Fantasy Premier League

FPL Draft: No limits put Milner in the frame

The Scout 8 Sep 2018
James Milner, Liverpool

Freedom to pick more than three players in Draft have made Liverpool midfielder a popular pick

If you haven't tried Fantasy Premier League Draft, now is the ideal time to take on a new challenge over the remaining 34 Gameweeks and The Scout has some tips to guide you.

If your Draft league has four teams or so, The Scout looks at strategies when selecting midfielders.

Midfielders in four-team leagues 

Liverpool players have dominated the early scoring among midfielders in Fantasy.

They have supplied three of the top seven, with Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane big favourites in opening Draft squads.

But the popularity of their team-mate James Milner has soared in recent eight-team leagues.

He has started all four Gameweeks and supplied a goal or an assist in three of them.

Milner has two assists and also converted a penalty at Crystal Palace in Gameweek 2.

Milner on the rise

He started in only 23 out of every 250 Draft squads for Liverpool's Gameweek 1 home match with Brighton & Hove Albion.

But that average rose to 126 for their Gameweek 4 trip to Leicester City.

Because there are unlimited trades and no player quota per team, FPL Draft managers have been able to take advantage of Milner's emergence as a regular for Jurgen Klopp.

Snubbed in FPL

In Fantasy Premier League, however, Milner remains overlooked.

He is owned by only 5.4 per cent, despite his budget price tag of £5.6m.

By comparison, seven of his Liverpool team-mates sit in over 16 per cent of squads.

Lucas and Pedro hot

Lucas Moura and Pedro were also among the top 15 starters for recent four-team leagues.

Their improved popularity in recent Draft squads is more reflective of the FPL transfer market.

Moura and Pedro have scored three goals in the first four Gameweeks for Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea respectively.

As a result, they have risen by £0.3m this season and are the two most bought midfielders for Gameweek 5 in FPL.

Top 15 midfielders for starts
PlayerTeamGW1 startsGW4 startsChange
HazardCHE247248 +1 
SalahLIV250247 -3 
ManeLIV246246 
Alli TOT239234 -5 
PogbaMUN226231+5 
EriksenTOT237220 -17 
SterlingMCI234217 -17 
D SilvaMCI214204 -10 
LucasTOT70184+114 
PedroCHE55169+114 
MkhitaryanARS126159+33 
SanchezMUN196159 -37 
WalcottEVE58139 +81 
B SilvaMCI79129 +50 
MilnerLIV23126 +103 

*four-team leagues 

Tomorrow: Which forwards are on the up in Draft?

Also in this series

Part 1: FPL Draft: Defenders rising in managers' plans
Part 2: FPL Draft: Laporte a big deal thanks to free trade
Part 3: FPL Draft: Palace pair proving a big hit
Part 4: FPL Draft: Leicester pair making waves
Part 6: FPL Draft: Mitrovic goals spark scramble
Part 7: FPL Draft: Gracia tactics aid managers

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