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Boost for best Bournemouth options after Wilson return

Callum Wilson‘s (£6.3m) return from injury looks set to act as a catalyst for interest in Bournemouth options ahead of Blank Gameweek 31.

The Cherries got their first Premier League away win since October on Saturday as Wilson inspired a 2-0 victory at Huddersfield.

After losing the previous nine on the road in a row, by a combined score of 28-4, Gameweek 30 proved a confidence boost for them.

“We needed it. We really felt for the supporters in that time without an away win so we’re really pleased for them. They had a long journey, left early and we rewarded them with a good clinical performance. We were good in attack and solid in defence so it’s a really good day.” – Eddie Howe

With home fixtures confirmed in both upcoming Blank Gameweeks, we’ve done further analysis on the best Bournemouth options available right now, and the impact of Wilson’s return.

Huddersfield Town 0-2 Bournemouth

Goals: Callum Wilson (£6.3m), Ryan Fraser (£6.1m)

Assists: Fraser, Wilson

No player had more shots on target than Wilson in Bournemouth’s 2-0 win at Huddersfield on Saturday afternoon. Both of his shots inside the box were accurate, with one of them handing him the first goal since his last start all the way back in Gameweek 23. The forward’s energetic display also helped him provide an assist, rounding off a complete Fantasy performance and an 11-point haul. With Newcastle coming to the Vitality Stadium in the first of the remaining two Blank Gameweeks, and Burnley after that, interest in Wilson is expected to be high.

“He’s outstanding, he has unique attributes for us with his ability to run in behind and his work ethic. He knows where the goal is and it was great to see him score, he also provided an impressive assist for Ryan in a key moment in the game with a great reverse pass. My priority is to make sure he’s fit and fine, he might be looking at the England situation but I’m pleased to see him score and play well.” – Eddie Howe

The return of Wilson also appears to have helped Ryan Fraser (£6.1m) rediscover his golden touch. At the John Smith’s Stadium, no player created more chances than Bournemouth’s diminutive left-winger. In the absence of the England international, Fraser had not registered a single attacking return since Gameweek 22. The two have now played together twice between then and Gameweek 30, and Fraser has two goals and two assists in those matches, one of each coming at Huddersfield. Those wanting to invest in the Bournemouth attack over the Blank Gameweeks with more space in midfield than among the forwards should seriously consider Fraser now that Wilson is back in the side.

“That’s a prime example of our performance, it’s a really nice passage of play – the interchange of passes (between Fraser and Wilson) were excellent to see. It’s the kind of goal we scored early in the season, the team has been hit with injuries but it’s great to see that fluency back today.” – Eddie Howe

Those looking to sign Fraser might just want to wait until the next pre-match press conference for Bournemouth though. The Scottish international was able to complete the 90 minutes in West Yorkshire but did take a few heavy hits. Meanwhile, David Brooks (£5.1m), making his second start in a row since coming back from injury, did have to be replaced by Dominic Solanke (£5.0m), but Howe believes he will be okay.

“David Brooks was fine he was just very fatigued. Ryan took a couple of nasty tackles. We hope there are no ill-effects from that.” – Eddie Howe

Josh King (£6.5m) should not be overlooked too casually as he had more goal attempts than any other player at Huddersfield on Saturday afternoon, although fewer in the box than Wilson. The Norwegian did not register any attacking returns in Gameweek 30 but has scored in three of his last four at the Vitality Stadium.

There were other boosts for Bournemouth as they had Jefferson Lerma (£4.5m) back in central midfield after serving a two-match suspension. Having him in the side in the Blank Gameweeks should help the Cherries live up to their potential against Newcastle and Burnley.

“It’s a great boost to have Jeff back. Whenever he has been missing this season we have felt that absence. He is a real physical presence for us. I think he’s been excellent. He is another player who has come into the Premier League, improved, and is learning with every game. Naturally, he plays his way and I don’t think he’s changed that. He had been unfortunate with a few of his yellow cards.” – Eddie Howe

In defence, Chris Mepham (£4.5m) appears to be growing into the side with each passing Gameweek. Despite an uncertain first start against Wolves in Gameweek 27, he has looked a lot more assured as he fills in for long-term absentee Steve Cook (£4.4m). As interest in Bournemouth defensive assets grows, the former Brentford man is one of the nailed-on options.

