The Watchlist provided the performance of the weekend last weekend in hattrick hero Diogo Jota. When fit he has been threatening to score well and early investors (of which there aren’t many) were massively rewarded, well done if you jumped on early. Townsend, Kolasinac and Mee also returned again so another good week for the Watchlist.

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.

Removed

Bednarek – 3.9m (Southampton) – 5.6% owned

Exceeded the <5% ownership criteria

Guaita – 4.2m (Crystal Palace) – 1.3% owned

A real shame he has picked up a calf injury, was looking real value

Cedric – 4.2m (Southampton) – 3.9% owned

Seems to have lost his place and could be moving on in the transfer window

 

Keeping

Keane – 4.9m (Everton) – 3.3% owned

Holding for the next few fixtures though Everton’s defence are so inconsistent. Four of the next five are still very strong

Townsend – 5.8m (Crystal Palace) – 2.9% owned

Some good returns and a big threat. Four good fixtures on the bounce

Kolasinac – 4.9m (Arsenal) – 4.0% owned

Returned again and showed his usual attacking threat. Only one bad fixture in the next five

Jota – 5.9m (Wolves) – 1.6% owned

A very exciting player with great acceleration and a good finisher. Six good fixtures after his hattrick on the weekend

Armstrong – 5.1m (Southampton) – 0.4% owned

The early promise has disappointed but will leave him in due to four good fixtures in the next five.

Mee – 4.7m (Burnley) – 1.7% owned

Continues to provide good value and has four good fixtures in his next six

Jonny – 4.3m (Wolves) – 2.4% owned

Very attacking wing back at a good price following his injury with six good fixtures on the bounce

Added

Duffy – 4.6m (Brighton) – 4.6% owned

Brighton’s fixtures improve from now with only one difficult fixture in the next eight. Duffy has great attacking threat and is good on BPS to boot.

Bamba – 4.6m (Cardiff) – 2.8% owned

After Arsenal next Cardiff have seven good fixtures on the bounce. Again, has good attacking threat.