After a great start to the season in terms of differential picks with Doherty, Fraser, Jiminez, Maddison, Pereyra and Mitrovic who were picked up before big hauls and consistent high scoring performances, I have now refreshed the watchlist and capped the criteria to under 5% ownership to really home in on those up-coming bargains and enablers.
One of the top pieces of FPL advice I follow is to always look ahead to a minimum of three weeks in advance when making transfers and try to focus on fixing the weakest link. This helps build and maintain a well-rounded team with good depth and good point-scoring potential all over the pitch rather than relying on just a few key players each week. In my opinion, far too much thinking is spent on who to captain each week, rather than how to maximise your budget across your squad, spending money in the right places, maintaining structural flexibility and ensuring a continual influx of points from across your team. Successful FPL managers have well-balanced teams with a focus on value all over the pitch; the boring moves are the winning moves and the difference between finishing in the top 200k and the top 20k.
The Watchlist is focussed on lesser obvious picks with potential good value that can keep our scores ticking along whether the big boys’ fire or not. They are not sexy nor exciting and I’m not saying to bring them in right away, but they are players that I feel can offer great value to a squad over the medium term and give those extra few points in the background that we all crave each week. Some of them will also be ideal bench players to that when needed will come in and hopefully bring some points with them.
Luiz – 5.5m (Chelsea) – 4.6% owned
Great value at 5.5m for a Chelsea defender and their fixtures are pretty good long term with only two difficult fixtures in the next ten. Has recently been showing a lot of attacking threat to boot
Duffy – 4.5m (Brighton) – 4.4% owned
Very dangerous at set pieces and with a good run of fixtures for the next eight Gameweeks. Good on BPS when keeping a clean sheet
Zabaleta – 4.3m (West Ham) – 2.5% owned
A cheap defender with a great long stretch of up-coming fixtures with nine good fixtures in the next ten and has showed attacking potential
Billing – 4.5m (Huddersfield) – 2.4% owned
An ideal 5th midfielder who has scored a couple of times this season and is nailed on to start. Not exciting but a good bench option with eight good fixtures in the next nine
Schindler – 4.3m (Huddersfield) – 1.8% owned
A cheap playing 5th defender who offers good BPS potential when keeping a clean sheet and has attacking threat. Good fixtures as per Billing
Digne – 4.8m (Everton) – 1.6% owned
Looks very attacking, on some set pieces and Everton have some good home fixtures coming up with four in the next seven. Good rotation option
Kenedy – 4.9m (Newcastle) – 1.2% owned
Hasn’t got a great FPL reputation following some disciplinary issues, pen misses etc but his potential is undeniable. Very attacking, good shooting stats and nine good fixtures on the bounce
Camarasa – 4.5m (Cardiff) – 0.6% owned
Looks a top player, on set pieces and very advanced. Only two difficult fixtures in the next ten so could bring some points off your bench. Apparently moved to Cardiff as his partner loves Porthcawl beach!
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Good luck everyone for GW10!