This article will try to pick a few players who can help you catch up or kick on in your FPL mini-leagues. Below are @FPLFanatix‘s featured picks ahead of GW30 and beyond. With the blank GW31 just a week away, most of my picks for the next two weeks will be focused on teams playing in GW31 with some picks maybe thrown in ignoring BGW31 for those who are planning to use their free hit chip.
Do you have the “cojones” to get in the Hornets’ skipper?
First up is the Watford captain, big Troy Deeney. Deeney has had an extremely below par season and has been in and out of the team due to bad form and suspensions. However, his current form is getting hard to ignore. With 3 goals in his last 4 PL games, Deeney has a terrific form in FPL currently at 6.7 points per game. Deeney faces Arsenal this week but that shouldn’t put you off at all. Arsenal last kept a PL clean sheet vs Newcastle all the way back on 16th December last year (GW18).
Deeney also has a game in BGW31, although vs Liverpool who again are not one of the strongest defences in the league. Big Troy is also on penalties and his underlying stats (source: www.fantasyfootballfix.com) are much superior compared to similarly priced strikers. Add to this, Deeney’s current form, and the fact that Watford face BOU (H), BUR (H), HUD (A), CRY (H) from GW32 onwards makes him a terrific option. At 6.3m, he is decently priced and boasts an extremely low ownership of 0.9% making him an uber differential. Will you consider the Hornets’ man for your teams?
Super Jack is back?
Next up is Stoke City’s no. 1, Jack Butland. The Stoke City shot-stopper has made the most saves this season (103 saves), which is one more than Swansea’s Fabianski in spite of playing 3 games less than his Polish counterpart. This has to do with mostly how bad Stoke have been at the back, but they have shored up defensively after Lambert coming in. After keeping just 2 clean sheets in the first 23 games of the season, Stoke have managed to keep 3 clean sheets in their last 6 games. In this period, Butland made 30 saves, and racked up an astonishingly high 9 bonus points with maximum bps coming in each of his last 2 games.
In terms of his FPL form, Butland is similar to Deeney with 6.7 points per game and has a game in BGW31 against an Everton side that are absolutely toothless in attack when on their travels. Everton have scored 3 goals in their last 6 away matches and have never scored more than a goal in any of their away games since Big Sam has come in. Butland has Manchester City, Arsenal and Spurs on either side of BGW31 but these are games where he will rack up a lot of saves and has the ability to get bps without getting a clean sheet (as evidenced by the Leicester game). At 5.0m he offers you a decent route to get one of the BGW31 players and his slender TSB (2.3%) making him a good differential in the process. Jack “bonus points” Butland in goal for your teams?
High flying Citizen (the other Silva)?
Next is, another one of Manchester City’s star midfielders, Bernardo Silva (Bilva). The Portuguese winger signed for a massive £43m with City after an impressive last season at Monaco. However, chances and game time for Bernardo has been quite limited with the plethora of midfield options at Pep’s disposal. With City’s comfortable 16 points lead at the PL summit, we have seen Bilva get more game time recently. He has played the full 90 minutes in the last 5 consecutive PL games as well as both the legs of the UCL round of 16 tie with Basel. This shows that he is being entrusted with increased game time and he has been making the most of the opportunities. Bernardo has scored in his last 2 PL games and his last 3 goals in the PL have been against Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool (all top sides). He also has an assist in addition to the 2 goals in the last 5 games and got an assist last night vs Basel as well.
Terrific FPL form of 7 points per game, Bernardo offers you the cheapest attacking midfield option from City (£7.4m) and will see more game time in the PL with the title all but wrapped up and City’s priority shifting to the UCL. The fixtures are not easy, but as mentioned earlier, Bilva has scored against top sides and at a super low TSB of 1.5%, he offers a terrific (and cheaper) option into one of the best attacking sides in Europe currently. Does he spark interest for freshening up your FPL midfield?
That’s it from me this week. I’ll be back for GW31 with some more differentials and punts that might help you. Please share this if you like the article and follow me on Twitter over at @FPLFanatix if you like what I write.
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