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Official FPL: Defenders on the rise


AFC Bournemouth AFC Bournemouth

We’re nine games in and there are plenty of talking points in Fantasy Premier League, with three Cherries players picking up bonus points following the latest round of fixtures.

Ahead of gameweek ten, we take you through the options for your team, looking at the bargains, the highest scorers and those likely to feature at Vicarage Road. 

First clean sheet of the season

The Cherries are up and running in terms of clean sheets in the Premier League this year, with Eddie Howe opting to go for a 4-4-2 formation to keep Norwich at bay.

As a result, Steve Cook bagged himself three bonus points, with centre-back partner Nathan Ake grabbing two, meaning the pair’s combined score for gameweek nine was 17.

It’s also worth mentioning that both defenders have played every minute of the Premier League season so far, so are a good bet for any team that needs points.   

Additionally, left-back Diego Rico, who has featured prominently in our recent Fantasy Premier League previews, bagged himself two bonus points as well, finishing the week on eight.

Given his recent run in the team, the Spaniard is now owned by 11.9% of users and has seen his price rise from £4.0m to £4.2m since gameweek one, his two assists probably having something to do with it.

Return of Smith

It was great to have Adam Smith back on the pitch for the first time since the fixture against Leicester City at the King Power Stadium in August.

He certainly made an impact too and is only owned by 0.5% of Fantasy Premier League users, meaning a high-scoring week for the right-back could benefit his owners massively.

Smith, who did pick up a yellow card against Norwich, finished the weekend on five points but could well retain his place in the side and build on the tally after a solid performance against the Canaries.

He has also seen his price drop in recent weeks due to the injury, initially costing £4.5m but now being priced slightly less at £4.3m, providing a cheap yet reliable option for any team.

Wilson hits 50 points

He may not have found the net last week, but Callum Wilson’s two points against Norwich were enough to see him reach the 50-point mark in this year’s Fantasy Premier League, the first Cherries player to do so.

The striker is also the most popular Bournemouth player to feature, with 14.3% of users opting to select him in their team.

At £8m, Wilson does cost the most out of any Cherries man, but if you can afford him then it is well worth it. The England international has made attacking returns (scored or assisted) in seven of the nine gameweeks so far, rewarding his loyal owners.

Eddie Howe’s side next face a team who have conceded 21 goals in their opening nine fixtures, so it could well be worth bringing in Wilson ahead of the fixture with Watford should he not already be in your team.

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