The Watchlist provided more points over the last two gameweeks with Kolasinac, Duffy, Townsend, Jota, Armstrong, Jonny and Bamba all returning. We have a bit of a refresh this week with new signings and old heroes added with all very low ownership so a good chance to get ahead of the curve as we head into the blanks and double gameweeks.

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

Keane – 4.9m (Everton) – 4.7% owned

Everton have been dreadful recently and blank in GW27

Kolasinac – 4.9m (Arsenal) – 5.5% owned

Exceeded the <5% threshold. Still a good pick going forward

Mee – 4.6m (Burnley) – 1.7% owned

Not performing although Burnley have improved at the back

Duffy – 4.6m (Brighton) – 5.0% owned

Exceeded the <5% threshold. Still a good pick going forward

 

Keeping

Townsend – 5.9m (Crystal Palace) – 4.2% owned

Some good returns and a big threat. Four good fixtures in the next five

Jota – 6.0m (Wolves) – 3.5% owned

A very exciting player with great acceleration and a good finisher. Four good fixtures on the bounce

Armstrong – 5.1m (Southampton) – 0.3% owned

Finally a return, hanging on by the skin of his teeth with two great home fixtures in the next three

Jonny – 4.3m (Wolves) – 2.7% owned

Very attacking wing back at a good price with four good fixtures on the bounce

Bamba – 4.6m (Cardiff) – 2.8% owned

Six good games on the bounce, decent threat and a return last weekend

 

Added

Almiron – 6.0m (Newcastle) – 0.1% owned

Looks to be a great attacking signing and joining at a good time with only one difficult fixture in the next ten

Batshuayi – 6.5m (Crystal Palace) – 0.7% owned

Started well and has four good fixtures in the next five to really get going

Maddison – 6.6m (Leicester) – 3.7% owned

Leicester’s fixtures turn next weekend and Maddison looks a great pick for the foreseeable with a long stretch of good games

Gross – 6.7m (Brighton) – 1.7% owned

Looks back to his creative self and a great run of fixtures bar the blank next weekend