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Set-pieces: Free-kicks boost Maddison in Fantasy

The Scout 11 Oct 2018
James Maddison takes a penalty for Leicester against AFC Bournemouth lead

The Scout says dead-ball duties are helping Leicester City playmaker's FPL prospects

The Scout continues a series of articles looking at Fantasy Premier League players who have posed a big attacking threat from set-pieces.

James Maddison (LEI) £6.9m

The midfielder's potential in FPL has been raised further by his free-kick duties for Leicester City.

The summer signing has produced 17 shots on goal over his eight Gameweek appearances.

Six of those efforts have come from free-kicks, placing him joint-top with Luka Milivojevic (£6.2m) among midfielders.

Dead-ball double

Maddison has already benefited from his duties, scoring a direct free-kick against Huddersfield Town in Gameweek 6.

And he also scored a penalty against AFC Bournemouth in Gameweek 5 as the Foxes' main taker, Jamie Vardy (£9.0m), had already been replaced.

Midfielders from set-pieces
Player Shots Shots on target Goals Open-play goals
Milivojevic  6 4 0 0
Maddison 6 1 1 1
Pogba 5 3 0 0
Gudmundsson 5 3 1 0
Billing 5 2 1 0
Salah  5 2 1 2
Neves   5 1 1 0
Schurrle 5 0 0 3

* data only from set-pieces

Mahrez replacement

After arriving from Norwich City last summer, Maddison was installed as Leicester's first-choice set-piece taker after the departure of Riyad Mahrez to Manchester City.

His delivery from free-kicks and corners has also improved his potential for assists.

Maddison has created eight chances from set-pieces, which ranks third among FPL midfielders.

Kind schedule

That has helped him into fifth place in midfield on 42 points, thanks to three goals and two assists.

Leicester's upcoming schedule looks set to strengthen his prospects for further returns.

After their testing trip to Arsenal in Gameweek 9 has passed, the Foxes' next six opponents score no more than three in the Fixture Difficulty Ranking (FDR).

Leicester's opponents GW10-15

10 WHU (H) 2 13 BHA (A) 3
11 CAR (A) 2 14 WAT (H) 3
12 BUR (H) 2 15 FUL (A) 2
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Maddison is already owned by 17.7 per cent of managers.

And his potential for both goals and assists can trigger big investment for that run of matches.

Also in this series

Part 1: Set-pieces: Trippier threat on the rise
Part 2: Set-pieces: Managers heading for points with Keane
Part 3: Set-pieces: Knockaert offers FPL value
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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