Fantasy Premier League

Set-pieces: Trippier threat on the rise

The Scout 10 Oct 2018
Kieran Trippier, Spurs

In a new series The Scout analyses how dead-ball situations have lifted the Spurs defender's FPL potential

When evaluating players for their Fantasy Premier League teams, managers should consider the role set-pieces can have in delivering points.

The Scout looks at a series of players who have posed major attacking threats from set-plays.

Kieran Trippier (TOT) £6.2m

The Tottenham Hotspur right-back's delivery from corners and free-kicks has been a key factor in raising his potential for FPL assists this season.

Trippier has totalled 14 chances created after the first eight Gameweeks, placing him second among FPL defenders.

Crucially, seven of those were produced from set-piece situations.

Only Jose Holebas (£4.9m) of Watford, with 14, has managed more.

Chances created - Top five defenders
Player Team Total Set-plays Open play
Holebas    WAT 17 14 3
Trippier   TOT 14 7 7
Robertson LIV 13 0 12
Doherty   WOL 10 0 9
Chilwell   LEI 10 2
Dead-ball duties

Compared with last season, Trippier's underlying statistics are encouraging.

He created only eight chances from set-pieces in 2017/18, producing one every 239.1 minutes.

But that average has improved to 88 minutes this term.

A significant increase in dead-ball duties has helped.

Corners and clean sheets

Trippier has taken 25 corners over the first eight Gameweeks, only three down from the 28 he took in all of 2017/18.

On 46 FPL points, the England international sits in fourth place among defenders.

He has supplemented a goal and three assists with three clean sheets over his seven Gameweek appearances.

And Trippier's share of set-plays only strengthens his potential for further returns for his 34.1 per cent ownership.

Also in this series

Part 2: Set-pieces: Keane heads list of dangerous defenders
Part 3: Set-pieces: Knockaert offers FPL value
Part 4: Set-pieces: Free-kicks boost Maddison in Fantasy
Part 5: Set-pieces: Mitrovic the standout forward
Part 6: Set-pieces: Deeney can be big aerial weapon
Part 7: Set-pieces: FPL managers can gain from Magpies pain
Part 8: Set-pieces: Salah can profit from Milner absence

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