Fantasy Premier League Set-Piece Takers and Specialists - 2017/18 FPL season
Posted by FFPundits
1:03pm Jul 29 2017
Which set-piece takers will YOU have in your Fantasy Premier League teams this season… Here’s 4 tips for you to consider
With many FPL managers stacking their fantasy teams with set-piece takers (mostly midfielders), we find ourselves in a bit of a dilemma .
Every club has one or two penalty-takers; several corner-takers and a handful of players who now and again fancy their chances with an outrageous effort from 35-yards out.
From crosses and corners to set-piece plays, there are many ways for Fantasy Premier League bosses to score additional returns from those players on set-piece duties for their respected clubs.
So, we’ve asked our good friends and colleagues at FPLTips to give us their Top 4 Fantasy Premier League set-piece takers for the new 2017/18 FPL season, for your consideration.
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Christian Eriksen – Spurs [£9.5m]
When it comes to set-pieces, Christian Eriksen has proven himself to be one of the most influential players in the Premier League.
The Spurs midfielder provided 6 assists from his deliveries last season, level with Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne; only Gylfi Sigurdsson (8) managed more.
With an impressive tally of 22 shots from free kicks, which was more than any other player in the Premier League last season, it comes as a huge surprise that Eriksen was unable to find the back of the net from a set piece.
7 of his 22 efforts forced a save from the opponent’s goalkeeper and only Gylfi Sigurdsson produced more shots on target from free kicks (16).
Gylfi Sigurdsson – Swansea [£8.5m]
Iceland international, Gylfi Sigurdsson, made a huge impact at Swansea from his set-piece deliveries last season. The 27-year-old scored 5 of his 9 goals and provided 8 of his 13 assists, from free kicks, penalties and corners.
His tally of 8 assists from set-pieces was more than any other Premier League player could manage, and no player forced more saves from free kicks (14).
Only Philippe Coutinho scored more goals from free kicks last season, with 3 goals, compared to Sigurdsson’s 2.
As well as his clear threat from free kicks and corners, Sigurdsson was also on penalty duties for Swansea.
He converted all 3 of his penalties last season, and only Sergio Aguero (4), Jermain Defoe (5), Harry Kane (5) and James Milner (7) scored more goals from penalties.
Philippe Coutinho – Liverpool [£9.0m]
Liverpool midfielder, Philippe Coutinho, took on a large portion of his teams set-pieces last season and didn’t disappoint.
The Brazilian international scored 3 of his 13 goals from free-kicks, while a huge 50% of his 8 assists came from set-piece deliveries.
Despite taking just 9 shots from free-kicks last season, a tally which was beaten by 8 players in the Premier League, no player scored more goals from free-kicks than Coutinho.
His tally of 4 assists from set-pieces was matched by Mesut Ozil, Cesc Fabgregas, Matt Phillips and Jason Puncheon, but only Christian Eriksen (6), Kevin De Bruyne (6) and Gylfi Sigurdsson (8) provided more.
James Milner – Liverpool [£6.5m]
Coutinho’s team-mate, James Milner, took a share of the set-pieces at Liverpool. The 31-year-old scored all 7 of his Premier League goals last season from penalties and no player scored more goals from set-pieces.
In addition to his penalty duties, Milner took a share of free-kicks and corners. He forced a save from the opponent’s goalkeeper with 2 of his 3 efforts from free kicks and provided a total of 20 attempted assists from set-pieces, though he failed to register any set-piece assists.
After spending last season playing as Liverpool’s first choice left-back, Milner has been reclassified as a defender, rather than a midfielder, in the 2017/18 Fantasy Premier League game, and will now receive an extra 3 points for each clean-sheet he keeps and an extra point for each goal he scores.
This will further enhance his appeal to many FPL bosses, although the recent transfer gossip columns suggest that Klopp is in for Hull City’s left-back, Andrew Robertson, so watch this space.
Thank you for reading ‘Fantasy Premier League Tips – Fantasy Premier League Set-Piece Takers and Specialists – 2017/18 FPL season’ which was written and produced by @_FPLTips
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