Somehow, we’ve gotten through another week in the Premier League without a manager being sacked which puts a damper on the value of Everton, Arsenal and West Ham assets. Manchester United, I think still has a chance because the team (or at least the youth plus Fred) seem to still be playing for Ole Gunnar Solskjær which gives him a little longer. More on that later.
Defensive José Mourinho has now scored seven goals while allowing four in two games in control of Spurs. While the games were against West Ham United and Olympiacos, maybe we were too low on the attack and too high on the defense? Bournemouth should answer some questions but this is another game where Spurs should hang a crooked number on a team.
Special shout to the promoted teams for going undefeated this past weekend. This is the second time this season that this has happened and it also gives me a chance to give thanks to Lord Lundstram, Prince Pukki, and Caesar Cantwell among others. Budget options galore have been provided by Aston Villa, Sheffield United and Norwich City. Long may they last.
Top Transfer Targets will take a look at the ownership tiers in FPL breaking down the best options in each. The tiers will be broken down as 25-40 percent owned, 15-24 percent, 10-15 percent, under 10 percent and Punty McPunterson, a player under five percent owned who I’m backing for success each week. This article will also include players to offload, some due to injury or being dropped by their teams, and others due to performance.
Let’s look at this week's fixtures:
Saturday 30 November
Newcastle v Manchester City
Liverpool v Brighton
Burnley v Crystal Palace
Chelsea v West Ham
Tottenham v Bournemouth
Southampton v Watford
Sunday 1 December
Norwich City v Arsenal
Wolverhampton v Sheffield United
Leicester City v Everton
Manchester United v Aston Villa
Players to offload
Sergio Agüero (FWD Manchester City 11.9m, 16.5%): I’d like to begin by stating that if Sergio Agüero is still in your FPL side at the time of writing, then you may have larger problems with your team considering that he had one return in the last seven game weeks. But if you still have him for some reason or another, it’s time to move on thanks to his injury. While it may only be for two to three weeks, that will also encompass 3-4 games. My top replacement is Jamie Vardy who I’m looking to get into my own team but other viable replacements are Marcus Rashford, Raul Jiminez and if you want to go the cheap route, Danny Ings.
Mason Mount (MID Chelsea 6.7m 30.9%): I don’t know what to do with Chelsea forwards as we head into the festive period but I do believe that they will all be rotated in some sense. This is why I’m recommending binning Mason Mount in favor of WilFred Zaha. This is the time to get nailed on players with good fixtures and Zaha checks boxes on both marks. Looking forward, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him go on a tear. Other viable options are Todd Cantwell and Jack Grealish.
Don’t get caught out in the crowd (25-40 percent owned at the time of writing):
Trent Alexander-Arnold (DEF Liverpool 7.2m, 29.8%): While yes Liverpool have struggled to keep clean sheets at the rates of last season, you don’t buy a Liverpool outside back for a clean sheet, they are just an added bonus. I don’t like expected numbers but Alexander-Arnold is averaging 1.27 expected assists per game. You don’t need to watch the games to see that he has been consistently dangerous but it has been down to under performances from guys like Roberto Firmino that have led to Alexander-Arnold not getting returns. With this not being Chris Houghton’s Brighton side anymore, bunkering is a thing of the past so Alexander-Arnold will have space to operate.
Worth your consideration (15 - 24 percent owned):
Andrew Robertson (DEF Liverpool 7.0m, 22.1%): How can I mention one Liverpool fullback without mentioning the one who has a goal and two assists in his last three games. Oh and Roberton is also a little cheaper. If I had to pick only one, it would be Robertson but if you can line up the finances, it’s also worthwhile to nab both. Robertson has benefited from the scintillating form of Sadio Mané recently but things will even out for the Reds.
Harry Kane (FWD Tottenham 10.8m, 17.2%): I don’t like to pick the same players from week to week but 10.8 priced Harry Kane has scored three goals in his past two games. With Bournemouth also facing an injury crisis I’m giving my armband to Kane. He may not be as mobile in attack under José Mourinho but considering his ankles, you don’t really want Kane to be moving much. Heung-Min Son has been the guy getting the transfer love and for good reason but don’t forget about Harry Kane.
Solid if not stellar (10-15 percent):
Daniel James (MID Manchester United 6.2m, 12.5%): This week on the Manchester United grandstand is the main beneficiary of Brandon Williams’ inclusion in the lineup. With all the switches that take place in the final third for the Red Devils, Williams has given James space to use his speed as teams have to cover him as well. Aston Villa will give James ample room to operate while the form of Marcus Rashford gives him someone to assist.
Bernardo Silva (MID Manchester City 7.9m, 10.6%): Back from his one-game suspension/ game he would have rotated any way. Facing Newcastle, start your Manchester City assets and I see Benardo working his way back to being a consistent starter with four starts prior to the suspension.
Rolling the dice (under 10 percent):
Jordan Ayew (FWD Crystal Palace 5.1m, 8.1%): Hello darkness my old friend. I’m back with a Crystal Palace forward to fill the budget third forward role. Of the same ilk of WilFred Zaha, Ayew has been quietly productive this season and has a wonderful run of fixtures coming up. Ayew and Lys Mousset are my favorite budget forwards but I like Ayew's short term fixtures a little more.
Lucas Moura (MID Tottenham 7.0m, 4.0%): Quickly becoming a favorite under José Mourinho, allow me to reintroduce you to Lucas Moura. Unable to play in the same lineup as Heung-Min Son under Mauricio Pochetinno, things are a-changing under José Mourinho. Moura’s work-rate makes him a perfect José Mourinho player while Moura being 7.0m makes him a perfect price to fit into your FPL side.
Punty McPunterson: Troy Deeney (FWD Watford 6.2m, 0.5%): This *should* be the week that Deeney is back in the starting lineup and what better time than versus Southampton without their attacking players. Watford are creating chances with the best teams in the league but with Gerard Deulofeu as the most dangerous attacking player, there’s no one to put the ball into the back of the net. Deeney returning to bully defenses is only a good thing. Don’t be mugged off, back Troy Deeny.