Fantasy Premier League

FPL Draft: Mitrovic goals spark scramble

By The Scout 9 Sep 2018
Aleksandar Mitrovic, Fulham

The Scout on how Fulham striker’s impressive early-season form led to change in plans by Draft managers

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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 forwards. 

Forwards in four-team leagues 

In a four-team league only 12 forwards can be selected at any one time so managers have more opportunity to pinpoint big-hitters for their attacks. 

Aleksandar Mitrovic has been one of the biggest targets in FPL Draft after the start of the 2018/19 season.

For his home match with Crystal Palace in Gameweek 1, the Fulham striker was mainly ignored.

Only an average of 35 out of 250 FPL Draft managers early on in four-team leagues named the Serb in their first XI.

Mitrovic on fire

But, Mitrovic was started by 145 owners for the Gameweek 4 match with Brighton & Hove Albion.

That rise in popularity is also mirrored in Fantasy Premier League, where Mitrovic is the second-most bought forward since the season started, transferred in by over 761,000 managers.

His four goals and an assist in the first four matches have brought 29 points, second only to Sergio Aguero’s 30 in the forward standings.

Morata more popular

Alvaro Morata’s run of four successive starts under new Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri has also had a big effect in Draft.

The Spaniard was started by an average of 108 out of 250 managers in early leagues.

But his improved pitch time, as well as a Gameweek 2 goal against Arsenal, have boosted his popularity.

Morata has moved up to ninth for starts among forwards in the latest leagues, being picked by 122 managers for Gameweek 4's home match with AFC Bournemouth.

This is in stark contrast to FPL, where Morata has mainly been ignored due to the three-player-per-team quota.

With six of his team-mates owned by more than 14 per cent of FPL managers, Morata remains a major differential at 4.1 per cent ownership ahead of Chelsea's Gameweek 5 home match with Cardiff City

 Top 10 for starts in Draft*
Forward Team GW1 TSB  GW4 TSB  Change
Aguero MCI 248 248 0
Kane TOT 248 245 -3
Lukaku MUN 238 217 -21
Firmino LIV 220 212 -8
Aubameyang ARS 235 203 -32
Jesus MCI 184 153 -31
Mitrovic FUL 35 145 +110
Zaha CRY 134 123 -11
Morata CHE 108 122 +14
Arnautovic WHU 102 106 +4

*TSB= teams selected by four-team leagues

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 5: FPL Draft: No limits put Milner in the frame
Part 7: FPL Draft: Gracia tactics aid managers

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