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Fantasy Premier League: Why Zaha is the best Tier 2 forward

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Wilfried Zaha is in an excellent run of form. Over the past five matches, only Sergio Aguero has scored more goals. This will come as very good news to Crystal Palace, who were struggling before his resurgence. The South London club has been extremely reliant on the Ivorian winger in recent years and, as you may recall, they went an incredible 812 days without winning a Premier League match in which Zaha did not play.

While that record was finally broken in December, the trend certainly still exists, especially in terms of goals. Basically, when Zaha scores, Palace pick up points, and when he doesn't ... they don't. Of their 14 league losses this season, only one has come in a match in which Zaha has scored, though unfortunately for them, those goals have not come as consistently as either party would like.buy nike nfl jerseys cheap

Zaha did start the season well, recording three goals in his first five matches, but that form would not last long, as the Ivorian then failed to score another league goal for more than five months. The knock-on effect for Palace was significant as they picked up just 9 out of a possible 57 points in the Premier League over that period. That poor run of results saw them drift into the relegation conversation, and questions began to be asked about Roy Hodgson's job.4

That may be surprising to some seeing as it looks like the Ivorian will break his career best for Premier League goals (nine) this season, but as you know by now, there is far more to the ESPN game than just goals. Compared to the same amount of matches played in the past two seasons, Zaha has been equal or worse in 10 of our 15 scoring categories. Those struggles have plagued his value in our game, with the Crystal Palace man currently sitting outside the top 60 in total points scored. It's not some trick due to his minutes played either as, in per game metrics, he actually drops out of the top 80.

Of course, season-long trends will not reflect well on inconsistent players, a label we can certainly assign to Zaha. He's actually had exactly the same amount of single-digit and double-digit scoring weeks in the ESPN game this season (12). While this has surely pushed many potential fantasy managers away, there's still plenty of value here if you know how to get the most out of him. So for the benefit of us fantasy players, and perhaps Roy Hodgson if he's reading this, the easiest way to make sure Wilfried Zaha plays well comes down to positioning.cheap nfl nike jerseys china

Due to the aforementioned issues with their strike force, Zaha was forced to play up front for 12 consecutive matches from Matchweeks 8 to 20. In that time he has recorded no goals or assists. In 2018/19, the Ivorian international has played 14 matches up front for Palace, managing to score just twice from that position. Despite playing the majority of matches as a forward this season, the 26-year-old is significantly better when playing out left.

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