Gameweek 21 saw the some old Fantasy Premier League favourites deliver big points. Among them were Tim Howard, Joleon Lescott, Robert Huth and Wayne Rooney. However, the biggest points scorer of them all was Jermain Defoe, who bagged a hat-trick in Sunderland’s 4-2 win over Swansea City – a game in which the Swans had defender Kyle Naughton sent off.
It’s easy to forget Defoe is only 33 given he first made a name for himself at the start of the millennium, when he scored in 10 successive games for then Second Division Bournemouth. But he has been turning the clock back at the start of 2016 with five goals in two games.
Looking at Defoe’s data for this season, his shots on target to goal conversion rate is high at 45 per cent. He hasn’t hit those kind of levels for several years, but he did manage 42 per cent in the 2011-12 season so his current conversion rate is not without precedent.
The frequency with which Defoe strikes the target is on par with peers like Olivier Giroud. However, the England international has hit nearly 60 per cent of his shots on target and that is a rate he is unlikely to sustain forever.
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At 5.1m, the former Tottenham striker is very nicely priced even if he doesn’t continue to deliver at quite the same rate he has managed so far in 2016. His recent exploits have encouraged around 34,000 FPL managers to draft him into their squads in the last two gameweeks, but being in just 2.9 per cent of teams overall means he remains a differential.
Defoe has been an unused substitute in three games this season, so Sam Allardyce is not afraid to rest him occassionally. Furthermore, Sunderland’s upcoming fixture schedule (tot, BOU, MCI, liv, MUN, whu) doesn’t look very enticing.