With another gameweek in the bag, how did you get on this round? It was a bit of a strange
weekend in the FPL, with plenty of you falling foul to the latest round of Aguero/Jesus rotation, Jürgen Klopp deciding not to start Firminho OR Coutinho, and plenty of defenders struggling to accumulate a decent point return.
Burnley once again kept a clean sheet, one of only four teams to manage the feat, and no doubt plenty of you benefitted from their 1-0 win over Watford. Huddersfield, Swansea and West Ham also kept their opponents out, but it’s probably too soon to jump on their defensive bandwagon.
Mohamed Salah kept up his incredible run of form, scoring 11 points as the Reds drew against Everton. Hopefully, he’s playing too well for Klopp to even contemplate dropping, but he’s done it previously, and as already mentioned, the German is not afraid to make big decisions (much to the ire of FPL managers everywhere).
Elsewhere, Harry Kane returned to form, scoring twice against Stoke, but other big-name strikers faltered. Lukaku looks like the player Everton fans warned the world about, and Morata struggled against an inspired West Ham. Chelsea have a great looking set of fixtures coming up though, and hopefully the Spaniard bounces back.
Jermain Defoe bagged himself 13 points, but with Bournemouth’s next 3 fixtures against Manchester United, Liverpool, and Manchester City, it’s hard to foresee the striker keeping up a run of form. Similarly, it’s hard to trust Tottenham’s Hueng-Min Son. There is no doubting the talent is there, but Pochettino often likes to use him as an impact sub, and it’s difficult to justify the £7.9m midfielder fee, especially with a number of games coming up, meaning rotation is more likely.
Looking ahead, and firstly, here is the *midweek games klaxon*, so let’s have a look at players that should be on your radar.
Jesse Lingard tops our FAV rankings and has started the last three games for Man Utd. He’s listed as a midfielder and is still available for just £5.8m. United also fare well when calculating fixture difficulty, and the Red Devils’ next five games are against Bournemouth, West Brom, Leicester, Burnley and Southampton, with three of them at Old Trafford. For similar reasons, Ashley Young should be considered as an addition. The midfielder may be playing more defensively, but still comes in at 6th on our FAV rankings, and is still available at £5.1m.
It’s amazing to even be saying this after the start of the season they’ve had, but it might be time to look at what Everton players can bring to your side. With Sam Allardyce in charge, you can be sure they’ll be a lot tighter defensively, and with that in mind, Jordan Pickford could be a sound purchase. He’s obviously extremely talented and has scored 24 points over the last three gameweeks. He tops the value rankings (along with Lingard), and at £4.8m, is a lot cheaper than the top keepers.
Jonjoe Kenny has started the last 9 games for Everton, has only been selected by 1.2% of you, and is still available for just £4.3m. Even as a squad filler you could do way worse, and with a FAV of 2, and a kind set of fixtures approaching, this could be a great signing for your FPL team.
To wrap things up, let’s look at a few midfielders that offer good value, and the potential for a high return. Crystal Palace’s Milivojevic was in the headlines after Benteke took away the chance of him scoring his second penalty of the day against Bournemouth, and you can be pretty sure he’ll be taking all of them in the future. Hodgson likes the player, as he has started every game since the manager’s arrival, and he offers an attacking threat….you can still add him for just £4.6m. Lastly, the Leicester duo of Albrighton (£5.5m) and Gray (£5.3m) rank highly on the FFR list, and for good reason. They both offer the potential for goals and assists, and Puel seems to want to include them as part of his new-look Leicester side, a side that plays in a similar fashion to the one that shocked the world just a few seasons ago.
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