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Fantasy Watchlist: West Brom striker Salomon Rondon settled and ready to make an impact

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We are highlighting a number of under-the-radar players you will want to consider adding to your fantasy squads right now or at least keeping an eye on their performance in the coming weeks for possible future inclusion.

Is the forward an option looking to weeks ahead?
Is the forward an option looking to weeks ahead?
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Trying to find someone alternative in your week 7 onward picks? Next up in our Fantasy watch list is West Bromwich Albion's Jose Salomon Rondon.

Who is Jose Salomon Rondon?

Rondon was West Bromwich Albion's summer 2015 big singing.

The forward is a 26 year old Venezuelan international who joined WBA from Zenit St Petersburg in a club record £12 million pound deal. His career goal to game ratio is impressive:

2010-2012 Malaga

  • 25 goals in 67 games

2012-2014 Rubin Kazan

  • 13 goals in 36 games

2014-2015 Zenit St Petersburg

  • 20 goals in 37 appearances.

The early signs are of a player well suited to the Premier League. At 6'3 and powerfully built he has the size and strength to occupy the lone frontman role which is preferred system of play under Tony Pulis. He made his first start reference a home game against Chelsea and showed himself to be a real handful for one of the league more reliable back lines.

So far in 4 appearances for WBA with 1 as a substitute he has 1 goal, 1 assist and has averaged 2 shots per game.

How has his fantasy season gone so far?

In Fantrax he has a total of 38 pts the 16th highest in the forward position. Rondon has outscored some big names including Diego Costa 35pts, Christian Benteke 34 pts, Anthony Martial 33 pts, Harry Kane 29 pts and Wayne Rooney 19 pts.

In Togga he has a total of 47.5 pts, the 18th highest forward. He beats the mighty Aguero on 46 pts, Costa again on 40 pts, Kane 39.5pts, Martial 39pts and Rooney 28.5 pts.

In FPL the total is 17 pts, the 18th highest forward. In this format Costa and Martial goals have outscored Rondon by a single point, despite their additional games/goals, respectively.

Why could he be a fantasy pick up for you moving forward?

Price and fixtures are your answers here. In Fantarx he is yours for 8.75m and costs 7m in FPL.

The upcoming WBA fixtures before the end of October are home to Everton, away to Crystal Palace, home to Sunderland, away to Norwich City and home to Leicester City. During that run they face 4 very loose defences and the one strong defence, Everton, may yet have star central defender John Stones out injured this weekend to come.

A bold manager in the FL game could look to run with Rondon during this run of games, a lesser one has a sequence of games where he becomes a great alternative weekly pick.

What do you think, could he tempt you before winter sets in?

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