FPL watchlist: Don’t turn your back on David Luiz
Chelsea centre-back is being overlooked but The Scout says fixtures make him a worthwhile investment
David Luiz (CHE) £6.0m
A kind opening schedule hands the Chelsea centre-back the chance to continue where he left off last season.
David Luiz ended as the fifth-top scoring defender in FPL, combining three goals and two assists with 16 clean sheets.
And his all-round potential for points can reward early investors in 2019/20.
Over the first 17 Gameweeks, Frank Lampard’s men play just three of last term’s top six sides in a run that takes them to mid-December.
Managers have been somewhat reluctant to consider David Luiz, however.
Only 9.6 per cent of managers currently own the Brazilian, making him the 14th-most popular defender in FPL.
Yet the underlying statistics highlight his attacking potential.
Only five FPL defenders bettered his total of 34 shots on goal last season.
He also had a share of set-pieces, firing nine efforts from direct free-kicks.
A new era without Hazard
Fantasy managers must reassess their tactics when investing in Chelsea this season after the departure of Eden Hazard to Real Madrid.
The Belgian was their top-scoring player in FPL on 238 points in 2018/19.
However, David Luiz was their second-top scorer, tallying 164 FPL points over his 36 appearances.
And Chelsea’s extended run of favourable opponents hands the South American the platform to establish himself as a big source of points once again.