The Watchlist continues to deliver value with Digne, Townsend, Dubravka, Balbuena and Jota returning last week. Most players have risen in ownership and Digne and Kolasinac 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 so that when needed will come in and hopefully bring some points with them.
Balbuena – 4.3m (West Ham) – 0.8% owned
West Ham just can’t keep clean sheets and the fixtures turn soon – he has also been injured for a while
Schindler – 4.4m (Huddersfield) – 2.9% owned
Huddersfield have been horrible. Schindler ran his course but isn’t a good option for me any more
Digne – 5.2m (Everton) – 13% owned
Exceeded the <5% ownership threshold. What a pick he has been and still is for the next few weeks
Lingard – 6.8m (Man Utd) – 6.4% owned
Exceeded the <5% ownership threshold
Keane – 4.9m (Everton) – 3.5% owned
A top defender, good attacking threat and five good fixtures on the bounce. Good on BPS when returning although Everton haven’t kept a clean sheet for a while.
Townsend – 5.8m (Crystal Palace) – 2.7% owned
Some good returns and a big threat. Only one difficult fixture in the next six.
Kolasinac – 4.9m (Arsenal) – 4.2% owned
Was injured but now back and showing his usual attacking threat. Mixed fixtures but basically plays as an advanced winger.
Jota – 5.9m (Wolves) – 0.8% owned
A very exciting player with great acceleration and a good finisher. Has been injured but is back now and has seven good fixtures after City this weekend.
Armstrong – 5.1m (Southampton) – 0.9% owned
Has looked a very exciting player since breaking into the team and can kick on now with the new manager and seven good fixtures in the next nine.
Mee – 4.7m (Burnley) – 1.8% owned
Sporadic clean sheets since Burnley’s turn in form but with four good fixtures in the next five it could be a good time to invest.
Bednarek – 3.9m (Southampton) – 4.6% owned
Looks nailed on now at a great price with five good fixtures in the next seven.
Cedric – 4.2m (Southampton) – 3.5% owned
Good attacking threat, on some set pieces and good fixtures as per Bednarek.
Jonny – 4.3m (Wolves) – 2.2% owned
Very attacking wing back at a good price following his injury with seven good fixtures in the next eight.
Guita – 4.2m (Crystal Palace) – 1.2% owned
Seemingly nailed and at great price for a solid defence. Five good fixtures in the next six.
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