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FPL early ones to watch: Otamendi

The Scout 26 Jun 2018
Nicolas Otamendi, Man City

The Scout on how the run against promoted teams increases the appeal of the Manchester City defender

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

Nicolas Otamendi (MCI) £6.5m

Manchester City will begin this season as they ended the last, as a key source of talent in Fantasy.

Pep Guardiola's side start with a testing trip to Arsenal.

But they earned a clean sheet in a 3-0 win in the corresponding fixture last season.

Over the six Gameweeks that follow, the Premier League champions then face all of the promoted clubs from the last two seasons.

Man City's first seven matches
GW Opponent Venue
1 Arsenal A
2 Huddersfield H
3 Wolves A
4 Newcastle H
5 Fulham H
6 Cardiff A
7 Brighton H
Goal threat 

Nicolas Otamendi ended last season as the third-highest scoring defender on 156 points.

Priced at £5.5m, he was also the most-bought defender and earned more than 2.8m transfers in.

As well as keeping 15 clean sheets, the Argentina international boasted a significant goal threat in 2017/18.

He scored four goals while only three FPL defenders managed more than his 32 shots and 10 on target.

Passing bonus 

His passing ability was also a big factor in his FPL season.

It helped him excel in the Bonus Points System (BPS), which decides how bonus points are awarded.

Players who attempt at least 30 passes in a match can score BPS. If they complete 70 per cent of their passes, they pick up two BPS points, four for 80 per cent pass completion and six for 90 per cent.

Otamendi's 2,825 successful passes were more than any FPL player last season.

He averaged 90.4 passes per match and completed 88 per cent.

As a result, Cesar Azpilicueta was the only defender to score more bonus points. The Chelsea defender produced 25 to Otamendi's 21.

Price potential

Otamendi could be similarly priced as Man City team-mates Benjamin Mendy and Kyle Walker in 2018/19.

He is likely to be available for around £6.5m.

But his ability to score goals and bonus points, in addition to benefiting from Man City's clean sheets, could make him their leading option.

Also in this series 

Part 1: FPL early ones to watch: Begovic
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 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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