A shiftaround in the Watchlist this week as the blanks begin to take hold and the end of the season comes into view. There are a few key teams we focus on that have good run ins and can bring us those precious unexpected points…

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

Brooks – 5.1m (Bournemouth) – 5.1% owned

Exceeded <5% ownership criteria

Bamba – 4.6m (Cardiff) – 2.8% owned

Sadly out for the season

 

Keeping

Townsend – 5.9m (Crystal Palace) – 3.7% owned

Some good returns and a big threat. Good fixtures after the blank this weekend and double gameweek coming up to boot

Almiron – 6.0m (Newcastle) – 1.2% owned

Looks very promising, no blanks and good fixtures until the end of the season

Batshuayi – 6.5m (Crystal Palace) – 1.5% owned

On form and only two difficult fixtures until the end of the season after the blank this weekend

Gross – 6.7m (Brighton) – 1.5% owned

Great double gameweek option during GW32 and GW35 and looked back to his old self before an injury. Should be back from injury next gameweek

Schar – 4.8m (Newcastle) – 2.3% owned

Banned now for two games but has been superb and after his ban has good fixtures until the end of the season with no blanks

Ryan – 4.4m (Brighton) – 3.0% owned

Brighton have four good fixtures in the next six and will likely have two double gameweeks

Chilwell – 5.0m (Leicester) – 2.9% owned

Very attacking and the fixtures over the next five gameweeks to thrive with no blanks

Heaton – 4.8m (Burnley) – 0.7% owned

Burnley have tightened up and have four good fixtures on the bounce with no blanks

 

Added

Valery – 4.0m (Southampton) – 1.1% owned

A bit of a punt but looks very attacking and with good fixtures coming up after the blank he could be a great cheap option

Ward-Prowse – 5.1m (Southampton) – 2.3% owned

A bit late to the party but a consistent returner and really improving. After the weekend blank Southampton have good fixtures for the rest of the season

Perez – 6.1m (Newcastle) – 1.4% owned

A top player who is thriving in Newcastle’s current form. Seven good fixtures in the final nine of the season

Tielemans – 6.0m (Leicester) – 0.9% owned

Some good returns recently, attacking, classy and five good games on the spin now

 

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