessons: Liverpool full-backs set to fly
Part 7: FPL Lessons: Position and price crucial for Salah appeal
Part 8: FPL Lessons: Watch out for 'forward' midfielders
Part 9: FPL Lessons: Set-pieces key for midfield bargains
Part 10: FPL Lessons: Kane still the go-to Fantasy forward
Part 11: FPL Lessons: Firmino soars as a forward
Part 12: FPL Lessons: Can Perez save the 3-4-3?

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