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Official FPL: Could you use the cheapest defender on the game?

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Interest in AFC Bournemouth’s Fantasy Premier League assets has shot through the roof following impressive performances in 2018/19.

And following the start of the new season, plenty of FPL managers have their eyes on a number of Cherries heading into Gameweek 2.

Callum Wilson, despite blanking against Sheffield United, is still owned by 18% of managers, and Joshua King and Ryan Fraser are still owned by over 15%.

But what are the key talking points for the Cherries heading into an away trip to promoted Aston Villa?

Our in-house FPL expert gives you the lowdown on some potential movers and shakers…

AARON RAMSDALE AN OPTION?

After being added to the game last Wednesday, Aaron Ramsdale made his Premier League debut on Saturday against Sheffield United.

He was called into action after just 20 seconds, making a razor sharp save to deny David McGoldrick.

The England youth international looked comfortable on his debut, and was close to getting the four points for a clean sheet.

At £4.5m and seemingly the club’s number one, Ramsdale is definitely a player to watch, particularly with the high-profile injury to Liverpool’s Alisson.

MEPHAM AND RICO CATCH THE EYE

A first Premier League goal and a ten-point haul saw Chris Mepham make it into the best team of Gameweek 1.

Owned by just 1.2% of managers and priced at £4.5m, the Welshman scored following a set-piece, only Liverpool (30) have scored more Premier League goals from set-pieces than Bournemouth (22).

Diego Rico also started at left-back and is the joint-cheapest defender on the game at £4.0m. Playing as a wing-back in a five-man defence, Rico showed his athleticism on the left side with runs up and down the touchline, and he is also a potential set-piece taker alongside Fraser.

And if he consistently starts, his price could soar and is definitely one to monitor.

FRASER SHIFTERS TO BE PUNISHED?

After a blank in Gameweek 1, 101,316 managers have already transferred Ryan Fraser out of their teams, but are they a little premature?

Aston Villa conceded 31 goal attempts on Gameweek 1, and the Scotsman could profit from the wide areas.

Against non-top six opponents, he scored seven goals and got 13 assists in 26 games last season and playing away from home on the counter-attack, Fraser could be influential on Saturday.

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