This week is a special version of Top Transfer Targets. After three straight weeks of red arrows, I have decided that I need to switch things up and my wildcard has been activated! Because of that, I'll be running through my reasoning behind my team.
To begin, running through value, my team will still be without Leicester City players for now but that will be changing in my future plans. I just didn't want to drop Yarmo yet and if Aubameyang doesn't pan out, he can very quickly become Jamie Vardy. It's a risk but FPL is all about hedging your bets.
Now let's get to the team:
Dean Henderson (Sheffield United 4.6m, 5.3%): Henderson has been hot with Sheffield United keeping three clean sheets in their past five gameweeks in their run to being the joint best defense in the Premier League. While Ryan is in a tough run, Henderson will have pretty good fixtures outside of Tottenham away and home versus Manchester United. Henderson is part one of a bold Sheffield United defensive triple up for my squad.
Matt Ryan (Brighton 4.7m, 15.6%): The number one keeper on bonus points added with eight, Ryan is a great rotational keeper as save points will usually boost his numbers for Brighton. Only keeping three clean sheets on the season but getting four points in two other games will boost Ryan’s numbers as he will rarely get you a return of two or below while in net. Looking at fixtures, Brighton has a few tough ones coming with United away, home versus Leicester and away to Liverpool and Arsenal but that’s why I have two playing keepers on the roster (which is also better for a potential bench boost).
Matthew Lowton (Burnley 4.5m, 1.1%): Sean Dyche has Burnley back to being a force in the Premier League which makes Lowton an asset for FPL teams. Looking at my likely 3-5-2 formation, Lowton can rotate in and out in favorable fixtures. With one assist and three clean sheets on the season, Lowton has been getting returns but its a bit of a surprise that he doesn’t have more assists on the season. One fun fact is that with one more clean sheet, Lowton will math his number from last season of four.
Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool 7.2m, 28.9%): Upgrading Virgil van Djik to TAA was one of the priorities of my wildcard. While he’s quite expensive, investing in a Liverpool fullback essentially equals investing in a Liverpool attacker and considering set pieces and the fact that almost the entire Reds attack comes through TAA and Andrew Robertson, he's worth the investment.
Jack O’Connell (Sheffield United 4.5m, 1.3%): Part two of the Sheffield United triple up, O'Connell has been in my squad since day one and unless I can free up funds for Edna Stevens, he is going nowhere. In the last two Sheffield United clean sheets, O’Connell’ has earned bonus points and last week he finally got an assist to show for all of his work in the box. If you didn’t start the season with Lundstram, O’Connell is the Blade to own.
John Lundstram (Sheffield United 4.7m, 35.5%): To be quite honest, if I didn’t start the season with Lundstram in my team, this space would belong to Rico. But considering that he’s listed as a defender on a great defense and does get forward, there’s really no reason to get Lunstram out of your team because there’s no situation where you’re saving money on him.
Jetro Willems (Newcastle United 4.5m, 0.9%): Time for a shot in the dark. Newcastle is a bad team. Bad teams can also have good FPL assets. Willems gets forward as much as any defender and he has a good run coming up. Worst case scenario, he’s benched every week. Best case I grab a few points then kick him to the curb.
Mohamed Salah (Liverpool 12.4m, 29.1%): This was a tough one as it came down to Salah, Sadio Mané, and Raheem Sterling for the spot but Salah’s fixtures won. Between he and Mane, it came down to Salah is king and is on penalties. With a .6 difference in price between them, that’s enough for me.
Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City 10.2m, 39.5%): In my team since the beginning of the season, KDB is the only player who I would consider essential to an FPL side. It doesn’t look like he’ll drop in price anytime soon so get him in while you still can.
Anthony Martial (Manchester United 7.6m, 4.9%): Manchester United are beginning to right the ship and a large part of that is the return of Martial. Fresh off of a start and a goal versus Norwich City, Martial has wonderful value playing in the front three while being listed as a midfielder. That distinction is what edges him over David Silva for me.
Andriy Yarmolenko (West Ham United 6.0m, 5.9%): Keeping a seat warm for Harvey Barnes, I love Yarmolenko’s upcoming fixtures versus Newcastle and Burnley. It also helps that whenever Yarmolenko gets a return, he also shows up with bonus points. But in two weeks or so, I will be welcoming Harvey Barnes to my team.
Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang (Arsenal 11.1m, 27.5%): Possibly the biggest risk in my wildcard is bringing in Auba. He has blanked in the past three weeks versus teams that Arsenal should have handily beaten but in my downgrade from Sergio Agüero, it’s fine for me to downgrade here because if he doesn’t perform in the next few weeks, I can easily get anyone else and upgrade the midfield.
Marcus Rashford (Manchester United 8.4m, 12.0%): See Martial, Anthony. The return of Martial has helped Rashford go back to his form to begin the season which means that two United attackers are 100% a viable option moving forward.