The importance of a playing, value bench came to the fore this weekend and will probably be needed more and more over the coming weeks leading up to the New Year.
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.
Duffy – 4.6m (Brighton) – 5.4% owned
Now exceeds the 5% ownership criteria.
Luiz – 5.5m (Chelsea) – 4.8% 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 nine. Has recently been showing a lot of attacking threat to boot. Another clean sheet on the weekend.
Zabaleta – 4.3m (West Ham) – 2.6% owned
A cheap defender with a great long stretch of up-coming fixtures with eight good fixtures in the next nine and has showed attacking potential.
Billing – 4.5m (Huddersfield) – 2.3% 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 seven good fixtures in the next eight.
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 six. 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 eight good fixtures on the bounce.
Camarasa – 4.5m (Cardiff) – 0.9% owned
Looks a top player, on set pieces and very advanced. Only one difficult fixture in the next nine so could bring some points off your bench.
Balbuena – 4.4m (West Ham) – 0.4% owned
Great fixtures and attacking threat, very probably coming into my team this week or next
Success – 4.5m (Watford) – 2.6% owned
Probably the best third striker option for those playing with a maximum of two up front formation. Can come off the bench with a point or two or even attacking returns as per the weekend. He has been in my team since my wildcard.
Perez – 6.1m (Newcastle) – 1.1% owned
If Newcastle are to turn it around which is a matter of when not if in my opinion, this man will be involved. A top player with eight good fixtures on the bounce
My Twitter handle is @Fergi222, so please give me a follow and feel free to ask for any advice.
Good luck everyone for GW11!
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