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GW11 Lessons: Sterling forcing major rethink

The Scout 5 Nov 2018
Raheem Sterling, Manchester City

The Scout reckons Man City winger is a serious FPL factor after season-high return against Southampton

Raheem Sterling (£11.1m) has shaken up the Fantasy Premier League standings with a devastating home display against Southampton.

He produced two goals and two assists in Manchester City's 6-1 victory to tally 21 points, the biggest individual haul this season.

The winger has climbed into third place overall, only two points behind the 79 of Eden Hazard (£11.3m) at the summit.

Well-rested

Sterling's lofty position is all the more impressive when you consider he has been rested for two of Man City's first 11 Gameweeks.

Indeed, his recent bench role against Burnley in Gameweek 9 means that only 7.5 per cent of managers own him.

That made Sterling a huge captain differential against the Saints.

Captaincy differential

He was given the armband by only 88,000+ managers, compared with the 1.8million of team-mate Sergio Aguero (£11.3m).

Sterling has now overtaken Aguero by four points thanks to his weekend return.

His average of 8.6 points per match (ppm) is better than Aguero's 6.6 and is more than any other player.

Worthwhile risk

By comparison, his midfield rivals Hazard and Mohamed Salah (£13.0m) have 7.9 and 6.1 ppm respectively.

Pep Guardiola's teamsheets indicate that Sterling will be rested to the bench on occasions.

But the England international's output suggests that he is worth that risk.

Friendly schedule

Sterling now has a favourable upcoming schedule.

After a tricky home derby against Manchester United next Gameweek, City face West Ham United, AFC Bournemouth and Watford.

Man City's next four fixtures
GW Opp FDR
12 MUN (H) 4
13 WHU (A) 3
14 BOU (H) 3
15 WAT (A) 3

That further strengthens Sterling's claim to be considered as a go-to premium pick in Fantasy.

Also in this series

Part 2: FPL experts: Fulham tie will test Salah value
Part 3: GW11 Lessons: Richarlison sparks FPL transfer flurry

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