The first double gameweek of the season is here and it’s a weird one. Liverpool will travel to face Wolverhampton and West Ham while the Hammers will go to Leicester and host Liverpool. What’s interesting about this double gameweek is that the games are separated by an entire seven days due to FA Cup games also happening. So that means that most of the article this week will be about which double gameweekers to target along with other fillers for your squad this week. But before we get to that, let’s chat about Eddie Howe.
Steve Cook made the best save of the weekend on new signing Ondrej Duda’s shot and not only did he get himself a straight red card, but he may also have cost Howe his job in a 1-0 loss to Norwich City. The Cherries are going nowhere fast and Howe can’t do much to save them. It may be time to part ways and see if Javi Gracia or a similar defensive-minded manager can come in to right the ship. Bournemouth is getting a little healthier with Nathan Ake back in the squad and Joshua King won’t be too far off either. What is known is that a change is needed on the South Coast because this isn’t working.
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:
Tuesday 21 January
Bournemouth v Brighton
Aston Villa v Watford
Crystal Palace v Southampton
Everton v Newcastle
Sheffield United v Manchester City
Chelsea v Arsenal
Wednesday 22 January
Leicester v West Ham
Spurs v Norwich
Manchester United v Burnley
Thursday 23 January
Wolverhampton v Liverpool
Wednesday 29 January
West Ham v Liverpool
Players to drop:
Tammy Abraham/ Marcus Rashford: Chelsea’s loss to Newcastle was inexcusable and that’s to put it lightly. They dominated possession, took 19 shots and only put four on target for a loss. This is the cherry on top for a Chelsea side that hasn’t been performing well for about a month now but not a good sign as they’re also about to hit a gauntlet in their league schedule. Next up for the Blues is Arsenal, Leicester, Manchester United and Tottenham before returning to Champions League play. Not favorable at all for a striker who has had extended cold streaks during the season. When looking at replacements, if you can afford to bench them this week, Raúl Jiménez is your guy. Otherwise, Neal Maupay is a good option for freeing space for double gameweekers.
Rashford’s back injury is unfortunate but with it looking like he’ll be out for at least two months, it’s time to find other options for your side.
Don’t get caught out in the crowd (25-40 percent owned at the time of writing):
Mo Salah (MID Liverpool 12.4m, 28.7%): The hype is still all around Sadio Mané but that shouldn't make Salah chopped liver. Goals like his nail in the coffin versus Manchester United are things that can make Salah the perfect triple captaincy candidate He was held in check for 85 minutes but Manchester United falling asleep at the wheel led to an Allison assist on a Salah goal. That also leads to another plus in Salah's favor and that is that even when Roberto Firmino is on the pitch, Salah leads the line at times. I like triple captaining the most dangerous player on the pitch and right now, that's Salah.
Worth your consideration (15 - 24 percent owned):
Jack Grealish (MID Aston Villa 6.6m, 22.3%): The one-man wrecking crew was at it again salvaging a draw with Brighton. And with Watford, Bournemouth, Tottenham, Southampton and Sheffield United on the horizon, we can expect the good times to keep rolling again. I don’t know how Grealish keeps it up with no help at Villa but the signing of Mbwana Samatta even half works out, watch out.
Solid if not stellar (10-15 percent):
Mason Greenwood (FWD Manchester United 4.4m, 12.9%): The ultimate cost-saving forward. Mason Greenwood has to be a shoo-in for starts in a favorable run for Manchester United. And even if Greenwood doesn't start, moving to him can help you prepare for the double gameweek especially if you're looking to move in double Liverpool attackers.
Rolling the dice (under 10 percent):
Heung Min-Son (MID Tottenham 9.9m, 7.5%): Tottenham have been a disappointing team lately. But facing Norwich, finishing numbers go out the window. The Canaries got a massive win over Bournemouth over the weekend but Spurs are a different class of team who are capable of exploiting their defensive frailties. IF you’re for some reason not giving to
Brandon Williams (DEF Manchester United 4.1m 4.3%): Trying to move Martin Kelly to someone useful? Williams has likely locked down the starting left back spot for Manchester United and can be had for a budget price. You also don’t have to rely on clean sheets as he’ll continuously be involved in the attack.
Craig Cathcart (DEF Watford 4.3m, 2.7%): Watford is cleaning up now on a six-match unbeaten streak. The Hornets are banging in goals and have been strong at the back. A mainstay of that line has been Cathcart who’s raking in the clean sheet points. With Nigel Pearson battening down the hatches, I’d look to get a Watford defender in and Cathcart has the most nailed on place.
PuntyMcPunterson: Robert Snodgrass (MID West Ham United 5.2m, 1.0%): I don't trust a single West Ham asset so it came down to Snodgrass or Mark Noble. Both are aging players. Both likely won’t play 180 minutes across both games. Both have been involved in two goals in their last four games. But what it comes down to is Noble being on penalties versus Snodgrass being a creator from open play and taking charge of set plays while on the pitch. While West Ham will be lucky to get a penalty over the next two games, you can expect at least five chances for Snodgrass not counting his six key passes in the last four matches. When it comes to gambling on a differential, my money is on Snodgrass.