Continuing their assessment of the Palace squad, the Fantasy Premier League Scout focusses on Luka Milivojevic, who returned back to training this week following his appearance at the 2018 World Cup.
The Serbian has earned the biggest price rise among Crystal Palace players in Fantasy Premier League, starting the last term at just £5.0m. Following a season that produced 10 goals, two assists and 144 points, Milivojevic ended the Eagles top-scoring player, meaning his price has jumped to £6.5m for 2018/19.
Despite his price-hike, his dead-ball duties can still make him worth the outlay. Milivojevic converted seven of his eight penalties last term (more than any other player) - and crucially the Eagles were awarded 10 penalties last season (also more than any other side). Milivojevic also scored one direct free-kick, as well as taking corners, so if the trend continues he looks set to benefit once again.
Milivojevic’s ball-winning ability also boosts his prospects in the Bonus Points System (BPS). His 52 successful tackles and 71 interceptions ranked first and second respectively for Roy Hodgson’s side, and combined with his goals and assists helped him to 21 bonus points - a tally bettered by only six other midfielders.
A promising run of opening opponents should prompt managers to consider investing in Palace players, with only one of their first nine matches scoring more than three in the ‘Fixture Difficulty Ranking (FDR)’.
Milivojevic has already been selected by 12.5% of FPL managers, and with midfielders earning an extra point for both goals and clean sheets, the Serbian can again be a big source of points.