“It has been really good early signs for Chris. He has attacked it really well so far. Mentally he has shown real maturity and hasn’t been fazed by the occasions and the games. I have been really pleased with him and I see signs of a leader in there as well, which is a great sign for the future.” – Eddie Howe

Meanwhile, it there was an eighth start in a row for Artur Boruc (£4.0m) in the Bournemouth goal, continuing his potential for those who are playing the Free Hit in Gameweek 31. The clean sheet recorded at Huddersfield was the first on the road since Gameweek 10, but in home matches, there is plenty to encourage investment in the Bournemouth back-line. In their last four at the Vitality Stadium, the Cherries have conceded just twice.

Elsewhere in the defence, Nathan Aké (£5.0m) continues to be an ever-present although is slightly dearer. The full-back spots don’t look quite so settled. Charlie Daniels (£4.1m) has started the last two in a row, but they are the only Premier League matches in the last nine Gameweeks that he featured from the beginning. Fellow left-back Diego Rico (£4.1m) has started just once in that time. On the other flank, Nathaniel Clyne (£4.4m) started the three matches prior to Gameweek 30, but Adam Smith (£4.3m) was deployed on the right against Huddersfield. He looks unlikely to be involved against Newcastle, after coming off with a hamstring injury.

“Adam Smith said he felt his hamstring very early in the game. Looks like he might be out for a few weeks.” – Eddie Howe

Huddersfield’s credentials were dealt another blow in their defeat to Bournemouth. While the Cherries were much improved with Wilson back, it says all Fantasy managers need to know that the Terriers both blanked offensively and conceded twice at home to a side that had been so poor away from home.

Jan Siewert’s men had just two shots in Bournemouth’s penalty box all afternoon, and only one of them was on target. Meanwhile, it did not take too much from the Cherries to break Huddersfield down, who conceded 50% of the shots on target that they faced.

Huddersfield Town XI (4-3-1-2): Lössl; Durm, Schindler, Zanka, Bacuna; Mooy, Stanković, Billing (Löwe 45′); Pritchard; Mounié (Grant 61′), Kachunga (Rowe 76′).

Bournemouth XI (4-4-2): Boruc; Daniels, Aké, Mepham, A Smith (Clyne 44′); Fraser, Surman, Lerma, Brooks (Solanke 65′); King (Mousset 90+1′), Wilson.

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2,183 Comments Post a Comment
  1. HMC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Had 2FT and looking to replace 3 players for a -4 hit
    Already did Son to Fraser
    Who would you bring in for Bamba / BSilva upto 16m DEF MID combo?

    Pat Fab
    Robbo Pereira Doherty AWB Bamba
    Salah Fraser Milijovecic Ward
    Kun Vardy Rondon

    1. HMC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Another way of asking is if I get Hazard then best defender upto 5.2m?

  2. Rash
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    1 week punt on Barkley anyone?

    1. baps sniffer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Fraser and even Maddison perhaps better options?

      1. Rash
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        I'll be bringing in Fraser. Already have vardy which I think is enough.

    2. Would Ed Woodward
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Not when it's a toss up if he starts.

    3. TheDragon
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Not for me

  3. Kane Lane
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    What's everyone doing with regards to Doherty selling or keeping for the double.

    1. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      selling for azpi unless lascelles out

    2. pingissimus
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Why keep him? This is one I just don’t get.

      I make it 24 points in the last 10. Cash in and move on. Loads of players will get doubles and he doesn’t represent value

    3. Kiwivillan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      He's scoring like trash for ages and I have him since beginning. It's a real blind spot for people

  4. Salarrivederci
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    After this horrific GW I made my transfers, and I just want the Blank, FH, Blank to get going 😀

    Cya in 6 days!

    Boruc
    Periera - van Dijk - Luiz - Robertson
    Salah (C) - Hazard - Brooks
    Vardy - Rondón - Wilson

    Blank bench: (Lloris, Sterling, Redmond, Jonny)

  5. TLF
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    I've got some thinking to do with this lot for 31. Just the 1 FT, .6 itb.

    Boruc (Ryan)
    Trent*, Robbo, Pereira, Rice (AWB)
    F.Anderson, Salah (Pogba, Sterling, Camarasa)
    Barnes (Jimenez, Augero)

  6. nkhoughton
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Worth taking a hit?

