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FPL early ones to watch: Begovic

The Scout 22 Jun 2018
Asmir Begovic, AFC Bournemouth

The Scout's analysis of the fixtures reveals AFC Bournemouth's goalkeeper as a leading contender for Fantasy squads

The Scout looks at players with favourable early fixtures for Fantasy Premier League managers to consider in their squads.

Asmir Begovic (BOU) £4.5m

The fixture list ensures that the AFC Bournemouth goalkeeper should rank among the most wanted early-season options.

Begovic faces only one of last season's top six teams in the first 10 Gameweeks, when he travels to former club Chelsea in Gameweek 4.

Indeed, the Cherries are one of only three sides, along with Everton and Manchester City, to avoid all of last season's top six teams in their opening five home matches.

AFC Bournemouth's first 10 matches
GW Opponent Venue
1 Cardiff H
2 West Ham A
3 Everton H
4 Chelsea A
5 Leicester H
6 Burnley A
7 Crystal Palace H
8 Watford A
9 Southampton H
10 Fulham A
Ever-present Begovic

Signed from Chelsea last summer, Begovic was the only player to play every minute for Eddie Howe's side in 2017/18.

Although no defence kept fewer clean sheets than AFC Bournemouth's six, Begovic's potential in Fantasy was boosted by save points.

Only six goalkeepers bettered his total of 110 saves.

The Bosnia & Herzegovina international claimed 25 additional points from saves alone, the equivalent of six more clean sheets.

Top scorer

As a result, his total of 112 FPL points was also more than any team-mate.

But Begovic was signed by a modest 225,000 Fantasy managers last season.

By comparison, his defensive team-mates Charlie Daniels and Nathan Ake were far more popular. They were brought in by 592,000 and 473,000 respectively.

Having conceded 61 goals, Begovic is again expected to start at a cost of £4.5m.

That would make him a standout option for those managers looking to save funds when selecting their goalkeeper.

Also in this series

Part 2: FPL Early ones to watch: Mee
Part 3: FPL early ones to watch: Coleman
Part 4: FPL early ones to watch: Van Aanholt
Part 5: FPL early ones to watch: Otamendi
Part 6: FPL early ones to watch: Sane
Part 7: FPL early ones to watch: Hazard
Part 8: FPL early ones to watch: Gudmundsson
Part 9: FPL early ones to watch: Sigurdsson
Part 10: FPL early ones to watch: Zaha
Part 11: FPL early ones to watch: Firmino
Part 12: FPL early ones to watch: King

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