A great week for the ultimate differentials with Schindler (11 points) and Perez (8 points) returning and bagging BPS points. Billing and Camarasa aside, every player rose in ownership from last week and Success also rose in value.
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.
Billing – 4.5m (Huddersfield) – 2.2% owned
His time to shine at home Fulham has passed and he is beginning to look a stale pick. Hit the bar but not enough generally to warrant a bench place with the other more creative options around.
Luiz – 5.5m (Chelsea) – 5.2% owned
Exceeded<5% ownership criteria
Zabaleta – 4.3m (West Ham) – 2.6% 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.
Schindler – 4.3m (Huddersfield) – 1.9% owned
A cheap playing 5th defender who offers good BPS potential when keeping a clean sheet and has attacking threat. Eight good fixtures in the next ten and a double return last weekend.
Digne – 4.8m (Everton) – 1.7% owned
Looks very attacking, on some set pieces and Everton have some good home fixtures coming up with three in the next five. Good rotation option.
Kenedy – 4.9m (Newcastle) – 1.3% 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 seven good fixtures on the bounce.
Camarasa – 4.5m (Cardiff) – 1.2% owned
Looks a top player, on set pieces and very advanced. Only one difficult fixture in the next eight so could bring some points off your bench.
Balbuena – 4.4m (West Ham) – 0.8% owned
Great fixtures as per Zabaleta and some attacking threat, currently in my team.
Success – 4.6m (Watford) – 3.4% 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. He has been in my team since my wildcard.
Perez – 6.1m (Newcastle) – 1.2% 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 seven good fixtures on the bounce and a goal and max BPS on the weekend.
Diangana – 4.5m (West Ham) – 0.1% owned
A great attacking performance against Burnley and great fixtures coming up for the foreseeable. Could be a slight rotation risk but worth a place on our benches and maybe even some starts.
Felipe Anderson – 6.8m (West Ham) – 3.0% owned
Similar to Diangana in terms of display and fixtures but is nailed on. The only issue is the price which is probably too high but he has the potential to be very explosive and a great differential.
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Good luck everyone for GW12!
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