The January transfer window has opened… and the most fantasy-relevant signing so far has been Darren Randolph moving to West Ham United. While Tottenham has picked up the flashiest name in Gedson Fernandes, no one screams to be added to your FPL side. Considering that January transfers have are largely disappointing for the most part and I’m sure FPL managers would rather not have another Gonzolo Higuain situation, this is only a good thing.
Keep teams settled, maybe get West Ham a midfielder and let’s roll with the same pool of players so far.
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. 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 18 January
Watford v Leicester
Arsenal v Sheffield United
Brighton v Aston Villa
Manchester City v Crystal Palace
Norwich v Bournemouth
Southampton v Wolverhampton
West Ham v Everton
Newcastle v Chelsea
Sunday 19th January
Burnley v Leicester
Liverpool v Manchester United
Players to drop
Leicester Defenders: Leicester City has had one of the best defenses in the league this season leading to major ownership rises for Ricardo Periera and Caglar Soyunchu but it’s time to move them on. The linchpin for the defensive success has been Wilfred Ndidi who will be out for at least the next two weeks but will possibly be out for longer. With Ndidi in the lineup playing more than 60 minutes, Leicester City averages .93 goals allowed per game. Without him, they haven’t kept a clean sheet allowing 1.3 goals per game. Any time without him is a scare and considering you can downgrade to serviceable names like Craig Cathcart and Djibril SidIbe, that’s just what I would recommend doing if you own a Leicester defender in FPL.
Dele Alli: Hopefully you’ve already moved him out but until Spurs sign a striker, Dele is almost useless in FPL. While he can score goals in his own right, Dele is tasked with doing far too much without Harry Kane limiting his chances to get on the scoresheet. The best move at the moment is likely Riyad Maharez.
Don’t get caught out in the crowd (25-40 percent owned at the time of writing):
Trent Alexander-Arnold (DEF Liverpool 7.5m, 39.1%): Facing a Manchester United side with an injured Marcus Rashford and a still suspect defense, this is another good chance for a clean sheet and an attacking return for him. Worst case scenario, you add Alexander-Arnold to prepare for the upcoming double gameweek.
Danny Ings (FWD Southampton 6.8m, 26.8%): Just keep scoring, just keep scoring. That’s what Ings is doing and while a match versus Wolves should be a tough one for Southampton but not for the attack as Wolves haven’t kept a clean sheet since December 4th versus West Ham. With Willy Boly still out, this fixture is one of the “start your attackers” fixtures of the weekend.
Worth your consideration (15 - 24 percent owned):
Sergio Agüero (FWD Manchester City 12.0m, 15.0%): A habit that you just can’t break, Sergio Agüero is back and showing us how explosive he can be. Coming off of a 20 point FPL day and facing an ailing Crystal Palace side this weekend, things could get ugly. But, he also could be benched for midweek. Pick your poison with Pep-roulette
Solid if not stellar (10-15 percent):
Lucas Digne (DEF Everton 5.7m 12.5%): The Lucas Digne memorial rank may be dead but that doesn’t mean that the defender isn’t pushing his way back up the charts under new management. While Everton will struggle without Richarlison, West Ham come into this one with their own injury issues and Digne doesn’t need clean sheets to produce. I’d love to find a way to include Digne and SidIbe into my side.
Rolling the dice (under 10 percent):
Riyad Mahrez (MID Manchester City 8.5m, 8.5): See Aguero, Sergio. But I can’t see how Mahrez can be rested considering his form. Start him with confidence and bask in the points.
Punty McPunterson: Abdoulaye Doucouré (MID Watford 5.6m, 1.8%): Watford’s resurgence has been linked around a few things, Nigel Pearson coming in, Troy Deeney returning from injury but Doucoure as a destroying 10 has made the biggest difference. Facing a Tottenham side who can be wasteful with the ball, expect Doucoure to be on red alert to start breaks for Watford.