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GW14 Ones to watch: James Maddison

The Scout 28 Nov 2018
James Maddison, Leicester

The Scout says the Leicester player is creating more than before despite recent blanks

The Scout is tipping five players to produce big points in Gameweek 14 of Fantasy Premier League.

James Maddison (LEI) £6.8m

The Leicester City midfielder has suffered huge sales in Fantasy after a drop-off in returns.

Maddison produced three goals and two assists in the opening seven Gameweeks for the Foxes but has since drawn blanks in each of his last five matches.

That has persuaded more than 864,000 managers to sell him over the last four Gameweeks.

Improved creativity

But managers should be aware that Maddison's creativity has in fact improved ahead of a visit from Watford on Saturday afternoon.

He has supplied a scoring opportunity every 32 minutes in his last five appearances, compared with 38 minutes beforehand.

This suggests he has been unfortunate not to pick up points in recent fixtures.

It also indicates he can be a key figure against a Watford defence who have only two clean sheets in the last 12 Gameweeks.

Set-piece specialist

In particular, Maddison's dead-ball duties can prove decisive for Claude Puel's men.

His total of 16 chances created from set-plays ranks third among all players.

Furthermore, he is joint-top with Luka Milivojevic (£6.0m) for shots from direct free-kicks, recording seven apiece.

The recent exodus leaves Maddison in only 5.3 per cent of squads for his weekend fixture, for which he is eligible having served a midweek one-match ban after his red card at Brighton & Hove Albion.

That makes him a great differential pick against the porous Hornets defence.

Also in this series

Part 1: GW14 Ones to watch: Raheem Sterling
Part 3: GW14 Ones to watch: Xherdan Shaqiri
Part 4: GW14 Ones to watch: Wilfried Zaha
Part 5: GW14 Ones to watch: Matt Doherty

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