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FPL's festive wish list: Fabian Balbuena

By The Scout 17 Nov 2018
Fabian Balbuena, West Ham

The Scout says West Ham defender boasts big goal threat and strong winter schedule

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The Scout singles out players who can be key Fantasy Premier League options for managers over the busy festive period.

Fabian Balbuena (WHU) £4.4m

The West Ham United centre-back has been overlooked by Fantasy managers this season.

Balbuena is owned by only 0.9 per cent after tallying 31 points in the first 12 Gameweeks.

However, there are two factors that suggest he could be a big defensive differential for the winter period.

Attacking threat

The Paraguayan's goal against Leicester City in Gameweek 10 highlighted his attacking threat.

Balbuena has produced 13 shots inside the penalty area, placing him joint-third with Marcos Alonso (£7.0m) among FPL defenders.

Crucially, he also has one of the most promising runs of opponents over the festive schedule.

West Ham's opponents GW14-21
14 NEW (A) 18 WAT (H)
15 CAR (H) 19 SOU (A)
16 CRY (H) 20 BUR (A)
17 FUL (A) 21 BHA (H)
Kind schedule

According to the Fixture Difficulty Rankings (FDR), seven of West Ham's eight matches over Gameweeks 14 to 21 score only two.

At such a low cost, Balbuena's potential for points at both ends of the pitch makes him a standout value option.

Also in this series

Part 1: FPL's festive wish list: Shane Duffy
Part 2: FPL's festive wish list: Matt Doherty
Part 4: FPL's festive wish list: Eden Hazard
Part 5: FPL’s festive wish list: Richarlison & Sigurdsson
Part 6: FPL's festive wish list: Gudmundsson
Part 7: FPL's festive wish list: Anthony Martial
Part 8: FPL's festive wish list: Harry Kane
Part 9: FPL's festive wish list: Alexandre Lacazette

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