FPL Gameweek 20 recap, and selections for Gameweek 21:
We hope you didn’t let Christmas get in the way of your FPL this holiday season. With games coming thick and fast, and rotation a very real fear for plenty of us, here’s hoping you fared well.
Let’s start this piece with a look at who performed well in the last round of games, before taking a look at players that should absolutely be on your radar. After a relatively poor couple of weeks (by his ridiculously high standards), Harry Kane shattered the record for most Premier League goals scored in a calendar year, as he scored yet another hat-trick against Southampton. That hat-trick brought 17 points for the 41.4% of you that have Kane in your team, and with many captaining the player, the early kick-off equalled a very good start for plenty.
His teammate Dele Alli has come in for a fair bit of flak recently but rewarded those who kept the faith with a 15 point display against the Saints. He’s not cheap at £9m, but still a popular choice for many, as he features in 11.4% of FPL teams.
With Spurs & West Ham not having games this week, it is important to have a look at some of their replacements.
Marcos Alonso has been mentioned previously in one of our selection pieces, and has already gone up £0.2m since then (https://fantasyfootballrivals.com/which-defenders-and-midfielders-currently-offer-the-best-fpl-value/). £7.1m is a lot for a defender, but if you want consistent points and an attacking threat, you could do worse.
Trent Alexander-Arnold had a great week as Liverpool destroyed Swansea, but isn’t seeing enough playing time to justify adding him at the moment. His two teammates Firminio and Coutinho once again had high-scoring weeks, both scoring against the hapless Swans. Coutinho costs £9.1m compared to Firmino’s £8.9m, but with 14% of FPL owners selecting Coutinho, and 32.3% selecting Firminio, the little magician might make a difference in your head-to-head league.
Jesse Lingard was another player we highlighted in one of our selection pieces (https://fantasyfootballrivals.com/fpl-gameweek-16-recap-and-selections-for-the-midweek-fixtures) and he scored two off the bench as Man Utd came back from 2-0 down against Burnley. The midfielder has gone up £0.3m since then, but at £6.1m, still represents value for money. He comes in at number 2 in our FAV rankings.
Topping our list though is Brighton goalkeeper Matthew Ryan. After a Premier League start that wasn’t overly convincing, the Australian has looked a lot more solid recently, keeping two clean sheets in his last three games. The player costs £4.5m is only selected by 1.4% of players, and has a kind run of fixtures, with the next three games coming against Newcastle, Bournemouth and West Brom. With a FAV of 2.5, he tops our rankings and could be a cheap solution if you want to go big elsewhere in your team.
Ryan’s teammate Lewis Dunk comes in at fourth on our list and is also available for just £4.5m. We’ve already highlighted the favourable run of fixtures Brighton have, and for the price, Dunk should be a serious consideration for your FPL team.
Despite not enjoying the greatest run of form, Two Newcastle players feature highly in our latest rankings. Rob Elliot has reclaimed the number one jersey following a brief spell out and has been in very impressive form. Newcastle have been on the receiving end of a few close 1-0 defeats in the last four games, and Elliot also saved a penalty in the win against West Ham. Newcastle’s next three games are against Brighton, Stoke and Swansea. At only £4.1m, the outlay justifies any occasional big defeats the magpies may suffer.
Christian Atsu is another fifth on our list, despite inconsistencies with the minutes he plays. The midfielder is valued at £4.8m, and selected by just 1.4% of users. With Newcastle in desperate need of a spark, Atsu could be the man to step up.
We hope this helps you out, and remember that the Gameweek 21 deadline is Saturday, 2.00pm & no game for Spurs or West Ham!!!