Well, that was a bittersweet game week but scoring 83 points in a double game week and ending on a red arrow will do that, unfortunately. But we’ve got another double game week coming up as an appetizer for the big one in week 26. Game week 25 will see Southampton and Leeds United playing twice in the battle of two of the most unpredictable teams in the league. Southamton comes in losers of six straight while hemorrhaging goals during that period while Leeds may be without their most important player, Kalvin Phillips. This makes this such an unpredictable week that I have two options, take a -4 to get to triple Leeds United or end up blowing up my entire team and wildcarding.
The -4 would include Stuart Dallas (mentioned last week) and Raphinha for Tomas Soucek and Vladamir Coufal while my wildcard shortlist includes Lewis Dunk, Andreas Christensen, Mohamed Salah, Danny Ings, and others. Since I won’t have that wildcard confirmed until we get some more fixture news I’ll be writing this article based on the information available right now. Any transfers this week need to be made with game week 26 in mind and if possible game week 29 as well which makes a Leeds triple up so appealing as they’re one of six teams with a confirmed game in 29. Tottenham and Aston Villa could square off as well but that’s still up in the air. For keeping up with these, if you’re not following Ben Crellin, you’re missing out so go ahead and give his timeline a look as well.
Chelsea is one of the tough teams to rate for me, there’s a lot to like about what we’ve seen from Thomas Tuchel currently but their starting defenders are expensive, not defenders, and are now backed by Kepa in net ?!? In the attack, only Mason Mount and Timo Werner seem, “safe” but that’s because Kai Havertz isn’t healthy so when he’s back there’s quite the wrench coming. I want to get César Azpilicueta in but that price tag scares me. Mount gets destroyed by the others in his price range and Werner has a lot of bad stretches this season to make up for me to shift plans for him. Tuchel is changing the narrative on Chelsea by the day, he just isn’t doing it in a way that is good for FPL managers but the rotation is beginning to show who his top options are.
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.
Let’s look at this week’s schedule:
Friday 19 February
Wolverhampton v Leeds United
Saturday 20 February
Southampton v Chelsea
Burnley v West Brom
Liverpool v Everton
Fulham v Sheffield United
Sunday 21 February
West Ham v Tottenham
Aston Villa v Leicester
Arsenal v Manchester CIty
Manchester United v Newcastle United
Monday 22 February
Brighton v Crystal Palace
Tuesday 23 February
Leeds United v Southampton
Worth your consideration (16-24 percent rostered):
Harry Kane (FWD Tottenham 11.0m, 24.1%): Getting Kane in would be a luxury transfer this week for those already on triple Leeds United. But with Kane facing West Ham in a fixture that is kind to Spurs attackers and then also looking at a double game week in 26 that will involve Burnley without Ben Mee and likely Fulham or Southampton making Kane an appealing triple captain pick. Spurs’ attack has been hit or miss this season but Kane has been the reliable cog to back along with Heung-Min Son.
Solid if not Steller ( 10-15 percent rostered):
Danny Ings (FWD Southampton 8.5m, 13.7%): Not having Danny Ings is one of the things pushing me to wildcard this week. While Southampton isn’t a team in form, Ings’ finishing ability makes him a threat to score in any game even if the Chelsea defense has improved drastically this season since the appointment of Thomas Tuchel. Ings has been off the pace of last year but putting Nathan Redmond next to him has improved his performances just in time for a double game week.
Rolling the dice (under 10 percent rostered):
Raphinha (MID Leeds United 5.4m, 6.3%): There may not be a more exciting player in the Premier League at the moment. Even when Raphinha isn’t scoring he does so much for Leeds that he always feels like a threat to get a return. With a goal or an assist in five straight games not only is Raphinha my captain this week, if I don’t wildcard I’m giving serious consideration to triple captaining him. Wolves have been such a hit or miss side that Leeds could roll by them even without Kalvin Phillips and Southampton doesn’t know if they’re good or not.
Lewis Dunk (DEF Brighton 4.9m, 5.0%): Brighton has had one of the best defenses in the Premier League since moving Ben White back to center back and fitting Pascal Gross into midfield alongside Yves Bissouma. Its a case of your best defense being offense but it made Brighton stronger in defense and in attack. With five clean sheets in their last six, Brighton can be expected to have a solid shot at shutting out Crystal Palace and they’re also guaranteed a game in game week 29 which helps with roster construction. Add in Dunk being a set play threat and its worth the investment over a 4.5m defender especially as people move off of Andrew Robertson.