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FPL rising stars: Chris Wood

By The Scout 8 Jun 2018
Chris Wood, Burnley

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The Scout looks at players expected to progress and make a big impact in 2018/19 Fantasy Premier League.

Chris Wood (BUR)

The Burnley striker can be a bargain in his second campaign in the Premier League. 

Wood ended 2017/18 in strong form. Six of his 10 goals and 12 of his 20 bonus points were produced after Gameweek 28.

The New Zealand international averaged 6.1 points per match (ppm) over his final nine Gameweek appearances.

Burnley's main man

Wood was the main goal threat for the Clarets over that same period.

His 20 shots overall, 19 of which were in the box and 11 of which were on target, were all top among Burnley players.

He also had eight big chances, which ranks second only to the 12 of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Gameweek 29 onwards among FPL forwards.

Wood in 2017/18
  GW1-28 GW29-38
Mins/shot 54.1 30.3
Mins/shot on target 79.1 55.0
Mins/big chance 205.6 75.6

Wood was priced at £6.5m following his transfer from Leeds United last summer. 

He figured in just 15 of Burnley’s opening 28 Gameweeks, never making more than five consecutive starts.

In contrast, he started seven of the final eight matches, a run that sparked his end-of-season flourish.

Burnley’s seventh place means they hope to enjoy a long UEFA Europa League campaign next season.

If Wood can avoid rotation around those European ties to cement a starting role, he can take his potential in Fantasy to another level.

Also in this series

Part 1: FPL rising stars: Jordan Pickford
Part 2: FPL rising stars: Trent Alexander-Arnold
Part 3: FPL rising stars: Ben Chilwell
Part 4: FPL rising stars: Benjamin Mendy
Part 5: FPL rising stars: Roberto Pereyra
Part 6: FPL rising stars: Jose Izquierdo
Part 7: FPL rising stars: Ruben Loftus-Cheek
Part 8: FPL rising stars: Jesse Lingard
Part 9: FPL rising stars: Manuel Lanzini
Part 11: FPL rising stars: Cenk Tosun
Part 12: FPL rising stars: Steve Mounie
Part 13: FPL rising stars: Kelechi Iheanacho

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