    Fabianski
    Clyne Digne TAA Bardsley
    Hazard Mane Salah
    Barnes Rondon

    Hamer pogba sterling Jimenez bennet

    Bennet is the only option for sale but nothing itb.

    1. kalmoffit
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Get Ogbonna?

      1. nkhoughton
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Can't afford him

    2. denial
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Daniels

  7. RealSocialDads
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Guys, considering I already have Brooks

    A. Fraser
    B. Maddison
    C. Siggy

    1. RealSocialDads
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      And I have Vardy

    2. sminkypinky
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Fraser

  8. ItOnlyTook9Years
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Hmm, a point over 10k average but virtually no rank change at 50k. Tough going

  9. dee_top
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 15 days ago

    For GW31:
    Boruc or Fab?
    Fraser or Wilson?

    1. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      boruc (beter fixture 33)
      wilson imo

  10. Kno
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Aguero is going for the blanks etc, who would you go for?

    salah mane brooks f.anderson
    vardy barnes ___

    A: wilson
    B:higuain

    1. kalmoffit
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      B

      1. nkhoughton
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        A

    2. Jayv807
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      A and I have B FWIW...

  11. sminkypinky
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    8 point hit:
    4 non players to barnes, Wilson, Haz, Azpi. Sensible or not??

    1. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      why not 🙂

      1. sminkypinky
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Yeah. Why not indeed? 😀

    2. Royal5
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Not Azpi for me.

      1. sminkypinky
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Puts in a fair amount of crosses, guaranteed to play, baps love him. Why not?

        1. Royal5
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Has a few assists lately. Better than expected tbh. Just can't see Chelsea keeping a CS against Everton.

          1. sminkypinky
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Would you go for Ake then? Or who do you prefer?

  12. Dacra
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Solid plan?

    31: 9x players, - 4
    32: FH
    33: 10x players (5x non players all have dgw 35)
    34: Normal week
    35: 8x dgw'ers (using 3 transfers however things look).

    Dunno about bench boost..

    1. GE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Yup, looks great 🙂

    2. sminkypinky
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Yup

    3. Jayv807
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      I'm doing similar as no WC. Hoping Palace lose in the cup so I have AWB and Guaita for 33 as well.

  13. GE
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Which one? 🙂

    1) Aguero and Son -> Vardy and Mane
    2) Aguero, Son and Martial -> Wilson, Hazard and Mane (-4)
    3) Other suggestion?

    (2FT, 0.0 itb)

    Boruc
    Robertson/Digne/Pereira/Ogbonna
    Salah/Fanderson

    Bench/not playing: Guaita, Aguero, Son, Pogba, Martial, Jimenez, Doherty, Kamara

    1. Dacra
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      2

  14. Royal5
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    How did Hazard look today? Really unsure about bringing him in, neither him or Chelsea has impressed me for some time.

    1. kalmoffit
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Good goal. Same old Hazard

    2. Hakim Ziyech
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Just saw the highlight, Wolves did well defensively, kept it tight and then counter play. Hazard looked sharp as always but that attack is not clicking like early in the season. They are kinda slow now in building up play.

      Everton up next could still be a good fixture for Eden

    3. how now brown cow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      One goal always gets the baps with him too. Worth noting.

    4. Royal5
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Thanks all

  15. HD7
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    What a team... and nothing...
    The bench though...
    Without luck you are nothing I guess...

    Fab
    AWB Pereira VVD Robbo
    Salah(C) Pogba Son
    Higuain Vardy King

    Subs: Button, Ake, Camarasa, Jota

  16. Voyeur
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Transfer advice needed please!

    For GWs 31 & 33 only (using FH 32, WC 34)

    Sterling & Jimenez to:
    A) Hazard & Wilson (-4)
    B) Fraser & Firmino (-4)
    C) Only use FT (which one?)

    1. Hart-ake
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      I am thinking of doing A. Seems to be the smart play.

      1. Voyeur
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Yeah, I'm torn though as I've got 10 players before doing this - that includes flops Siggy & Felipe though

  17. g40steve
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Rash, Son & Jimmy > Vardy, Maddison & Wilson? (-4)

    1. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      yep

      1. g40steve
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Cheers, gives me;

        Fabs
        Trent, Pereira, Luiz, Lascelles
        Mane, Salah, Maddison , Brooks
        Vardy, Wilson

        Boruc, Aguero, Doherty, Pogba

        Who to C?

