The Best Newcastle FPL players aren’t normally the most popular picks for Fantasy Premier League managers, but their affordable price-tags could make them interesting differential picks for the 2021/22 season.

Here we examine three Newcastle FPL players who could prove tempting if they can build on last season’s 12th place finish.

 

The Best Newcastle FPL Players 2021/22 | Newcastle in Brief

Since their promotion to the Premier League in the 17/18 season, Newcastle United have always scored either 44 or 45 points.

Their current stint in the top-flight has been one of survival, spearheaded by manager Steve Bruce. Now Newcastle fans are desperate to see their club aim for more than just durability.

The Tyneside outfit have the infrastructure, heritage and following of one of the Premier League’s biggest clubs. In recent seasons, however, their FPL assets have been unpopular amongst FPL managers.

This is reflected in their FPL ownership percentages. Their most-owned player is Javier Manquillo (£4.0m – 10% owned), the budget FPL defender who offers affordability over genuine threat. Their most-owned midfielder, Miguel Almiron (£5.5m) is just 0.6% owned.

But with a kind set of opening fixtures, which include Watford, Leeds, Southampton, West Ham and Aston Villa in their first six matches, Newcastle’s best FPL players deserve serious contemplation. Let’s see what they have to offer.

 

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The Best Newcastle FPL Players | Callum Wilson (FOR – £7.5m)

On a surface level, Callum Wilson looks a little over-priced. A £7.5m forward playing for a scrappy team that aren’t exactly known for scoring goals.

As far as mid-priced FPL forwards go, though, Callum Wilson is a deceptively strong FPL pick. Allow me to explain.

Scoring 134 points in 2,081 minutes last season, Wilson used his injury-stricken minutes productively. Very productively.

In fact, according to our FPL player comparison tool, Wilson scored 5.78 points per 90 minutes. That’s better than Patrick Bamford (£8.0m), Ollie Watkins (£7.5m) and Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£8.0m).

Only Harry Kane (£12.5m) and Jamie Vardy (£10.5m) have a better points per 90 than Callum Wilson.

Wilson’s 2020/21 season was plagued with injury, but if he’s able to find consistent fitness, he might be one of the best value FPL players in the game. He gets a worthy mention in our best mid-priced FPL forwards article.

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The Best Newcastle FPL Players | Martin Dubravka (GK – £4.5m)

Though he shared minutes with Matt Darlow (£4.5m) last season, Dubravka regained his starting berth and played 13 games for Newcastle to see out the 20/21 campaign.

In those 1,170 minutes, Darlow scored 48 FPL points. That’s 3.69 points per 90 minutes according to our FPL player comparison tool: better than any other budget FPL goalkeeper in his price bracket.

Actually, it’s better than the likes of Kasper Schmeichel (£5.0m) and Rui Patricio (£5.0m) too.

Whilst Newcastle’s defensive underlying stats aren’t the worst in the league, they’re certainly far from the best. With that said, there’s a window of opportunity that I think is getting overlooked here.

FPL managers who continue to focus on more popular budget goalkeepers like Robert Sanchez (£4.5m) could be missing out on a guaranteed starter who, in the 19/20 season, scored 143 points.

Don’t forget, he’s got decent opening fixtures too.

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The Best Newcastle FPL Players | Miguel Almiron (MID – £5.5m)

In a team in which no FPL asset played more than 2,700 minutes last season, Almiron is arguably one of the most nailed outfield players in the Newcastle side.

With 2,426 20/21 minutes under his belt, only Jonjo Shelvey (£5.5m) had more game time.

Nonetheless, Almiron scored 23 points more than the Englishman, scoring four goals and assisting twice.

With Joseph Willock’s (£6.0m) future still in doubt, Newcastle may need to lean more heavily on Almiron’s creative output.

The Paraguayan will need to step up to the plate too. His prolific exploits in the MLS have not travelled well, and whether he’s able to realise the potential that so many saw in him remains to be seen.

As an attacking midfielder with assured minutes, goal involvement is an ever-present possibility. Only four £5.5m midfielders out-scored him last season.

Do you Agree?

What are your thoughts? Comment on this article and let me know whether I’ve missed anyone. I’d love to hear who else from Newcastle deserves to be on this list!

 

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