In the fifth of a new series FPL Snapshot, Mihir is producing a weekly bite size snapshot of an FPL asset and highlighting why they would be a good pick for your team. So far 3 out of the 4 picks have gone on to return in the gameweek, so all eyes on GW28 choice.
Snapshot #05 – Josh Maja – Fulham
A quick snapshot review, stats and points to consider on why Josh Maja is a fantastic differential for GW28 and beyond to shoot you up the ranks.
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- First things first, I know he plays Man City this week (GW28) and has a very little chance of scoring but he could always get a dodgy tap in as City have been letting in scrappy goals recently. Or if you don’t feel confident in him for this week, you could just bench him as he is super cheap at £5.5M
- Here is the fixture run in for Fulham from now till the end of the season which might look tough on paper, however, Fulham are a much-improved side defensively now which proves a good foundation for the team as a whole and will benefit Maja.
• Also due to him being cheap as said before he can act the role of the eighth attacker brilliantly in your teams.
Now to the statistical analysis of the matter:
• Fulham this season are now know for being a good defensive team rather than an attacking one. Since February they have accumulated more xG than Liverpool, Arsenal, Everton and Leicester which proves they have been a good well round team in those games.
• In those seven games they have faced West Ham, Everton, Tottenham and Liverpool so that shows that their stats haven’t been skewed due to them facing lesser opposition.
• Here’s a comparison by my friend @move78_fpl which shows he has been very unlucky not to return more points in the last 4 weeks:
• Here is his average heatmap of Maja which shows he has been very involved in the way Fulham play and is in the box at the right times.
• Here is a comparison of Maja and Bamford whom most people own for the last 6 weeks via Playmaker which shows he is performing almost at the same if not better level.
• Even comparing him to Antonio his stats are almost at a similar level to the west ham forward as we can see in this graphic.
• Another key factor to consider with Maja is that he faces Leeds in BGW29 who as we all know give away chances for fun and are always good for attacking returns as they are ranked in the bottom 2 for xG conceded for the whole season.
• Brewster is still one of the most owned, cheaper forwards (6.2%) and provides an option as the 8th attacker, however with him not having scored or assisted this season so far he could be swapped to Maja easily and Maja has a fixture in the blank which is very helpful to navigate that week.
Maja at 5.5 is a brilliant shout as an eighth attacker as due to his price point and can be easily rotated with the main team due to fixtures of the others. He also has an amazing fixture in 29 to target and as very few people own him he can be the person to shoot you up the ranks.