  18. pol
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    regardless of price is there a defender worth a -4 this week? (have 9 playing currently with a -8)

    1. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      for a -12 ? not imo

      1. Voyeur
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        how does it matter what has already happened?

    2. kalmoffit
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      If you have spare Pool place..

      1. pol
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        already have robertson, TAA and Salah...

    3. Voyeur
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      If you're using them in 33, I'd argue Bournemouth defender worth it.

  19. Kane Lane
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Need help with move which one is better to get in Wilson.

    A) Easy Aguero >Wilson free which means gonna need to take a hit for gw33 to get him back Rondon Anderson move.

    B) Doherty>Rice Rondon>Wilson-4 means I have Aguero Wilson Vardy for GW33 set up dont need to worry just accept Aguero price drop.

    1. how now brown cow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Kun might not play 33.

  20. Four Hit Wonder
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Best defender to join my TAA and Robbo?

    1. Eytexi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Chilwell

    2. g40steve
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Pereira, Luiz

  21. paulfantham
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Would you rather:
    A. Fraser and Vardy
    B. Hazard and Wilson

    1. Gudjohnsen
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      B

    2. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      A

  22. how now brown cow
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Right. Is a -8 going much too far?

    Doherty, son, hojberg, kun -> luiz, hazard, Fraser, wilson

    Would give

    Fabs
    Luiz taa Robbo chilwell
    Hazard salah Fraser fanny
    Wilson vardy

    1. Four Hit Wonder
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 15 days ago

      People will be taking hits. -8 is the new -4.

      Looks sane to me.

      1. how now brown cow
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Don't mention sane

    2. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      nope loods good.

  23. TLF
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    I'm considering ditching F.Anderson for a hit this GW for another mid who plays in the blanks, he has been truly awful.

    1. Gudjohnsen
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Same herw. Maybe Fraser.

    2. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      hud next i d keep

  24. Nuno
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    A. Play Digne (CHE)
    B. Brooks (NEW) (-4)
    C. Snodgrass (HUD) (-4)

    1. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      keep and hope for attacking return

      1. baps sniffer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Result more likely negative return though

    2. Eytexi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 15 days ago

      A

    3. Four Hit Wonder
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 15 days ago

      A

    4. kalmoffit
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      A

  25. abaalan
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    How does the fh chip work with team value?

    1. g40steve
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 15 days ago

      You get your original team & value back, no gains

      1. abaalan
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        But how much do you have to spend when building a future team?

        1. abaalan
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Fh* team

  26. g40steve
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Haz or Mane?

    1. mrtapio
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Mané ofc!

    2. how now brown cow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      On form you have to say mane

    3. g40steve
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Cheers guys have Mane just toying with squeezing Haz in but hits needed.

  27. Jacky boy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Matip to TAA for a hit after UCL match?

    Alisson
    Robbo Matip Chilwell
    Hazard Maddison Felipe Fraser
    Vardy Wilson Arnie

    Speroni Sterling* Jonny* Bednarek*

  28. threeputt
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Which weeks are the majority vote for fh, wc & bb remaining

    1. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      fh 32
      wc34
      bb 35

      1. threeputt
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        thanks, so we're expecting more dgws than those showing currently in gw35 ?

  29. Pompel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Looks like Sterling may not rise tonight after all, at least according to fplstatistics. Had hoped to gain a 0.1, needing all I can get for GW32. And Hazard rocketing towards 100 , currently at 90%.
    Anyone doing the swap tonight?

  30. donlobatto
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Got some final GW31 transfers to make. Help me decide!:

    A) Sterling, Jimi > Haz, Wilson (-4)
    B) Sterling, Pogba, Jimi > Haz, Fraser, Vardy (-8)
    C) Something else

    I’ll do FH32 and WC34 so this is essentially the moves for GW31 and 33.

    Fab
    Robbo, TAA, Luiz, Pereira
    Salah, Sterling*, Maddison
    Higuaín, Barnes, Jimi*
    (Hamer) (Pogba*, Doherty, JWP)

    Cheers